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New Zealand Marist Club Sevens this weekend

New Zealand Marist Club Sevens this weekend

Above: Action from last year’s tournament between home team Marist St Pat’s and North Harbour Marist

Many of New Zealand’s 29 Marist clubs, plus several more clubs and invitational teams, will descend on the Wakefield Park artificial grounds in Wellington this weekend for the annual New Zealand Marist Federation Club Sevens tournament.

The tournament on Friday and Saturday runs over two days from early morning to early afternoon, with three divisions this year, Men’s, Women’s and International.

Likely contenders in the Men’s division include defending champions Hamilton Marist, newly crowned Wellington Sevens champions Hutt Old Boys Marist and 2013 champions Ardmore Marist.

All three of these sides will be using this tournament to fine tune their preparations ahead of next weekend’s New Zealand Club Sevens Championship in the Bay of Plenty.

The Hamilton Marist Ravens will be out to defend the title that they won last year after beating Rotorua’s Marist St Michael’s 43-7 in their Cup quarter-final, Napier Old Boys Marist 19-5 in their Cup semi-final and then North Harbour 34-12 in the Cup final at last year’s tournament.

Hamilton Marist are both the 2014 Waikato club rugby Fifteens and Sevens champions, whilst the Waikato Men’s team are the new New Zealand provincial Sevens champions.

The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles are the Wellington Club fifteens and Sevens champions, as well as the New Zealand Marist Fifteens Spillane champions, and they will be joined in the Men’s competition by fellow home side Marist St Pat’s.

Ardmore Marist are hoping for a return to the winner’s circle after taking this tournament out in 2013 but not attending last year. Ardmore Marist are also the 2014 Counties Manukau Sevens champions.

New Women’s champions will be found this year, with last year’s winners, Wellington club Oriental-Rongotai, not competing. 2014 runners-up Hastings Rugby & Sports will be joined by North Island and South Island Marist teams, fellow Hawke’s Bay club Havelock North and Wellington club teams Poneke and Wainuiomata.

The Women’s competition is a one-day competition, with the 2015 winner crowned mid-afternoon.

The International tournament is headlined by Samoan visitors Fasito’o-Uta and features the Auckland Fijians and Wellington club team Wainuiomata, who are preparing to join HOBM, Ardmore Marist and Hamilton Marist in the New Zealand Club tournament next weekend.

The Men’s and International competitions silverware will be decided on the tournament’s second day.

Teams and Day One Draw

Note this is unofficial and subject to change: 

Men’s teams:_marist
Ardmore Marist
Greerton Marist
Greymouth Marist
Hamilton Marist
Hastings Rugby & Sports
Hutt Old Boys Marist
Marist St Michael’s (Rotorua)
Marist St Pat’s (Wellington)
Napier Old Boys Marist
North Harbour Marist
Whakatane Marist

Women’s teams:
Hastings Rugby & Sports
Havelock North
North Island Marist
Poneke
South Island Marist
Wainuiomata

International teams
Auckland Fijians
Fasito’o-Uta
Napier Old Boys Marist Development
North Island Marist
South Island Marist
Wainuiomata

The draw for Day One on Friday 6 February is:

Mens:
8.30 am Armore Marist v Greymouth Marist
8.50 am Hutt Old Boys Marist v Whakatane Marist
9.10 am Hamilton Marist v Marist St Michael’s
9.30 am Hastings Rugby & Sports v Greerton Marist
9.50 am Napier Old Boys Marist v Greymouth Marist
10.10 am North Harbour Marist v Whakatane Marist
10.30 am Nelson Marist v Marist St Michael’s
10.50 am Marist St Pat’s v Greerton Marist
11.10 am Ardmore Marist v Napier Old Boys Marist
11.30 am Hutt Old Boys Marist v North Harbour Marist
11.50 am Hamilton Marist v Nelson Marist
12.10 pm Hastings Rugby & Sports v Marist St Pat’s

Women’s:
8.30 am Havelock North v Poneke
9.10 am North Island Marist v Poneke
9.50 am Havelock North v North Island Marist
10.30 am Hastings Rugby & Sports v South Island Marist
11.10 am Wainuiomata v South Island Marist
11.50 am Hastings Rugby & Sports v Wainuiomata
12.50 pm Women’s Cup semi-final 1
1.10 pm Women’s Cup semi-final 2
1.30 pm Women’s Bowl Final
1.50 pm Women’s Plate Final
2.10 pm Women’s Cup Final

Internationals:
8.50 am Fasito’o-Uta v Wainuiomata
9.30 am Auckland Fijians v Wainuiomata
10.10 am Fasito’o-Uta v Auckland Fijians
10.50 am North Island Marist v Napier Old Boys Marist Development
11.30 am South Island Marist v Napier Old Boys Marist Development
12.10 pm North Island Marist v South Island Marist

Sevens Rugby | 05 February 2015 | by http://www.clubrugby.co.nz/

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