The final round of the Aon Women’s University 7s Series kicks off this Friday at Bond University, with the eight sides descending on Bond Rugby Club for one last chance at the inaugural title this year.
The University of Queensland (60 points) will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in 2017 with top three challengers Bond University (52 points) and Macquarie University in hot pursuit.
Impressively, The University of Queensland are yet to drop a match across the series, highlighting the domination of the Brisbane-based side.
In the other half of the draw, the University of Tasmania, University of New England, and The University of Adelaide will be in a tough battle to avoid the wooden spoon of the Series.
All matches will be streamed live on the Australian University Sport Facebook page from 1:40pm AEST.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said: "The University of Queensland has proven itself as a formidable opponent in the Series with three straight wins in a row."
“The student-athletes representing the eight competing universities demonstrate the abundant talent within the university dual career education and sport pathway."
“With the last round hosted at Bond University this weekend, I’m sure the teams will all want to up-end The University of Queensland for their shot at the inaugural title.”
Bond University Executive Director of Sport, Garry Nucifora said: “Bond University is heavily invested in, and supportive of, the inaugural Aon 7s series, and has done a lot of work in recent years to develop women’s rugby from a grassroot, community level through to an elite level."
“The women who will be representing Australia in the women’s sevens at the Commonwealth Games next year on the Gold Coast will all be here at Bond this weekend, and playing their hearts out to be crowned the inaugural Aon Women’s University Sevens Champion."
The weekend will see “Super Saturday” descend on Bond University Rugby Club with a carnival of rugby from the Aon Uni 7s Finals, through to the finals of the National U16s Championship, the Junior Gold Cup and the NRC clash between Queensland Country and Melbourne Rising.
Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “UQ have been consistently performing at a very high standard over the whole series. Every win is one closer to a loss and I know all the other teams are wanting the prize scalp of UQ.”
“The challenge for the other teams is to rise to the occasion and finish on a winning note.”
“With the nature of Sevens and the quality of teams in this series, if you are not on your game then you can be beaten by anybody. The standard has risen every tournament and teams have built strong combinations and worked out strategies to exploit each other’s weaknesses.”
View Aon Uni 7s round four fixtures.
Aon Uni 7s ladder after round three:
1st: The University of Queensland (60 points)
2nd: Bond University (52 points)
3rd: Macquarie University (48 points)
4th: Griffith University (38 points)
5th: University of Canberra (34 points)
6th: The University of Adelaide (30 points)
7th: University of New England (26 points)
8th: University of Tasmania (24 points)