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History Unfolds in Perth Sevens as Ireland's Women Triumph

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In a dazzling display of skill and determination, Ireland's women scripted a historic chapter at the HSBC SVNS 2024 in Perth, shattering Australia's winning streak in a gripping final. The sell-out crowd at HBF Park, the largest rugby gathering in Western Australia since 2017, witnessed jubilant scenes as Ireland claimed their first series win, ending a 29-game losing streak to Australia.

Amid near-perfect weather conditions, Ireland's victory was a long-awaited moment, marked by a stellar performance that left Coach Alan Temple-Jones almost speechless. "Playing Australia in Australia is an unbelievable opportunity for the girls," he exclaimed, expressing the team's sheer delight and focus throughout the tournament.

Captain Lucy Mulhall echoed the sentiment, stating, "This win has been a long time coming. It means a lot, and we've been on a long journey. This is massive for women's Irish rugby; we'll be sure to celebrate."

In an eventful bronze medal match, a resurgent Great Britain, without injured captain Abbie Brown, secured their second-ever HSBC Sevens bronze with a maiden series victory over the USA. Isla Norman-Bell's stunning kick-and-chase effort exemplified the team's growing prowess.

As Ireland leaps to fourth in the overall SVNS standings and Australia maintains its dominance at the top, Great Britain emerges as a big winner, moving out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.

The HSBC SVNS 2024 caravan now heads to Vancouver, Canada, promising more exhilarating rugby action on the weekend of February 23-25. Secure your tickets and be part of the thrilling saga!
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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