Young guns blow everybody away
YOU don't have to be the biggest side in the competition to win at Sevens.
The Young Guns was a team put together by Cameron Lindley for the Gatorade seven-a-side competition at Rugby Park and his selection of players proved to be unstoppable.
"In the whole carnival we were undefeated," Lindley said.
Not only were the Young Guns unbeaten, they also scored an average of more than 40 points in each match and barely conceded any. The Young Guns had speed to burn all over the park and used it well to beat the Brahmans representative team 46-10 in the semi-final and then smash Mackay Stingers 45-15 in the grand final.
"I picked a good mobile team, a quick team," Lindley said.
"Sevens is a lot quicker (than 15-a-side), it is high intensity, fast rugby."
The Young Guns had just one training session as a team before turning out for the first of their group matches on Friday night.
While high-scoring games are a part of Sevens, the Young Guns' record of scoring 47-0, 45-0, 54-0, 42-5, 46-10 and 45-15 victories is a remarkable effort and shows how dominant they were.
The win in the final was particularly sweet as Mackay had earlier dismissed the Young Guns as being too small to match up in a big contest.
They were forced to eat those words as the pace and trickery of the Young Guns destroyed the Stingers.
In a team captained by Ash Kris, the main pointscorer was former boxing champion Wayde Goltz but Lindley said all the squad played their part in the triumph.
"All the boys have their own talent and have known each others for years," he said.
Lindley said the Young Guns concept was a late idea and they were able to mount their attack on the title thanks to sponsorships from Q-CHANTS and CQ Metal Fabricators and now intend to enter the prestigious Noosa Sevens Tournament later in the year.
Thrifty Brahmans coach Steve Anderson was impressed with his team in making the semi-final and with the style of the Young Guns.
"You can't coach speed," Anderson said.
He said the tournament was used by the Brahmans as a chance for the younger players to prepare for the opening fixture of the State competition when the Brahmans meet Wide Bay at Hervey Bay next week.
He said under-19 players Adrian Meirring and Griffin Freeman did their chances of selection no harm.
Carnival co-ordinator Brian Auld said the weekend was a great success with a standard better than 2011.
Young Guns 45 def Mackay Stingers 15
Red Rooster Final:- Capricorn Coast def Gladstone
Bowl Final:- Brothers def Colts.