Harriet to test herself against nation’s best

TOUGH CUSTOMER: Bomaderry's Harriet Elleman will represent the ACT women’s rugby sevens team at next month's nationals.

TOUGH CUSTOMER: Bomaderry's Harriet Elleman will represent the ACT women’s rugby sevens team at next month's nationals.

BOMADERRY’S Harriet Elleman is preparing for one of the biggest tournaments of her life, after being called into the ACT women’s rugby sevens team.

The former-Nowra High School student, who is now studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, will take on the best rugby sevens players in the country in South Australia, on November 19 and 20.

“Playing at a representative level of rugby was always my goal once I became a lover of the sport and I have been given the opportunity for multiple years from Southern Inland, competing at multiple competitions,” Elleman said.

“If it was not for Wagga Ag College, Southern Inland and my coaches, I would not have been able to have been selected for the Brumbies.

“To play for a national level squad is an amazing opportunity - not only will I be under training schedules of great coaches, I will be able to play in front of Australian level players and coaches. 

“To play at an Australian level of rugby is a dream of mine but I know there are thousands of incredibly talented women in Australia that are looking for selection.

“So to be able to compete against them at nationals, will be an experience within itself.”

The 23-year-old started playing rugby back in 2012, in her first year of University, when her friend asked her to join her team. 

From there, she fell in love with the sport and its training components and hasn’t not looked back.

It’s that commitment to the sport that saw her selected in this representative team, following a successful Goulburn Super Seven's Tournament.

“I got the a call-up to the team on Sunday after the Goulburn Super Seven's Tournament,” she said.

“I was lucky enough to co-captain our side to take out first place in the tournament and to be awarded with player of the day.

“When I spoke to the selectors on the phone he told me he was impressed with my aggression on the field and my commitment to the sport and that he wanted to work with me in the Brumbies women’s program. 

“I told him how honoured I am to have been selected and immediately said yes to the opportunity handed to me.

“Training for this team is twice a week in Canberra and our first competition is October 21 at the Central Coast Sevens. 

“From here we compete in Bowral before heading to the national championships in Adelaide on November 18.

“These competitions will include the best female and male rugby players that Australia has to offer.

“To have been asked to compete against these elite athletes is nerve racking but I am also very excited to show them what I am made of on the rugby field.”

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