TOUGH IT OUT: A Clarence Coast All Stars player looks for a gap in the Toomelan Boggabilla defensive line during the Ella Sevens rugby tournament at Coffs Harbour on Saturday. PHOTO: LEIGH JENSEN
TOUGH IT OUT: A Clarence Coast All Stars player looks for a gap in the Toomelan Boggabilla defensive line during the Ella Sevens rugby tournament at Coffs Harbour on Saturday. PHOTO: LEIGH JENSEN

All Stars fall short against Australian sevens players

THE Clarence Coast All Stars impressed in the early rounds of the Ella Sevens rugby tournament at Coffs Harbour on Saturday but their hopes came unstuck in the playoffs.

The All Stars adapted well to the wet conditions, winning three of their five pool matches in the women's division. Both losses came at the hands of the undefeated Mindaribba team.

The All Stars then lined up against a Superheroes line-up that included Australian sevens representatives Taleena Simon and Tanish Stanton.

While the All Stars battled on bravely, they were no match, going down 42-0.

Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team executive officer Tom Evans said despite the terrible weather the tournament was a great success.

"It wound up being a fantastic event," he said.

"The rain eased throughout the day and the grounds dried up to make it easier for players in the finals series.

"The grounds were very waterlogged to begin with but that was to be expected with how much rain the Coffs Coast received over Friday and Saturday."

The tournament is named in honour of Wallabies legends Mark, Gary and Glen Ella.

Gary Ella also rated the tournament a winner.

"The weather, it's funny, it adds a new dimension to the game," he said.

"The players' skills really show out in the wet. The best teams with the best skills and the best ball handling will still perform well. The best teams won on the day.

"Obviously when it's wet and slippery you're worried about possibility of injuries but the fields were in great condition and we didn't have any major injury concerns.

"Even though it was really wet, the day went really well."

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