THE Kiama Sevens trophy has returned to Sydney's north for another year, but it has a new home in 2020.
Manly entered competition as defending champions, however the 2019 winners were left to settle for fourth place after falling to Gungahlin in the plate final.
Instead it was their north shore rivals Warringah who took out this year's edition of the annual sevens tournament, the Rats scoring in the last play of the final to edge West Harbour 17-14.
Kiama Sevens tournament director Mark Bryant said Warringah were deserving winners on what was a successful day.
"It was a fantastic day," Bryant said.
"It ran like clockwork.
"We had our farmers respite week for one family, we brought a young bloke with down syndrome called Sam Taylor out there.
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"He scored a 70 metre try and it was the biggest cheer I've heard, then he went and kicked the conversion.
"Warringah played West Harbour in the final and it was a hard final.
"Warringah were deserving winners, they were consistent the whole day.
"That's the biggest thing in this tournament, you have to win every game.
"You can't lose and come back, it's just about impossible now."
The Warringah cause was boasted by the inclusion of Australian sevens representative Josh Coward, with fellow national players Jesse Parahi, Jeral Skelton, Matt Hood and Brandon Quinn, also turning out for their respective clubs.
Bryant praised the athletes for their commitment and said they elevated the overall level of play in the competition.
"It was great to have them playing, they spread out among all the Sydney sides well," Bryant said.
"They are just that little bit better, they do the little things that little bit better.
"It's that one per cent that makes a big difference."
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The hosts also had a successful day on the field, with Kiama progressing to the Country Cup final.
That was where their run came to an end, however, with Goulburn triumphing 17-10.
Shoalhaven made the most of their trip north, the Shoals defeating Central Coast club The Lakes 24-17 in the Bowl decider.
The women's Vase was claimed by Southern Districts, the Rebels ending a multi-year run of Warringah dominance in that division.
Jindabyne took out the women's country division.
Bryant said it was pleasing to see so many different clubs vie for glory across all the divisions.
"The way we have the tournament structured now, with different divisions, teams aren't getting belted by the Sydney clubs, which makes it better all the way through.
"It was good to see prize money go to a lot of different clubs.
"The Kiama boys played some pretty good footy, it just came down to the bounce of the ball in the end for them."