The Sydney Convicts rugby club entered a team into the Eastern Suburbs Touch Rugby competition during preseason to help stay in form and prepare for the Bingham Cup in June.
But what they didn’t reckon on was taking out the grand final — the day after the Mardi Gras party.
“The aim was to help newer players learn the rules of rugby and learn ball-handling skills,” Convicts’ president Charlie Winn said.
“The interest from players was great and shows a real commitment to preparing to go overseas. Many of the players on the team had never played touch before and some had never played rugby at all.”
After beating all teams in their division, the Convicts progressed to the grand final, defeating the  Beating Chastards 9-2.
“This win is a great start to the season and a great morale boost for the Convicts as we prepare to go overseas to defend the Bingham Cup,” Winn told Sydney Star Observer.
In the meantime, the club will host a trivia night at the Paddington RSL on Friday, March 26, to help raise funds for their trip to the Bingham Cup. Mitzi Macintosh will host the event and doors open at 7.30pm.

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