Nelson Bay’s Maya Stewart has rounded out an already fantastic year with silverware, as the try-scoring youngster was part of the Australian Youth Sevens girls squad that downed New Zealand 29-5 in the World Schools Sevens grand final.
The Aussies controlled the title decider and took a 12-point lead into the break. Two more tries and a second-half shutout sealed the victory and an undefeated tournament for the girls in Auckland.
Australia opened their campaign with a 17-12 win over the NZ Dutch before taking a 31-5 win over the Cook Islands and a 38-6 win over Japan in their pool matches.
Their undefeated run landed them into a rematch against Japan in their semi-final and their 35-12 victory there propelled them into the final against the Kiwis.
The 18-year-old has further representative fixtures in her future, after being named in the upcoming New South Wales squad for the 2019 Super W season – a campaign that will see the Waratahs look to defend their championship from last year.
Stewart will join returning Wallaroo superstar Katrina Barker in the state squad, which will begin their season in March. The team returns to training from the beginning of January.
Australian U18s Youth Girls Sevens:
- 1. Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea
- 2. Jakiya Whitfeld
- 3. Terri- Anne Egan
- 4. Madison Higgins-Ashby
- 5. Hagiga Mosby
- 6. Maya Stewart
- 7. Zakiya Kereopa
- 8. Katalina Amosa
- 9. Georgia Hannaway
- 10. Tatum Bird
- 11. Faith Nathan
- 12. Amy Brice
- 13. Tia Hinds
- 14. Bienne Terita