The Mick Curry Memorial Sevens on Saturday was a hot assignment but one the Maitland Blacks wouldn't miss.
The 45-degree heat taxed all comers even though the games only went for 14 minutes, but Blacks coach Ryan McCormack said given the support they had received from hosts Hamilton in recent years they were always going to field a side.
Men’s and women’s teams from across the state, including Sydney grade sides took part in the tournament.
A young and inexperienced Maitland lost all three round matches at St John Oval, Charlestown.
McCormack said everyone pulled up well and headed straight to the pool for a few hours after their games were finished to cool down thoroughly.
“Every effort was made to ensure everyone was hydrated and kept cool and it was a great day, if not a hot one,” he said.
“Only two of our players had actually played sevens before, but it was great to get on the field and break up the grind of pre-season training.
“We were pretty lucky in the draw, only one of our games was in the afternoon, so we missed the worst of the heat.
“Given all the support we have received from Hamilton in our fundraising efforts over recent years, we were always going to support the event.
“There are rivalries in sport on the field, but we are very lucky with how the teams support each other.”
Hamilton won the country division title and Endeavour Hills surprised defending champions Warringah in the final of the men’s premier division.