Aon Uni 7s Series: UNE Lions stumble to finish last in third tournament

Alicia Quirk's absence has hurt Hannah Southwell's (pictured) attack. Photo: ARU Media

Alicia Quirk's absence has hurt Hannah Southwell's (pictured) attack. Photo: ARU Media

The University of New England is in second last place after three rounds of the inaugural Aon Uni 7s Series, following a winless conclusion to the tournament at the University of Queensland in Brisbane on Sunday.

In their first match, UNE lost 15-12 to the University of Adelaide, before Griffith University thumped them 36-0 to claim seventh place in the eight-team tournament.

UQ made it three tournament wins in a row after defeating Macquarie University in the gold medal match.

UNE’s clash against Griffith University was over by half-time, with Eseta Aho Fangaloka, Alysia Lefau Fakaosilea, Sam Treherne and Lauren Brown all scoring long range tries.

After an improved performance in Sydney, UNE have been the most disappointing side at the tournament this weekend.

The loss of Alicia Quirk has seriously hurt their attack, as she held the keys to unlocking the likes of Hannah Southwell in the first two tournaments.

In the bronze medal match the University of Canberra took an early lead against Bond University but Bond drew the scores level early in the second half.

With scores locked at 12-12, Bond University found the match-winner with Katie Heffernan crashing over for a try to give Bond a 19-12 victory. 

Aon Uni 7s will conclude at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

Aon Uni 7s Ladder after round three:

1st: University of Queensland 60 points

2nd: Bond University 52 points  

3rd: Macquarie University 48 points

4th: Griffith University 38 points

5th: University of Canberra 34 points

6th: University of Adelaide 30 points

7th: University of New England 26 points

8th: University of Tasmania 24 points