Vienna Celtic Wins 7'S Tournament
Vienna Celtic Defeated all its opponents last weekend (03.05.2008) in the third round of the Austrian Sevens league. Nine teams took part in the tournment which was held in Wiener-Neustadt, with Vienna Celtic defeating 4 of the teams to win the tournament.
Final standings (9 teams):
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Last Saturday Vienna Celtic took part in the third round of the Austrian 7's league. Despite having a limited amount of willing and available players, Celtic took on the challenge of taking on some of Austria's best sevens teams.
The competition was hosted in Wiener-Neustadt and very well organized by the home team RC Wombats, even having two pitches for the games, which is a luxury in Austria, enabling the tournament to run smoothly and quickly.
Nine teams from all over Austria took part in the tournament causing it to be a very competitive tournament for all teams. The amount of spectators also proved the growing interest of rugby in Austria with the newest team in Austria RSV 100 showing up with enough players to make up more than two teams.
Vienna Celtic entered the competition with not very high expectations, after having been defeated in the last tournament in Linz. The surprise arrival of Ted Wilcox (VCRFC First XV captain) and Iain Ford (VCRFC Veteran) and siblings boosted the confidence of the other players, bringing the over all player count up to ten and the fan count to two. Led by Captain Bernhard Fürnkranz the team was able to win all of the group matches and advance to the final stages of the competition, leaving them to face only Donau and Linz. A tough and very close match against RC Donau proved victorious for VCRFC winning by 15-14. Leaving only Linz who had previously been beaten By RC Donau, the Vienna team recuperated for the last time to overcome Linz and retrieve the well deserved first place in the tournament, Bringing VCRFC overall standing in the Austrain 7's league to 4th.
The squad consisted of the following players: Mushegh Aslanyan, Zoltan Bartok, Marcus Breier , Iain Ford, Bernhard Fürnkranz, Kyrill Lapin, Patrick Meister, Yeong-U Seo, Ted Willcox, Lee Zeinzinger
Tries for Celtic where scored by all with Marcus Breier scoring on his debut for celtic. The player of the tournament award went out to Lee Zeinzinger(VCRFC). The end results for the tournament can be seen below:
Many thanks to all players, fans (Iains siblings), teams who took part in the tournament. And a special thanks to the Wombats for organizing the tournament.
On the 10-11 May, the Austrian National 7's Team will travel to Norway to take place in the Royal 7s tournament in Odense where the following countries will be taking part: Romania, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Monaco and Luxembourg. Information to the tournament can be found on these websites http://www.royal7s.dk and http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com
Whilst the fourth round of the Austrian sevens league continues on the 22nd May in Krems Austria.
All Tournament match Results: