Riverina ladies Alicia Quirk and Sharni Williams have helped Australia to a silver medal at the Glendale leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Australia progressed through to the final undefeated but were downed 26-7 by USA at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.
The Aussies went into the final full of confidence after smashing France 40-0 in the semi-final, and also trounced Russia 38-0 in the quarter finals.
It was the first tournament of the new-look series, that now takes a two-month hiatus until the second stage in Dubai from December 5-7.
Australian coach John Manenti said there were some good signs at the opening tournament.
"We worked hard to put ourselves into the final, we've come some way but have a heap more to go," Manenti said.
"I thought we showed courage, but lack of possession hurt us.
"Keeping Russia and France scoreless, earlier in the day, was a positive that we can draw from as well as the performances of Charlotte Caslick, Vani Pelite and Emma Tonegato who I thought were world class.
"We'll head home now and start working towards Dubai."