McGregor set for World Series debut

by Sam Phillips

Page McGregor's meteoric rise is set to continue in Dubai, named to make her Sevens World Series debut.

McGregor won gold for Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games earlier this year and followed that up with a stellar Aon Uni 7s series for Macquarie University.

Those performances caught the eye of Australia coach Tim Walsh and he handed McGregor her first cap at the Oceania Sevens last week.

That has now turned into a World Series debut, capping a breakout 2017 for the rising star.McGregor won Youth Commonwealth Games gold in the Bahamas. Photo: Getty Images"I have been really impressed with how Page (McGregor) has thrown herself into everything this year," Walsh said.

"She has left no stone unturned when it comes to her preparation.

"Quick on her feet and a dogged fighter, she is proving that she has what it takes to be an Australian Women’s Sevens player."

In other team news, Georgina Friedrichs makes her return from injury, having missed the entire Uni 7s series, with Emma Tonegato also set to line up for her first World Series leg since Las Vegas last season.

"We have had our biggest pre-season to date this year and the squad has prepared really well," Walsh said.
Georgina Friedrichs is back. Photo: Getty Images"We have handled the move to our new headquarters all in our stride and we feel a strong momentum leading into Dubai.

"We have trialled a couple of different strategies and have settled on a change or two.

"Preseason offered plenty of hard work, tournaments, and some lessons in growth and self-awareness.

"We have had some good performances and feel that season 2017-2018 offers us a year to remember.

"Destiny is in our hands and focusing on what we do is central to us delivering high performance."


Australian Women's Sevens team for Dubai Sevens

1. Shannon Parry (c), 24 caps, Griffith University

2. Sharni Williams (c), 23 caps, University of Canberra

3. Georgina Friedrichs, 6 caps, University of Tasmania

4. Dom Du Toit, 6 caps, Macquarie University

5. Emma Tonegato, 18 caps, University of Adelaide

6. Evania Pelite, 14 caps, University of Adelaide

7. Charlotte Caslick, 23 caps, Bond University

8. Mahalia Murphy, 8 caps, University of Adelaide

9. Emma Sykes, 6 caps, University of Queensland

10. Page McGregor, 1 cap, Macquarie University

11. Emilee Cherry, 25 caps, University of Queensland

12. Cassie Staples, 2 caps, University of Canberra