It’s a new season and with it brings new teams and fresh faces to the AON University 7’s competition, but also a chance for the University of Canberra to claim a maiden title.
Defending champions UQ will be looking to snare another trophy for their cabinet, starting next weekend in Hobart, and lucky for the University of Canberra, they have avoided the juggernaut of the competition with Bond University, Sydney University, Griffith University and University of New England rounding out their pool.
This is your ‘survival guide’ as to who the University of Canberra Women’s 7’s will go up against in round one.
Bond University poses as one of the major threats in UC’s pool, boasting arguably the best player in the world right now in Charlotte Caslick, but whether or not she will be playing in the opening round is yet to be seen.
Add to that national player Lauren Brown and Canberran native Millie Boyle and you have a strong core to a side that is expected to do well.
Fireworks could fly when Griffith University take on the UC Women’s 7’s when Griffith’s Sophie Quirk comes face to face with her old club.
She’ll also join team-mates Georgie Fredrichs and Lily Dick who’ve represented Australia at the highest level and the Queenslanders will be no pushovers.
Sydney University poses to be the unknown entity in their debut season this year, not much is known about their play style or much of their squad and could pose as a tricky opposition for the UC Women’s 7’s.
In what poses to be a clash of the regional titans, University of New England will face off against University of Canberra with everything to prove.
Grace Hamilton will lead the way, joining UNE’s 7 side this season after previous strong performances for the Wallaroos and Brumbies in the 15-a-side game.
Former UC player Cassie Staples will also don the UNE jersey for the predominantly Armidale-based side.
All the action kicks off next weekend in Hobart, so keep your eyes peeled to UC Sport on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news on the UC Women’s 7’s.