Since its inception in 2001, Cayman’s premier rugby tournament has consistently delivered exciting quality competition and uplifted the sport locally. This year’s edition of the Deloitte Cayman Sevens promises another two days of unforgettable action. Up for grabs is US$50,000 in prize money, with US$20,000 going to the winners. The battles will be fought at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, 9-10 June.
The hiqh-quality tournament is seen by the sports local leaders as an invaluable boost.
‘The quality of competition each year is worldclass,’ said Richard Adams, technical director for Cayman rugby. ‘The vast majority of the player arriving here are coming directly from the final leg of the World Sevens Series in London. The Deloitte Cayman Sevens allow everyone in Cayman the chance to see the sport played at its highest level. It highlights rugby in the Cayman Islands to the entire world.’
Fiji’s world-renowned prowess in the sevens game is sure to be on display once again this year. As at least three teams will include Fijians. The Samurai side will consist of players who star for Red Rock, a top Fijian club. The Fiji Barbarians will consist of Fijian national sevens teams players. Additionally, the Kukri Iguanas will have a pinch of Fijian magic to spice it up as well. The Iguanas will be a home team of sorts, made up of local players and the dazzling Venasio Tokatokavanua. Tokatokavanua is a Fijian star player who been here coaching Caymanian sevens player in recent months. The team is also likely to have some international players (Dave Strettle of England, Charlie Keenan and Olli Brown of Scotland) playing. It is also possible that a leading ex-South African player may be on island and available to play for the Iguanas.
Jamaica is the current West Indies Sevens champions and should entertain with their speedy game.
Tickets are CI$25 to attend both days. Look out for promotions that two tournament sponsors, Heineken and Hurleys, will be running to win free entrance tickets. Look out also for the chance to register online at www.cisevens.com for free entrance tickets. Cico/Avis, a team sponsor, is expected to run a prize drawing to win a car – if your name is drawn on the Saturday you will have the chance to kick a ball over the posts to win the car.
The organizers have also worked with the Department of Tourism to bring in a film crew to shoot the event for television. The programme will highlight the tournament as well as the Cayman Islands. Red Sail Sports will be providing watersports activities and teams are expected to take in a variety of watersports while they are here including a trip to Stingray city with Red Sail on the Sunday. Other boats are welcome to join the trip. Nigel Starmer-Smith, a leading rugby sevens commentator, will be on island with the film crew.
The teams will stay at the Courtyard Marriott on Seven Mile Beach during the tournament.