Cannonballer Matt South in action in the plate quarter final against Lake MacquarieTHE Kempsey Cannonballs scored their best result at a Crescent Head Sevens Tournament on the weekend.
The team, led by first grade coach Jared Fuller, made the Plate Final against semi-professional side Southern Division.
It is a great start to the season for the Cannons as it was the first time a team from the host club made the plate final.
Although they went down in the final 20-5 Fuller had nothing but praise for his chargers.
“I really am stoked about the result,” he told the Argus Monday morning.
“It was the first time a Cannons side had even made it into the plate division.
“The boys played great, and there was nothing left in the tank at full-time. We had a few opportunities to score but made a few mistakes, but there was only one try to nil in the second half.
“They were the better team at the end of the day.”
Twenty-four turned out to be a lucky number for the Cannons as they posted that score in the three games they won.
Their first encounter was against Lennox Heads Trojans, which they won 24-7.
Competition top seed, Brisbane Fiji was their next opponent and proved to tough with Cannons going down 17-0.
The loss placed them in the plate division and they faced Lake Macquarie in the quarter-final. They easily won 24-7.
The semi-final clash saw Cannons pitted against a strong Hamilton side. Cannons cruised to victory with four tries and two conversions and posted a 24-10 win.
Cannons Sevens outfit included two Fijian players from the top-seeded team Yamacia and new signing Viliame Tobesewa, who is also from Fiji.
“They (the two Fijians) were really good and complimented the other players in the squad,” Fuller said.
“I do not want to single anyone out – everyone busted themselves and played really well.
Fuller would like to mention Liam O’Reagan, who assisted with the team during the tournament.
The Cannons will now prepare for the Forster 10s competition early next month and Fuller said he expects to have similar success at the March 1 competition.
The club train every Tuesday and Thursday night near the Verge St cricket nets between 6pm and 7pm.
“We are always looking for new players,” Fuller said.
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