Round nine of the Cayman Summer Touch league saw teams starting to look at those all important play-off places.
In division one, a compelling but low scoring game saw Appleby just pip Team LIME 2-1 in the inaugural Fruit Cup. Appleby shined thanks to Desiree Sampang and Karen Hart Thomas as they each picked up a try. LIME wedged in a try of their own through Eamon Wilson. Notable mention for LIME goes to Katy Bayles and Jonny Hillyard.
PWC out-played DMS for an easy 7-2 victory. Richard Lewis scored a nice hat-trick bringing his season total to seven. DMS struggled to get a new “Pick and Go” strategy going under Steve Henshaw.
2010 Touch Champions Maples1 are not going to let the title go easily and in spite of conceding the first try for the third game running, they once again showed that momentum counts in beating the Walkers Blue Iguanas. Leading the way for Maples were Jyoti Choi (four tries) and Guy Major.
Genesis Five Nations beat Ogier 7-3 as Laren Gillespie, a strapping six-foot-two Scotsman, scored two magnificent tries. Philip Fourie chipped in with his usual pair, taking him to thirteen for the season. James Waters (1) and Ben Hart (2) replied for Ogier.
In a make-up game, Maples1 played Ogier and eventually ran out 6-4 winners. The result puts Maples1 back on top of the table on points difference, ahead of Genesis Five Nations.
In division two, KPMG1 maintain their position at the top with a hard fought 8-6 win over Campbells. Most Valuable Player Ghislain Gyhoot scored three tries as did fellow South African team-mate Philip Fourie. Campbells never rolled over as Dicky Thomas and Jyoti Choi weighed in with a couple while Nick Quin and Wiki Hitchman added the extras.
Maples2 stopped their poor form with a thumping 7-2 win over Harmonic. Chris Palmer had a couple of tries while Justin Colgan also picked up two. Harmonic are now entrenched in the cellar with only two wins from nine matches.
Trident Titans have worked hard to get up to second in the table and seem intent on contending after a 4-3 victory over UBS. Leading the Titans were James Waters (3) and Sharlee Henshaw (1).
Happyfish Ticklers beat DART 7-5 thanks to Simon Crompton and his four tries.
In division three, Deloitte continue at the top with a good win over fourth-placed Rawlinson and Hunter. Sharlee Henshaw notched two tries while Neil Ainscow and Tony Campbell pitched in with one each. For Rawlinson and Hunter, Katherine Mew played well and Conrad Proud had another try to take his scoring streak to nine consecutive games and boost his season total to 16.
Second-place KPMG2 dismantled Ernst and Young 7-3 with Lopez getting three and Ian Roberton with two tries respectively. Niall O’Sullivan chipped in with a couple while Ronan McCarthy and David Pearlman replied for Ernst and Young.
GCM and Credit-Suisse played to a 3-3 tie. The GCM attack was steadied by new boy Dave O’Driscoll (2) and one from James Trundle.
Island Heritage and QueensgateGrizz’s Old Fellas technically did not have a game due to a lack of numbers. But there was interesting exhibition play from Dan Twist (two tries), Mick Kehoe, Mike Johnston, John Wagner and Caroline Deegan.