ON THE BALL: Noosa's Will Christie.
ON THE BALL: Noosa's Will Christie. Patrick Woods

Dolphins are ready to dive in to Noosa Sevens festival

RUGBY UNION: Dolphins play-maker Will Christie believes a campaign-opening win against arch-rival Caloundra would provide them with a significant morale boost for the Noosa Sevens.

The hosts head into the annual tournament still reeling from their hefty loss to the same team in the season-decider of the Sunshine Coast first grade competition in August.

"We're a bit dirty about getting beaten by a fair bit in the grand final,” scrum-half Christie said of the 40-10 thrashing.

"It's always a rivalry between Caloundra and Noosa ... so it would be good to get one up on them (today), even if it's in sevens.”

And victory against the Lighthouses in their first match of the tournament on Saturday could set them up for a run at the Noosa Sevens title.

"It would get the ball rolling, get the boys' spirit and confidence up, to be able to push through the rest of the tournament,” he said.

"Caloundra have size and speed and handy, experienced players in their team so it's going to be a tough game to start with.

"But we'll see if we can put our combinations together and give it a good crack.”

The tournament was re-scheduled after rain spoiled the occasion last month.

There won't be elite men's and women's divisions but Noosa are determined to make a concerted tilt at the trophy in the social men's category.

"I think we've got a reasonable shot at the title,” Christie said.

"We're in a pretty hard pool with Caboolture, University of Queensland and Caloundra so it will be tough but there are plenty of skills from our boys and you never like to lose at home.”

Pacey Queensland Country Heelers representative Brandon Mayhew, who was the Sunshine Coast A-grade player of the year, is in their ranks while Will Rogers also provides a strong option for them.

"We've got some big boys and also some speed so hopefully we can put it together,” Christie said.

A host of teams, including from Queensland Premier Grade clubs, have converged for the two-day festival.

Along with social men's and women's divisions, there will be matches in junior divisions from under-13 to under-18.

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