Raiders lure star for Sevens
THE Port Douglas Reef Raiders rugby union club have pulled off a coup early in the year, with star women's Sevens played Charlotte Caslick coming to meet and greet during the Port Douglas Tropical Sevens tournament in March.
“She’s a sensational athlete. I’ve never seen anyone who can play rugby like she can,” said Reef Raiders club president Don Murday.
Caslick is an Australian Women’s Rugby team gold medallist from the Rio games.
“She’s going to be an ambassador for the event.
She’s going to make herself available to chat on the Saturday, going around meeting people.
“And then on Saturday night we’ll be at Rattle n Hum for a meet and greet.
“Anyone who wants to meet her are more than welcome to come down to Rattle n Hum on the Saturday night.”
Mr Murday said that as an admired player, Charlotte Caslick would be able to talk about the game and enjoy the tournament showcasing local talent.
“She’s an unbelievable ballplayer, extremely fast.
“She’d easily be the best women's rugby player in the world.
The tournament will be held on Saturday, March 11, at the Port Douglas Sports Complex, with Open men’s and open women's games.
Lewis Holland of the Australian men’s rugby sevens team will also be visiting for a meet and greet after the games.
The Reef Raiders have also snagged a new coach, with Sven Schafer coming on board to lead the Raiders.
‘We’re very excited to announce the appointment of Sven as our head coach,” said Murday.
“He has a wealth of coaching experience from South Africa.
“He’s well qualified to lead the team into 2017.”
Schafer has formal training in sports management, and has spent more than 20 years coaching rugby teams at South African schools and universities.
Club training for the new season begins this week, with sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm at the Port Douglas sports reserve.
Anyone who wants to meet Schafer and get to know the new coach is encouraged to get down to the sport reserve at 5:30pm.
“I encourage anybody who wants to try rugby – whether they’ve played it before or not – to come on down and make up the numbers,” said Don Murday.
Charlotte Caslick in action in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens, 2016