GO TEAM: The group of rugby 7s players from Bowen, Mackay and Whitsunday exceeded expectations at the Townsville 7s over the weekend.
GO TEAM: The group of rugby 7s players from Bowen, Mackay and Whitsunday exceeded expectations at the Townsville 7s over the weekend.

Women shine at rugby 7s

RUGBY UNION: A group of girls from Mackay, Bowen and Whitsunday put their best foot forward at a rugby 7s carnival in Townsville, returning having exceeded expectations.

Mackay Rugby Union development officer Rama Chand took two squads to the Townsville 7s over the weekend, fetching third and fourth respectively.

The BMW (Bowen, Mackay and Whitsunday) won three of their five games, falling only to the Townsville-based squads that came first and second.

The Stingers' development squad finished the weekend with two victories despite being ravaged by injury.

"The girls did well, all situations considering," Chand said.

"Especially against the Western Suburbs Dragons, who had some girls who have played at a really high level."

BMW won bragging rights and the local grudge-match, downing their Stingers' compatriots 10-5 on Sunday.

Whitsunday was well-represented at the carnival, with the likes of Chloe Autridge, Lea Piccinelli, Shannon Piccinelli, Natisha Morsh-Ivey, Samantha Pawsey, Karla Crossley, Jo-Anne Goodall and Yvette Porter strapping on the boots.

The next event on the women's calendar is the Hottest 7s in the World, held in Darwin annually.

Mackay Rugby Union is hoping to take on strong side to the competition, because it's a "much harder and higher level than Townsville, with a lot more women's sides", according to Chand.

Chand is leading the push for a local women's competition for the 2016 rugby union season.


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