Hertz Sevens Successful On and Off Field

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Behaviour at the stadium continued to improve with the arrest count even less this year than the low count in 2012.

“We are very happy with how our new initiative of wrist banding was received by patrons,” said Hertz Sevens General Manager Steve Walters.

“We would be keen to see wristbanding continue to ensure everyone attending the tournament has a fantastic time. The crowd was in great spirits and the atmosphere was enjoyable for all.”

Over the two days, 12 people were arrested at the Stadium and 47 evictions. In 2012 there were 14 arrests and in 2011 there were 44.

Hertz Sevens Operation Commander Inspector Simon Perry says that police staff at the stadium noticed a higher standard of behaviour than in previous tournaments. Wellington Free Ambulance Events Co-ordinator Ross Weddell who has been involved with the tournament since day one also saw a noticeable difference this year in relation to the people who needed help.

“We treated approximately a hundred patients over the two days but this year there was a big drop in the number of intoxicated patients we had to deal with. The main complaint we had to treat was foot injuries which could be sorted on site. We only had to transport four people to hospital throughout the two day event,” said Weddell.

Meanwhile on the field there was plenty of action to keep the fans entertained with a number of upsets and an unpredicted England and Kenya Cup Final. The All Blacks Sevens side took the third place honours and still lead the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Walters added, “The quality of sevens rugby on display this year was extremely high. To see the underdogs knock over some of the traditionally successful teams in Wellington only adds to the exciting nature of this game. As the teams prepare towards the 2016 Olympics, this is only set to continue.”

The colour and costumes were still a highlight of the event, making the choice for overall Museum Art Hotel Costume Catwalk Winner extremely hard. The Snow Globes took home the Best Group and Supreme Award, a total of $15,000 which was again put forward by Chris Parkin, with a total of $25,000 in prizes awarded.