The super seven slug it out in the tropical north
LESS than ideal conditions for the Pirtek Blackwater Basilisks meant the side had a big job ahead of it at Darwin's Hottest 7s carnival.
The carnival was held on the Australia Day weekend in Darwin but the players encountered their first hurdle when they arrived at Rockhampton airport.
Team manager Teran McCasker said the Basilisks turned up to find there was a mix-up with the flights.
"We arrived at 1am the day they were playing. It was a rough four hours sleep then straight into it," McCasker said.
"We played three games on Saturday. We lost the first game 36-5 and then won the second on the buzzer, 24-19."
The on-the-buzzer try was scored by Eric Smyth and McCasker said the team was very happy to get the win under its belt.
"The third game we won quite convincingly, 36-7," McCasker said.
Not only was the team running on lack of sleep, it was also short on players.
"With the weather, we only managed to take seven players, so we had no subs," McCasker said.
"They were very sore and tired by the end of it."
As well as the team spending every minute of every game on the paddock, McCasker said they did it in extreme heat.
"You could definitely see they were struggling with the heat," he said.
"Because of the big loss at the start, we came third in the pool. Then we were playing for the shield."
Following a good rest after the first day of the carnival, the team played its quarter final on Sunday, which the lads won 38-nil.
The quarter final was against Perth Kununurra Smashed Crabs and after a one-hour break, the team moved into the semi-final.
"They won that 34-5 against the Bungendore Mud Chooks," McCasker said.
The final was against the South Darwin Rabbitohs, who won 21-7.
"They just ran out of steam," McCasker said.
"It's the first year we've put a team to that competition. It's definitely more than what we were expecting to get to."