All the pieces are falling into place for the 2015 North American and Caribbean Rugby Association Championships.
The Cayman Islands, who are ranked third of the 15 international teams, travel to Atlanta next Thursday to take on USA South two days later at Life University.
USA South have just returned home after a 50-25 loss to Mexico in Mexico City and will be keen to show that they are the same side that made last year’s regional final against Guyana, a game which in the end they lost. Cayman travel with a fairly similar squad to the team that lost to the USA South in Cayman last year 24-21 and are expected to compete well and finally notch up the elusive win over them.
Technical director Richard “Grizz” Adams said, “That is never an easy task especially when you are on the road and the host team are licking their wounds.”
On April 11, Mexico play the Cayman Islands at Truman Bodden and Cayman Big Game 5 is set to be the biggest rugby festival yet, showcasing local food, music and its great sporting culture.
After much feedback, the day has been moved back to allow fans to get their Saturday business completed.
The gates open at 2:30 p.m. to food stalls from Wok-n-Roll, Peppers, Subway, Al La Kebab and Boss Hoggs, as well as candy stalls for charity fundraisers, two local groups – Zipper Envy and the Neverines – will keep the crowd entertained while they eat, socialize and drink in the festival garden.
At 5:40 p.m., the speeches and anthems will precede the 6 p.m. floodlit kickoff.
The Cayman Islands team will take on Mexico’s Los Serpientes and the game is shaping up to be a monumentally physical, fast and aggressive game, as both teams expect to be fighting for a place in this year’s regional final on April 25.
At halftime, the much loved “Win Heineken beer for a year” kicking competition, as well as giveaways and door prizes, will commence.
Following the match, 10 lucky winners from Z99 will win entry to the two teams’ reception to meet the players and have photo opportunities.
Immediately following the on-field action, DJ Chris Jackson strikes up the retro dance party in the festival gardens and fans, players and officials will dance the night away under the stars.
“The games get bigger and the party gets bigger each year,” said Adams.