Last Saturday the Waverley Women took what they learned from Crescent Head sevens to take a stronger and more experienced squad for Sevens by the Sea, held at Porterâ€™s Reserve near Newport.
As one of the â€œlocalâ€ teams, Waverley was first on the field against the more realistically local team, Warringah. We knew what to expect in this game, and the Rats didnâ€™t disappoint. We made life hard for ourselves by arriving late to Newport, so running on feeling a bit disorganised and with no real game plan. However, we put up a good fight, and stopped a great number of tries. Final score of 41 to nil is pretty respectable against a team led by the Australian captain.
During the hour until our second game guest coach Frosty was scribbling madly trying to get a handle on who all these new girls were, and trying to remember the names of those of us he did coach in 2008. Names have never been his strong point!
Sadly the best laid plans were somewhat screwed up by an mis-communication between Karin and Vicki which resulted in some very red-faced girls coming off at half time wondering why nobody had been subbed on for them after 4 minutes. Suck it up girls â€“ now you know what Crescent Head felt like!
The second half of this game (against Hunter) was much better as the girls finally found some cohesion and began playing as a team. Sadly the scores at the end were again nil to Waverley, but this time only 24 to the opposition.
Our first game after lunch was against Sydney Uni, an opposition that raises a lot of passion amongst the Waverley girls. Having lost a couple of players to them this year, we have a point to prove. Sadly this wasnâ€™t the day to do it, and the beat us 32 points to nil.
However, in this game Waverleyâ€™s previously hidden talents were really beginning to shine through. Secret weapon Gen shows she has the speed to chase the Sydney Uni girls, and the confidence to put in a few big tackles â€“ not bad for a girl whoâ€™s only played touch and oz-tag before. Bree also showed some good chasing skills, and Tashâ€™s tackling was noted as â€œawesomeâ€ by those watching.
Our final game of the day had us meeting the unknown Redfern Legends, a team mostly comprising the indigenous girls from the Sydney area who are heading to the Ella Sevenâ€™s this weekend. However, there was at least one familiar face on the team, as Velesha decided to play with them rather than us, on the grounds that they had less girls than us, and she is playing with them this weekend. Donâ€™t worry V, we donâ€™t hold it against you (much), just drag some of them down to Waverley soon.
This game finally saw some Waverley points on the board! A commanding run from Amanda set Sarah up for the first try of her rugby career, and in all probability her last as a Waverley girl. Sarah â€“ are you sure we canâ€™t send Andy to Noosa and keep you here?
Final score 5 to Waverley, 12 to Redfern.
It was now time to sit back for the rest of the afternoon and enjoy watching the semis and finals. The highlight of the day…watching Warringah finally lose a game AND be kept scoreless in the final against ACT…proof that even the best teams make mistakes and have off days!
All in all the day went well, despite not chalking up a win. The girls gained some valuable experience and with the exciting additions to the team, itâ€™s looking really positive for the season ahead.
That would be a good point to end this report, apart from some excitement on Newport beach before the drive home…
Spuddy was just having a cooling dip in the ocean when her legs started to cramp up. Nurse Cat has little patience (maybe too many complaining patients on a daily basis) and told her to â€œjust stretch them outâ€, but luckily Bree was close enough to help her, and ensured that our #1 prop didnâ€™t end up as fish-food.
Alls well that ends well. See you all at training during the week.
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