UPDATE 2: A short, sharp sevens season in Wellington starts this Saturday at Onepoto Park, Titahi Bay, with the first tournament of the two-leg American Ambassador’s club series.
Some 16 teams will descend on Onepoto Park for the opening tournament, with the second and final leg set to be contested at Maidstone Park the following Saturday. The Saturday after that is marked down as a reserve day should there be a washout/postponement of either of the first two tournaments.
Hutt Old Boys Marist (Men’s) and Old Boys University (Women’s) will start as defending champions in what is always a super-competitive end to the rugby year. This is particularly so in the Women’s section where there have been five different winners in the past five years, while with no representative sevens rugby to follow in 2020 for most (see Ignite 7s below) players can leave it all on the line and then enjoy the summer off.
The men play for the American Ambassador’s Trophy, a prized piece of tin to fill any cabinet, and the women contest the Eleanor Roosevelt Cup.
The men’s winner of the American Ambassador’s series receives an invite to compete at the National Club Sevens tournament hosted by Ardmore Marist in Counties-Manukau in the New Year.
There is no Colts grade this year, so there could be some extra youth spread across the park, as well as the promise of some school leavers in action for their senior clubs for the first time.
The two-week series is based on points, and with the series reduced from three to two tournaments in recent years, a strong showing will be vital for teams harbouring hopes of taking out the silverware.
Draw: Confirmed teams and draw CLICK HERE >>> Tournament One Draw
The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles (Men’s) and Old Boys University (Women’s) will be out to retain their American Ambassador’s Sevens crowns.
The HOBM Eagles were beaten finalists in last year’s first tournament and winners of the second, while the OBU Impalas won back-to-back tournament victories.
HOBM were presented with the American Ambassador’s Cup for the first time since 2014, while OBU won the Eleanor Roosevelt Cup for the first time.
The Eagles return this year as one of 11 teams in the men’s grade, which include the return of recent top dogs the Upper Hutt Rams and also Stokes Valley.
The five men’s Premier clubs not represented this year are the Avalon Wolves, Paremata-Plimmerton, Tawa, Wainuiomata and the Wellington Axemen.
Men’s teams below:
1. Hutt Old Boys Marist
3. Marist St Pats
4. Northern United
5. Old Boys University
6. Oriental Rongotai
19. Stokes Valley
10. Upper Hutt Rams
There are seven Women’s sides, Norths being a notable omission.
Women’s teams below:
2. Hutt Old Boys Marist
3. Marist St Pats
4. Old Boys University
5. Oriental Rongotai
Last five winners
2019: Hutt Old Boys Marist
2018: Northern United
2017: Upper Hutt Rams
2016: Upper Hutt Rams
2015: Upper Hutt Rams
2019: Old Boys University
2018: Northern United
2017: Marist St Pat’s
2016: St Mary’s College
A 52-strong group of Women’s players were named this week for the 2020 Red Bull Ignite 7s, to take place in Tauranga on 5-6 December (the men’s players will be announced in two weeks). Names below:
|Mia Anderson||Waikato||Isla Norman-Bell||Auckland|
|Shakira Baker||Waikato||Manaia Nuku||Waikato|
|Michala Blyde||Bay of Plenty||Mahina Paul||Bay of Plenty|
|Kelly Brazier||Bay of Plenty||Mererangi Paul||Bay of Plenty|
|Gayle Broughton||Taranaki||Risi Pouri-Lane||Bay of Plenty|
|Sam Curtis||Canterbury||Cheyelle Robins-Reti||Waikato|
|Georgia Daals||Wellington||Leanna Ryan||Waikato|
|Tiana Davison||Taranaki||Layla Sae||Manawatu|
|Princess Elliott||Auckland||Alena Saili||Bay of Plenty|
|Dhys Faleafaga||Wellington||Teuila Sotutu||Auckland|
|Lyric Faleafaga||Wellington||Kiki Tahere||Bay of Plenty|
|Rhiarna Ferris||Manawatu||Montessa Tairakena||Waikato|
|Tynelle Fitzgerald||Bay of Plenty||Kalyn Takitimu-Cook||Manawatu|
|Theresa Fitzpatrick||Auckland||Ruby Tawa||Bay of Plenty|
|Stacey Fluhler||Waikato||Terina Te Tamaki||Waikato|
|Sarah Hirini||Manawatu||Kelsey Teneti||Waikato|
|Renee Holmes||Waikato||Shyanne Thompson||Counties Manukau|
|Jazmin Hotham||Waikato||Alanis Toia-Tigafua||North Harbour|
|Tysha Ikenasio||Auckland||Hazel Tubic||Counties Manukau|
|Maia Joseph||Otago||Rebekah Tufuga||Manawatu|
|Shiray Kaka||Waikato||Leianne Tufuga||Auckland|
|Rosie Kelly||Otago||Ruby Tui||Counties Manukau|
|Grace Kukutai||Auckland||Janna Vaughn||Manawatu|
|Crystal Mayes||Manawatu||Olive Watherston||Otago|
|Jorja Miller||Canterbury||Tenika Willison||Waikato|
|Tyla Nathan-Wong||Northland||Portia Woodman||Northland|