Open women to contest the Queensland Sevens State Titles


Open women to contest the Queensland Sevens State Titles.

Christmas lunches and the recent heat waves have been no obstacle for the Stingrays Open Women’s Rugby Sevens team as they prepare for a busy six weeks of competition.

The girls are currently training for the Queensland State Titles being held at Ballymore at the end of January, where a handful of players will be vying for selection in the Queensland team to compete at this years National Titles in Canberra.

Coach Tim Murray said “I would love to see 2 or 3 girls identified to trial for the Queensland squad this year and if we get 1 in would be fantastic”.

Preparation has consisted of speed, agility, strength, conditioning and team training, which has created an influx of new talent to the squad.

After achieving such rewarding results in the 2013, the girls are eager to continue this pattern in the upcoming Crescent Heads Sevens in February. This will see a squad of twelve players contest against teams from the East Coast of New South Wales such as Sydney University and Sydney Fiji.

Former Noosa Phinnettes and Matthew Flinders school girl player, Erika Henning, has recently returned from studying in Germany, where she had the opportunity to experience the Northern Hemisphere style of sevens.

“I’m excited to be playing with such a dedicated group of girls. The women’s team achieved so much over 2013 and I can’t wait to be a part of the 2014 competitions and goals along with other new players”.

Growth of the squad is continuing and will only get stronger as they aim to now contest the major finals of the big tournaments.

“The energy around the squad is excellent as all the girls strive to improve. Now we have our own homegrown Australian star Rachel Crothers, she gives great hope to all players striving for the top”, said Murray.

The team is training hard as they also prepare for the upcoming Nambour Sevens and the Ballymore Sevens Series in Brisbane.

If any girls are interested in playing rugby sevens please contact Erica Fowler at


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