Regional sevens was tough for girls

Cayman’s women’s rugby sevens side
recently went to Guyana and competed in the regional tournament.

The 2010 NACRA season started with
the Cayman ladies in the NACRA Sevens. Travelling to Guyana were first time Caymanian
competitors Liz Austin and Kathleen Westin, with fellow newcomers Katy Bales
and Yi Jing Chen rounding out the rookies. Led by captain Bernadette Beckles,
the X107.1 national sevens team was a solid mix of experience, speed and
strength with veterans Rowena Lawrence, Lisa Bird, Kadieann Miller, Emily
Davies and Krista Pell rounding out the squad. 

The tournament proved to be tough
for the Cayman women despite excellent preparations.  As is always evident, the speed and agility
of the Caribbean nations are well represented at sevens level and with it now
being an Olympic sport, many of the Caribbean nations are focusing more on
sevens as opposed to 15s where Cayman’s strength lies. The ladies played six
games over a two day period against Mexico, Guyana, St. Lucia, Trinidad and
Tobago and Jamaica with two-time champions Guyana as the early favourites once
again. 

Two tough losses to Mexico and St.
Lucia were disappointing and an early tournament injury to Krista Pell led to a
difficult fight back after the first day. After an incredible last game effort
by all the team to win the final game, the ladies finished sixth with Guyana
once again taking the NACRA sevens gold medals. The score boards in no way
reflected the 100 per cent commitment that the team gave in the tournament.

The girls expect to do well in 2011
after another year of training and experience, working on developing the
extremely promising players who are coming up through the schools and academy
programmes.

The NACRA 15s open in Bahamas on 15
August. Cayman is the only Caribbean nation who is sending teams to both the
sevens and 15s tournaments and the squad, management and coaches should be
proud to be the smallest nation with the biggest guts. The Cayman Islands team
will arrive in Bahamas on 14 August to prepare for the gruelling seven day
tournament which sees them playing USA, Canada and the Bahamas. The girls were
the 2009 runner-ups and a place at the top of the podium is their goal.
Continuing fundraising and training will take place until that time and supporters
are encouraged to support the women at the Sound Sound pitch during their
training sessions.

For more information on the
women’s national team and their upcoming events, visit www.caymanrugby.com

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