The Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team has emerged victorious in the three match Sevens series against Canada at the Gold Coast Sevens winning 17-15 and taking out the series.
Over the two days Australia lost the first match but rallied to win the final two in what is critical preparation for the IRB Women’s Sevens Series, due to commence on 4 Decembe in Dubai.
Australia’s tireless Shannon Parry was happy her side was able to get the job done.
“Canada is a top three team in the IRB Series and we are very grateful that they come down under and they are definitely a top contender for the series.
“It’s great to play tough opposition before the series starts.
“We don’t get to play in front of our home crowd that often and it was something special.”
Solid defence from Australia’s Shannon Parry saved an almost certain Canadian try in the opening minute of the match. As the Canadians reeled, Alicia Quirk pounced to score a fantastic try in the corner to give Australia a 5-0 advantage.
Canada showed why they are one of the best teams on the international Sevens circuit with an immediate try reply through the flying Ghislaine Landry.
Australia’s second score came through an excellent set move that allowed Shannon Parry to break through the Canadian line after running a fantastic line, offloading to Charlotte Caslick to score right underneath the posts.
The start of the second half saw the women in red pounce on an Australian defensive lapse as Bianca Farella scored in the corner.
Canada dotted down again with a fantastic try that went through multiple sets of hands to take the lead 15-12 with less than two minutes remaining.
With the clock counting down the Australian side needed to find a try to win the match in order to ensure victory in the series. A 75-metre run by Australia’s flying winger Ellia Green allowed Australia to take the lead 17-15 and bring the crowd to rapturous applause.
IRB Women’s Sevens World Series calendar:
Dubai, UAE - 4-5 December 2014
Sao Paulo, Brazil – 7-8 February 2015
Atlanta, USA – 14-15 March 2015
Langford, Canada – 18-19 April 2015
London, England – 15-16 May 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands – 22-23 May 2015