THE recent Kramer Ausenco Brothers Rugby Sevens Invitational Tournament at Monier Park in Port Moresby proved an entertaining event for the large crowd who flocked to see the sport in action.
Held on 8-9 March, six women’s and sixteen men’s teams took part in the competition, held to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Brothers Rugby Union Club this year.
The men’s division included teams from outside of Port Moresby, the Kimbe Rebels, Morobe Hammerheads, Daru Stingrays, Black Orchids from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Goroka Silverbacks, Gulf and Aroma Coast.
The former rugby sevens national champions, Kimbe Rebels, put on a powerful two day performance to claim the Cup and the K10,000 prize-money in the men’s division while the Chiefs beat Harlequins in the women’s Cup final for the title and K2,500.
The women received less prize-money than the men as their teams registered late and the club management could only put up so much. However, all participating teams were given money of about K31,000.
Kramer Ausenco Brothers two teams in the men’s division played well, making it to the Shield and Plate quarter and semi-finals before bowing out. The Kramer Ausenco Sisters, in a polished performance, beat national sevens rugby champions Spartans for the women’s Plate.
Each team brought their own brand of sevens rugby to the contest, and an immense amount of talent was on show at a well-organised and colourful event made more special by the boisterous spectators, and amusing dance routines on the sidelines from a few individual supporters.
While commemorating 40 years of Rugby, as part of its community and social responsibilities, the Club also recognised International Women’s Day, and invited and seated people living with disabilities from Cheshire Homes under its official tent to enjoy the matches and the celebrations.
The Brothers have also organised a ball tentatively scheduled for 26 April when they will also launch their new uniquely designed 40 Years of Rugby playing strips.