AN adaptation of rugby that mixes boys, girls and parents on the same pitch has drawn a significant following in Joondalup.
And the program has been so fruitful that organiser Chad Capelli credits it with helping to start a team of talented female players who will form the inaugural Joondalup Sisters team for the women’s Rugby WA season next year.
Viva 7s is the touch version of Rugby 7s, promoting a fast but non-contact style of the game to allow players of all ages to compete in the same contest.
Matches were held on Friday nights through October and November at Arena Joondalup via the Joondalup Brothers Rugby Club.
Capelli considered the fact that families were participating to be the most exciting aspect of the social sport.
“Viva 7s has been so successful at Joondalup Brothers, with over 100 people participating each Friday evening to play rugby under lights,” he said.
“I am proud to say with this initiative we have unearthed some promising talent, a team of local girls who have displayed exceptional skill and understanding of rugby.
“Without opportunities like Viva 7s these girls may have continued to play other sports.”
Perth Spirit footballer Richard Hardwick and Western Force World Club 10s player Michael Ruru viewed the action at Arena Joondalup last month.
The players were celebrating success in their respective sides with the Force claiming the World Club 10s title and the Spirit having won the National Rugby Championship for the first time. Hardwick won the Phil Waugh Medal as man of the match in the Spirit’s unexpected defeat of NSW Country Eagles.