Iguanas empowered by Williams

Women’s sevens rugby saw more great matches at the South Sound ground on Saturday.  

Week 2 of the Elite Marble & Granite Women’s 7s kicked off with the OMNI Sharks facing off against the Kirk Freeport All Diamonds. 

The Sharks started off very quickly, putting the All Diamond defense under pressure immediately.  

Following good build-up play, Annie Rankine broke free of her marker and crossed the line for the first score of the day.  

The All Diamonds responded immediately with Laura Willighan setting up newcomer Lisa Kemp who turned the corner of the Sharks defense and powered over the line.  

The All Diamonds followed this up with a great team move involving Harriet Britton, Jenna Richards and Kemp, who set up Cara Colgan for her first try of the fall season.  

A smart move by Sharks captain Shenel Gall got her some space and she was next to score with a 50 yard breakaway. 

All tied at the break 10-10, the Sharks started the second half brightly again when Biannca Johnson (playing as a guest) took advantage of the All Diamond defense momentarily switching off, taking a quick penalty and diving over untouched for the lead. Gall added the extra two points.  

However, the All Diamonds were not done and captain Cassianne Lawrence had the satisfaction of breaking free of the Sharks defense to score, with Willighan adding the extras. The final score was 17-17. 

Next up the John Doak Architecture Lady Iguanas faced the OMNI Sharks. The Lady Iguanas got off to a fast start with some great work by captain Marline Williams who set up Quincy Clark for the first score.  

Annie Rankine then responded, leveling the score for the Sharks. Gall then got on the scoreboard and duly added the conversion putting them in front.  

Quincy Clark, who was having a standout day, then scored again for the Iguanas. Sharks led 12-10 at the break.  

The Lady Iguanas took control in the second half with Williams leading the way. First, some great work by her set up Biannca Johnson for a superb score, with Johnson adding the extras.  

Then, following some great build-up play, Williams added a score of her own, powering over the line and carrying two tacklers with her.  

The Lady Iguanas scored again when Johnson showed great determination chasing a clearance from the Sharks try line, back into her own half, then running back to the Sharks line before setting up Harriet Britton to ice the game. An Annie Rankine last minute consolation for the Sharks made the score 29-17 to the Lady Iguanas. 

Week 3 continues this Saturday at the South Sound Rugby Ground at 2 p.m. 


Marline Williams makes another surging run. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD


Quincy Clark attempts to get to the try line.

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