Aon Uni 7s: UQ and Griffith Uni on top as day one wraps up

Uni 7s
by Montanna Clare

The University of Queensland and Griffith Uni are both undefeated and on top of their pools after day one of the Uni 7s in Canberra.

Griffith was arguably the strongest side of the day, leaving both the University of Tasmania and the University of Melbourne tryless in their Pool B match-ups.

The Queensland uni just edged out fellow heavyweights Macquarie Uni for that top spot with a win in their round three clash at the University of Canberra.

Macquarie Uni Rays and UTas will battle it out in round five for second spot in the pool, after the Tasmanians surprised a few teams with strong performances on day one.

Hosts University of Canberra gave UQ a run for their money in round four, sitting second behind UQ in Pool A going into day two.

Here’s how the day unfolded.

Check out all today's scorers and fixtures.

4:30pm - Round four

Big scores were the theme in round four, as Griffith Uni and Macquarie Uni both piled on the points in their last matches of day one.

Tournament hosts University of Canberra made things difficult for UQ in the final round of the day, matching them in the first before the champions pulled away in the second.

It was a grind for the two sides in the lowest-scoring match of the day but the Queenslanders proved too strong in the end.

Sydney Uni’s Jakiya ‘Winx’ Whitfeld scored a double in the second match of round four helping her side to its first win of the day against Bond Uni.

Sophie Quirk scored a double for Griffith in just two minutes, and that became a first-half hat-trick in a big win over Melbourne Uni.

In what was the largest score of the day, Griffith Uni piled eight unanswered tries on tournament rookies Melbourne.

Layne Morgan was a stand out in Macquarie Uni’s final match of the day with a hat trick in their win over the Uni of Adelaide.

The Rays scored a massive 39 points against the South Australians, who finished with one win on day one.

Griffith kept Melbourne Uni try-less in round five. Photo: Rugby AU/ Karen Watson


Pool A

UQ 14 vs UC 7

Bond Uni 10 vs Sydney Uni 21

Pool B

Melbourne Uni 0 vs Griffith Uni 46

University of Adelaide 0 vs Macquarie Uni 39

2:20pm - Round three

Round three proved that UQ are still the ones to beat while powerhouses Macquarie Uni and Griffith Uni battled it out in what was called the match of the day.

UNE faced some tough competition coming into the first match of round three against UC not having won either of their first two games.

UC came out firing but UNE edged the home side out with a try and conversion on fulltime, the score 17-19.

Defending champions UQ were always going to be a handful for Sydney Uni, when they scored their first points within the first 20 seconds of play.

UQ lead at half time, with 24 unanswered points on the scoreboard but Sydney Uni managed to put two tries on the board with Emma Wade scoring on full time.

UTas recovered after their round two thrashing from Macquarie Uni, taking the lead against Melbourne Uni at half time 21-7.

Melbourne Uni were left winless for a third time as UTas took the win 28 – 12.

Macquarie Uni and Griffith Uni had a thrilling neck in neck battle that got underway just as the sun made its first appearance of the day.

The Rays lead at half time, but Griffith hung on to edge out Macquarie by two points in what was a thrilling final match of round three. 

Griffith Uni proved too strong for the Macquarie Rays in round three. Photo: Karen Watson


Pool A

UC 17 vs UNE 19

UQ 36 vs Sydney Uni 10

Pool B

UTas 28 vs Melbourne Uni 12

Macquarie 19 vs Griffith Uni 21

12:20 pm - Round two

Bond Uni opened up round two with a runaway try but UNE answered back a minute later with their own.

UNE went into the second half with a seven-point lead, but Bond Uni’s Eve Higgins was unstoppable when she secured her team the win with a hat trick and a successful conversion, the final score 21-19.

Impressive Uni 7s newcomers Sydney Uni snatched the first points in their first game of the day matchup against home side University of Canberra in round two.

However, it was UC who stole the lead and won their first match of the day, 22 -12.

A first-half double from Alice Gregory handed the University of Adelaide their first win of the day against the Uni of Melbourne, 21-5.

Wallaroos Samantha Treherne scored a spectacular five tries for Griffith University in a big win over the University of Tasmania, 42-0.

Treherne had a hat-trick by half-time before helping her team to a dominant victory.

Wallaroo Samantha Treherne scored five tries for Griffith Uni in round two. Photo: Karen Watson


Pool A 

Bond Uni 21 vs UNE 19

Sydney Uni 12 vs UC 22

Pool B 

University of Adelaide 21 vs Melbourne Uni 5

Griffith Uni 42 vs UTas 0

10:20 am - Round one

Home side UC came out strong in the first game of the day against Bond Uni but a last second try from the Queenslanders made it a 12-12 stalemate.

UQ vice-captain Mackenzie Sadler scored in the corner within the first minute for the competition leaders against UNE, setting the tone for a dominant 33-0 victory.

Uni Adelaide were first to score in game three but UTas immediately returned fire in a tight match up that finished in the Tasmania's favour, 24-22.

Adelaide scored twice more taking the lead just before the end of the first half 15 – 5.

The second half was a thrilling battle with UTas scoring twice in the opening stages but the Uni of Adelaide Romas matching pace.

Ultimately, it was UTas who edged out the Romas when Eilidh Sinclair scored the match winner and converted her own try, the final score 24 – 22.

The Macquarie Rays were too strong for Uni of Melbourne, as they piled 14 points on the scoreboard with both Mia Wood and Arabella McKenzie scoring doubles for their team.

Speedster Montana Walters scored a breakaway try just before the end of the first half for the Rays as they took the lead 19 – 5 and they ran away with the opening win.



Pool A

UC 12 vs Bond Uni 12

UNE 0 vs UQ 33

Pool B

UTas 24 vs University of Adelaide 22

Melbourne Uni 5 vs Macquarie Uni 33


Round five

Sunday September 9

9am - Bond Uni vs UQ

9:20am - Sydney Uni vs UNE

9:40am - Griffith Uni vs Uni of Adelaide

10am - Macquarie vs UTas


University of Queensland

University of Sydney

University of Canberra

Bond Uni

University of New England


Macquarie Uni 

Griffith Uni

University of Tasmania

University of Adelaide

University of Melbourne


University of Canberra

IN: Georgia O’Neill, Tayla Stanford, Kasey Dragisic 

OUT: Bree Toze, Darcy Read, Regan Hart 

Sammie Wood

Michaela Leonard

Abby Gustaitis

Jane Garraway

Yasmin Meakes

Paremo Marsh

Ngawai Eyles

Georgia O’Neill

Tania Afamasaga

Tayla Stanford

Claudia Obst

Kasey Dragisic

Griffith University

IN: Kiri Lingman, Samantha Treherne, Eliza Flynn, Yolanda Gittins

OUT: Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Ellen Field, Katie Curtis, Kahli Henwood 

Lilly Dick

Charlotte Kennington

Kiri Lingman

Samantha Treherne

Laura Waldie

Georgie Friedrichs

Ivania Wong

Kirby Sefo

Eliza Flynn

Sophie Bell

Sophie Quirk

Yolanda Gittins


IN: Gemma Hauck 

OUT: Erica Fowler

Marioulla Belessis (vc)

Shenae Ciesiolka

Gemma Hauck

Georgia Hannaway

Samantha Hopkins

Jannicke lJdens (c)

Grace Kaihau

Pleuni Kievit

Hagiga (Haj) Mosby

Mackenzie Sadler (vc)

Bodil Van Wijnbergen

Sarafina Vosuqa

Terri-Anne Egan (13th)

University of Sydney 

IN: Kirrily Laws, Claudia McLaren, Anneliese Hughes 

OUT: Kobe Dymock, Claudia Bell 

Olivia White

Chantelle Miell

Matilda Vaughan Fowler

Sydney Gregson

Ashleigh Quinlan

Jakiya Whitfeld

Emma Wade

Jordan Parsonage

Barbara Waddell

Kirrily Laws

Freya Clayhills

Claudia McLaren

Anneliese Hughes

Uni of Melbourne

IN:  Emma Wunsch, Jessica Roberts, Amy Williams 

OUT: Danielle Crosswell, Emily Wellings, Tamara Whiteside 

Jordan Holloway Clarke

Casey Homewood

Jessica Anderson

Lydia Quedley Turua

Tangata Tupou

Ryan Carlyle

Sophia Power

Emma Wunsch

Sophie McDonald

Jessica Roberts

Annie Buntine

Amy Williams

Macquarie Uni 

IN: Emily Chancellor 

OUT: Katalina Amosa 

Sariah Pakii

Kennedy Cherrington

Bella McKenzie

Maddi Anderson ©

Emily Chancellor ©

Layne Morgan

Page McGregor

Madison Ashby

Olivia Brooks

Katie Harrison

Montana Walters

Mia Wood

Bond Uni 

IN: Mille Boyle, Madi Schuck, Tarni Peep 

OUT: Lauren Brown (leg), Katie Grimmett, Bailey Marshall 

Jess Elliston ©

Millie Boyle

Georgia Page

Sophie Holyman

Gabby Senft

Kathy Baker

Madi Schuck

Trinity Mamoe

Eve Higgins

Taylor Fenton

Tarni Peep

Stephanie Rutherford

Uni of Adelaide

IN: Joanna Hawke, Cindy Chang

OUT: Zakiya Kereopa, Maddy Smith, Rebekah Jones 

Ellie Konopka ©

Maddy Smith

Alice Gregory

Olivia Bernadel-Huey

Kelly Rowe

Joanna Hawke

Lauren Kildare

Taj Heald

Lauren Potter ©

Gemma Monaghan

Cindy Chang

Zahn Anthony


IN: Emily Adams Tenayah Woodward, Lauren Wilson 

OUT: Cassie Staples, Ashleigh Walker, Ella Goldsmith 

Ashlee Knight

Isabella Tisch-Lienert

Lily Mason-Spice

Maya Stewart

Bobbi Law

Tahlia Goldsmith

Rhiannon Byers

Shana Povey-Hyatt

Emily Adams

Tenayah Woodward

Lauren Nott

Leah Wilson

University of Tasmania

IN: Sydnee Watanabe

OUT: Alice Robinson

Molly Baxter

Eilidh Sinclair

Caitlin Ryan

Lauryn Cooper

Emma Sykes

Kiki Morgan

Georgia Stewart

Sydnee Watanabe

Meesa Albert

Michaelyne Arumbi

Vivvi Kokkinen

Wyonnay Conway