Army Women sweat it out in Darwin’s Hottest 7s

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 With temperatures in the thirties and humidity approaching one hundred percent, Darwin’s rugby sevens competition contested every January lives up to its reputation as being the hottest in the world. This year, in order to align with the national intent of developing womens talent ahead of the 2013 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, the Australian Army Rugby Union entered a Women’s team into the competition.

The field was very strong this year, with Navy entering a team, along with state QLD, SA and ACT teams, and the Australian Pearls national team. Under the guidance of coach, WO2 Mark Fisher (1 CSSB) and team captain, CAPT Sally Carter (6 Avn Regt), the girls concentrated for three days of preparation prior to taking to the pitch for their competition matches.

The first pool match was a fiercely contested game against the ACT Fillies but the fulltime score was a narrow defeat, 15-12. With the heat beginning to take its toll, the second pool game was a mid-afternoon contest with SA, and again the Army girls were defeated. However, they came back strong in the early evening with a crushing defeat of Alice Springs 29-nil. This show of form propelled them into the Jabiru Cup finals, however the girls were knocked out on the quarter finals by the high performing QLD side which ended up in the Grand Final with the Aussie Pearls.

Overall the team performed very well with standout performances from the leading try-scorer, CPL Mollie Gray (1 Regt RAA) and winger CPL Emma-Lee Wood (6 RAR).

The girls’ next challenge will be regaining the interservice cup as part of the Australian Services Rugby Carnival in May.

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