Austrian 7’s tournament in Leoben
Samstag, 22. Oktober 2016, Bericht: Line Al Fassih
At the end of the season 2015/2016, the MRFC Ladies team decided to stop playing 15’s for a year because of the lack of players. The perks of this decision are that it gives the team time to really focus on 7’s and become more successful. Moreover, since the team is trying to recruit a lot of new players (with the goal of registering a team in the Bundesliga again in one or two seasons), it gives the new players time to gain experience, playing a fast, fun and strategically less complicated game.
But with a maximum of 7 tournaments in a season in the Regionalliga, the girls were worried that they would not be playing a lot this season. That’s why they decided to register to some of the national Austrian Women Rugby 7’s tournaments.
After missing the first two Austrian tournaments, we were really eager to play against five new teams. The Austrian teams were also curious to meet us. On their homepage, the host club Leoben wrote that it was the first time that the national tournament welcomed so many participants (9 teams). And that the MRFC, with its first participation, was going to be the “Unknow” of the tournament.