|Freeport club hosts regional teams|
Published: May 10, 2012
This coming weekend, the Freeport Rugby Club will once again be hosting a junior boys rugby team from the Cayman Islands. Last year’s competition was a tremendous success with over 50 boys, from ages 8-12, coming together to play hard but fair. New friendships were made and some rivalries were created setting the stage for an even more amazing weekend this time around. To add to the fun and competition this year, there will also be a team from Bermuda to compete for the title of Junior Rugby Champions. Christopher Rowland from the Cayman Islands said: “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Everyone is very excited on our side especially with the inclusion of another country – the kids are really looking forward to it especially the ones who came last year.”
The format for the weekend will start with a round-robin competition between teams from The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda with a couple of ‘Barbarian’ sides for good luck. The ‘Barbarian’ teams will be made up of players from all of the countries mixing and matching thereby helping to develop teamwork, camaraderie and fair play. The games on Saturday will start at 11 a.m. and will continue until about 4 p.m. Following the games, the teams will then have a chance to mix at a pool party and a barbecue.
“On Sunday, we will be having the junior international games. The kick-off of the first game is at 11 a.m. and these will be played between full sides from each of the three countries to determine the overall champion,” said Rob Speller, president of the Freeport Rugby & Football Club. He expressed his delight that the club could once again host the tournament. “It’s great to be able to put on such an event that brings together these kids to play what is a great game. They have loads of fun, learn new skills and make new friends. It’s fantastic,” he said.