The start of a new touch rugby summer season always brings great anticipation and this year has already broken records – 29 teams and 400 players.
Touch rugby is undoubtedly one of the biggest participation sports in the Cayman Islands.
The KRyS GLOBAL Summer Mixed Touch Rugby League 2013 has three divisions of differing standards and abilities, but the emphasis from the Cayman Islands Rugby Club is participation, competition and enjoyment.
Division 1 kicked off with a titanic battle between the two teams from last year’s grand final – Maples1 and SteppingStones.
In the initial exchanges it looked, in spite of SteppingStones’ star-studded line up, that Maples1 might win the game. The crew may be getting older and slower, but Scott MacDonald showed a lively pair of heels to break through for the opening score for Maples1. This try was only to be bettered by the day’s best try when new recruit Biancca Johnson side-stepped and blew past Maples1’s speedster Jyoti Choi to level the scores. Then Steve Henshaw scored for SteppingStones.
Morgan Shelver gave SteppingStones the lead from a pass that looked deceptively forward before adding a second to make the game 5-3.
Newcomers Island Air played Genesis Five Nations and won 8-5.
Maples2 ran out for a fine victory over Harmonic with star performer Marc Randall scoring a fine trio of tries and setting up a couple of others. Justin Colgan got two as did Dave Acutt. Harmonic’s new boy Alastair Lum and Rob Aspinall also got a pair apiece, but it was not enough as Maples2 ran out 7-6 winners.
In Division 2 the stand-out performance in the league came from Broadhurst. Carrying on the good form of 2012 and with some notable new recruits Broadhurst played hard and committed touch rugby.
Dave Acutt had a star performance and the standout moment was his burst down the touchline to score from halfway.
New boy Shaun Hardcastle has also some real rugby pedigree and opened his account with two tries, Roz Glanfield and Kate Macpherson also got on the scoresheet, along with Richard Lewis and Jason Scarff.
Last year’s champions, Deloitte scored a thumping 9-0 win over the newly promoted Delta.
Walkers, one of the longest serving teams in Cayman touch rugby, started their campaign with a stuttering 4-2 win over UBS.