Grace shows grit to go all the way

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

YOUNG South Perth rugby union star Grace McFillen is gun­ning to play in the new rugby union sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion start­ing in April.

Grace (11) has been an out­stand­ing suc­cess on the field, last year lead­ing the South Perth rugby league team to a premier­ship in the un­der-11 grade WA com­pe­ti­tion.

She’s rep­re­sented both WA and Aus­tralia in the game, hav­ing com­peted in Sin­ga­pore in the other rugby code, rugby league.

The win in Sin­ga­pore capped a great sea­son for Grace af­ter she was part of the Ned­dies un­der-11s team that won Rug­byWA’s Road to Rio rugby sev­ens tour­na­ment.

Since re­turn­ing to Perth, Grace has been in train­ing for the Ned­dies girls team for the new sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion.

Grace’s Ned­dies un­der11s rugby union coach Mark Drum­mond said Grace had a big fu­ture in the game, which was rapidly ex­pand­ing.

“Rugby sev­ens is now an Olympic sport for girls and that’s a great in­cen­tive for tal­ented young play­ers like Grace,” he said.

“She cer­tainly has the eye of the tiger and she showed on the in­ter­na­tional stage in Sin­ga­pore that the big­ger the oc­ca­sion the more she steps up.”

Grace McFillen has a bright fu­ture in rugby.

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