Coast girls on trial for Cy­clones

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

GOLD Coast will make the his­toric step of field­ing teams in the in­au­gu­ral un­der-15 and un­der-17 girls sevens Queens­land State Cham­pi­onships.

The sides will com­pete un­der the Coast’s Cy­clones rep­re­sen­ta­tive ban­ner and will vie for sil­ver­ware against Dar­ling Downs, Cen­tral Queens­land, Sun­shine Coast and two Bris­bane out­fits.

The cham­pi­onships are in Lo­gan on Septem­ber 20 and 21.

Gold Coast Dis­trict Rugby Union rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joe McIvor said the sport had boomed on the back of time in the spot­light at the Rio Olympics and, more re­cently, the emer­gence of the Women’s Uni­ver­sity Sevens Se­ries.

“At the mo­ment on the Gold Coast we have got a num­ber of teams from un­der-12s through to opens play­ing sevens … it’s in­creas­ing con­stantly,” McIvor said.

The Cy­clones are car­ry­ing ex­tended squads of 18 play­ers in un­der-15s and 14 in un­der-17s but are ex­pected to trim those num­bers to fi­nal groups of 12 by next Thurs­day.

“By put­ting a team in we’re hop­ing we are suc­cess­ful in the in­au­gu­ral un­der-15s and un­der-17s girls Cy­clones but also pro­mote and in­crease the pop­u­lar­ity of women’s sevens, es­pe­cially on the Gold Coast,” McIvor said.

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