Centurions grab Morley Cup victory despite serious injury

Morley Cup

The Centurions look to break down the Hawks defence in the first match.
Photo by Joseph Landers.

A SERIOUS injury to Centurions player Mike Eastwell did not stop the side from capturing the Rugby Sevens Morley Cup on Wednesday.

They secured the win with a 17-0 victory over Barely Legal in a fixture that ended early due to an injury to Eastwell, who suffered a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle.

The tournament was named in memory of  student Sean Morley, who died last September. Tournament organiser Alex Murray said “Sean was a great guy and and a big supporter of the Sevens club, so it was an honour to name our tournament in memory of such an eccentric player.”

The event also served as a warm-up event for the annual Rugby Sevens tournament which will take place on the first weekend of May.

Rugby Sevens rules differ from conventional Rugby Union, with the sides only having seven players and fixtures having a shorter length. The sport has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years, with it being confirmed as an Olympic sport for the 2016 games.

However the shorter halves didn’t stop the Centurions from racking up a 55-0 first match victory over Hawks, even accounting for a disallowed try for a knock-on in the first half and then subsequently beating every team they played on their way to victory.

At the other end, the Coast Busters propped up the table after not turning up, resulting in 50 points being awarded to each team who were due to play them. This left the Hawks and Mighty Morphin’ Flower Arrangers (MMFA) battling it out for the wooden spoon where, in a close match, MMFA ran out victors with a tight 15-10 score.

Results

1st: Centurions (Points for: 137, points against: 12)

2nd: Barely Legal (104/42)

3rd: Blitzkreig (96/36)

4th: I.T.B. Raiders (71/24)

5th: Windows 7’s (71/48)

6th: Mighty Morphin’ Flower Arrangers (15/85)

7th: Hawks (10/107)

8th: Coast Busters (0/150)