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Commonwealth Games Squads

Commonwealth Games Squads

The Commonwealth Games will bring the Gold Coast to a halt on the 4th of April (maybe it won’t be that bad) and our 7’s ladies and gents will be in action from the 13th to the 15th of April at Robina Stadium.

Women’s Squad

This is the first time the women have been included in the Commonwealth Games 7’s program. They start the weekend with pool games against Wales and England on Friday (13th), round out their pool matches with a game against Fiji on Saturday, and, all going to plan, move into the finals on Sunday.

Eight members of the 2016 Olympic Gold Medal-winning side have backed up in an attempt to add more bling to their cabinets. Sharni Williams and Shannon Perry will lead an experienced squad with the likes of Charlotte Caslick, Emilee Cherry, Ellia Green, Alicia Quirk and Emma Tonegato expected to add to their already impressive tally of representative caps. The ladies come into this competition leading the 2018 HSBC World Series not having drop a match so far, that is a win loss record record of 12/0 over two competitions, so will be firmly carrying the favourites tag.

Coach Tim Walsh I think said it best when he said “We’re a really process driven team so we know that we’ve prepared well and we’re ready to walk off the field after the last game without any regret.”

Here’s to not regrets.

Australian Women’s Sevens squad for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (in alphabetical order):

Charlotte Caslick, 24 caps, QLD and Bond University
Emilee Cherry, 26 caps, QLD and University of Queensland
Dominique Du Toit, 7 caps, QLD and Macquarie University
Georgina Friedrichs, 8 caps, QLD and University of Tasmania
Ellia Green, 19 caps, VIC and University of Tasmania
Demi Hayes, 4 caps, QLD and Griffith University
Shannon Parry (c), 25 caps, QLD and Griffith University
Evania Pelite, 15 caps, QLD and University of Adelaide
Alicia Quirk, 23 caps, NSW and University of New England
Cassandra Staples, 4 caps, NSW and University of Canberra
Emma Sykes, 7 caps, QLD and University of Queensland
Emma Tonegato, 19 caps, NSW and University of Adelaide
Sharni Williams (c), 24 caps, ACT and University of Canberra

 

Sydney 7s Australian Women lift trophy

Winners are grinners.

Men’s Squad

The men kick off their competition with all of their pools games on Saturday (14th) and are hoping to improve on their bronze medal performance from Glasgow in 2014. Going one better than their silver in Delhi in 2010 would also be good.

Having drawn Samoa, Jamaica and England in their pool one would hope that they will be able to progress to the medal rounds, however….. they need to finish top in the pool to be in with a shot for the medals. Drop one game and they will be in a world of hurt and most likely be playing off for a spot between 5th & 8th.

Currently the men are sitting in 4th position in the HSBC World Series behind South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji, all of whom are headlining the other three pools in the competition. If the Australian team does overcome the English the pool matches they are going to have their work cut out for them come semifinals time. No matter who they come up against.

Coach Andy Friend noted at the squad announcements that this was one of the tournaments that they had targeted at the beginning of the season. One hopes that the home ground advantage will provide some lift to bring them home to a podium finish. Lewis Holland will captain a squad with a mix of youth and experience. All players have been previously capped for Australia but only Tom Lucas, Sam Myers, Jesse Parahi and Chucky Stannard have been to a Commonwealth Games previously. I also think this will be Chucky’s last tournament on home soil so it would be nice to send him off with a win.

Australian Men’s Sevens squad for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (in alphabetical order):

Lachlan Anderson*, 13 caps, Eastwood NSW
Timothy Anstee*, 16 caps, Eastwood NSW
Thomas Connor*, 4 caps, Warringah NSW
Lewis Holland (c)*, 36 caps, Queanbeyan
Boyd Killingworth*, 16 caps, Warringah NSW
Maurice Longbottom*, 4 caps, Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team
Thomas Lucas, 23 caps, Sunnybank QLD
Samuel Myers, 32 caps, Norths NSW
Benjamin O’Donnell*, 6 caps, Randwick NSW
Jesse Parahi, 39 caps, Norths NSW
John Porch*, 15 caps, Norths NSW
James Stannard, 47 caps, Souths QLD
Charlie Taylor*, 11 caps, Manly NSW
*Commonwealth Games debut

Go Chucky!

Go Chucky!

Competition Structure

Just to fill you all in.

Women’s
There are two pools of four teams each.
Each team plays each other team in their pool once. (Of Course.)
Teams ranked 3rd and 4th in each pool progress to the Classifiation rounds to determine placings 5th – 8th.
The top two ranked teams in each pool progress to the semifinals. (I assume fist in Pool A will play second in Pool B etc.)
Winners of Semifinals will play off for Gold and Silver, losers will play off for Bronze and forth.

Men’s
There are four pools of four teams each.
Each team plays each other team in their pool once. (Of Course.)
Teams ranked 3rd and 4th in each pool will be eliminated from the competition.
The team ranked 2nd in each pool progress to the Classifiation rounds to determine placings 5th – 8th.
The top ranked team in each pool progress to the semifinals. (Not sure how this will be structured.)
I assume…. Winners of Semifinals will play off for Gold and Silver, losers will play off for Bronze and forth.

Clear as Mud? Good.

As of this morning there was limited availability of tickets to the Friday and Saturday sessions, but the Sunday finals had been sold out. So if you are on the Gold Coast on the 13th and 14th of April there is probably worse places that you could spend a few hours.

GO AUSSIES!

  • Braveheart81

    Both very strong teams.

    The men’s team is the same that won the Sydney 7s except the injured Simon Kennewell is replaced by Tom Lucas.

    Go well Aussie 7s!

  • Jason

    Is it too late to add Quade Cooper to that Mens Squad?!

    • Chinese Dave

      Yeah, who are these nobodies in the Australian 7s squad? I’ve never heard of any of them. Surely none of them could be as good at playing 7s as Quade Cooper.

      • Gipetto

        They have a 35 yo to provide creativity in attack … in every game – No pressure. Friend has to go before the Olympic campaign starts.

        • RugbyReg

          are you guys serious? Have you not been watching any of the 7s this year?

          I’m a QC fan but he proved not up to it back in 2016. An off-season in the gym won’t have changed that.

        • Gipetto

          I watched Quade captain the Baa Baas last year and playing fullback in Toulon and at #10 for the Reds – He should captain/coach. Indian bookies made a fortune in Sydney.

        • Chinese Dave

          Right… And the best way to solve that supposed issue is to bring in a 29 year old who hasn’t played 7s. No way we have some younger up and coming players who could help.

        • Campese

          I can’t understand why at most times there are three play makers on the field and one of their outside backs hardly sees the ball. They don’t throw the ball out from one side to another like other top sides do, sometimes they only play half the field. Campese would be a good input for the side

        • Braveheart81

          I think the issue there is we don’t have any absolute speedsters. It’s not like we have a Perry Baker who can gas most players. If you put it out wide to the one on one option and they don’t break away to score it is far easier to turn them over.

          Our 7s team is looking better now than it has for a few years. Some of the young guys are going brilliantly and the experienced players are pretty much all in top form.

        • Campese

          We do have some fast players and a few outwide aren’t seeing much ball, a couple are seeing no ball and they have been unmarked. We seem to play this scrappy game where we only play half of the field or hit it up the middle all the time. Like a small structured 15s game. The ball should be freely getting outwide both sides. It will tire the opposition and keep them guessing. At the moment its the same old plan and other sides become aware of it as well. Even Argentina throw it around beautifully. If you watch all the other teams in the HSBC World Series, we are the only side that doesn’t and it won’t help us at the games especially if its a close game and we need those extra tries and points

        • Mike

          Agree 100%. Campese.

        • Braveheart81

          Chucky Stannard’s form has been excellent this year after being our best player last year. His fitness is as good as anyone in the squad. He probably plays more minutes than anyone else.

        • Gipetto

          This is Chucky’s last year. I think Quade is quicker than Chucky and Quade has a better sidestep and pass.

        • Braveheart81

          But substantially poorer defence and not the vast amount of experience playing 7s. I think there is very little likelihood that Cooper will want to join the Aussie 7s full time in the future. I also don’t think it would be a good option for the Aussie 7s team. They would be chasing a player they would have to pay a huge amount to that wouldn’t necessarily improve the squad.

        • Gipetto

          Quade can tackle and steal the ball at the same time; he played full-back for Toulon; he reads the play better than Chucky and he can catch people making a break – Who is the Chucky of 2019? What does an Olympic medal cost?

        • Mike

          The future is youth. Quade has done his bit

        • Gipetto

          What’s this youthful playmaker’s name? Quade is 6 or 7 years younger than Chucky. In Queensland, people said that about Jake McIntyre and we endured a couple of dismal years until they got rid of him and the coach who selected him.

      • Gipetto

        They have a 35 yo to provide creativity in attack … in every game – No pressure. Friend has to go before the Olympic campaign starts.

      • Campese

        Maybe you should watch more of the 7s and then you will realise how ridiculous your Quade Cooper comment is

        • Chinese Dave

          Maybe you should google sarcasm

        • Campese

          I am glad it was that, you had me worried !

        • Chinese Dave

          Cheers, the original comment really pissed me off. It’s entirely disrespectful to the achievement of the team when the first thing you can say is that they need some outsider to come to their rescue. Considering that the 7s team have performed better than the wallabies in recent years I dare say it’s the 15 man game that needs the rescuing.

    • Chinese Dave

      Yeah, who are these nobodies in the Australian 7s squad? I’ve never heard of any of them. Surely none of them could be as good at playing 7s as Quade Cooper.

    • Campese

      Are you joking ??? He is an old man who can’t tackle. 7s is a much different game. Its full on speed with big tickers and something Quade has neither. He would need the defibrillator and Oxy viva ready for him

  • As an aside, what counts as a “cap” in Sevens? The counts seem very low.

    • SuckerForRed

      I think the same thing Michael. Maybe this is tournaments but then they look a bit high? I am really not sure.

  • Gipetto

    We are no longer at home to Mr Cockup(Friend)

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