The Northern Territory will be represented by two teams of teenage female Rugby 7s players in Perth this weekend featuring two daughters of Eric Johnston Medal recipients.
The Under 17s will contest the National Youth 7s Championships while an Under 14 outfit will compete in a WA Rugby Union Invitation Event.
The ten team Under 17s Tournament consists of two pools of five with the NT pitted against NSW Rugby Blue, Queensland White, Western Australia and National Indigenous on Day One.
This year has been a breakout year for participation in Rugby 7s by teenage girls in the Territory following the successful innovation by Palmerston in 2014 to include a girl’s component in their five week off season junior competition.
This year during the regular season matches were played each Friday Night for Under 15s and Under 13s while an Under 17 division featured in the Summer of Sevens during October.
Joyce Ruparanganda and Katelyn Blake return to the side having played for the Northern Territory at the 2015 Championships.
The Team is Ivana Schober, Grace Warren, Joyce Ruparanganda, Macy Winston, Talia Holt, Tara Cole, La Toniya Norris, Katelyn Blake, Tadisha Bush, Breeana O”Neil, Teka Voysey, Cody Akers Coach Caitlin Ryan Manager Clancy Stanfield, Trainer Bridie Duggan.
If genealogy has any bearing on success the Under 14s are destined for greatness.
Charlotte Elcoate and Elisa Niki’s fathers both won NT Rugby’s highest honour, the Eric Johnston Medal for being the Best and Fairest Player in the Darwin Premiership.
Charlotte’s father Frank Jennings won his medal in the 2001/02 season while Elisa’s dad Bernard won his in 1995/96.
The Team is Macala Shaw, Charlotte Elcoate, Shanell Tanonef, Kara Langtree, Darci Bellis, Allison Hunt, Tara Stanley, Tirani Urirau, Ngametua, Aukino, Kaila May, Rease Casey, Elisa Niki Coach Chloe Dray Manager Ellie Hills
The NT Youth Boys will also be competing at in their division of the National 7s.
Good Luck to all participants.
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