Friday, February 6, 2009

#614 ... Seven's Fever

The Seven's parade down Lambton Quay ... thats the NZ team on the trailer at the end of the parade. The building with the construction workers is the new Supreme Court building at the northern end of Lambton Quay

Sevens fans will have extra reason to party as the NZI Wellington Sevens celebrate its tenth birthday! The country’s biggest sports and entertainment festival will be held at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Waitangi weekend, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February 2009.

Held over two days and nights, the NZI Sevens involves 16 international teams competing in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens series. The first day of the tournament consists of pool matches on a round robin basis. Points are awarded for wins, losses and draws. Following completion of all the pool matches in day one, the first and second placed teams in each pool progress to the Cup Championship. The third and fourth placed teams of each pool progress to the Bowl Championship.

On day two Championship games move into a knockout phase. The winners of each game move into semi finals and then finals. The winner of the Tournament is the team that has moved through all their games on day two with no losses. Each game runs for 2 x 7 minute halves with a 2 minute half time; the final game of the tournament is 2 x 10 minute halves.

Wellington rocks during the NZI Sevens. There’s always heaps to do.

Grab a bite to eat at a great restaurant or spend time bonding with the local bar scene. Everything in the downtown area is within walking distance. Party on at the Westpac Stadium and then continue the action just 20 minutes walk away - at the downtown party zones on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street. Or check out an exhibition, visit some funky fashion boutiques or head to a local music gig.

Get out there and enjoy the party!

see more photos at scoop

1 comment:

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i was in nz in 2004 during this event - such a new one for me, as it didnt exist when i left nz in 1994. the bars were full of people wearing similar uniforms, which reminded me of a carnival approach to the sevens affiar, something we celebrate in greece, but had never done so in nz