Sevens heaven at Risdon Oval on Saturday afternoon
RUGBY: Warwick sevens rugby union captain-coach Carly Cooper has a squad of 12 which will line up for three 20-minute games of rugby at Risdon Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The team trained on Thursday night and Cooper is upbeat about their chances.
"We have a lot more structure in our play now we are having high intensity training against the men's B-grade team,” she said.
This season, Warwick has had two wins and a draw in six games of sevens rugby.
On Saturday, four teams will play a round robin - Warwick, Rangers, St George and Gatton starting at 12.30pm.
Warwick will play Rangers at 1pm, St George at 1.40pm and Gatton at 2.20pm.
"We beat Rangers in the first carnival for the season in Warwick,” Cooper said.
"The team will have a few of our past players back for Saturday's games.”
One returning player is Tenterfield star Keeley Mooney, who missed earlier games due to touch footy commitments.
She played in 2017 when Warwick made the grand final in the inaugural season of women's rugby sevens.
Past rugby league player Maddy Rigney, who played one rugby carnival last year and another this season, will line up on Saturday.
Two years ago, Tiffany Cullen played in the Water Rats' grand final team and she will return to the team for Saturday's carnival.
Cooper said the strength of her team would be speed.
"We need some wins as we want to play finals footy this season,” she said.
"I am giving Emily Rhodes more responsibility, she is in a halfback role.”
One of the constants in Warwick women's rugby has been Sam Burton who will play in the middle.
"Sam Burton and Lauren Morton have plenty of speed,” Cooper said.
"Laura Donn is coming along well this season and has shown a lot of improvement.”
While she has a squad of 12 for Saturday's carnival, Cooper is still keen to increase squad members.
"We hope some possible new players might come down and watch the games this weekend,” she said.
Cooper's father Tom played prop for Queensland Country and he is likely to be on the bench to support the team.
Team member Laura Donn played rugby league for the Mustangs two years ago.
"I like tackling best,” she said.
Amber Dennison has a simple wish list for her games on Saturday "hit hard and score a lot of tries”.
Lauren Morton scored two tries earlier this season against USQ and wants more on Saturday.
Warwick team: Emily Rhodes, Amber Dennison, Lauren Morton. Aleisha Bell, Sam Burton, Carly Cooper, Laura Donn, Keeley Mooney, Maddy Rigney, Nicole Christensen, Tiffany Cullen, Kirra Dennison.