The 13 Australian women’s sevens players set for the Olympics are to be featured in the Newcastle tournament in AON 7s. The ladies have been allocated to different teams as round two of the tournament goes underway.
University of Adelaide and Melbourne University are two teams that have been added to the NSW competition to avoid any troubles concerning borders being closed.
Surfers Paradise rugby club’s field in Queensland will feature Bond, UQ and Griffith Uni and they will go up against a new combination to the Queensland side.
In round one in Newcastle, University of Melbourne benefitted early from the inclusion of the 7s star Charlotte Caslick. Caslick was able to help lead her less experienced teammates and taught them a few tricks and things. Sydney University, however, took home the win against Melbourne, final time score 17-7.
In the round one at Surfers Paradise, Bond University dominated the round one champions University of Queensland , which showed an impressive sharp interchange of play. Bond’s speedsters we’re a stand out in the round as Stephanie Rutherford and Caitlyn Costello made it rain with tries. Final time 38-5.
In Newcaslte, Round two saw Sydney University going head to head with competitions favorites UTS , An excellent opening try from Sydney Uni set the tone for the entertaining battle. At half time Maya Stewarts superb kicking skills, was able to kick the conversion to tie the game from a long range. UTS fired back with a try shortly after the break, taking the lead and the Wallaroo, Eva Karpani’s beautiful run and strength sealed the win with final time, 17-5.
The Australian women’s sevens team have been under a microscope whilst they are on their Tokyo Olympic Games 2021 campaign. The ladies won the firs ever Rugby gold medal in the Olympic games back in 2016 in Rio, Brazil, beating their arch rivals, New Zealand. The nail biter final against the two teams will forever be remembered as one of the best rugby sevens games ever played as neither teams wanted to concede a try and lose the first ever gold.