MARIST Seahawks blew a 19-5 lead to go down 22-19 to the Aussie Pearls in the women's grand final at the Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park last night.
Former Fiji sevens rep Etuate "Honda" Gusuivalu's daughter Suliana Gusuivalu scored first for Marist to give them a 7-0 lead with Rusila Nagasau's conversion.
Suliana later left the field injured after trying to tackle Gemma Etheridge as she went in to score the Pearls opening try.
Nagasau scored with a brilliant individual effort to make it 14-5 to the Seahawks at the break.
She scored another try in the second spell and at 19-5, it looked like the Seahawks were going to get the better of the Australian women's national team.
But three more tries by the visitors sealed Marist's fate, the winning try by Emilee Cheery coming right on the hooter.
The visitors won $5000 and Seahawks $2500.
In the third and fourth place play-off, Seahawks beat Striders 26-5.