Perfect Academy

The Maples Academy continued their impressive preparations for next month’s Central American and Caribbean Games on Saturday in the second round of the Cayman Summer Sevens series.  

Six local teams are entered, including the Maples Academy from which the national team is selected each year to compete in the various regional competitions.  

The team played the Westins in the first game and immediately displayed what they had been working on in training the week prior, racking up an impressive 50-0 win.  

Next came the Islanders, who were rapidly dispatched 76-0. Then, it was into the final for the afternoon against the much improved Barbarians.  

The Barbarians stretched the national seven side to the limit in the first five minutes but Maples Academy held their defensive lines and then rallied to score 23 unanswered points and take leg two of the tournament without conceding a single point. They are extremely proud of their perfect 163-0 overall record.  

Cayman Islands rugby president Derek Haines said, “It was another exciting afternoon of rugby, not just by the national team but also seeing players from other teams coming through and the women again provided some superb action.” 

Haines added that he is extremely grateful to Maples for providing the support to ensure the national side gets all the resources it needs to hopefully qualify for the next Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro in two years’ time.  


Stefan Prior looks to make the perfect catch. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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