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Freeport Rugby Club hosts 3rd Annual Junior Rugby Tournament

Published: May 07, 2013

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This coming weekend, May 11 and 12, the Freeport Rugby Club will be holding its 3rd Annual Junior Rugby International Tournament.

Junior teams of ages eight to 16 are coming from the Cayman Islands and Key Biscayne, Florida, to play with the teams in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Every year, the Cayman teams come and this year they will bring their largest group ever of 120 players, coaches and supporters. They have actually chartered their own jet to get here.

Key Biscayne, Florida is also bringing 120 people down to visit The Bahamas, with 75 kids ready to play hard for their club, the KB Rugby Rats.

As well as watching the kids play rugby, fans can also cheer on the fathers who will play in a Golden Oldies match, for men over 35 years of age.

This weekend’s event will be great because the kids who train in Freeport every week will get to enjoy the game all weekend and hang out with the kids from other countries. Making new friends is part of sport and on top of that they will get to enjoy a barbecue and pool party too.

Coach Nigel Kirkby said: “Our boys have been training every Saturday morning and have worked really hard to learn all the skills. It’ll be a fantastic opportunity for the boys to meet new friends and enjoy playing some rugby.”

The first event will start on May 11 at 9:30 a.m. The games will continue until 4:30 p.m., for a round-robin competition. The Golden Oldies game starts at 5 p.m. On May 12, the finals will be held between the under-9s, under-10s, under-13s, under-15s and under-16s. The teams will play from 9.30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Rob Speller, President of the Freeport Rugby and Football Club, said: “We look forward to a wonderful weekend of youth rugby. Thanks to Cayman and Key Biscayne for making the festival possible. We hope all the parents and families will  come out and support the kids on Saturday and Sunday.”

It is expected to be a great event this weekend.

“I think everyone should support the Freeport Rugby Club and the players that are visiting. The visiting teams are bringing along supporters and we should too,” said young Tom Purvis, an avid sports enthusiast.


• This article was submitted by young Tom Purvis, an avid sports enthusiast. At age 13, he attends Lucaya International High School in Year 8. His parents are hoping that by putting pen to paper, Tom can share his love of sports, tell more people about sports and hopefully improve his English writing skills. Tom loves feedback and welcomes any questions.

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