Caslick set to return in Canada

by Sam Phillips

Australian Women's Sevens star Charlotte Caslick is set to return from a head knock at the Langford 7s, as the Australians seek a return to the top of the podium.

Having started the World Series with two straight undefeated tournaments, the Australians were beaten by New Zealand in their semi final showdown at Kitakyushu.

They were forced to settle for bronze, narrowing the lead they have atop the Women's World Series standings.

But they were without Caslick, Ellia Green and Sharni Williams in Japan and their star playmaker has returned to training this week, with all signs pointing to a return in Canada.

"Charlotte is doing awesome," Vani Pelite said.

"She had a bad head knock but she is preparing really well.Charlotte Caslick is expected to return to the Aussie Sevens side in Canada. Photo: Walmsley"Hopefully we will have her back out there in Canada."

A return to the winners circle would hand the Australians a near unassailable lead atop the World Series standings with just the Paris leg remaining and Pelite said the team was well aware a third title would put them in pole position.

"A performance in Langford would really set us up to secure that (top) spot," she said.

"Obviously we have Paris afterwards but if we can get out there next week and hopefully come away with the win, it will definitely help us secure that."Vani Pelite is having a career year. Photo: WalmsleyOn a personal front, Pelite is having a career year.

She has long been one of the underrated performers in the Australian fold but she has arguably been the team's best player this season.

"I would say that so far this has been the best season that I have had with the team," she said.

"Obviously having more game time and more exposure on the circuit helps with that.

"It's definitely been one of my better years."

The Australian Women's Sevens side tackle the Langford 7s in Canada on May 12-13.