Wollongbar-Alstonville celebrates their success at the Crescent Head Rugby Sevens tournament.
Wollongbar-Alstonville celebrates their success at the Crescent Head Rugby Sevens tournament.

Prizemoney provides Sevens heaven

IT took Wollongbar-Alstonville winger Nicholas Dufficy less than 20 seconds to score a try in the opening game of the Crescent Head Rugby Sevens on Saturday.

And it was just the kick start his team needed as they went on to win the second-tier bowl division.

Wollongbar drew 12-all with Hunters Hill in the final and won off the back of the first try-scorer wins rule.

The team claimed $2000 prizemoney to help build toward the upcoming season.

"It's a good start to the year and the money will come in handy," team manager Steve Evans said.

"We've won the third division but this is our best result in the eight years we've been coming here."

The Pioneers played five games on a busy afternoon of rugby during which fullback Adam Law played his first game at the club after a two-year hiatus in England.

Ben Damen provided his usual class, scoring three tries in his last appearance in the red and black before he moves to Brisbane to play in the Queensland Rugby Union competition.

English recruit and Damen's likely replacement, Tom Job, had no problems acclimatising to the Australian summer and scored three tries of his own.

"It was probably the youngest team we've ever sent and we blooded a couple of the under-19s," Evans said.

"We scored 86 points and only conceded 24 all day."

Hooker Gavin Short and flanker Braeden Slattery made up for their lack of pace by tackling themselves to a stand-still.

Wollongbar's only defeat came at the hands of Avoca Beach, beaten 12-10 in the second game of the morning.

Other games included a 26-5 win against Hastings Vikings, a 17-5 quarter-final victory against Newcastle University and a 19-0 win against Lindfield in the semi-finals.

The team also included Matt Nean, Dan Mather, Troy Finati, Hamish Millane and Eli Crowther.

The Pioneers have a bye in the first round of the Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union competition and will have their first home game of the season against the Grafton Redmen on April 21 at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.



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