Bond University claim 2021 Aon Uni 7s Series crown
Gold Coast, 16 May 2021
- Bond University have claimed their first-ever Aon University Sevens Series win, defeating Griffith University 29-7 on home soil in the Gold Medal Final.
The home side had a troubled run during day one of the National Finals Series however found form on day two, defeating Sydney University, UTS and Griffith University to claim both the home series win and the national crown.
Sisters Maddi and Tegan Levi were stars for the home side on day two, being selected in the overall competition Dream Team.
Selected by the Australian coaching staff, the team also included the University of Queensland’s Sidney Taylor and Piper Duck as well as Bridget Clarke of Sydney University.
Tiarne Cavanagh of UTS and Jesse Southwell of the University of Newcastle rounded out the 2021 Aon Dream Team, while in further accolades for Bond University, Tegan Levi was named Player of the Series.
The competition came down to the wire, with match points determining that the University of Technology Sydney finished in second position while Sydney University finished third in the national standings.
Griffith University came in fourth while the University of Queensland came fifth, and the University of Newcastle finished in sixth position.
The University of Canberra, University of Adelaide and University of Melbourne took part in the regional opening rounds in Sydney and Brisbane however they failed to qualify for the National Finals Series.
Australian Women’s Sevens Coach John Manenti said: “This weekend’s matches closed out what has been a fantastic few months of quality Rugby.
“There were some incredibly close games this year, and that speaks volumes to the level of talent which this competition helps us uncover.
“We were also fortunate that earlier in the Series, we could involve players from our national program, giving them invaluable game time ahead of the Olympics.
“The Bond University program is one which the team and staff have constantly worked on, and it's fantastic to see them finally come away with the Series win”.