One of the fastest growing tournaments outside the HSBC Womens Sevens Series, will be held this weekend from October 27-29. The Wyong Rugby League Grounds play hosts to 16 Men’s and 16 Women’s side. And the ‘big battle’ in the Women’s competition are Fijiana and the visiting Maple Leafs, who will challenge the Aussies Girls for the 2017 Kinesio Cup.
Defending champs Australian have named a formidable sevens (7s) side, filled with Olympians. The Canadians have brought their starters over, with Fijiana bringing back some Olympian competitors of their own, to the international festival of rugby sevens.
To compliment the highly fancied teams, the Kiwis have named a ‘very young side’ led by Jess Drummond. However, don’t count out Stars Rugby and the emerging University sides, as they bring with them experience and passion.
The Uni 7s have just wrapped up within the host country, so those sides will bring continuity and a willingness to ‘throw the ball around’.
“The beauty of 7s is that it is full of surprises and everyone loves an upset” – craig morgan.
They will all be unpredictable over the 2017 Kinesio Cup tourney. Some names might be new to you this weekend, but they could be the ‘stars of the future’.
Late Withdrawls Hamper Women’s Competition
“We are very disappointed with the withdrawal of several teams–China in particular–as they did not communicate it to us.
“Some Fijian teams were unorganized and some were hard done; by such as First Light Taveuni however we are fortunate that due to the significant interest we’ve receive, we have been able to replace them” said CC7s organizer Craig Morgan, speaking to LWOR.
While disappointing, and a limitation now on the expansion of 7s into China, the game must go on.
Fijiana and Maple Leafs Challenge Aussies For 2017 Kinesio Cup
It will be a three-way match up on paper, but don’t count out the local sides; including the Stars Rugby 7s team and the Cook Islands national side.
“We assume the big 4 of Australia, Canada, NZ and Fijiana to rise up.”
“However the beauty of 7s is that it is full of surprises and we love an upset. We just hope to see great 7s, and highly competitive games that push teams to the limit,” added Morgan.
The winner of the 2017 Kinesio Cup in the Women’s competition will walk away with an $20,000 AU prize winners cheque. It will also guarantee a spot for the winner to the lucrative Coral Coast Sevens, in Fiji next January.
2017 Kinesio Cup: The LOWDOWN
Pool A (Australia, West Harbour, Central North, University of Queensland)
The Aussies have named a very formidable side, full of experience and two newcomers: Paige McGregor and Katie Harrison. They will join forces with some of the best in the game including Charlotte Caslick (see below picture).
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens player Emma Tonegato said: “I’m really excited to get back onto the playing field and Central Coast will be a great place to get some game time.
“I was sidelined for the Aon Uni 7s Series and watching the girls play certainly made me hungry to get playing again so I’m looking forward to this weekend.”
Central North might not have the name players but they have experience. The side has players who have featured prominently in local Aussie tournaments.
Aussie Sevens squad:
— Queensland Reds (@Reds_Rugby) October 26, 2017
- Sharni Williams, Cassie Staples, Shannon Parry, Demi Hayes, Emma Tonegato, Alicia Quirk, Emma Sykes. Dominique Du Toit, Charlotte Caslick, Page McGregor, Katie Harrison, Evania Pelite.
Tiarna Molloy, Lucy Lockhart, Ashlee Knight, Kika Mulling, Indy Scholtens, Tenayah Woodward, Shana Povey, Emma Gillogly, Chinatsu Fukuda, Kearni Churchland, Rhiannon Byers, Ashleigh Walker, Tanielle Michael
University of Queensland
Lilly Dick (c), Grace Kaihau, Bodil Van Wjnbergen, Terra-ANNE Egan, Erica Fowler, Mackenxie Sadler, Stephanie Rutherford, Vetaronnicca, Tafito Fomai, Bri Rosato, Ellen Field, Miranda Seerone, Taylor Burke
Pool B (Canada, Avoca Beach, Sunnybank, Cook Islands)
The Maple Leafs have named three newcomers who will relish this moment, playing alongside legends like Jen Kish and Ghislaine Landry. Olivia Apps, Emma Chown and Sabrina Poulin will be giving it their all, to win a berth in the squad for the Dubai Sevens.
The Cook Islands team is looking at the bigger picture. They want to qualify to the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco. This is a chance for them to tie-up loose ends, before the qualifiers at the Oceania Sevens in Suva.
The Creig sisters, Vaine and Wairakau will lead their charge this weekend.
No information at time of publishing, on Avoca Beach or Sunnybank squads.
Canadian Maple Leafs squad:
Olivia Apps, KaylaMoleschi, Caroline Crossley, Breanne Nicholas, Julia Greenshields, Sabrina Poulin, Jen Kish, Emma Chown, Ghislaine Landry, Hannah Darling, Megan Lukan, Natascha Watcham-Roy.
Cook Island squad
Margaretta Nena, Larissa Marino-Anderson, Vaine Creig, Waikarua Creig, Teiti Tupuna, Elizabeth Pera, Dayna Napa , Taria Arere, Chantelle Schofield, Benjamina Koiatu, Manea Poa-Moate, Maggie Leota.
Pool C ( NZ Development, ACT Brumbies, Pride 7s, Randwick Magic)
The Kiwis have named a young side, with Jess Drummond the only notable name. However, do not count out these players as they are all fighting for possible opportunities within the main squad. The black singlet is coveted, so each girl will give 100% to represent.
They will be tested by the three Aussie sides in their pool. Eva Karpani (see below) and Aussie 7s regular Mahalia Murphy will be leading Randwick’s challenge.
The ACT Brumbies will all play well, to represent their proud rugby region. But whichever side comes out of this pool will be interesting to watch over the two days of 2017 Kinesio Cup.
NZ Development squad:
Danielle Paenga, Huia Harding, Natahlia Moors Riharna Ferris, Rebecca Davidson, Jazmin Hotham, Risi Pouiri-Lane, Sam Hollows, Jess Drummond, Sam Curtis, Rebecca Kersten, Leanna Ryan.
ACT Brumbies squad
Michaela Leonard, Irene MacArthur. Georgina O’Neil, Samantha Maxwell, Sammie Wood, Jane Garraway, Yasmin Meakes, Kiara Merdith-Brown, Talei Wilson, Ua Ravu, Elena Sliwinski, Darcy Read.
Tiarne Cavanagh, Olivia Brooks, Monique Flores, Jessica Sergis, Lauren Murty, Michaela Emblem, Katalina Amosa, Donnay Van Tak, Abby Gustatis, Brittney Vanderhart, Olivia White, Eugenia Dennison.
Randwick Magic squad:
Mahalia Murphy, Layne Morgan, Arabella McKenzie, Kennedy, Cherrington, Emma Perrin, Jade Huggins, Jade Matapuku, Taliah Fuimaono, Aliyah Helu, Brydie Parker, Jemima Wrigley, Eva Karpani
Pool D (Fijiana, Stars 7s, Hunters Women, Sydney University)
Fijiana has three new debutants in the side full of experience. They will be led by Ana Maria Roqica together with their top try scorer in the HSBC Series Asinate Savu and top points scorer Lavenia Tinai. It is a good workout for the team before the Oceania Sevens in Suva. Making their return to the side are Litia Naiqato and Luisa Basei.
The Hunters Women’s side have named five state players, three AON 7s players and a Youth Commonwealth Games gold medalist. They will rely heavily on the experience of Hannah Southwell to guide them this weekend.
No information at time of publishing, on the Sydney University squad.
Priscilla Siata, Litia Naiqato, Ana Maria Roqica, Lavenia Tinai, Luisa Basei, Jiowana Sauto, Ana Maria Naimasi, Rusila Nagasau, Asinate Savu, Mereula Torooti, Merewalesi Rokovono, Vasiti Solikoviti.
Annika Jamieson, Nicole Nathan, Leilani Nathan, Teagan Miller, Hannah Southwell, Mel Howard, Frances Afeaki, Viana Bainavalu, Maddison Ingram, Laura Rapley Ashlee Williams, Ashley Crebert
Stars 7s squad – final squad tba.
— StarsRugby7s (@StarsRugby7s) October 10, 2017
— StarsRugby7s (@StarsRugby7s) October 10, 2017
Will the Aussies Reign Supreme Again?
Yes they can – although with Canada and Fijiana their biggest threat, it will not be easy. The Kiwis will be passionate, so too will the Cook Islanders and theStars 7s plus all the local Aussie sides.
The experience of the Olympians will undoubtedly shine through when the tournament will reach its closing stages.
All the best to all the teams playing in the 2017 Kinesio Cup.
Follow all the results and updates of the Central Coast Sevens here on LWOR.
2017 Kinesio Cup: Day One fixtures – Saturday October 28
Day Two Fixtures:
*All games from Saturday on, will be Livestreamed Worldwide: click here
*All photos of the Central Coast Sevens courtesy of Craig Morgan and Team @CC7s