They adapted quickly

Cayman’s rugby fraternity is still
revelling in the fact that the women’s national team can boast that they are
Caribbean champions for the first time in their history.

Since the women’s programme kicked
off seriously a couple of years ago, the national team have taken their heavy
defeats along with lumps and bumps as part of the learning curve. It was
painful and humiliating at times but turned out to be well worth it after they
lifted the trophy through a 49-0 thrashing of the Bahamas last week on their
home turf.

It was free-flowing stuff too, with
tries coming from Loletta Hanna (3), Lisa Bird (2) and Lisa Kehoe, Captain
Rowena Lawrence and Emily Davies.

The glory came after heavy defeats
against the Under-20 national teams of Canada and USA, but served as sobering
warm ups for the Bahamian match.

Player-coach Caroline Deehan said:
“The matches with the Canadians and Americans were a great challenge for our
girls. They were good preparation. We knew the Bahamians are big and tough and
did our homework and ensured we got the ball out to the wings and our fast
girls.”

Hanna said: “I cannot begin to
imagine what it’s like to win the Caribbean championships. Even though Bahamas
were the home side, we were still really well received by their supporters.

“Our losses were against much
fitter and faster girls. They were tough but we were able to analyse each game
and work out the kinks for Bahamas. I was exhilarated to be scoring in my first
international and I’m really pleased.”

Director of Rugby Richard ‘Grizz’
Adams was also very pleased. He said: “It was without doubt the best
performance I have seen from any of the Cayman women’s team I have been
involved with over the past ten years.” Adams is pleased that more Caymanians
are joining the women’s programme and that the squad is not solely reliant on
ex-pats anymore.

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