FCAC rugby sevens festival goes digital

THE Fraser Coast Anglican College’s annual rugby sevens festival is embracing technology this weekend.

Fraser Coast Anglican College rugby coordinator David Brown speaks to the media ahead of Saturday’s seven’s rugby action. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

Some of Saturday’s matches will be livestreamed so families and friends who are unable to stand pitch-side can still watch the action.

The college’s rugby coordinator David Brown said the finals would be available online.

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Matches kick-off at 9am on Saturday morning, with the boys open final starting at around 5pm.

You can access the livestreamed matches via the College’s Youtube channel.

Make sure you keep an eye on FCAC’s official Facebook page for more event information.

Meanwhile, Brown said 22 teams would participate in the 17th annual Fraser Coast Rugby 7’s Carnival.

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Teams from across the Wide Bay, Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba have confirmed their attendance.

Brown said numbers were down compared to previous years but this was because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are really happy to have the teams that have been coming over many years come back and participate in a good day of footy,” he said.

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A great atmosphere is expected at the college on Saturday.

Brown said the college had always performed well at the carnival in the past.

“This year we have an under 13’s team that is relatively new to the game so the experience for them will be fantastic,” he said.

But it’s not just boys who will be running onto the field on Saturday.

Brown said a girls’ open category was also on the roster.

“The girls’ tournament is always a success as girls rugby is growing at rapid speed.”

The boy’s tournament has under 13, under 15 and open age group categories.

Werimu Bentley and Ben Stafford are in FCAC’s under 13 boys squad this year.

Ben Stafford and Werimu Bentley said they’re looking forward to Saturday’s sevens action. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

“I’m really excited about the games, this year will be my first tournament,” said Bentley.

He was confident the team would perform well.

“We have a really good team and we are used to playing union. We will be strong at the scrums and rucks,” he said.

Stafford was looking forward to some running rugby.

The winger said if the wet weather continued, there could be a good opportunity for some exciting slide-in tries in the corner.

The college is urging people to come down and support the players on Saturday.

All matches will be played at the Fraser Coast Anglican College in Doolong South Road.

The popular tournament won the Event of the Year category at the 2019 Fraser Coast Sports Awards.

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