The Kramer Ausenco Brothers Rugby Sevens Invitational Tournament at Monier Park in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last weekend (March 8-9), entertained capacity crowds.
Six womens and sixteen mens teams took part in the competition which was held to celebrate the Brothers 40th Anniversary this year. The mens division included teams from outside of Port Moresby, the Kimbe Rebels, Morobe Hammerheads, Daru Stingrays, Black Orchids from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Goroka Silverbacks, Gulf and Aroma Coast.
The former rugby sevens national champions Kimbe Rebels put on a powerful two day performance to claim the Cup and K10,000 winner’s prize-money in the mens division, and the Chiefs beat Harlequins in the womens Cup final for the title and K2,500.
The women received less prize-money than the men as their teams registered late and the club management could only put up so much. However, all participating teams were given some cash, a total of K31,000.
Kramer Ausenco Brothers two teams in the mens division played well, making it to the Shield and Plate quarter and semi-finals before bowing out. The Kramer Ausenco Sisters, in a polished performance beat national sevens rugby champions Spartans for the women’s Plate. Each team brought their own brand of sevens rugby to the contest, and a tonne of talent was on show at a well-organised and colourful event made more special by the boisterous spectators, and amusing dance routines on the sidelines from a few individual supporters.
In true Brothers fashion, while commemorating 40 Years of Rugby, as part of its community and social responsibilities the Club also recognised International Women’s Day, and invited and seated people living with disabilities from Cheshire Homes under its official tent to enjoy the matches and the celebrations.
The Brothers have also organised a ball tentatively scheduled for April 26 when they will also launch their new uniquely designed 40 Years of Rugby playing strips.