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Bull Sharks inspired by former teammates' success.

Ellie Hampson
Ellie Hampson in the AFLW Grand Final 

Bull Sharks footballers have excelled at the highest level in recent weeks in the Aussie women’s Rugby 7s victory in Dubai and the Brisbane Lions’ AFLW premiership triumph.

Maddison and Teagan Levi were the 7s stars as Australia ended New Zealand's world record 41-match unbeaten streak while a trio of Bull Sharks lofted the AFLW Premiership Cup at Ikon Park in Melbourne. 

In the process Maddison set her own World Series record of 12 tries in a single event as the Aussies took down their arch-rivals 26-19 in the final to become the first team ever to win the same World Series women's event four times in a row.

Not to be outdone, younger sister Teagan (20) stepped up with a match-winning performance in the final, scoring two key tries and notching 14 points.

The final was all about the Levis as 21-year-old Maddison, recently short-listed as the Women's World Sevens Player of the Year after a record 57 tries last season, crossed for the game winning try when scores were tied at 19-19.

It was then over to some former teammates of the sisters, who were both previously drafted by the Gold Coast Suns and played both QAFLW and rugby for the Bull Sharks, to claim their own silverware. 

Riewoldt Family AFL Excellence scholarship holder Mikayla Pauga celebrated her first premiership after being part of the side that lost the 2022 Grand Final to Melbourne.

Ellie Hampson also played in her first grand final win after switching from the Suns to the Lions for the 2023 season while Taylor Smith added another premiership victory to go with the one she collected at Adelaide Oval in 2021. 

Lucinda Pullar, another former Bull Shark, was on the losing North Melbourne side.   

Bond University Director of Sport Mike Collins said it had been an enjoyable weekend for the players and staff at the Bull Sharks AFL and Rugby clubs watching some of their own excel at the highest level.

“It is terrific to see our students and players excelling in elite level sport,” he said.

“At Bond our objective is to give athletes every opportunity to achieve their goals and it is always worth celebrating when we get to see that happen.

“But it is also inspiring for the current players and students and I’m excited to see that reflected in their attitude throughout pre-season.’’  

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