The Inverell Highlanders have raised the bar in women’s rugby after easily accounting for the competition in Saturday’s rugby union knockout.
The Inverell side have been playing the sport for in excess of a decade and gave the Armidale sides a lesson in the tournament as they showed their skill to win the title.
Their slick skills and footwork was too much for the newcomers to the sport as they easily beat the Barbets in the final.
Women’s rugby sevens is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and Inverell’s experience at the game proved too much for their opponents on Saturday.
“We have always had some ability but what we have actually found over the last couple of years since the Olympics there has been a lot more opportunities for the girls to play more regular rugby and play at a representative level,” coach Dale Beattie said.
“Because they are able to do that, they are able to grow their game instead of playing here and there.
“It is always to come out and have an early hit out, it builds team morale, shows us our training drills are leading towards something.”
They are about to start a new season of rugby and Beattie said his side would only be better for the early hit out.
“The beauty of it is we don’t have to travel hours and hours like sometimes we have to do, a couple of hours over to Armidale and it is great,” he said.
“You just have to get used to playing in all conditions really.
“We would have preferred a dry track to really use our skill and speed but the wet track just adds an extra element to it.”