Local ladies finish fourth in NQ 7’s tournament
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.