Sevens steams in for Olympics

Cayman’s rugby summer sevens series
is in full swing every Saturday at the South Sound Ground as nine teams vie to
be the 2010 sevens champions and lift the Estella Scott Trophy.

The men’s premier division features
three strong sides in CML Ama Tsotsi, O’Neills Wolfhounds and the Heineken
Thunder while the social division has four sides, Heineken Clydesdale Lights,
The Omni RE/MAX Oldies, Maples and Omni Sharks. The women have two teams, the
Stingrays and the Eagle Rays.

The tournament runs until the end
of this month and is an invaluable tool for the national sevens team selectors
as they select a squad to represent Cayman in the Trinidad Enthusiasts sevens
in early December, before heading to Cuba in February, Charleston in May, Cape
Fear in July, Canada in July, Cancun in November and then the NACRA regional
championships in November.

National coach and Cayman Islands
director of rugby Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams said: “Sevens rugby is now an Olympic
sport for 2016 and as such the CRFU and it’s sponsors and partners have
initiated a bold development program to give our Cayman athletes the very best
chance of qualifying for 2016 and 2010 beyond that.

“One of the first steps is to train
our senior players to be able to perform at the very highest levels hence the
very expensive and intense tournament schedule, while on the other hand we are
also identifying now our potential players for 2016 and 2020 by identifying
talent now in the age categories as low as under 8 and under 10 and all age
grades above them. It is a bold and ambitious programme but one we believe will
give us the best chances of success.”

Matches run from
1:30pm until 6pm and all that action can be seen live at