For leg 1 of the 2018 Aon Uni 7s Series, the UC7s side headed down to the University of Tasmania in Hobart.
The UC7s side boasted 6 returning players from 2017 including Aussie international Yasmin Meakes, USA international Abby Gustaitis and Skipper Sammie Wood. With a good mix of experience and youth UC felt quietly confident going into day one.
Day one got off to a strong start as UC7s debutant Paremo Marsh crossed after the bell with the scores tied to sneak away with 24 – 19 win against the University of New England.
Game 2 was a different story with Griffith University pulling out to a big lead starving UC of the footy finishing in a 30 – 0 defeat.
The final Game of day one was close, but after Bond got out to a 17 – 0 lead even late tries from Regan Hart and Bree Toze weren’t enough to reel them in in finishing with a 19 – 24 defeat.
Day two started auspiciously against the University of Sydney. UC controlled the ball for most of the first half until an interesting interpretation of the laws resulted in a Sydney Uni runaway try. This ended up being the difference in the game as the result was a 7 – 12 loss.
With UC now in a fight for 5th place they’d have to win the next two games to come away with the maximum points available. They’d started this quest against the University of Adelaide who UC had previously played back in June in a trial series. A double from Aussie International Yasmin Meakes help lift UC to a 27 – 5 Victory.
In the 5th and 6th playoff against tournament hosts University of Tasmania was another strong performance. This time it was Paremo Marsh crossing for a double in the first half and her partner on the Wing Ngawai Eyles linking up with Yasmin Meakes to have UC up by 15 at half time. The Defecit would prove too much for UTAS with the score finishing 25 – 12.
Overall a solid start for UC they’ll be looking to build on this for their home tournament in 2 weeks on the 8th and 9th of September.