The Heineken 7s first round kicked off in emphatic style with some spectacular rugby over the weekend at the South Sound ground.
Men and women fielded six and three teams, respectively, decked out in new playing gear, making for a very professional-looking tournament.
The men’s competition got under way with a thrilling game between the Patron Barbarians, a select side under the captaincy of national team vice-captain Chris Kennedy and the Maples national 7s academy side who proved fitness levels are so vital in this format.
Other games saw the Peter O’Neill Wolfhounds, Fidelity Ama Tsotsis, Island Air Islanders and the Carey Olsen Westins & Co. face each other.
Results led to a cup final between the national side and the reigning champions, the Ama Tsotsis, a strong outfit made up of largely South African and Irish players.
The Maples national academy finished victorious with a spectacular performance of precision rugby where clinical finishing led to a 47-14 margin. In the plate final, the Barbarians finished 44-12 winners over the Islanders, and the Wolfhounds triumphed in the bowl final over the Westins.
The women’s league was the real surprise of the day where a level of rugby never seen before was observed between the John Doak Lady Iguanas, the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds and the OMNI Sharks. The OMNI Sharks won after some exciting games which saw free-flowing rugby with good skills on show and some ferocious tackling.
Newcomers to the sport Ciara Henry, Lisa Kemp, Celine Bisiaux and Natalie Dyke impressed with some fantastic runs which ended up in tries for their teams.
The women’s rugby program is hoping to gain more talented players through a beginners’ rugby boot camp this Sunday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the club ground.
It is an exciting time for Cayman rugby and an ideal start to the competitive season as both national men and women’s teams prepare for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico next month.