Australia has won the Gold Medal in Women’s Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas after a thrilling 31-5 victory over Canada in the Gold Medal match this morning.
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The next generation of Australia’s Women’s Rugby Sevens talent went through the tournament undefeated after accounting for Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji and Wales before facing off against Canada in the Final.
Emulating the Gold Medal success of the team at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, Australia has proven that the future is increcibly bright with the talent coming through in Women’s Sevens.
In the Gold Medal Match the young Aussies got out to strong start with Lily Rose Bennet scoring the first points of the day. Canada countered strongly with a try of their own to level the scores before a try on the cusp of half time to Page McGregor ensured Australia went into the break leading 12-5.
The second half saw the Australians lift both their attack and defence as they kept Canada scoreless despite many attacking raids by the opposition.
Two more tries to Lily Rose Bennet, Page McGregor and Georgia Hannaway highlighted Australia’s class and brought the final score to 31-5.
Australian Sevens Youth Girls Head Coach, Dale Roberson said: “I’m extremely proud of this team. We played a clinical game and defended really well to limit Canada to one try.
“The Girls were brilliant right throughout the tournament and the way they worked together to win the Gold Medal is a credit to the hard work every player put in.
“This couldn’t have been done without the work of the State Unions who have continued to develop the Girls around the country before they came to National camp and shows that the future is very bright for Women’s Rugby Sevens.”
The team will return home to Australia where the players in this squad will join the various University sides competing in the inaugural Aon Women’s University Sevens Series due to kick off with round one on August 25