The Cayman Rugby Club in South Sound is hosting the fastest and most exciting form of the game this month.
The Rugby 7s series continues to garner interest locally as the game is a quicker, more flowing form of rugby and with more room to run the local lads and women get an opportunity to show their speed and agility.
The league, split into men’s premier, men’s social and ladies divisions features a total of 10 teams who play round robin matches throughout the day and a final at the end for each division if time allows.
In the men’s premier division the Maples Academy team which comprises the national team jumped to the top of the standings board with three straight wins. The CML Ama Tsotsi were expected to give Maples stiff competition in the opening Premier league game but Maples won easily 28-7. The Ecay Pigs Trotters put up a much stronger fight against Maples but were still beaten 28-17. Meanwhile the former powerhouse Peter O’Neill Wolfhounds struggled on and could not muster a win against any of their opposition.
The men’s social division can often produce the most entertaining rugby for the spectators as the apparent lack of pace in the older teams and the Heineken Clydesdales can lead to some interesting tactics on the pitch. Elsewhere all the teams are left in the dust by the Dart U19s team whose pace often means a win is but assured before kick off.
In week one the Social division was the victim of timing issues as the day started late and some of the later social games had to be sacrificed to make room for the premier division. Whilst the U19s got their share of games the Clydesdales, Maples and Grizz’s Old Fellas dropped a game each.
Maples looked dangerous in their games and held the Dart U19s to within two points as the youngsters took the game 14-12.
The women’s division, being made up of only two teams is looking to build towards the next Caribbean 7s championship in Barbados but the highlight for many onlookers was a chance to see Schmarrah McCarthy in action.
Some will recognise her name from a few years ago when Schamarrah represented the USA U19s women’s team and since then has been making strides in the sport. McCarthy’s strength and running lines made her a formidable force throughout the day and her presence on the field will no doubt be a huge boost to women’s rugby in Cayman.