National Women's Sevens Championships delivers thrills and spills on Day One

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By Community Rugby

The second annual National Women’s Championships kicked off today at St Ignatius College, Riverview, with 14 teams in attendance. More than 150 female players descended on the match-perfect ground, which saw state teams from across the country along with several invitational sides and one international team competing. 

Defending Champions, and Pool A top seeds, Queensland Red, featured an all-star cast of Qantas Women’s Sevens players including Shannon Parry, in her first game back from knee surgery, Rebecca Tavo, Cheyenne Campbell and veteran Tricia Brown. Two convincing wins were not enough to top their pool, with ACT taking out three straight wins. Defensive pressure and strong ball running by captain, and Australian representative, Sharni Williams ensured ACT a place in the Cup semi-final tomorrow morning at 9.40am.
The perfect weather conditions were matched by outstanding game play with the Australian representative sides for Oztag and Touch Football, making their mark early in the competition.
In their first Rugby outing, Australian Oztag meet ACT in tomorrow’s Cup semi-final, with great fitness, strong support play and skill adaptation in the contact area seeing them dominate their pool, despite a threatening WA side. Rising star and Schoolgirl Sevens graduate Brooke ‘Sugar glider’ Anderson showed why she is the one to watch.
The Australian Touch team, with an abundance of dual internationals team including Australian Youth Olympic gold medallists, Wallaroos and Australian Sevens players, won their pool, and will meet NSW Blues in the Cup semi-finals tomorrow at 10am. 
For Qantas Women’s Sevens coach Chris Lane, the tournament has further opened up selection and competition opportunities for female Rugby players in Australia, with players vying for a place in the squad for the final leg of the IRB Women’s Sevens Series in London next month.
“It’s an exciting time for Women’s Rugby, with 2013 seeing the second Women’s Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow. The breadth of talent showcased today reflects the growing interest in the game.
Lane said, “This tournament allows us to observe the best Sevens players in Australia and continue the pathway to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”
For more information, the full draw and results, click here.

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