The University of Queensland have emerged victorious in a tough gold medal match against Bond University 15-5, at the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston on Saturday evening.
The win ensures The University of Queensland claims maximum points of 20 out of the first leg of the series, with three rounds left to play over September.
Macquarie University claimed the bronze medal with a hard-fought win over Griffith University 17-7.
University of New England, led by Aussie 7s star Alicia Quirk, took out fifth place with the University of Canberra claiming sixth position.
In the battle to avoid the wooden spoon, The University of Adelaide – led around the paddock by Evania Pelite – took out seventh place, leaving hosts University of Tasmania in eighth position.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said the Series is off to a resounding start following a solid performance by The University of Queensland, taking out all five of its games to win gold.
“The calibre of rugby and sportsmanship conducted these past two days confirms there is significant appetite for national league university competitions,” Mr Knapp said.
“All eight participating universities fielded exceptional talent after months of training and preparation – I commend all teams on contributing to this historical, first national Aon Women’s University Sevens Series.”
Mackenzie Sadler, captain of The University of Queensland, said: “We’re so over the moon! The girls have worked so hard to be here, to come away with a win as well. It’s indescribable.”
“It was such a tight game. We have had trial games against Bond and Griffith before, so we knew there were going to be some tough games. We’re just happy to get up.”
Bond University Captain Stacey Flood said: “We definitely put it up against The University of Queensland today better than what we did yesterday and we built on all of our performances since yesterday.”
“It’s brilliant to have the Australian girls coming in to help their team’s talent depth. The talent is really good here, so as we get more game time it’s only going to get better.”
University of New England captain and Rio Olympic gold medallist Alicia Quirk said: “This tournament has showcased how much depth Australian women’s rugby has, and it’s so awesome now all these young girls have a phenomenal pathway to come through.”
“To have a competition where everyone is beating everyone in such a tight competition, it makes it really difficult to judge each game so you go in with the mindset to work your hardest.”
The teams will travel to Sydney for round two of the Aon Uni 7s Series, to be hosted by Macquarie University on 9 September at the Macquarie University Playing Fields.
Read match details from day two.
2017 Aon Uni 7s Series Ladder, Round One:
1st: The University of Queensland, 20 points
2nd: Bond University, 18 points
3rd: Macquarie University, 16 points
4th: Griffith University, 14 points
5th: University of New England, 12 points
6th: University of Canberra, 10 points
7th: The University of Adelaide, 8 points
8th: University of Tasmania, 6 points
2017 Women's Aon Uni 7s Series dates:
Round 1 - University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, 25-26 August
Round 2 - Macquarie University fields, Sydney, 9-10 September
Round 3 - University of Queensland fields, Brisbane, 16-17 September
Round 4 - Bond University fields, Gold Coast, 29-30 September
Photo credit: ARU Media/Karen Watson