Port Hacking High will kick start the first ever Shire 7’s tournament this week. 14/11/2017 By NSW Waratahs Media unit The spotlight will be on Port Hacking High School this week as schoolboys and schoolgirls from the Shire compete in the Shire 7s tournament. The Under 13s and Under 15s are scheduled for this Wednesday while the Under 17s play Friday. 2017 marks a first for the Shire 7’s. NSW Rugby Senior Development Officer Tom Keft said the goal of the event is to strengthen junior rugby in the Southern Districts. “It would be great to see schoolboys and girls linking with Southern Districts Junior Rugby Clubs following this event. Shire 7s is also about highlighting the core values of the organisation and the NSW Waratahs team. We are driven by inclusiveness and leadership and this tournament underpins those values,” Keft said. Nine schools and 21 teams will be participate over the two days of Sevens action, and for the majority it will be their first taste of rugby. “We want young athletes from the Shire to recognise their rugby potential and Sevens provides a great opportunity for this to occur. By providing the chance to be involved in a fun and enjoyable rugby experience we will hopefully see more kids playing our sport in the future,” Keft said. Endeavour Sports High School’s U17 girls will be placed in each of the U17 girls’ teams. “The girls from Endeavour Sports have a lot of experience winning many Sevens tournaments, so by doing this we can position leaders in each team and help ensure the day is about developing junior rugby,” Keft said.