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CENTRAL COAST RUGBY to HOST NSW COUNTRY WOMEN'S 7's CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sat. 14th/Sun. 15th May Woy Woy 0val

The Central Coast Rugby Union will host the NSW Country Rugby Women’s 7-a-side Championships in 2 weeks time. The Championships will be held over 2 days at Woy Woy Oval.

Teams from right across NSW country will be attending. There will be seven (7) Zones competing at these Championships. These teams are Newcastle Hunter, Mid North Coast, New England, Central North, Western Plains, Illawarra, and of course, the Central Coast.

Matches will occur during the Saturday, and the Finals will he held on Sunday.

The local team is being co-coached by Michael Burgess and Luke Mack, and the squad has been preparing for this weekend since training started earlier in the year. Michael Burgess is a former NSW Country representative women’s coach and is highly credentialed to take this team into these Championships. His co-coach is Luke Mack, who is the local NSW Rugby Development Officer, so the experience of these two coaches is unmatched and will hold the team in great stead.

Central Coast reached the Final of these Championships last year and are hoping to go one better in 2020. All Zones will be evenly matched and the Championship race will see some great matches over the 2 days.

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The Central Coast Women’s 7’s side have finished in 3rd place at this weekend’s NSW Country Women's 7’s Championships. Two close losses to the eventual finalists put the local girls into the 3rd/4th PlayOff which they won over Western Plains.

CCRU Womens 7`s

The draw on Saturday saw a replay of the 2019 Final as the girls first game which was a tough way to start the tournament, but the girls played so well, going down 19-17. Immediately, the development of the players since 2019 was obvious to all, supporters and the team knew they had a great chance of winning this tournament. Two wins in the remaining games on Saturday had the girls well placed to make the Final but a shock loss to Central North on Sunday morning knocked out their chance of a final berth. The girls had to settle for 3rd but are confident that this experience will prove beneficial for the 15-a-side NSW Country Champs later this year.

Best for the Coast was Elise Conolly whose strong runs all weekend and multiple tries saw her named in the NSW Country Dream Team. She was well supported by Taylah Welsh, Prue Bright & Holly Johnstone. The team were led extremely well by Renee Staben and coaches Michael Burgess & Luke Mack, while disappointed not to make the Final, were very proud of the level of improvement from the girls. All competing zones had worked hard leading up to this tournament and the standard was much better than 2019 with all games being tightly contested.

The Coast did have some representation in the Final with local referee Kate Thomson appointed to referee the Final, which Newcastle Hunter won 12-0 over Central North.

It was a good weekend of rugby and the local girls can be proud of their achievements.

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