It was another day in paradise for Genesis Five Nations who ran out convincing 6-2 winners over Ogier in Division 1’s touch rugby league at the club ground in South Sound on Saturday.
The titanic triumvirate of Dan Andersen, Mick Kehoe and Roger Priaulx steamrollered up the pitch to score two tries apiece, all orchestrated by the diminutive figure of Lisa Kehoe.
In the battle of the two corporate law giants it was Maples1 who won the legal drama with a thumping 10-1 verdict over Walkers Blue Iguanas. Although lacking a degree of composure in the early exchanges, Maples1 eventually found their rhythm with some smart inter-passing and offloads. Rudolf Weder and Jyoti Choi caused significant damage with their pace and asked some serious questions of the Walkers defence who were guilty of leaving gaps out wide.
Walkers Blue Iguanas showed tenacity despite the heavy loss and were rewarded when Joss Morris prevented the whitewash for their first try of the season.
Team LIME recorded their first victory of the season with a fine performance running in eight tries over Appleby, Iain Blackwell scoring three. PWC notched up a 5-1 win over DMS. The scoreline was a little harsh on a spirited DMS side but PWC were just too strong in the end. A fine try from Etienne Duvenage makes Play of the Week as he gratefully accepted a deft over-the-shoulder pass from team-mate Ruan van Vuuren to run in unopposed for the touchdown.
In a rain soaked end to the week, Division 2 had some interesting match-ups. The gods were not on the side of the Trident Titans in their clash with UBS. The Titans were drowned by Scott Brittain who put in an MVP performance including two tries for a 4-2 victory.
Campbells and KPMG1 fought out an entertaining 6-6 draw. Dicky Thomas, full of beard and full of running, scored an excellent try. Another notable performance from Johnny Doak for Campbells was counteracted by Ben Blair and Phillip Fourie for KPMG1 who weighed in with a couple of tries each.
In a feisty match between Harmonic and Maples2, the spoils eventually went to the Maples outfit 8-3. It was a highly vocal game, both sides being guilty of questioning the referee’s decisions too frequently and were lucky to avoid censure.
Ultimately, the bigger squad of Maples2 proved decisive, and there were some good performances on show from Aussie Tim Rossiter (Harmonic) and Aussie bracker Andrew Dean (Maples2)
The Happyfish Ticklers made sure DART weren’t laughing this week with a thumping 12-5 win. With the highest score of the season so far, the Ticklers ran in tries from all over the pitch, including scores for Fiona Brander, Nicky White and Chandra Friesen.
Credit-Suisse continues to dominate Division 3 as they clocked up a convincing 4-1 win over GCM. Playing with precision and innovation they made the most of their opportunities and with Michelle Bailey throwing the most outrageous of dummies, the GCM defence could not hold back the tide, as wave after wave of attacks came their way.
Deloitte and Rawlinson & Hunter battled to a 4-4 draw with Nadine Holdness standing out for her excellent defensive work. This helped secure R&H’s first points of the season.
KPMG2 maintained their challenge at the top of the table eventually overcoming a spirited Ernst & Young team, winning 7-5. A brace of tries for Neil Montgomery, JS Kruger, and Ian Robertson maintained KPMG2’s 100 per cent record but it was Alison Lebitshnig of Ernst & Young that was the stand out player on the day with a fine try and all round great play.
Age and injury seem to have taken an early toll to Queensgate Grizz’s Old Fellas as a poor turnout meant they had to default against Island Heritage. This was Heritage’s second walkover in two weeks and the teams played out an exhibition game so as not to disappoint their fan who turned up. He went home happy.
This week’s Heineken Touch Player of the Week goes to Danny Santiago of Harmonic. Honesty and integrity are essential in touch rugby and Danny displayed both when agreeing that he hadn’t touched an opponent who went on through to score. He does the sport credit.
This year www.caymanrugbytv.com will be showing a selection of touch rugby games each week.