Bond Uni win the Aon Uni7s Gold Medal Final in spectacular fashion

2021 Aon Uni 7s - National Finals Round 2, Day 2 Bond University, Gold Coast

Bond Uni win the Gold Medal Final in spectacular fashion over Griffith University in the final round of the Aon Uni Sevens for 2021.

This is it! It's the final day of National Rounds in the Aon Uni Sevens after four weekends of top tier competition.

Griffith University will take on University of Newcastle in the first playoff, while competition favourites Bond will have to go through Sydney Uni.

UQ caused the upset of the round to progress right through to the finals, and are joined by UTS following good performances on the opening day.

Bond progressed through to the final to take on a tenacious Griffith University team, running out winners to cement themselves as the top team across the tournament.

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2021 Aon Uni 7s - National Finals Round 2, Day 2 Bond University, Gold Coast

Qualifying Finals

An entertaining clash between Griffith University and Newcastle opened the day's action. Typically strong starters in their first game of the day, the Seahorses took it to Griffith early in the match. Griffith stood tough and a few flashes of brilliance was enough to knockout the Newcastle side. FT 26-7

Bond's pace out wide was too much for Sydney Uni in an opening blitz by the Queensland side. Sydney Uni wasn’t able to put anything together in attack, and was forced into making tackle after tackle. Bond looking dangerous early. FT 36-5

Semi-Finals

The first semi of the day saw qualifiers Griffith take on tournament surprise-packets UQ in a free-flowing encounter. Teams went try for try in the first half, including two fantastic long-range efforts from UQ's Kaitlin Shave. The action continued in the second half, with a converted Haidee Head try proving the difference for Griffith. FT 21-19

In the second semi, Bond opened the scoring through an acrobatic display from Maddison Levi, but UTS were able to respond right on half-time via Mahalia Murphy who showed great awareness to dot it down close to the uprights to tie the game up. The deadlock was broken in the second half following a Teagan Levi pilfer and full-length Diaz Seumanutafa try, capped off at the end by Georgia Sim. FT 19-5

 Bond Uni celebrate at the Aon Uni Sevens. | Photo Stephen Tremain
Bond Uni celebrate at the Aon Uni Sevens. | Photo Stephen Tremain

Playoffs

To decide fifth and sixth place on the standings Sydney Uni took on University Newcastle looking to get their first win of the weekend. Sydney Uni started strong, scoring quickly and shutting out the Newcastle side. Another two tries in the second-half cemented the win for Sydney Uni. FT 20-7

The Bronze Final match-up between UQ and UTS was a tight affair throughout the game, as teams traded blows on the field and on the scoreboard. Some try-saving efforts from UQ kept them in the game, but UTS took the lead right on full-time to clinch the game. FT 15-14

Gold Final

It was a fiery encounter for the final between Griffith and Bond, with the two teams showcasing some exceptional speed and skill. Bond dominated the first half, going up 22-0 by using their speedsters out wide. Griffith managed to claw back a try, but it was all one-way traffic, with Bond running out deserved winners. FT 29-7

The competition has gone to another level in 2021, with plenty of new talent emerging from the teams involved. The tournament format has involved plenty of travel, and golden opportunities for the Aussie Women's Sevens players to get involved ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo.

Aon Uni Sevens Dream Team

Sidney Taylor - UQ

Bridget Clark - Sydney Uni

Piper Duck - Sydney Uni

Teagan Levi - Bond

Tiarne Cavanagh - UTS

Jesse Southwell - University of Newcastle

Maddison Levi - Bond

Player of the Tournament

Teagan Levi - Bond

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