Five finalists have been announced in the 2017 Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Players’ Player award, to be presented at the annual Volvo-RUPA Awards Luncheon in Sydney on Wednesday December 13th.
Eight players were initially shortlisted, with all contracted Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens players invited to vote on a 3-2-1 basis. The award’s previous winners are Emilee Cherry (2013 & 2014) and Charlotte Caslick (2015 & 2016).
The five 2017 finalists are:
Charlotte Caslick continued to consolidate her reputation as one of the best players on the World Rugby Sevens series, winning selection in the Tournament Dream Team in both Sydney and Clermont, the only Australian player to earn selection twice this season. The 2016 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Charlotte also score 12 tries ad represented Bond University in the Aon Uni 7s Series.
Twice winner of this award, Emilee Cherry is still recognised as one of the most influential players on the international circuit. She scored another 29 tries in the 2017 World Series, taking her all-time tally to 111 and earned selection in the Tournament Dream Team in Clermont. Cherry was also named Player of the Series after she lead the University of Queensland to the inaugural Aon Uni 7s Series title.
Chloe Dalton backed up a wonderful 2016 with some standout performances in the 2017 season, earning selection in the Tournament Dream Team in Clermont alongside Emilee Cherry and Charlotte Caslick. Her reliability in front of the sticks continued, as she finished as the World Rugby Sevens series’ second highest scorer with 168 points, while she starred for the Macquarie Uni Sydney Rays in the Aon Uni 7s series.
Co-Captain Shannon Parry played in all six tournaments of the 2017 Women’s Rugby Sevens World series, and continued to showcase why she is regarded as one of the best forwards in the women’s game. A RUPA Board Director, Shannon also returned to the fifteen-a-side game and represented Australia at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland, injury cutting her campaign short.
Backing up from a stellar season in 2016, ‘Quirky’ was again a critical cog in the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens engine this year as she played in all six tournaments on the World Rugby Sevens series. She also provided much-needed experience for the young University of New England team in the Aon Uni 7s Series, showcasing the long passing game and communication on the field which are her trademarks on the global stage.
The Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Players’ Player award is one of eight major awards presented at the Volvo-RUPA Awards Lunch including the RUPA Medal for Excellence, the most prestigious player-voted honour in Australian Rugby, as well as the Taylors Wines People’s Choice Australian Player of the Year and Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens Players’ Player of the Year.
Stay tuned for announcements regarding the finalists in other award categories over the coming days and weeks.