Inclusive rugby tournament to shine at Nambour
Organisers of the region’s newest rugby tournament say there will be something “for every rugby fan” to enjoy as players from across southeast Queensland converge on Nambour.
The Nambour Rugby Union Club will launch its inaugural Twilight Ten’s Tournament this Saturday, with teams from Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Fraser Coast to face off against Sunshine Coast outfits.
For a number of years the Toads held the annual Palmwoods Hotel Festival of Sevens but have this year decided to trial the more inclusive rugby tens format.
“We’ve changed it to probably further encapsulate more of the rugby crowd,” organiser
Matt Kelly said.
“It’s not just for the speedy guys.
“We’ve got a few guys who wouldn’t normally play sevens that are going to play tens which is awesome.
“We’re pretty pumped to have a couple hundred people down there playing rugby into the cooler time of the evening.”
The tournament will kick off at 12.15pm at Laidlaw Rd in Woombye with finals expected to start about 6pm.
“There’s a bit for people who really love the sevens but also a fair bit for the guys who really love their 15-a-side rugby,” Kelly said.
“I think it’s a happy medium of achieving a high scoring but also high value rugby (tournament).
“There’ll be a bit for every rugby fan.”
Nambour will enter two teams in the competition, one comprising of mostly reserve grade talents and the other, dubbed Nambour Barbarians, to be a motley crew including former players.
Kelly was hopeful they could put up a solid fight on their home turf.
“I think it will be quite interesting,” he said.
“We’ve got a couple of handy teams with sides that are representing the vast majority of the A-grade clubs on the Coast as well as some from Brisbane.
“So, I think it will be quite challenging for us, however, we have quite a young team and it’s all about development for them.
“Half our (main) team was really colts this year who played in reserve grade so that gained them confidence and they’ll gain even more confidence by playing against the men again (this weekend).”
It’s hoped to the Twilight 10s could become a regular fixture at Nambour in the future.
“We’re going to trial it this year with a one-off event,” Kelly said.
“But, ideally, moving forward we would like to go down the tens path.
“In terms of a lot of rugby clubs, especially the country clubs, they love to play tens.
“(And) it does capture every rugby player, props, locks and tight forwards are usually alienated in sevens.”