On Saturday 17 January there was a warm up match for the start of the BrightStaff Alex Alexander Rugby Premiership. A mixed Under-14 Maples Community and Academy select side played at 2pm against the National Women’s team at the South Sound pitch.
From there the U14 and Cayman women squared off again on 31 January.
The U14 players are hoping to win selection for the Conyers Bermuda-Cayman Challenge Cup 2009 national U14 Cayman Islands team.
The women meanwhile are preparing for the Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest 28-29 February 2009.
The U14 showed a great improvement in their game especially in the areas of scrum, line out, tackling and handling and scored five excellent tries against the women in this warm up match.
The women showed excellent development in several areas of their play in particular their rucking, scrummage, handling and game plan.
This is a testament to the amount of hard work that the girls have exhibited of late and the excellent work of the management team in their preparations of this squad for Fort Lauderdale.
The U14 team will now concentrate on the set piece, general attack and defensive aspects of the team’s performance for the next few weeks.
The Bermuda U14 team is likely to be a strong and aggressive unit if the play of last year’s Bermuda U12 team is anything to go on.
The Cayman U14 will be aiming to give a better showing of themselves in Bermuda on Sunday 15 March when the two teams meet for a full U14 international match in Bermuda in the Conyers Bermuda-Cayman Youth Challenge Cup.
For the women meanwhile the Fort Lauderdale Ruggerfest will be a telling tournament as the girls seek their first win in the fifteens game.
Rugby in the USA is well established and for many years the USA led the world in this regard.
Today while not at the very top the USA is in the top four in the world so the Cayman girls will be up against some excellent competition and individual players.
The Conyers Bermuda-Cayman Challenge Cup is set to take place in Bermuda 13-16 March 2009.
Three age grades will be playing this year, namely the U10,U12 and U14.
The tour party will comprise of 60 people with 48 being players and 12 as coaches and managers.
In 2010 it is hoped that for the Cayman leg there will be competition for the U10, U12, U14 and U16 age groups as well as some girls teams.
For the 2010 Cayman Leg Bahamas and Jamaica are also likely to receive invitations to attend.