Two of UC7s youngest alumni Ella Ryan and Lily Murdoch have been named in the Australian Junior 7s Team to play at the World Schools Championships in New Zealand.
Both athlete’s competed two weeks ago at the Australian Junior National Championships. Lily for New South Wales and Ella for ACT it was ultimately QLD who took out the championship.
However, both girls were just playing for state pride having already been informed of their selection based on their performances for the University of Canberra in Aon Uni7s series.
Of her selection Murdoch said “I was shaking with excitement after I got the call, we got a third place finish for UC at home and then to get the news I’d been picked for Australia a day later was amazing”. Ella Ryan mirrored Murdoch’s comments stating, “It was a little bit of a shock, I’d been invited to a couple of the Aussie team camps throughout the year but to actually get that call was an amazing feeling”.
Coach McGrath had this to say about the teams young halves “Even though they’re two of our youngest players, they were two of our hardest workers. It’s not often you’d have a halves pairing at their age perform to such a high level so consistently and the fact they’ve become so close off the field makes their selection together really special”.
Both girls however felt it was important to run out for their junior state teams to have one last crack at the Australian National Championship. Murdoch, almost made it back-to-back championships going down to a strong QLD team in the national championship final. While Ryan’s ACT side finished in 6th place.
Additionally, UC7s Alumni Aroha Spillane and wider squad member Janalee Conroy have been selected to participate for the Central Coast Academy (An Australian Development team) and the Australian Indigenous team respectively.
You can watch it all Live on Kayo Sports starting Friday the 13th of December.
The future looks bright for these young athletes and the University of Canberra.