Buccaneers steal treasure

The Buccaneers avenged an earlier loss to the Iguanas by beating them in Saturday’s final to win the 2005 Alex Alexander Memorial Tournament in South Sound.

The Bucs came out hard and kept the Iguanas backpeddling for much of the first half. The reptiles scored late in the day and threatened to make a comeback, but the Bucs held on for the win. The final score was 26-11. Buc captain Tony Elliott led the scoring.

It was a fitting farewell performance for Elliott, who is scheduled to leave the Cayman Islands in May. He has been one of the core players behind Cayman’s rise to international respectability over the last decade.

Cayman Islands national coach and technical director Richard Adams said this year’s tournament was one of the best ever. It also marked the inclusion of the Academy side, a team of Cayman’s top young players, who were competitive.

The annual tournament honours the memory of Alex Alexander, a former Cayman Islands rugby player who died of cancer in 1987. Alexander was a popular personality and a significant contributor to the sport’s development in the Cayman Islands, say those who played with him.

‘Rugby was always an important part of his life,’ said his widow, Carlene (Shan) Alexander. ‘We [Carlene and daughter Cristin] are deeply touched that he is still remembered in this way by the Cayman Islands rugby community. It really touches me.’