Sunshine Coast Fever belted more than 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.
Sunshine Coast Fever belted more than 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.

Union talents dropkick way to mighty feat

RUGBY UNION: Coach Luke Zeremes has praised the determination of his Sunshine Coast Fever after they belted an astonishing 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.

The female representative sevens outfit had created the quirky fundraiser in a bid to help them participate in the Tropical 7s tournament at Orlando, Florida, in April.

They were intent on nailing 9130 successful dropkick conversions over the course of six hours; the distance in miles from Nambour to Orlando.

However, just two days before the fundraiser the Tropical 7s was cancelled due to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

“That was probably the most challenging part because we’d only found out on the Friday before that the carnival was cancelled and wouldn’t be going ahead, so there was still a lot of disappointment,” Zeremes said.

“But, I think that’s the true character and a testament to the girls that they still (did it).

“We’d been pledged money through our gofundme and they’d already accepted the challenge and they wanted to see it through which was pretty awesome to see.”

Sunshine Coast Fever belted more than 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.
Sunshine Coast Fever belted more than 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.

They pushed on and achieved what was an arduous feat last week in 5hours and 44mins, under their six-hour goal. It’s incredible,” Zeremes said.

“Five years ago coaching girls’ rugby or any women’s rugby you’d be happy to have one dropkicker in your team but now I’ve literally got at least 12.”

He labelled the test as “brutal”.

“It was 25 a minute that we had to do for the six hours so when you think of just how many kicks that is and you see it in person it was quite incredible,” Zeremes said.

“The girls were cramping and sore...even I was helping out.

“We set rules that it was players and coach, so even I was doing my bit and I was cramping up and worried my groin was going to go at one stage.”

It wasn’t officially recognised by Guinness World Records but Zeremes hadn’t ruled out chasing those honours in the near future.

Sunshine Coast Fever belted more than 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.
Sunshine Coast Fever belted more than 9000 dropkicks for a fundraising challenge despite their trip already being cancelled.

“We contacted the Guinness World Records – they haven’t had a record set yet – and they said within 24 hours to set a record we’d need to get 12,000,” he said.

“I know we could’ve got there if we went for the 24 hours but after the five hours the girls had reached the goal and that was enough for us for one day. But, it’s something we might look forward to when we get ready for next year’s trip.”



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