UQ claim third straight crown

Uni 7s
by Sam Phillips

UQ have been crowned tournament champions for the third straight time, treating their home fans to a show.

They proved too strong for Macquarie, who were forced to settle for silver, with Bond claiming bronze.

Here's how all the action panned out.

12pm - University of Queensland 12 Macquarie University 5

Macquarie had all the ball and all the territory in the first five minutes but they couldn't turn that into points and with turnover ball, Mackenzie Sadler flew down the left hand sideline to score the only try of the first term.

It was UQ's defence that won this match.

They didn't give Macquarie a sniff with ball in hand and when they got the footy, they found their stars and gave them space and time to prosper.

Emilee Cherry did exactly that halfway through the second term to open up a 12-0 lead.

The full time siren had sounded before Macquarie were able to cross for a late consolation try, UQ claiming their third straight title.

11:40am - Bond University 19 University of Canberra 12

A Katie Heffernan try after the final siren has secured a bronze medal for Bond.

UC were desperately unlucky to fall short of a podium finish, having lost both the semi final and this match after full time.

Bond scored at the death to claim bronze. Photo: SportographyUC were the first to score, Darcy Read speeding down the sideline to open up a 5-0 lead.

Bailey Marshall returned serve for Bond before Cassie Staples put her team back in front, a lead that would stand until Heffernan crossed at the death to claim bronze.

11:20am - University of Tasmania 14 University of Adelaide 5

Kiki Morgan and UTAS have been big improvers in Brisbane. Photo: SportographyUTAS have finished fifth in Brisbane, a big uptick in their performance in the opening two tournaments.

Kiki Morgan scored her team's first, bursting through the UA line from inside their 22 to score under the sticks.

That would be the only try of the first term, as UA struggled to maintain any significant attacking movements.

Nicole Beck extender her side's lead almost immediately after half time and UA couldn't peg back the lead, managing just one consolation try in the closing stages of the match.

11am - Griffith University 36 University of New England 0

Griffith have claimed 7th place at UQ, flogging a disappointing UNE outfit in the first of four finals this morning.

The match was over by half time, with Eseta Aho Fangaloka, Alysia Lefau Fakaosilea, Sam Treherne and Lauren Brown all scoring long range tries which put the match beyond UNE's grasp.

After an improved performance in Sydney, UNE have been the most disappointing side at the tournament this weekend.

The loss of Alicia Quirk has seriously hurt their attack, as she has had the keys to unlocking the likes of Hannah Southwell in the first two tournaments.

10am - University of Queensland 17 Bond University 7

UQ have booked their third straight grand final berth with a 17-7 win against Bond.

An Emilee Cherry double was enough to put the home side in front and they never looked back, Bond only able to cross through a superb 75 metre effort from Aussie Sevens star Charlotte Caslick.

They will face Macquarie in the final, after their thrilling win against UC.

9:40am - Macquarie University 22 University of Canberra 21

Macquarie have scored three tries in the last three minutes to snatch a grand final berth from UC.

Canberra led 21-5 with three minutes to play after Cassie Staples set off on a run from 70 out to score her second of the match and looked home and hosed before Macquarie turned on the jets.

Nita Maynard scored a late double before Sarah Halvorsen took it upon herself to score a brilliant match winner after the final siren had sounded.

9:20am - University of Adelaide 15 University of New England 12

UA will face UTAS in the fifth place playoff, after sneaking past UNE in the second match of the day.

UA fans have Vani Pelite to thank for the win, the Aussie Sevens star scoring a brilliant hat trick to beat UNE, Rhiannon Byers scoring the pick of her team's two tries.

9am - University of Tasmania 12 Griffith University 10

It didn't take long for the first upset of the day, with Griffith relegated to the a 7th place playoff after falling to an improved UTAS outfit.

The Tasmanians didn't register a win yesterday but they were too strong for Griffith, who are without Aussie Sevens stars Demi Hayes and Shannon Parry.

A late try from Wallaroos fullback Sam Treherne set up a finish that had the crowd on the edge of their seats but a spilled pass put UTAS through to the 5th place playoff.