And the Sevens Groupie awards go to ...

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 March, 2004, 12:00am

All good things must come to an end - and so, the debauchery of the Sevens is over for another year, with little but a hangover, empty wallets and mysterious bruises to show for it.

Ah, but some of you out there also snagged yourself some fine photographic mementos, as evidenced by the entries in our Sevens Groupie competition.

It was a close contest, but first prize must go to Rob Scott, who sent in this quintessential Sevens image - victorious mud-stained gladiator, mug in hand, and (to the victor go the spoils) a pair of impressive props. Hey, if you've got them, flaunt them! Some mystery remains as to who the England supporter is, pictured with Tom Williams of the victorious England team. All Rob will tell us is that she is from a group of 'ardent English fans who were keeping abreast of the Sevens'. Rob wins himself a night for two at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, venue of choice for all Sevens teams.

In second place, and winning herself a dinner for two at Kokage, courtesy of Elite Concepts, is Gushi Sethi, who found the perfect place for a little lie down in between matches. The Canadian team, in the Star TV box, did not seem to mind.

And third place goes to Rowena Lubiano, pictured relaxing in the stands with Sevens legend Eric Rush of the Kiwi team. Rowena wins a $400 voucher for Klong Bar and Grill, again courtesy of Elite.

Runner-up prizes of official Sevens shirts go to Aiwa Yau (flanked by two of her favourite fellas, Tanerau Latimer and Rudi Wulf of the New Zealand side.

And young Andrew Peterson spent some quality time with the ever-obliging Canadian team aboard a Star Ferry on a trip organised by the Canadian Club.

Finally, I couldn't resist showing off one of my favourite snaps from the weekend - I think I now must qualify as a serious Sevens Groupie. I'll admit that the rugby remained a bit of a mystery, but I was left in no doubt about what it is about these boys that attracts hordes of female fans. These guys are worth all the attention they get - and they know it too! I managed to spend some quality time with blond Aussies Luke Inman (doing his blue steel impersonation) and Paul Warwick in the Lan Kwai Fong box at the stadium.

Thanks to everyone who helped me through the weekend. (Oh, and all contest winners - e-mail me again on with your contact details so we can get the prizes to you).