The KARI Ella 7’s tournament is the largest of its kind across Australia, bringing together first nation’s people to represent their club in a prestigious event. In its 12th year, the KARI Ella 7’s introduced the primary school gala day, taking place in the lead up to the men’s and women’s competitions over the weekend.
Since its commencement in 2008, the KARI Ella 7’s Rugby Union tournament was held for the first time in Dubbo at Apex Park from the 5th – 7th March.
The Gracie Aboriginal Pathways Women’s team were crowned champions, after defeating two-time defending premiers the Highlander’s. In the men’s competition, the Gomeroi Goannas beat La Perouse R.U.F.C in the final minutes of the game, taking them down 24-19.
“Having KARI on board now for 4 years, going into their 5th year next year, gives us stability and credibility in the community as we are not chopping and changing sponsors/partners, which I think is important.”
“The competition is important as it gives teams a chance to represent their region/mob and this is reflected in the fabulous jersey designs that were on show. It also gives Indigenous kids from the bush, the chance to showcase their skills in a rugby environment, especially from communities that do not have a regular rugby competition. If this tournament makes a kid thing about rugby long term, we are doing something right” – Rod Willey, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
To find out more about the KARI Ella 7’s, watch the video below.