In a first, Central Coast hosted the two-day stand alone event which saw more than 1,000 participants take part. Even more impressive were the supporters, friends and families who turned out in their droves, close to 5,000.
48 teams from across New South Wales participated, with seven fields operating at once providing for a great weekend of rugby. Teams from Sydney Districts, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, Central North and Mid Coast, took part in the newest addition to the NSW junior rugby calendar.
NSW Junior Rugby President, Ben Gregory, said it was fitting for the event to be sponsored by the Positive Rugby Foundation because the one word everyone could describe the event as was “positive”.
Everyone embraced the festival spirit and just added to the wonderful atmosphere that permeated the complex.
“The kids picked up on this and reflected this on the park – great rugby played in the right spirit.
“This included the NSWJRU Barbarians teams that we created to fill a void in the draw – I think everyone involved bought into the Baa Baa’s concept and it was a hit.
“It’s the best weekend of Rugby I’ve seen in decades, with everyone buying into the concept right away.
“There is certainly room for this event to grow and we want to support that.
“Weekends like this we hope get more kids playing Rugby,” he said.
The event was presented by NSW Positive Rugby Foundation, with the generous support of the Central Coast Council and hosts Central Coast Junior Rugby Union