The Brumbies Youth Sevens squads are starting their preparations for the forthcoming National Championships which will be held in late November / early December on the Sunshine Coast.
The Queensland venue will host the gathering of the best youth sevens players from around the country and both boys’ and girls’ squads are starting to ramp up their challenge with training and trials having taken place recently.
This weekend both teams will head to the Southern Highlands 7s at Eridge park in Bowral before taking part in the Western Sydney 7s in November at Lidcombe Park in Sydney.
The sport of sevens is growing exponentially and Damien Tyson, head Coach of the Girls Sevens squad, thinks its is simplicity that is key to its burgeoning success, particular in the female demographic.
“With less players on the field and less laws to worry about, it’s a much easier game to play, especially when you are new to the Sport,” Tyson said. “Sevens allows you to express yourself as a player due to the space it provides you in attack which girls find more inviting.
“It’s been great for our girls. We are in our second year of our Female 7s Academy, which we run in partnership with ACTAS and Rugby Australia, and already we have seen three girls invited into Aussie Youth 7s Camps throughout the year.
“Three of our youth girls have been selected in the UC7s AON Squad and we have a Wallaroo and we have some 14- and 15-year-old girls that are already showing signs of what’s to come.
“Sevens has allowed so many more young girls the opportunity to play rugby and as it continues to grow we believe that you will start to see more and more of these girls excel in both 7s and the 15s game.”
Prior to jetting off to the Sunshine Coast the squads will head back to Bowral for a Trial clash with their New South Wales Youth counterparts’ as Lachlan Creighton, head Coach of the Boys, joins Tyson’s Girls team in what promises to be a serious test of their championship credentials
“The Brumbies region has so many talented young players playing our game and it’s exciting to see the development we have had in this space over the last few years,” Tyson commented.
“In the girl’s space we have nine of last year’s team are returning with a number of girls in last year’s shadow group putting their hands up, this creates a very competitive environment which for us coaches is very exciting.
“With a large number of girls returning and more quality joining the current group, the 2019 championships is one we believe we can win.”
Saturday 28 September
Southern Highlands 7’s (Eridge Park, Bowral)
Friday 1 November
Western Sydney 7’s (Lidcombe Oval, Sydney)
Sunday 17 November
NSW Youth (Eridge Park, Bowral)
Friday 29 November – Sunday 1 December
National 7s Championship (Sunshine Coast, QLD)