Condor Sevens was held for the first time at Sacred Heart College over the weekend with 90+ teams from around the country participating. Fine weather held out for the three day event and plenty of spectators came along to watch the 1,200 players on show.
Campbell Burnes (SHC Old Boy) wrote a great preview piece in the Herald regarding Sacred Heart hosting the event (see link below)
The U15 grade kicked off on Friday with 28 boys teams and 16 girls teams taking part. Sacred Heart was in a pool with Francis Douglas (New Plymouth), Wairoa College (Wairoa, Hawkes Bay), Wesley College(Pukekohe).
SHC won 17-14 vs Francis Douglas
SHC lost 21-12 vs Wesley College
SHC won 26-0 vs Wairoa College
Plate Semi – SHC won 21-5 vs St Paul’s Collegiate
Plate Final – SHC won 22-5 vs Cook Islands taking out the Plate Final division
Congratulations to Joshua Jacomb who was named in the Tournament Team.
On Saturday the ‘Open teams’ began their event with pool matches held on Saturday and finals on Sunday. Sacred Heart drew Francis Douglas Memorial College (New Plymouth), St John’s College (Hamilton) and Garin College (Nelson) in their pool.
SHC won 36-0 vs Francis Douglas
SHC won 50-12 vs St John’s College
SHC won 43-14 vs Garin College
This placed them in the Championship Round
Quarter Final – SHC lost 14-5 to Hamilton Boys High School (eventual winners)
Consolation Cup Semi Final – SHC won 22-0 vs St Patrick’s Town
Consolation Cup Final – SHC won 19-12 vs Liston College
SHC finished a creditable 5th at the Condor National Sevens. The boys went down to eventual champions Hamilton Boys’ High 14-5 in the quarter final. The loss meant they contested the ‘Shield’ against the other losing quarter finalists St Patrick’s Town (Wellington) and then Liston College (Auckland) in the ‘Shield’ final. The boys played six times over the two days winning five matches and finishing 5th out of 32 teams.
At the conclusion of the event a tournament team was announced with SHC’s Jack McHugh making the 12 man line up. A great achievement for Jack and fitting recognition for a young man who has been an outstanding rugby player during his seven years at Sacred Heart College.
Special mention to the staff at Sacred Heart who assisted the Condors in running the three-day event at SHC. In particular Nick Guise, Jill Ewing and Paul Whittaker. The organisers, participating schools and supporters were all impressed with how the tournament was run and, as we all know, thought the location was superb! Sacred Heart has hosting rights to the tournament for the next two years.