Bond Bull Sharks aim for a come-back at round two of Aon Uni 7s series

September 28, 2019

Written by Bond University journalism student, Andrew McKaysmith

Bull Sharks coach Setu Naseri says his side have to get the basics right for round two of the Aon Uni 7s series, after coming ninth in the first instalment at the University of Queensland.

Two weeks ago Bond finished winless at UQ after five pool rounds which meant they played the University of Western Australia in the finals - a match they won handsomely to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.

Coach Naseri believes Bond's fortunes can shift today if they stop gifting the opposition with a mountain of opportunities.

"We were the architects of our demise, teams weren't stringing together amazing plays," Neseri said.

"We were getting beaten by simple one-on-one missed tackles, stuff that the girls make every day of the week.

"Those things happened, and we've got to accept responsibility for them."

Queensland Super W utility back and Bull Sharks captain Emily Bass, was part of last year's campaign and she is keen for the team to avoid a ninth-place finish again.

She said the loss of experienced campaigners Lauren Brown, who has been selected for the national side as they compete in Colorado, and Wallaroo Cobie-Jane Morgan, has given the squad rookies a chance to prove themselves.

"Our younger and least experienced players have a chance to step up this weekend," she said.

"It's a big thing that Setu has done by giving them a chance, and we will see if they can take the reins from Lauren and Cobie-Jane."

Cross-town rivals Griffith University beat Bond 22-5 on their way to a gallant fourth in the first tournament.

One of Griffith's stars is Ivania Wong, a teammate of Emily's in the Queensland Super W team, and with the tournament at Bond coming so soon after round one, she's keen to capitalise.

"Our culture and the vibes between the players are great," said Ivania. 

"We want to build on from the last tournament, and we know we can do better than what we did at UQ."

Round two of the Aon Uni 7s series kicks off at 9 am, Bond University rugby oval, Robina.

 

SCHEDULE

Saturday 28 September

ALL TIMES AEST

Round 1:

University of Queensland v University of Adelaide, 9:00am

Bond University v Griffith University, 9:20am

UTS v University of Canberra, 9:40am

University of Melbourne v University of Sydney, 10:00am

Round 2:

University of Queensland v Bond University, 11:00am

Griffith University v UNE, 11:20am

University of Canberra v University of Sydney, 11:40am

UTS v University of Western Australia, 12:00pm

Round 3:

University of Adelaide v UNE, 1:00pm

Griffith University v University of Queensland, 1:20pm

University of Sydney v University of Western Australia, 1:40pm

University of Canberra v University of Melbourne, 2:00pm 

Round 4:

University of Adelaide v Bond University, 3:00pm

University of Queensland v UNE, 3:20pm

University of Western Australia v University of Melbourne, 3:40pm

University of Sydney v UTS, 4:00pm 

Sunday 29 September

Round 5:

UNE v Bond University, 9:00am

Griffith University v University of Adelaide, 9:20am

University of Melbourne v UTS, 9:40am

University of Western Australia v University of Canberra, 10:00am 

Semi-Finals:

3rd Pool A v 4th Pool B, 11.00am 

3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A, 11.20am

1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B, 11.40am

1st Pool B v 1st Pool A, 12.00am 

Finals: 

9th/10th Playoff, 1.00pm

7th/8th Playoff, 1.25pm

5th/6th Playoff, 1.50pm

Bronze Medal Match, 2.15pm

Gold Medal Match, 2.40pm