The Cayman women’s rugby program continues to blossom, and their Olympic ambitions have been boosted by a major sponsor.
Elite Marble & Granite, kitchen and bathroom specialists and supplier of granite, marble and tile products, is backing the program.
Mike Laurenson, company owner said, “When the opportunity to support these girls came along I jumped at it. I first saw them play in the NACRA 7s last year and was impressed, and they did very well in finishing fourth.
“They’ve got some good players, and the program is being very well managed. I’ve met the girls and they are very enthusiastic and have some lofty goals, but goals that if they work hard they could achieve.”
At the launch of the sponsorship, Elite Marble & Granite manager Scott Suddaby was joined by players Marline Williams, Larissa Johnson, Biannca Johnson, Lisa Kehoe and Tracey Seymour.
Elite’s sponsorship covers the new Elite Marble & Granite Women’s 7s league, which kicked off two weeks ago, the women’s national team and the Halloween Women’s 7s international invitational at Truman Bodden Stadium on Oct. 31.
The Elite Marble & Granite Women’s 7s league heads into the second round Saturday with the first game kicking off at 3:30 p.m. when the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds take on the John Doak Architecture Lady Iguanas. All matches at the rugby club on South Sound are 14 minutes.
The All Diamonds then face the OMNI Sharks before the Lady Iguanas take on the Sharks.
Honors are even after the first round games of five in the league tournament, after all three teams clinched a win.
Round 1 also saw some impressive debuts for girls who have only recently started rugby.
Cayman basketball star Cassianne Lawrence has crossed over, and in her debut made several eye-catching breakaway runs and scored her first try.
Lawrence is part of a growing Caymanian contingent which includes Marline Williams, Tracey Seymour, Chynae Samuels, Larissa Johnson, Jodie McTaggart and Shenel Gall, who aim to beat the odds and represent Cayman at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.