Griffith Uni 7s have claimed Silver in the fourth and final leg of the AON series in Canberra over the weekend.
The 2018 premiers won all their weekend matches except the final gold-medal contest with series champions, University of Queensland, on the second day of the fourth tournament.
The team dominated their pool group, winning against UQ in the fourth game of the weekend tournament, but fell just short of a win in their second hit-out against UQ.
Griffith finished the series with one first place, two seconds and a fourth, claiming second overall in the series for 2019.
The team dominated their pool group with a win on Sunday morning against UQ, but in their second hit-out against UQ they fell just short of a win in the dying seconds of the game.
While admitting everyone was shattered after losing the final on the hooter, team Captain Laura Waldie stressed the weekend went really well.
“Despite finishing second we played as a team the entire tournament and finished the season strong,” said Waldie.
Coach Moana Virtue had nothing but praise for the effort and fight her squad showed on the field.
“Although we would have loved to finish as series champions, I’m very proud of the girls,” said Virtue.
“We played some of our best footy this weekend in Canberra and that’s a tough thing to do particularly at the end of a very demanding season.
“It has taken our whole squad to get to this point, so we’ll bring home silver with our heads held high and enjoy another successful season.
“As most seasons go we’ve had our fair share of player movement with injuries, so it gives me a lot of confidence as a coach to know whichever 12 that was travelling was willing to put their body on the line and work hard.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the bright futures of these players and how the Griffith 7s programs continues to grow.”
“We worked hard the entire season and are still really proud to come away with silver,” said Waldie, further echoing the sentiments of her coach.
Griffith team member Kahli Henwood was rewarded for her stellar season with the announcement of the series dream team at the conclusion of the weekend tournament.
The dream team consists of the seven best players throughout the four rounds of the competition.
With the season now over, Griffith 7s will celebrate their 2019 journey at an annual presentation night at the Gold Coast uni bar on Thursday November 31.