Academy tackle Vancouver lads

Cayman’s run of exceptional rugby showings at the national level recently continued in Canada.

On their third and final international tournament this summer, Cayman Maples Academy Seven’s squad were in Vancouver to play in the Serevi International Invitational Sevens with a host of other strong teams and international rugby sevens super stars.

Cayman were first up against the Serevi Invitational Seven with Serevi and Ben Gollings, the top Sevens points scorer of all time in the opposition line-up.

Cayman scored first through Josh Clark but then the Serevi team scored three unanswered tries to result in a final score of 21-7.

The Cayman team then played against the Old Puget Sound the USA Champs for Sevens and beat them 29-19 with tries from; Dow Travers (two), Michael Wilson (two) and Garrett Conolly (one), to win the second game.

The next match was against the in-form Edmonton team and after a very competitive first half in which Cayman could have taken the lead, the Edmonton Team pushed forward to win 40-5.

After their biggest loss in Canada, the Cayman team then bounced back to record their highest win against the Pacific Islanders and win the Bowl semi – final, with a 42-14 score with tries from; Dan Bond, Keswick Wright (three), Joel Clark, Dow Travers, Garrett Conolly and Matthew Hale.

This then placed Cayman in the final of the Bowl competition and the game was against the ‘Wings Fijian Select’. In a tight first half Cayman scored first through Keswick Wright but at half time it was 5-5, in a competitive second half Cayman scored the only try through Michael Wilson to win the game 10-5.

Edmonton went on to win the final by 60 points against South Seas who Cayman had previously beaten twice in Vancouver the week before.

During their Development time in Canada, the Maples Academy Sevens Team had played 15 games, winning 10 often against international opposition. In the first tournament they were placed second out of eight and in the next two tournaments; fifth out of eight and bowl winners and fourth out of eight and bowl winners.

Not only do we need to appreciate the efforts of the players but also of the team that supported the players; the Manager Chris Palmer, Richard Adams, Steve Clark and Morgan Williams (coaches) and all of the other support we received in Canada.

This experience is a dramatic improvement from last year where the team, although close on a number of occasions, did not win one game and this year won 10/15 games. This is a great stepping-stone now in the build-up to the World Cup Qualifiers in Ottawa in late August where the Maples Academy Cayman Team will compete again at a very high level.