17 September 2017 – Kedah became the first ever National 7s Women title as they finished top of the Cup/Plate Championship group. Kedah had an outstanding campaign as they showed that they have the capability to play great rugby which dismantled their opponent.
Kedah opened the tournament with a bang as they demolished the host, Perak 29 – 5 in the first match. Kedah then finished top of the Pool L after they swiped away Negeri Sembilan in the second match. They won it 29 – 0. That win put Kedah as the in second place as Terengganu had a much better points different. Selangor and Sabah joined Kedah and Terengganu in the Women Cup Championship on the second day.
Kedah started the second day just like how they end the first one. They narrowly beat another tournament favourite, Selangor 12 – 10 in the first match. Norfarhana Aziz and Sharifah Noor Fasha Edayu scored a try each in the match with Wan Zufirah completed the conversion which made the different in the match. Those three players were part of the Bronze medalist during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
Kedah continued their fine form in the second cup match. They comfortably dispatched Sabah 15 – 5 to collect maximum 8 points after 2 matches. Terengganu who drew 7 – 7 in the second match against Selangor sat second with 6 points. That set the final match between Kedah and Terengganu as the ‘final match’ in this round robin format.
Kedah had a much better start as the pinned Terengganu back in their own half. The small stature of Norfarhana Aziz beat well experience Aki Loh Nong Sim with pace as she completed Kedah first try in the match. Sharifah Noor Fasha Edayu then added Kedah second try as the turnover let Noor Fasha ran all the way from his own half.
Everything looked set to be on Kedah favour but Terangganu had a much better idea. Dayang Anak Manggie’s quick pace dismantle Kedah line which set veteren Lim Chin Wei to score Terengganu first try in the match. Haslinda Mohd Salleh added two more points as Terengganu reduced the gap to 7 – 12.
Terengganu used that momentum to put more pressure on Kedah. They finally took the lead for the first time in the second half. A good work from Dayang, Liyana Kamarul Baharin and Haslinda Salleh open the chance for the former to score Terengganu second try.
That lead however did not last long. Norfarhana Aziz used her SEA Games experience and her great pace to complete her second try in the match and became the hero as Kedah re-took the lead with minute to go. Kedah narrowly lead Terengganu 15 – 12.
With Kedah fan already celebrating the win, Dianatasha Qhal Isnariah almost stole the match for Terengganu but her last minute effort stopped by Vianny S. Amora metres from the try line. The ball fumble as the referee ended the match. Kedah beat Terengganu to become the first ever National 7s Women champion.
Kedah brought home RM 3000, medals and trophy. Terengganu finished second while Sabah who beat Selangor in their last match finished fourth.
Photos by Zainuddin Mamat/Ragbionline.