COACH Will Scully plans to use the Hunter Women’s success at the Mick ‘Whale’ Curry Sevens as a platform for the NSW Country Championships.
Hunter, led by star quartet Hannah Southwell, Annika Jamieson, Mel Howard and Frances Afeaki, came from behind to beat Sydney University 24-12 in the final at St John Oval on Saturday.
In the men’s premier division final, Bond Univeristy were too strong for Sydney club Eastern Suburbs 21-10.
Lakes (A) scored a converted try after the full-time siren to stun Shoalhaven 19-17 in the final of the Country Division.
Gordon overran Easts 28-5 in the under-19s final.
The win by the Hunter women was their first tournament success in 18 months and Scully expects the majority of the side to remain for the Country Championships in Warren on April 28-29.
“It has been a little while since the Hunter side has won a tournament,” Scully said. “The core of the squad will head to Warren and hopefully we have more success.”
The win in the final was the reverse of the result against Sydney University in their pool match (24-0). Hunter also drew with Warringah 17-all to finish second in pool A. They beat Gordon 12-7 in the semi-final.
“Sydney Uni were too slick in the early game, but we regrouped and were able to reverse it in the final,” Scully said. “As you would expect, our leaders stepped up but we also unearthed a couple of girls. Annika Buttler and Ellie Brown were playing in just their second rugby tournament. They are very raw and just have speed to burn.”