Lo­cal ladies fin­ish fourth in NQ 7’s tour­na­ment

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WOMEN’S RUGBY

THE Whit­sun­day women's 7’s team trav­elled to Townsville on Sun­day for the North Queens­land Games Tour­na­ment.

Stand-in coach Matthew Car­ney from Townsville North Ward Old Boys, said the ladies per­formed way above ex­pec­ta­tion and he was de­lighted with their per­for­mance on the field.

He said they women had in­cred­i­ble skills and re­sponded well to game plan tac­tics and ad­mit­ted it was a lit­tle un­nerv­ing when they thrashed his own club team.

He was amazed at the amount of tries they were able to score through­out the day.

The team con­sisted of Ade­line Poid, Sipa Fi­tikefu, Karla Cross­ley, Shannon Pic­cinelli, Pia Poid, Shanay Tay­lor, Sha­niah Power and Leah Pio.

The girls come from the Whit­sun­days, Bowen and Mackay and quickly formed a team for the event which was their first run to­gether.

It was an im­pres­sive day as they lined up against Souths Cairns (who have an Aus­tralian, Queens­land and North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive in their team), NQ Army, James Cook Univer­sity and North Ward.

Each team played each other, with the four games be­ing played over the course of the day.

North Ward fin­ished at the bot­tom of the ta­ble which saw Souths Cairns play James Cook Univer­sity for the cup fi­nal while the Whit­sun­day team played NQ Army for third and fourth po­si­tion – other­wise known in 7’s as the plate fi­nal.

In the end, the Whit­sun­day team went down and missed out on the third place bronze medal but their over­all ef­forts were very im­pres­sive.

At 8pm the night be­fore they played a round of rugby league in Mackay, be­fore trav­el­ling to Townsville on Sun­day for the 7’s tour­na­ment.

Un­for­tu­nately sev­eral play­ers were in­jured in Mackay and couldn’t play on Sun­day in­clud­ing lo­cal Lea Pic­cinelli.

The Whit­sun­day Raiders Rugby Union Club is proud of their ef­forts and be­lieves the ladies could chal­lenge for a gold medal at fu­ture events should they keep the team to­gether.

Con­grat­u­la­tions must go to all play­ers for their out­stand­ing ef­forts and thanks to coach Matthew Car­ney, Ade­line Poid and Shar­ron Pratt for pulling the team to­gether.

RUGBY STARS: Coach Matthew Car­ney, Ade­line Poid, Sipa Fi­tikefu, Karla Cross­ley, Shannon Pic­cinelli (front) Pia Poid, Shanay Tay­lor, Sha­niah Power and Leah Pio who com­peted in the North Queens­land Games Tour­na­ment in Townsville on the weekend.

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