Round 10 of the Cayman Summer Touch rugby season and chances are beginning to run out for those teams trying to get into the top four division places to make the play-offs.
In division one, league leaders Maples1 and Appleby played out a fast-paced game that eventually saw Maples1’s experience and fitness hold off a spirited Apples’ team. Both teams were within a shout at half-time as Maples1 went into the break with a slender 4-3 lead. A change of tactics was required as they eventually spotted that the Appleby defence were struggling to get back the requisite five metres after each “touch” and Jyoti Choi, with his fine bursts through the defensive line, chalked up a season’s best performance of five tries. Richard Gordon added two more to make him Maples1’s most consistent scorer of late with tries in the last seven consecutive games.
Etienne Duvenage (PWC) and Ben Hart (Ogier) traded scores with each scoring four a-piece as the two teams met for the second time this season. However, it was PWC that took the spoils 7-4 to record their sixth win of the season. In the end a double by Marco du Plessis and one from Richard Pooley made the difference.
There are many important events in world history. The latest came at the South Sound Rugby Club as Mark Woollard, the captain of Team LIME, scored his first ever try in rugby. Following a real team effort, Woollard, ever alert on the wing, collected a wonderful pass and ran unopposed to the try line. It was the winning score too in a game that saw Team LIME defeat Walkers Blue Iguanas 4-1. The Iguanas started best but they dropped a couple of gilt-edged chances right on the try-line. Team LIME, with Lisa Bird and Katy Bayles playing as women possessed, increased the gain-line pressure until Walkers could take no more. Two tries for Eamon Wilson and one for Lisa Bird sealed the win.
The game between DMS and Genesis Five Nations was postponed to a later date.
In division two, Maples2 continued to get over their mid-season slump with a solid 4-1 performance against DART. DART took an early lead through Neil Ainscow, the league’s top scorer, but after that they could only find limited space as they moved the ball along the attacking line. Maples2 found some fluidity to their passing and their ability to continually create three-on-two overlap situations stretched the DART defence beyond breaking point.
The experienced Andrew Dean, Justin Colgan and Marc Randall were on fine form, ably supported by Chris Palmer, took them to a 3-1 half-time lead. In the second period as DART became increasingly anxious to score it was Maples2’s defence that showed its qualities, quick to stop the attacker making any ground, Rebecca Palmer, Desiree Sampang and Loletta Hanna standing out. When in an attacking position Maples2 always posed a threat and ultimately closed the game out with another Justin Colgan try.
In an exciting match-up between Happyfish Ticklers and Campbells both teams traded scores right into the dying seconds of play. Chandra Friesen (three) had starred for the Ticklers and Dicky Thomas (four) for Campbells. With the scores locked at 7-7 Campbells were pressing the Ticklers line when the final whistle blew indicating there was only one phase of play left to be completed before the referee could end the match. With ball-in-hand Campbells were assured of at least a share of the points unless someone did something completely daft and throw a speculative pass that could be intercepted by a Tickler to run in a match-winning try at the very death. Enter Peter A. de Vere. The happy recipient of said pass was Simon Crompton, who has scored important tries in his last two games.
“I can only apologise to my team,” said de Vere, “Somehow I managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of a draw! I’d better buy everyone a drink to make up for it!”
Harmonic ended its long run of disappointing results with a fine 7-5 win over UBS. With Tony Attenbrough and Danny Santiago as the main providers and Gavin McMaster (four) and Tim Rossiter (three) as the finishers, Harmonic went into a 3-0 lead. The teams swapped tries and UBS came back into it with scores by Shane Gallery, James Yonge, Janice Agnew and speed-man Rich Marian (two). Special mention must go to Harmonics’ new recruits this season Alice Aherne, Rochelle Padiernos, Clare Lazenby and Jax McCarty along with Louisa Moynihan and Sophie Broad.
League leaders KPMG1 played second place Trident Titans, two teams only separated by points difference. Both teams have scored freely in the past but on this occasion it was the Titans that took the spoils by a 8-3 score. Riley Mullen racked up another hat-trick while Sarah Smith, Lisa Bird, Ashley Puschman, Brad Stephenson and Nick Swartz all crossed the white line for the Titans. For KPMG1 Gerhard Albertyn scored all three tries.
In division three, Deloitte continue their assault on this division with a convincing 8-2 win over Island Heritage. Riley Mullen continued his try scoring form with a hat-trick with a brace for Dean Curtis and tries for John Marrs, Kate Cilliers and Neil Ainscow sealed all three points.
KPMG2 maintained the pressure on Deloitte at the top of the table with a low-scoring but intriguing 3-1 game against Credit Suisse. Speedster Johann Prinsloo scored for the Suisse but typically danger men Lopez and Ian Roberton scored a try each and Neil Montgomery added the extra to ensure that KPMG2 will fight to the end of the season to secure that all important top spot.
Aisling Clarke took the Most Valuable Player award in the game between Rawlinson and Hunter versus Ernst and Young as the Hunters won 7-2 to continue their challenge up the table. Phil Reed scored three tries to take his season’s tally to four. The win pushes them up to third.
GCM played Queensgate Grizz’s Old Fellas in a near bottom-of-the-table clash and due to the use of unlisted players GCM had to default in order for the game to go ahead. The Old fellas get the points but GCM can claim a moral victory as they ran in seven tries in the game.