Sevens Success for Illawarrians

illawarrarugbylogoSuccess in Rugby Sevens has been coming thick and fast over the last couple of months with several Illawarrians featuring for Australian Sevens sides.

It was a big weekend at the HSBC Sevens World Series event in Sydney last week with the Aussies taking out both the Mens and Womens Titles. Shoalhaven junior Tom Connor made his international Sevens debut for Australia in the Tournament with Emma Tonegato continuing her outstanding form in the Womens side. Late last year Illawarra Sports High School student Abby Holmes featured in the Australian Schools Womens Team in an International Tournament in New Zealand.

Tom Connor has enjoyed great success in his Rugby Career to date. The former Australian Schoolboy Representative also has a Shute Shield Premiership Medal in his possesion as a member of last year’s Premiership winning Warringah Rats side. Also featuring in the Sydney Rays NRC campaign last year, Tom made his Australian Sevens debut at the Sydney Sevens last week. He has retained his place in the Squad for this weeks Tournament in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Emma Tonegato continues to be a vital member of the Aussies Olympic Gold Medal winning team from Rio in 2016. Going into her fifth season representing Australia in the Sevens, Tonegato continues to impress scoring one of the tries of tournament last week against Spain.

2018 2 Abby HolmesAbby Holmes in action.

Plenty of good judges are predicting a big future for another local girl, Abby Holmes. A year 12 student at Illawarra Sports High School, Abby was a member of the Australian Schools side that performed very well in December in an International Tournament in New Zealand. The girls only dropped one match on their way to winning the Plate Final with a narrow 14 – 12 win over Samoa. Abby has also had a run with the Sydney Rays last year and is looking at turning out for Wollongong Uni in 2018.



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