This Saturday and Sunday November 11th and 12th the Cayman Islands National Sevens team sponsored by bmobile will participate in the NAWIRA sevens in Barbados.
The squad has been selected after several weeks of training and from the Maples and Calder National Sevens Academy, as well as the on perfomaces at the Cable and Wireless Summer Sevens Series.
Last year the bmobile team finished seventh overall in the tournament and hopes to finish in the top three this time around. Cayman finds itself in the same pool at Jamaica who won last years tournament, Mexico who play in the World Sevens Series, Bahamas who defeated Cayman last year and the Dominican Republic who Cayman beat handily last year, so it is a tough pool.
The Bmobile Cayman side has to win one of it’s first two games to have a chance of moving into the cup rounds on Sunday as they play first Jamaica and then Mexico followed by Bahamas and finally Dominican Republic.
The squad is a great cobination of youth, flair, scintilating speed, agility and experience and has developed well over the past twelve months. Five of the Maples and Calder National Sevens Academy have made the side being speedsters Justin Vasquez, Darren Montague and Michael Manderson while Josh Clark travels as a highly skilled half back and Kramer Bell as a utility replacement. Of the five Justin, Micheal, Josh and Kramer are all products of the Maples and Calder Fiji development trip where they spent six weeks training for sevens with world champions Fiji in Red Rock.
The experience and forward power is supplied by Brad Cowdroy, Brad Rosin, Shaun Gerrard,Mark Soto and Rob Aspinal with local speedster on the track Keswick Wright rounding out the squad. This will be Rosin’s Gerrard’s, Aspinal’s and Wrights first NAWIRA tournament but they are all expected to be able to step up and handle the big occaision.
Worcester University first XV starter Stuart McMillan joins the squad in Barbados. Much is expected of McMillan who has been training and playing with University side for the last few months and who goes for his profesional academy trials shortly upon his return to the UK.