RUPA are pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2016 Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Players’ Player of the Year, with the winner to be announced at the Volvo-RUPA Awards Lunch on Wednesday December 7th.
The Award is voted on by all players who were in the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens program for the 2015-2016 season, incorporating the 2015-2016 World Rugby Sevens series and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Players vote for the player they believe has displayed excellence in areas of performance, leadership, consistency and commitment both on and off the field.
Previous winners of the Award are Charlotte Caslick (2015) and Emilee Cherry (2013 & 2014).
2016 Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Players’ Player of the Year:
2015 winner Charlotte Caslick’s star shone brightly again this season, as she was named in the Tournament Dream Team in 2 of the 4 World Series events she played in, scoring 9 tries in the process. At the Olympic Games in Rio, Charlotte was the team’s equal top try-scorer with 7, and she was named in the Tournament Dream Team as Australia won Gold.
Former basketballer Chloe Dalton dispelled any concept of second-year blues as she starred for Australia on the World Series circuit, scoring 98 points in 4 World Series events including nearly 50 conversions. Chloe also scored a crucial try at the Olympics against Canada in the Semi Final, scoring 39 points across the three days of competition in Rio.
Co-Captain Shannon Parry was enormous in 2016 as she led the team solo before the return of Sharni Williams in the final World Series event of the year. Parry, who is also a RUPA Board Member, was named in the Tournament Dream Team in both Atlanta and Longford, as well as at the Rio Olympic Games.
Still just 21 years of age, Emma Tonegato’s third year on the World Series circuit saw her score 16 tries, reaching 250 career point, as well as earning selection in the Tournament Dream Team in Atlanta. At the Olympic Games in Rio, Tonegato scored 7 tries including 5 in the group phases, and a critical five-pointer in the Gold Medal Match against New Zealand.
The experienced Amy Turner was an ever-present in the Australian team’s dual World Championship and Gold Medal performance in Rio, playing in every tournament and scoring 12 tries in the process. Named in the Tournament Dream Team in Dubai, Turner scored a try on her Olympic debut against Colombia.
The Women’s Rugby Sevens Players’ Player is one of eight major Awards presented at the Volvo-RUPA Awards Lunch; click here to see a summary of all Awards and finalists, and follow #RUPAAwards via social media from midday onwards on Wednesday December 7th.