A capacity crowd at the Dub were treated to some exciting rugby as four gold medals were decided on the final day of the Rugby 7’s.
The Garda scooped two golds and a bronze, the Welsh Fire Service won the Open 2B competition and the New Zealand Fire Service took gold in the Open 1 category.
The Kiwis only flew in for the competition on Tuesday night and were straight into action Wednesday morning but by finals day they had got over there jet lag.
New Zealand faced the Paris Fire Brigade in their semi final having already lost to the French side in the round robin. New Zealand held on for a 12-5 win while the British Police beat the Garda 17-7 in the other last four clash.
In the playoff for Bronze the Garda raced into a 17-0 lead and were clinging on at the end.
The British Police went into the final having won ever game in the competition but the Kiwi’s had done their homework after losing to them in the round robin.
New Zealand scored three first half tries to take a 17-0 half time lead.
The British Police scored a seven point but the New Zealand defence held firm and although they leaked a late try they never looked like losing.
The Over 35’s competition threw up a PSNI against Garda final.
PSNI beat the British Prison Service 19-5 in their semi final while the Garda had an impressive 31-0 win over the Italian Fire Service.
Three first half tries gave the Garda a 15-0 interval lead in the final, they added two more quick scores before the home side crossed the whitewash but the Garda added two more tries for a 39-5 victory.
There was also a gold for the Garda Ladies side who were very impressive in both the semi final and the decider.
In the last four they met Canada East and showed some great pace and skill on route to scoring five tries but the game was marred by a serious injury to one of the Canadians.
In the final the Garda met Canada West and again the North Americans had no answer to the Irish side’s pace.
The Garda scored four first half tries to lead 26-0 at the break and they added another try in the second half for a 33-0 victory.
There was a local medal in the Ladies competition as the bronze medalists USA had a player from the PSNI in their squad.
The Welsh Fire Service enjoyed a 38-10 win over North Vancouver in the Open2B final.
Elsewhere team Northern Ireland took gold in the Lawn Bowls fours with a victory over team Ireland in the final.
The PSNI took a bronze in the wrist wrestling.
Team NI were enjoyed success in the tennis, taking 1 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze helped by Ulster Vets player and fire fighter Liam Kane and his services colleague Andrew McVeigh.