Only one team unbeaten in Armidale's summer sevens

NEW England Mutual is  shaping as the team to beat in the inaugural New England Mutual Summer Sevens.

After two rounds of the Armidale competition, it is undefeated.

The second round was held at Alcatraz on Friday night and saw another good roll-up.

After about 35 players turned up in the wet for the first round, the second round drew around 50 players.

The four sides – NEM, St Kilda Hotel, Jackson’s Quality Meats and Sportspower – all played three games, with NEM emerging the best performers. 

They won all three games, finishing with a one-point win over the butchers.

They’re the other team that is  doing really well after winning both its  games in the first round.

There was again a good mix of players. Probably about half were Barbarians players, Barbarians publicity officer Sam Piddington said.

The rest were Rams and Blues players with a couple of St Albert’s boys also coming along.

“It was good quality footy and played in good spirits,” Piddington said.

With the drier conditions the games were a lot quicker.

Friday night was also the Barbarians and Barbettes’ (netball girls) Christmas parties, which made for a good atmosphere.

Keith Ellis was again impressive. He is captain of the NEM side. 

Nicola Furlan has also proved good value for them. He’s been scoring a few tries.

The competition will resume after the Christmas/New Year festivities are over, with the next round being played on January 17.

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