The sport is strong in Gladstone in junior ranks
RUGBY UNION: A number of Chanel College and Kin Kora State School teams have returned from the Western 7s Rugby Union Championships better for the experience.
And in a brilliant performance, Kin Kora's under-10 mixed team took glory away from Denison State School with a 20-5 grand final win.
"A massive congratulations to all of our players for their great sportsmanship," it read on the school's Facebook site.
"Thank you to all of the parents that made the drive.
"We couldn't make things like this happen without your support."
Kino Kora's U12 team finished eighth after a 14-12 loss to a strong Moranbah State School side.
Chanel College's Calvin Bennett coached the U16 boy's team which lost the decider in the most agonising fashion against St Brendan's College.
It was a see-sawing battle after Chanel's Lachie Black scored the game's first try.
His team-mate Jet Cavanagh, who was also player of the final, turned the defence in and around and created a three-on-one overlap, but the ball bounced the wrong way just five-metres from the try-line and trickled into touch as St Brendan's held on.
"The U16 boy's team managed to beat Rockhampton Grammar school on the first day and they played an awesome game and the score was 24-7," Bennett said.
"Along with the grand final, where the U16 boys narrowly lost to St Brendan's 17-12, those two games were amazing displays of 7s rugby. "Jet ran solid lines and made a massive impact on the game."
Chanel College fielded a team in each division from open girls, U15 girls, open boys and U14 boys and Bennett said rugby is growing at junior level and also in female participation.
"We did really well, fielding teams in each division and the girls fought hard every game and played outstanding rugby despite the fact that some of the girls have never played at a 7s rugby carnival before," Bennett said
"7s rugby is definitely on the up at Chanel and is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the kids are loving being on the field playing 7s."
U10s Mixed: Kin Kora State School (20) def Denison State School (5)
U12s Mixed: Moranbah East State School (27) def St. Brendan's College (14)
U14s Boys: TCC Barbarians (24) def The Rockhampton Grammar School (7)
U15s Girls: Rockhampton Barbarians (17) def Emerald State High School (14)
U16 Boys: St. Brendan's College (15) def Chanel College (12)
Open Women: Rockhampton Barbarians (24) def Marist College Emerald (10)
Open Men: The Rockhampton Grammar School (36) def St. Brendan's College (14)