Burraneer girls cap outstanding 2018 with NSW under-17s rugby sevens title

Champions: The Burraneer team crowned NSW under-17s girls sevens rugby champions. Picture: Supplied
Champions: The Burraneer team crowned NSW under-17s girls sevens rugby champions. Picture: Supplied

In only their second year of playing rugby together, a team of girls from Burraneer have already shown they have a bright future.

The under-17s team, coached by David Chapman, started by winning the annual NSW Waratahs Beach Fives competition at Cronulla Beach in February.

The girls were then invited to join a Burraneer/West Harbour 15-a-side team for the state championships in June.

They won the tournament and, as a result, a number of Burraneer girls were selected to play for Sydney Junior Rugby in the under-15s and 17s teams to represent NSW against a Queensland representative side.

Picture: Supplied

Picture: Supplied

The games were billed as the first of an annual girls rugby State of Origin and were played at Ballymore in Brisbane in September, with the Sydney teams winning both fixtures.

The Burraneer girls then started preparations for the NSW Sevens state championships at Forster in October.

The team travelled to Bowral in September for the Southern Highlands Sevens as a warm up for the state titles, remaining undefeated before taking out the grand final.

Burraneer moved on to Forster where they again went unbeaten at the three-day championships, winning the state title to be crowned the number one under-17s girls rugby sevens team in NSW.

Jamie Chapman and Mareva Swann were also chosen in the NSW sevens rugby team as a result of their performances at the tournament.

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