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The fourth and final round of the Sydney Women’s 7’s rugby union competition will be held this weekend at Boronia Park, Hunters Hill.
More than 200 players from 12 teams will play in the tournament which gets underway from 10:00am.
The final of the sevens tournament will be played as the curtain raiser to the Grand Final of the Sydney Women 15-a-side match, to be contested between Sydney University and Warringah at 3pm.
And if that’s not enough rugby for the most dedicated fan, a girls seven’s competition with 52 teams involving players between the ages of Under 12’s to Under 18’s begins after the final from 5pm.
NSW Rugby Union Women’s Development Officer Caitlin Aquilina, says it will be a big day for women’s rugby and shows just how popular the game has become.
”This is a grand day of women’s rugby and we’re expecting over 800 players and even more spectators. It’s also the first day when sevens and fifteens play at the same venue, so we’re really expecting a big crowd,” Caitlin said.
“I’m hoping this will be a day when we bring all of women’s rugby together to show the growth of the sport and just how much everyone supports each other.”
In the first tournament just eight teams competed but now just four months later 12 teams will play on the weekend in a competition which is introducing many women to the game of rugby, as players, for the first time.
“There’s been a steady number of women joining the sport which has been great to see,” says Aquilina.
“The girls do like the contact and rugby is seen as a new and challenging game for them to play. What they like is that it’s fun and has an enjoyable atmosphere around the game and the day.
“It means the girls don’t just have to be there watching a game. Now they have the chance to get involved and show what they can do, and there are some pretty talented players.”
The day will be played as a tournament with three pools of four teams competing for points that will go towards deciding the champion team for the series.
“With points totalled after the four rounds, it’s likely that Pride Sevens and Sydney Uni will be competing at the end of this tournament, for the Sydney Women’s Sevens Trophy,” says Caitlin.
“While this is the last Sydney tournament, the girls teams can now go on to play in competitions around the state including the Byron Bay Sevens, the Central Coast and the Southern Highland sevens competitions.
“Next year we’re also expecting more clubs to enter teams. This year Eastern Suburbs and UNSW established teams and clubs like Gordon and Briars, have expressed interest in joining in.”
There will be great interest in the women’s 15’s Grand Final between Sydney University and the Warringah Rats. Both sides will have Wallaroos playing, including Grace Hamilton and Ashleigh Hewson who will turn out for Sydney University and Emily Robinson and Evelyn Horomia playing for Warringah.
Last time these two teams played, the Warringah girls won by 4 points in a keenly contested match.
The first game of sevens begins at 10am, with the final to be played at 2:20pm, before the Sydney Women’s 15-a-side grand final starts at 3pm.
Teams Competing in the 4th Round of the Sydney Women’s Sevens:
Pride 7’s Sydney University
Manly Macquarie University
Eastern Suburbs University of NSW
Hornsby Hawkesbury Agricultural College
Waverley Hunters Hill