Raiders lure star for Sevens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Scott Tib­balls

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.

Picture: GETTY

Char­lotte Caslick in ac­tion in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens, 2016

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