Quirk helps Aussies to title

CHAMPIONS: The Australian Women’s Sevens team celebrate their grand final victory in Dubai. Picture: Getty ImagesTALENTED Wagga athlete Alicia Quirk has helped Australia to victory in the Dubai Sevens.

The Australian Women’s Team enjoyed the perfect start to the season with a 31-12 victory over Russia in the final on Saturday.

The Aussies went through the two-day event undefeated.

They enjoyed wins over Spain (29-7), Japan (49-0) and England (24-7) on the opening day of the tournament.

Australiathen overcame New Zealand (15-12) in the quarter-final and France (26-0) in the semi to set up a showdown with Russia in the final.

Australian coach Tim Walsh paid tribute to his team.

“The entire Women’s program deserves this result,” Walsh said.

“We’ve trained hard over the past three years but particularly over the past three or four months.

“It was our day today but it was by no means a fluke. We showed composure and an ability to solve problems on our feet – just like we did in the Cup Final when we fell behind early in the second half.”

Australia were dealt a tough draw with a clash against New Zealand in the quarter final and Walsh believes that win was a decisive moment.

“The win over New Zealand set the tournament up for us,” he said.

“It’s always unbelievable to beat them. I say that out of respect as, in my eyes, New Zealand is the pinnacle of rugby union.”

Batlow’s Sharni Williams, the Aussie captain, missed the final with a knee injury.

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