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MONTSERRAT AMEDEE

The first HSBC Women’s 7s Dream Team of the 2018/2019 season saw New Zealand filling three spots, the USA placing two, and one player each from Russia and France.

The Black Ferns listed Michaela Blyde, Sarah Goss, and Kelly Brazier, and, could just as easily have added the talented Portia Woodman, who scored a hat trick in the final against the USA.

The Eagles selected were Alev Kelter (who has been honored before) and Ilona Maher, for the first time. Maher continues to dazzle, a big runner whose speed seems surprising, especially, to the opponents.

France’s Montserrat Amédée, captain of Les Bleues, and Russia’s Kristina Seredina filled out the award winners.

The results from the Glendale opener as follows:

  1. New Zealand   20 points
  2. USA                     18
  3. Canada             16
  4. France                14
  5. Australia            12
  6. Ireland               10
  7. Russia                 8
  8. England              6
  9. Spain                    4
  10. Fiji                          3
  11. China                    2
  12. Mexico                  1

The Dubai Sevens, up next November 29 and 30th, are hosted by the UAE RFU.

In the past six Women’s events contested in Dubai, Australia and New Zealand have won three each, alternating winners annually. The Black Ferns are on a 33-game win skein, and, as always, will be difficult to beat.