ATLANTA, Ga. – The Women’s Eagles Sevens won the Atlanta 7s Plate in front of their home fans at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University Sunday with a 22-0 victory against Spain.
The Eagles looked in control from the get-go, building off of two strong performances against Canada and England earlier in the day. Jessica Javelet, who went into the Plate Final having already scored six tries, showed off her defensive abilities as a sweeper by keeping the Spanish players from using the wing for the majority of the match.
Kelly Griffin found Amelia Villines in the fourth minute for the match’s first try. Villines cut through two defenders to dot down in the in-goal and give the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
Spain made a substitution following the try to help stem the Eagles’ attack, but it almost paid off on the offensive side of the ball. The substitute broke the gain line and made it to midfield before Javelet made the crucial tackle.
Javelet was not the only Eagle to impress defensively. Patricia Garcia dribbled the ball behind the Eagles and captain Jillion Potter chased her down to win possession. Deven Owsiany also made some big tackles to keep Spain off of the scoreboard, as the Eagles took the 5-0 lead into the half.
In the eighth minute, Villines cut to the inside a few meters from the Spanish try line and lobbed a pass over to Potter, who extended the Eagles’ lead to 10-0 with a triumphant dive into the try zone.
Javelet made a try-saving tackle along the wing in the 10th minute and followed it up with an 80-meter try a minute later to give the Eagles a 15-0 lead. She turned provider in the 13th minute after making her opposite number think she was going to make a move to the inside and fed Lauren Doyle for a long sprint of her own. Christy Ringgenberg converted Doyle’s try and the Eagles saw off Spain for the 22-0 win.
The Plate victory means the Eagles finish Atlanta 7s in fifth and gain 12 points in the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series standings heading into next weekend’s third leg in Brazil. Pools for Brazil Sevens will be announced in the coming days.
Women's Eagles Sevens | v Spain | Atlanta 7s Plate Final
1. Deven Owsiany
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Jillion Potter
4. Rebekah Siebach
5. Christy Ringgenberg
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Victoria Folayan
8. Amelia Villines
9. Irene Gardner
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Megan Bonny
12. Jessica Javelet
Women's Eagles Sevens | 22
Tries: Villines, Potter, Javelet, Doyle