Ned­dies and Al­lies on top

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film Looklocal -

THE Ned­lands Rugby Union club girls are on top of the world.

The un­der-14s team have won the All Girls Rugby Tour­na­ment in Hong Kong, play­ing as ‘Ned­dies and Al­lies’ with a com­pos­ite side fea­tur­ing some play­ers from other clubs in the Perth metropoli­tan area.

Coach Alan Mc­fillin said the girls played sides from across Asia and Aus­tralia, tak­ing on Queens­land in the fi­nal for a 26-21 win in the sev­ens com­pe­ti­tion.

“We scored the win­ning try af­ter the hooter had gone, with no time left on the last play of the game,” he said.

“To see the girls run on to the field af­ter we scored the win­ning try to cel­e­brate to­gether is what it’s all about.”

April Alan and Shi­ane Kani were named play­ers of the match in the fi­nal, Keira Macaskill was team per­son of the tour­na­ment, Rosie Mcge­han was most im­proved over the tour­na­ment, and Grace Mc­fillin was named the tour­na­ment’s most valu­able player.

Mr Mc­fillin said the win showed the in­cred­i­ble tal­ent and abil­ity of WA’S ju­nior girls.

“Many girls in our de­brief­ing af­ter the game de­scribed the trip and win as once-in-a-life­time,” he said.

“To be hon­est, I know these girls will have many, many more trips of a life­time like this, be­cause we are blessed with ab­so­lutely ta­lented fe­male in­di­vid­u­als here in WA in the code of rugby.”

The team has their sights set on the next chal­lenge - Amer­ica.

“Our next op­por­tu­nity is a tour­na­ment in Amer­ica this com­ing Au­gust,” Mr Mc­fillin said.

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