RUGBY sevens will return to the Central West tomorrow for the first time in almost six years, with more than just the usual championship trophy up for grabs.
The Barcaldine carnival is offering $2000 in prizemoney to the winner, courtesy of sponsorship from local Barcaldine businesses.
As well as the usual seven-a-side rugby competition throughout the day, there will be a women’s game between Barcaldine and Longreach kicking-off early Saturday morning.
Organisers are also on the search for players interested in taking part in an invitational 100kg game.
The idea is for players who tip the scales at 100kg or more to be invited to field sides for a bit of light-hearted rugby.
“We’re not sure whether it will go ahead, we will have to see how many numbers we get,” sevens coordinator Leisa Pearce said.
Planning for the competition started in November last year after receiving a pledge of support from Queensland Rugby and the State Government.
“Queensland Rugby has wanted us to run a comp for a while, then we got a grant from Queensland and Sport and Recreation and it’s all been full-steam ahead.
“We’ve always had an association but we’ve never held a tournament like this anywhere west of Emerald for a fair while.”
More than 100 players will turn out to the small Central Queensland town for the event, with Pearce confident all accommodation, catering and entertainment needs would be catered to.
“It’s going to be good for the place – fun, free and enjoyable,” she said.
Representing the Central Highlands will be a combined Capella-Rockhampton side in the competition.
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