Sevens' Olympic dream a step closer

The Elite Marble and Granite National Women’s sevens team took one step closer to realizing their Olympic dreams over the weekend as they went unbeaten in six matches against Canadian side Dr. Charles Best School.

Cayman won five and tied one that ended early due to lack of light at the South Sound pitch.

Director of rugby Richard “Grizz” Adams said, “It was an interesting weekend watching the girls in action.

“The opposition were fairly young and inexperienced but, to be honest, it just went to show how much of an improvement our women have made in the past year, when nearly all of them started playing themselves.”

Cayman even loaned the visitors a few players to even out the teams and that has to be reflective of how much they have improved recently.

There were many standout Cayman performances and Adams was especially pleased to see the new level of fitness and confidence that the players are exhibiting.

The rugby federation had a huge task to get more than 20 Caymanian passport holders playing full contact sevens rugby, holding boot camps and many introductory sessions to do so.

“The girls have embraced the game with open arms and we are really only beginning to see what is possible for the sport here as far as women go,” Adams said.

“We now need to match their commitment with the organization, development and delivery of women’s rugby island wide as currently there are a number of gaps in our program.”

They are only permitted to introduce touch or tag rugby in the schools for girls and as a result have a large number of girls attending the club who want to play contact.

Adams added that he was “delighted to say that in the last few months we have initiated several new initiatives for the development of the women’s game here and we are excited about rolling out the new programs shortly.”

He said that the women need more financial support to travel to tournaments, a vital factor in development.

There has been a huge influx of athletes since last year’s Central American and Caribbean Games and NACRA tournament but they need more play time to improve standards and a more meaningful domestic season needs to be set up.

Players who participated over the weekend were Cassianne Lawrence, Yasmin James, Sabrina Douglas, Elizabeth Westin, Jenna Richards, Quincy Clark, Avery-Ann Rankine, Shenel Gall, Tracey Seymour, Beth Johnson, Hannah Reid, Cassandra Jocson, Marline Williams, Dubadah Boldeau and Joanne Ziegler.

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