On Saturday 13th February, the 'Bayside Barbarians', made up of players from last seasons U8 White and U8 Black teams competed in the BJRU 7s tournament hosted by the Albany Creek Brumbies.
Being the only U9 team to register in the comp, the Barbarians were asked if they would play in the U10 division....a resounding 'Yes' from all involved meant it was going to be a tough day's rugby for the young Babas, despite the forecast 30+ degrees temperature!
Drawn in Pool B against the Toowoomba Bears and Browns Plains Mets, round one saw the Babarians claim a great little win 25-10 over Browns Plains. Some quick ball, and good turnovers in defence lead to the 5 trys and had the Barbarian's tails up for round two against Toowoomba.
Toowoomba proved a bigger, tougher challenge literally, with the age difference of the teams seeming a little more obvious, with the Barbarians struggling to protect the ball well at the breakdown. The final score was 20-0 to Toowoomba.
At the end of the rounds, the Barbarians were 2nd in Pool B and progressed to the Semi-Final against the winners of Pool A, the Caboolture Snakes.
The Snakes got away 2 trys to 0 in the first half, including a 3rd disallowed try (for crawling to the line). The second half was a different story for the Barbarians though, with some good line breaks and a stolen line out in the dying minutes to lead to 3 trys to the Snakes 1.
The final (official) score was 20-15 to the Caboolture Snakes....the match officials had counted to dissallowed try, much to the Barbarians dismay! Even if given the draw of 15 all, on count back, it still would have been the end of the tournament for the Babas.
The U10 final was won by Toomwoomba 35-10 against Caboolture.
It was a great day of rugby nonetheless, for the youngest team in the tournament, and the boys were eyeing off the trophies and will be back again next year to stake their claim!
Thanks to Michael, Junior President, for helping out with the jerseys and kit bag for the day and thanks to BJRU for organising such a great tournament.
Ellis Taylor and Nathan Martin