11 February 2020

The Braidwood Bushfire 7s raises spirits and funds for bushfire-affected areas

| Tim Gavel
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Braidwood Bushfire 7s - 2020

The weather couldn’t deter the teams coming out to play 7s. Photo: Jayzie Photography.

As teams took to the field on Saturday morning, the heavens had already opened up.

The irony wasn’t lost on the Braidwood community impacted by the bushfires, nor those who had travelled from areas as far afield as Sydney’s northern beaches to take part in the day.

Braidwood Bushfire 7s - 2020

Over 40 teams registered for the day. Photo: Jayzie Photography.

The Braidwood Bushfire 7s, with over 40 teams competing, filled the void created by the cancelled race meeting in Braidwood.

The Brumbies came in numbers after playing the Rebels the night before, spending plenty in the town while they were there.

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Tim Gavel commentated from the community radio van. Photo. Alex Rea.

Sydney’s West Harbour won the men’s final, defeating Queanbeyan 12-5, while Jindabyne won the women’s, accounting for the West’s Lionesses 17-7.

But in the end it was more than a rugby tournament featuring former Wallabies Ben Alexander and Peter Kimlin.

Nick Pengelly and his organising committee harnessed the spirit of rugby for the benefit of the Braidwood community.

Bushfire 7s organisers Nick Kemp and Nick Pengelly. Photo: Alex Rea.

Original Article published by Tim Gavel on The RiotACT.

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