Sevens competion in honour of Estella

The fourth edition of the LIME summer rugby sevens series at the South Sound Pitch is on Saturday.

Eleven teams will compete for the Estella Scott Trophy.

The 2009 edition of Lime Sevens sees three teams in the premier division, five in the social division and three in the ladies division. All the action kicks off at 12.30pm and runs until 6.30pm.

Teams include the LIME/MAPLES national team and Academy, the Butterfield Irish Wolfhounds and the BPC Buccaneers, the RE/MAX knackers, The Caybrew Clydesdales, Maples, the National U17 Academy and Ama Tsotsi while the women will have three teams competing with their national team being one of the three teams.

The national women like their male counterparts will be using the tournament as a build up to the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association sevens that is to be held in Mexico on 14 and 15 November.

The tournament is of major importance to the national men’s squad as the tournament also serves as a qualifier for bigger and better things down the line in 2010.

The Cayman sevens programme has seen huge growth over the past three years, having never been any kind of strength regionally in rugby sevens, many youth players have been involved over the past few years and many are now maturing into excellent seven players.

The likes of Josh and Joel Clarke along with Robbie Cribb, Edward Westin, Michael Wilson and Justin White have all been heavily involved in the sevens, U19 and U20 academies and will be joined by sevens specialists Sean Murphy, Keswick Wright, Peter Harris and Jon Doak.

Wallace Lyttle and Andrew Ibeh will also be making their first appearances in Cayman jerseys for rugby, both having been well know as Cayman track athletes they are successfully making the transition to rugby sevens.

The programme has now been developed into an 11 year progression leading up to Olympic games in 2016 and 2020 assuming that rugby sevens is re instated in two weeks.

Along the way are a number of tournaments that Cayman needs to build toward, qualify for and do well in and these include, Youth Commonwealth games, Commonwealth games, CACSO games, World Sevens Series games and PAN AM games, the Mexico tournament this year will see the winner move forward to three of these tournaments in 2010.

The first is the World Sevens Series in Las Vegas in February where the team will be involved with the top 12 teams worldwide.

Next will be the CACSO games in Guyana in July along with the 2010 NACRA games that double as the 2011 PAN AM game qualifiers.

Finally, comes the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and so Mexico looms large for the Cayman squad that will be wanting to show vastly improved levels or performance from last year when they finished fourth behind Guyana, Trinidad and Bermuda.