Diamonds sparkle as 7s kicks off

Rugby is one of the best organized sports in the Cayman Islands and its latest development is a women’s domestic 7s league.  

Its season kicked off at the rugby club in South Sound on Saturday with only three teams but it could grow as its popularity increases. The intention is for a national women’s team to qualify for the next Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro 2016. 

Recent recruitment efforts and the success of the national team have attracted several newcomers to the sport and there were some impressive debuts made during Saturday’s match ups. 

The OMNI Sharks took on the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds in the first game. The OMNI Sharks boasted many faces familiar to followers of the Cayman national team, including a front row of Meylys Swaby, Tracey Seymour and Marline Williams which got off to a quick start. 

Captain Shenel Gall impressed with two quick tries in the first half which were not converted as the All Diamonds struggled to contain the Sharks.  

The second half started with the All Diamonds enjoying more possession, and it was not long before a great run by Vicki Piaso who smashed through the Sharks defense, setting up captain Jodie McTaggart for a fine try.  

The Sharks quickly responded with a great try from the galloping Chynae Samuels which was converted by Gall, best known for her exploits on the football field.  

The All Diamonds responded again with young Liz Westin scoring in the corner after some fine build up play involving Laura Willighan and Wiki Boo Hitchman.  

As time ran down, the debutante Chrishanna Trowers rounded off her first ever game of rugby with a try for the Sharks. OMNI Sharks won 22 – 10. 

Then the OMNI Sharks, playing back to back games, took on the John Doak Architecture Lady Iguanas. The Sharks again started strongly and fine work by Gall resulted in a try for another debutante, Cassianne Lawrence, a recent crossover from basketball who had an impressive debut for the Sharks in her first rugby match.  

The Sharks then faded and the experienced Lady Iguanas started to dominate possession. National captain Joanne Ziegler scored their first try which was quickly followed up with a great try by stalwart Lisa Kehoe. The Lady Iguanas won 10-5.  

The final game of the day pitted the Lady Iguanas against the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds.  

All Diamonds began fast with Vicki Piaso bulldozing her way through the Lady Iguanas defense to score. A second try then came from another debutante, Harriet Britton, whose weaving run cut through the Iguana defense before scoring under the posts. Laura Willighan duly converted. The Iguanas responded with a Jenna Richards try and a Lisa Kehoe conversion. It was 12 – 7 to the All Diamonds at half-time. The fast paced action continued after the break and a period of pressure by the All Diamonds resulted in a try for Liz Westin.  

A fine run by Laura Willighan further extended the All Diamonds dominance, but the Lady Iguanas did not go down easily with Ziegler running almost the full length of the pitch to score at the death.  

Kirk Freeport All Diamonds won with a score of 22 – 12. So, honors even after round 1 of the new Women’s 7s League, with the All Diamonds topping the table on points difference. Round 2 takes place on Apr. 12 with the 14 minute games kicking off at the South Sound Rugby Ground at 3.30 p.m.  

Recent recruitment efforts and the success of the national team have attracted several newcomers to the sport and there were some impressive debuts made during Saturday’s match ups. 

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Celine Bislaux made her debut for the Sharks.

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Cassianne Lawrence, a convert from basketball, made some amazing runs. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Marline Williams tries to crash through for a try.

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Chrishanna Trowers scores on her debut.

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