It was a big turnaround for the Bolt women who failed to record a win on Day One before storming through their day two fixtures. The Bolt men set the standard across both days, dropping just one match on the way to the title.
Bolt women opened the scoring in the Final, with Montessa Tairakena going over in the corner before co-Captain Ruby Tui crossed to give Bolt a 14-0 half time lead. 2018 MVP Kalyn Takitimu-Cook opened the second half scoring with a try under the posts. Jazmin Hotham pegged a try back for Surge but Bolt held on for the 21-7 win.
16-year-old Jorja Miller added to the tournament win by scooping the Rookie MVP title. The Christchurch Girls High School student was a standout in the winning team, showing skills beyond her years and cementing herself as name to watch in the sevens game.
The Bolt men were too strong in the Final, Bay of Plenty’s Cole Forbes ran in for a hat trick, while Akuila Rokolisoa continued his fine form adding 16 points to his tally from the weekend. Regan Ware nabbed an intercept try for Inferno and rangy forward Rhodes Featherstone also crossed for the orange side, but Bolt were too strong, closing out the match 41-12.
Northland’s Brady Rush was awarded the men’s Rookie MVP. Son of All Blacks Sevens great Eric Rush, he showed pace and skill for his Surge team over the past two days. All Blacks Sevens Coach Clark Laidlaw said Rush’s understanding of the game and his ability to keep involved in the action saw him among the top performers of the weekend.
Each team nominated a players’ player of the tournament which was then selected by Laidlaw and Black Ferns Sevens coaches Cory Sweeney and Allan Bunting.
Ruby Tui (Bolt), Kelsey Teneti (Inferno), Manaia Nuku (Power) and Alena Saili (Surge) were the women’s nominees, with Saili claiming the prize for her efforts across the week.
Moses Leo (Bolt), Rhodes Featherstone (Inferno), Sione Molia (Power) and Brady Rush (Surge) were nominated by their teams with Leo being awarded the honour for his strong week for team Bolt.