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The Shoremen bowed out of the Mick ‘Whale’ Curry Memorial 7s in a Semi-Final loss to crosstown rivals Gordon 1.
Following pool game wins over Liverpool, Gordon 2 and Randwick and a loss to Warringah.
Welcoming back Aussie 7’s representative Sam Myers for the first tournament of the season, it was a great building block for the following 2 tournaments in successive weeks at both Lake Macquarie and Kiama.
The Shoremen 7’s featured a mix of 1st Grade talent, new recruits, and some fresh faced colts for the first 7’s tournament for the season.
Gary Bautz (c)
Coach: Jack Burey
Manager: John Wardell
This tournament was established to honour a great player and bloke from Hamilton Hawks Rugby Club: Mick Curry. He passed away in 2015.
Norths Board Member, Justin Tamsett played with Whale in 1989 and 1990.
JT shared his thoughts, “In my first season playing Grade, I was so glad to have Whale on my team. He took it upon himself to teach me about grade rugby with a very long Friday night when the first game of the season was a wash out.”
“He looked after me on the field on too many occasions to count. He may not have been the most skilled player but he always gave his all. He would grab me after a game let me know what I did well and where I can improve from his second row perspective. He had such a manner that you just listened. Then it would be off to the pub and share a beer with the opposition.”
“He taught me the importance of respecting your opposition for their skill on the field and as quality humans after the game. That’s his legacy in my life.”
RIP: Mick Whale Curry
It’s great to back playing 7’s!
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