Australia’s women’s Rugby 7s team have swept the competition to claim gold at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
It is second successive Commonwealth Youth Games gold for women’s Rugby 7s, following success in Samoa 2015, again against Canada.
The team entered this gold medal match against Canada undefeated and remained that way after a dominant 31-5 showing.
The Australian’s burst out of the blocks via a try from Lilly-Rose Bennett, but the Canadian team answered soon after.
In a tight first half, Lily-Rose Bennett crossed again for her second try, while a try saving tackle at the other end from Rebecca Goulding helped Australia to 12-5 half time lead.
In the second half, it was all Australia. Lilly-Rose Bennett completed a hatrick of tries, while Page McGregor added another to put the game out of the reach of the Canadians.
Queenslander Georgia Hannaway, hailing from a family of 11 siblings, added icing to the cake with a late try, leading the Australian team into joyful celebrations.
“This is probably the biggest achievement I’ve had in my whole life,” said a beaming Kennedy Cherrington after the win.
“It is my first time at the Youth Commonwealth Games and representing Australia, it’s the best feeling in the world,” she said.