After a fantastic weekend of rugby in the Mid-West, Palmyra Rugby Club have come away victorious coming away undefeated against both local and international competition at the Geraldton International 10s Tournament.
The side used the trip to the Mid-West as a pre-season camp before the commencement of the Fortescue Premier Grade competition and took the opportunity to work on their team chemistry and fitness.
Runners up fell to the Naksuu Warriors side from Thailand while hosts the Geraldton Tiger Sharks came in third place.
Being the first time they’ve ever competed at a club event the Carnarvon Cyclones came out to impress, beating out Perth side Curtin University to land on fifth place in the standings.
With the pre-season 10s tournaments now used to prepare for the Fortescue Premier Grade season, travelling clubs from Perth were able to gain a lot of the Geraldton tournament noun more so than the winning Palmyra side.
Palmyra head coach Jack Lloyd said. “It was a great trip for a lot of our young guys to go up and get a taste of what touring rugby is like.”
“Most of the players were from our Academy Group as well as a few Senior guys to add some experience.”
During the two-day competition organisers got all teams and participants together for a number of social events, including an opportunity for all teams to get to know each other being from vast different locations across the globe.
“It had a really old-fashioned rugby feeling to it,” Lloyd said.
“From a bonding perspective it was really good for my guys and I advise all clubs from Perth to come up and get involved next year because there is really isn’t anything like this tournament in WA anymore.”
“Hopefully we can look to expand the tournament to Colts and Female competition as well, rugby is really growing fast in this region and so I thank to organisers for putting on such a great weekend.”
As the Fortescue Premier Grade season draws closer to kick-off, teams are deep in preparations with club trials being held between now and April 10.