The fall season of the Elite Marble & Granite women’s 7s kicked off at the weekend and the hard training the ladies put in over the summer was evident and several players have really raised their game.
The spring league champions OMNI Sharks got off to a fast start against the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds, with great build up play and strength by Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin setting up debutant Ciara Henry for her first score in her first ever game.
Another debutant at the rugby club in South Sound who had an impressive game was Lisa Kemp who broke free and scored under the posts for the Diamonds to equalize.
In the second half, the Diamonds took control with Biannca Johnson – who stood out all day, scoring two great tries and playing on two teams – both converted by Shenel Gall. Diamonds won 19-5.
In the second game, the John Doak Architecture Lady Iguanas faced the Diamonds.
Lady Iguanas captain Marline Williams scored for her new team to put them ahead. The game was sealed when Johnson scored and the conversion was also good. The Iguanas won 12-0. Week 2 of the league is on Oct. 11.
This Sunday, there is an opportunity for girls who are keen to learn the sport to try out at Boot Camp 4. They can learn the basics of the newest Olympic sport from 11.30 a.m., on Sunday Oct. 12 at the Cayman Rugby Club on South Sound.
One of the many impressed onlookers was Derek Haines, president of the Cayman rugby.
“The women’s 7s was great to watch,” he said. “The improvement was fantastic, a much higher standard compared to last season.
“The girls are clicking really well and their positioning, tackling and general awareness is much better.”
He added that with an influx of new players, particularly Caymanians and excellent coaching they are receiving they have made a “dramatic improvement.”
He added, “I’m really pleased and hope more new players will take notice and come down.”