Perfect debut for Coast's Emma Sykes
RUGBY SEVENS: Sunshine Coast product Emma Sykes has helped Australia win the 2016 Oceania Sevens Women's Championships in Fiji earlier today.
It was Sykes' first appearance for the senior Australian outfit, which won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.
The Australians smashed the host nation 31-0 in the final, with the men finishing third after downing Papua New Guinea 25-5 in a playoff match.
Australia's head coach Tim Walsh said he was really happy with the performance his side put together, with the HSBC Sevens World Series due to start in Dubai in less than a month.
"We had different experience levels in the squad with the players who were in Rio and the players doing their rugby apprenticeships,” he said.
"Our debutants were outstanding. Emma Sykes, Hannah Southwell and Shanice Parker played exceptionally well and improved on every game.
"This tournament couldn't have been better preparation for us; it was amazingly run and the standard was very strong. Heading into the Dubai Sevens we have some selection headaches but that is only going to make us stronger.”
Sykes has always been heavily involved in sport on the Coast and has represented Queensland in touch football and performed well in Surf Life Saving.
2016 Oceania 7s Results - Day 2
Women's: Australia 39-0 Papua New Guinea, Australia 46-0 Samoa, Australia 31-0 Fiji (Final).
Men's: Australia 7-19 Fiji. Australia 25-5 Papua New Guinea (Third place play-off).