On Tuesday, March 23rd the Cayman Rugby Football Union hosted the annual Inter-Secondary TAG Rugby tournament at its South Sound Grounds. TAG rugby is a non-contact version of rugby, allowing for high scoring, free flowing, face paced play.
The tournament was for girls and boys in years 7-9 making a total of 6 divisions. After having implemented rugby programs in their schools over the 2020/2021 school year, 7 secondary schools entered a total of 34 teams into the competition.
The Cayman Rugby Grounds were divided into 3 pitches which ran games simultaneously throughout the event for a total of 59 matches. This was made possible by the young men and women who volunteered their time to referee throughout the day and all of whom have come up through the Maples group junior rugby programs.
The tournament was a big success, and it was great to see so many schools, both big and small, represented at the tournament. There were approximately 340 players competing and it is great to see the development of rugby throughout out the Cayman Islands over the past few years.
More and more schools are implementing rugby into their PE curriculum and the kids are getting a good understanding of the game which was demonstrated by the 440 tries scored throughout the competition. The girls divisions were round robin format and the title went to a different school for each year group.
CIS claim number one spot for year 7 girls, while Cayman Prep secured first for year 8 girls and St. Ignatius came out victorious in the year 9 girls division. For the boys divisions there were 2 pools in each division and so after pool play, there were placing games.
Though there was stiff competition and a number of draw games throughout pool play, Cayman Prep, emerged victorious across all 3 boys divisions with many of their players being active members of the Maples junior programs and having represented Cayman overseas.
We look forward to the continued growth and development of rugby through our schools programs and tournaments and love seeing so many kids enjoying this wonderful sport.