Sevens dream in reach for St Mary's girls
MICHAELA Sanderson is starting to believe in fairytales.
The coach of St Mary's College open girls rugby sevens team is adamant that they are capable of pulling off a monumental sporting achievement at the South Queensland Titles at Ballymore.
If victorious, it would complete a remarkable turnaround for this bunch of girls, who only formed their team five months ago and didn't win a game in their first competition in March.
St Mary's surged into next Friday's South Queensland Titles with a stunning runner-up finish in the top division at the Stingrays Schoolgirls Sevens Carnival on the Sunshine Coast in July.
Sanderson said the girls, aged 16 and 17, have a lot of self-belief and were confident they could keep the momentum rolling.
"I think we could take it out," she said.
"We really want to keep up the form and I think the girls are good enough.
"The whole group wants the same thing and are doing everything possible to get it."
Sanderson said most of the girls had no knowledge of rugby before the start of the year, but brought to the table an array of skills from other sports like soccer, Aussie rules and hockey.
Scrumhalf Kirsten Fuller, the major driver behind the team, scored the match-winning try in St Mary's extra-time semi-final win against St Teresa's at the Stingrays Schoolgirls Sevens Carnival.
But there have been other major contributors.
Hayley Waters has a nose for the tryline and is active around the ruck, while Claudia Wharton is a dynamic runner and good support player.
Then there's Jazmen Cox, who only missed one drop kick conversion attempt during the Sunshine Coast carnival.
While some players have shone consistently, Sanderson said the most pleasing thing was the considerable improvement made by each player.
"They're a great group of girls and are keen and eager to learn," she said.
"If they were to win, it would be a massive accomplishment, not just for the school group but the Fraser Coast region.
"It just shows if a group of people come together with a goal and work to it, anything is possible."
St Mary's open girls rugby sevens team will be holding a car wash at Sexie Coffie (3 Enterprise Circuit Maryborough) from 8am to 1pm on Saturday to raise money for travel, accommodation and jerseys.