TRIO: Laken Patai, Carly Hill and Zoe Calis and were coached by Gladstone's own Courtney Bridges.
TRIO: Laken Patai, Carly Hill and Zoe Calis and were coached by Gladstone's own Courtney Bridges. Contributed GLA171017SEVENS

Gladstone plays a part in Rockhampton Development success

RUGBY UNION: Two towns joined forces and became an undefeated powerhouse in Emerald on the weekend.

Gladstone players Laken Patai, Carly Hill and Zoe Calis were a part of a combined Gladstone and Rockhampton under-18 girl's team in the annual Western 7s Carnival held at the Agricultural College.

The Gladstone Barbarians/Rockhampton Development combination stood up in what were testing and wet conditions and it defeated Emerald State High School in the final 15-5.

Queensland Rugby Union participation manager Trent Sullivan said the Gladstone three performed well in the decider.

"All three were strong in the final and they played together for two years and worked hard to shift the ball wide,” Sullivan said.

He added their efforts in the grand final capped off a successful carnival for them.

"They all scored tries at various stages and Laken is strong and was a dominant player through the middle,” Sullivan said.

This event hosted 51 teams and roughly 630 participants across both boys and girls categories.

"The first day went without a hitch, but storms on Friday night delayed the start on Saturday,” Sullivan said.

"There were 140 games planned, but we had to reduce the amount of games.”

Meanwhile Sullivan said the Gladstone Rugby Union Club is encouraging more females to play.

"We are looking to have more girls to compete in 7s Rugby as the Gladstone Rugby Union Club is looking to establish a regular girls competition,” he said.

"They will also be starting an Open Women's competition next year and are looking for interested participants.”

Contact Sullivan for more detail on 0418797624 or email trent.sullivan@

redsrugby.

com.au



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