Valley in for tough time in Singapore
THE territory's unofficial sevens champions, Valley, take on Australian club Randwick brimming with players vying for spots in the national squad for next month's Hong Kong Sevens.
Valley, winners of last week's Bill Riach Sevens, meet Australia's most famous club, in the last match of their Singapore Sevens campaign today at the Singapore Cricket Club.
Despite fielding some quality players, Valley, who also meet Les Corsaires and Casaurina in League A of the 32-team tournament, will have a tough job finishing in the top two and qualifying for the main Ablitt Cup.
Randwick are captained by Scott Barker and are managed by Ron Dwyer, the older brother of Australia's national coach and former sevens coach, Bob.
Said Barker: ''We have a pretty strong side. It's definitely not weak and some of the young guys are looking at this tournament to nudge the national selectors.'' Among the players in the Randwick side are Peter Jorgenson, who narrowly missed out on a national sevens place last year, and Craig Kelaher, younger brother of 1992 Hong Kong Sevens player, Tim.
Hong Kong's two other sides in the two-day competition also face hard matches in their preliminary group.
Police are placed in League C with Pacific Islanders Davetalevu, SAFSA and Australian side Wanneroo.
It will be the first international tournament for Police's player-coach Gary Cross in nearly two years after missing most of last season because of a knee injury.
Hong Kong Football Club, take on powerful New Zealand side Ponsonby in League H as well as Brunei and local side, the Police Association.