Sevens action wrapped up


6/11/2018



By NSW Rugby Media

Two days of women’s rugby action has wrapped up in the Hunter, NSW as the Scone Brumbies hosted their second women’s only sevens tournament.

Nine teams from NSW and ACT battled it out over the weekend in one of the few women’s only rugby sevens events in Australia.

Alex Bellamy from the Hornsby Nalas spoke of how much the event has grown in just a year and the positive impact the competition has on women’s rugby.

“We’re breaking down the barriers of what people expect women’s rugby to be like. You don’t have to be fast, you don’t have to be a certain body shape, everyone has a place on the field”.

“The mentality of having to be physical and aggressive is changing and women aren’t scared to play anymore. With competitions like this, we’re getting more women out onto the field,” Bellamy said.

The day ended in spectacular fashion with a Newcastle Waratahs and Southern Districts Grand Final.

The Newcastle women were enjoying a 20-14 lead with just two minutes left on the clock before Southern Districts speedster Tiarne Cavanagh scored in the corner with thirty seconds left.

Coupled with a successful conversion, Southern Districts were crowned 2018 Champions on the Buzzer.

Summary of results

Cup Winners Southern Districts defeated Waratahs Newcastle 22-21

Cup Play-off Winners Central Coast defeated Stingers 22-12

Plate Winners Tuggeranon Vikings defeated Nelson Bay 22-5

Plate Play-off Winners Scone Brumbies defeated Wanderers 17-12

Western Sydney Sevens

It wasn’t only the sun that was sizzling at the Western Sydney Sevens as 28 teams across four competitions, vied for championship titles in the three-day competition.

For the first time, a women’s division was included in the competition with the inaugural winners Randwick Magic defeat PNG Palais in a tough 15-12 encounter.

“It was a huge three days, and we’ve already had a lot of interest in 2019’s competition off the back of this weekend’s success,” said Event Organiser Craig Morton.

“We had a few Australian Sevens stars come watch which was great, not to mention the fact we had teams traveling from overseas to Sydney’s west to play rugby. We can’t wait to do it all again next year bigger and better,” Morton added.

Winners’ medals were presented by current Australian servicemen and women as the event is partnered with a number of The Returned and Services League (RSL) clubs to raise funds and awareness for veterans and returning servicemen and women.

Summary of results

Men’s Diggers Cup Winners Island Breeze (Fiji) defeated Sydney Nadi 12-7

Men’s Plate Winners PNG 7s defeated Brumbies 19-12

Men’s Bowl Winners Iconz (NSW 7s) defeated Nabukavesi Babas 24-19

Women’s Diggers Cup Winners Randwick Magic defeated PNG Palais 15-12

Women’s Plate Winners UNE Cubs defeated Rugby Vault (NZ) 19-10

Women’s Bowl Winners Western Sydney Two Blues defeated Manly Mermaids 31-10

Youth Boys U17s Winners Iconz (NSW 7s) defeated Brumbies 24-5

Youth Girls U17s Winners Rugby Vault (NZ) defeated Randwick Magic 15-10


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