RAAF Hornets prepare for sevens battle
By STEVE SPINKS
IF you see a couple of characters straight out of Tom Cruise's Hollywood movie Top Gun at Lennox Head this weekend, don't be too alarmed.
Part of the Royal Australian Air Force will be in town ... wearing sunglasses inside at night and calling each other Maverick, Iceman, Slider or Goose.
They're not doing exercises preparing for war, but competing in the inaugural North Coast Sevens soccer tournament.
The RAAF side, called Hunter Hornets, is one of 31 teams competing in the two-day event at the Skennars Head soccer fields.
"They're (Hornets) competing in the open men's division," Soccer FNC general manager Matt Kelso said.
"They were the first team entered in the tournament and are really keen. I'm not sure if they're pilots but I expect them to be pretty tough."
The North Coast Sevens is sponsored by the Lennox Point Hotel with prizemoney of $3500 spread over the four divisions of premier men, open men, open women and Over-35s.
Teams from the Gold Coast, Newcastle and Beaudesert, as well as local sides, will contest the event, which Kelso hopes will grow next season.
"I'd like to see the Sevens become a multi-sport event including possibly rugby union or league or cricket," Kelso said.
Competition will start at 9 o'clock this morning with the finals to be played from 3pm tomorrow.