Women’s Falcons Return Home From Competition in Brisbane

Super 7s tournament allows developing players a chance to be selected for HSBC Series

LAFAYETTE, CO. - Last weekend, the Women's Falcons were given an opportunity to showcase their skills at the 2018 Super Sevens tournament in Brisbane. Richie Walker, Head Coach of the Women's Eagles Sevens, used this competition to evaluate developing players for a chance to suit up on the main stage during this season's HSBC Women's World Sevens Series.

Lead by Jarrod Faul, also Head Coach of the San Diego Surfers Sevens, the Falcons faced polished international opponents in two competitive days of play. After going undefeated on Day One - boasting wins over Poland (19-5), Wales (26-17) and France (22-5) - the team faced a challenging Day Two with losses to South Africa (19-21), Japan (12-28) and Spain (exhibition; 12-29). Though the tournament did not end the way they'd hoped, the results do not compare to the valuable experience each developing player received on the international circuit.

"We are very pleased with their overall performance throughout the tournament," said Head Coach Jarrod Faul. "They preformed remarkably well against some of the top experienced international sides, especially considering the short amount of time this young team had to prepare together."

New General Manager for Women's High Performance -- Emilie Bydwell -- made the trip as well, serving as a Team Manager for the squad alongside the weekend's Assistant Coach, Richie Walker. Both Bydwell and Walker see the importance of this competition in not only the development of future Eagles, but in their transition to the World Series overall. 

"Competitions such as these give our growing players a taste of what it's like to compete on the larger international stage. Having an experienced coaching staff and a few of our Women's Sevens in the mix has allowed the players to make tremendous strides in their journey," said Walker.

"Falcons tournaments allow us to provide international minutes and experience to athletes developing in our player pool," said Bydwell. "The jump between domestic rugby and the World Series is significant, so having these minutes allow players to adapt and perform under pressure, better understand and refine their development needs and allows them to build confidence to ease the transition when a player is selected to the World Series." 

Having gained much from the weekend, the Falcons return home and look ahead to another exciting competition in Okinawa Feb. 24-25. Details for the tournament will be released as they become available.

Women's Falcons Roster | 2018 Super Sevens Brisbane

1. Abby Gustaitis
2. Neariah (Nene) Persinger
3. Hope Rogers (C)
4. Cassidy Bargell
5. Ashlee Byrge
6. Alena Olsen
7. Kasey McCravey
8. Cheta Emba
9. Kelsi Stockert
10. Natalie Kosko
11. Sarah Buonopane
12. Kiki Morgan
13. Alev Kelter
14. Naya Tapper

Women's Falcons Staff | 2018 Super Sevens Brisbane

Head Coach: Jarrod Faul
Assistant Coach: Richie Walker
Team Manager: Emilie Bydwell