Rugby clubs converge on Freeport for tourney
Published: May 15, 2013
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Last weekend, the Freeport Rugby Club held its 3rd Annual Junior Rugby International Tournament, which was a great success.
Arriving in The Bahamas for the tournament were teams from the Cayman Islands and the United States of America (USA) to play the great game of rugby. The teams all showed sportsmanship and it was obvious they all enjoyed themselves. There were teams from under-nine to 16-years-old.
On Friday night, there was a welcome pizza party, and 80 pizzas were delivered to the club. While eating, the kids all got to know one another. When the coaches and teams arrived, they ran on to the pitch and all of a sudden the field was filled with young rugby players. It was really cool to see so many people there playing on the field, and just having fun.
On Saturday there were games all day. They all started on time and the organizers did a great job of sticking to the planned schedule, getting all the games finished by 5 p.m., so the fans in attendance could then watch an exhibition game played by the ‘Golden Oldies’, teams made up of men over 35 years of age.
The ‘Golden Oldies’ result was a shock to everyone, as Key Biscayne thrashed the combined Cayman and Bahamas team. Most people did not realize that the Key Biscayne team had players who are ex-Argentinian national team players. It was exciting to watch but clear to everyone that they had so much more experience over the combined team, and must have practiced on a regular basis as they outclassed their opponents.
The Bahamas’ junior teams played well. They were very quick on the break and showed a lot of natural talent. They had obviously had been working hard on their organization, but they still need to develop their passing and tackling skills to match-up well against the other teams.
There were two girls playing for the Cayman squad, and when they got out on the pitch, they showed that they could hold their own against the boys. They played really well and also tackled extremely well. The coaches said that ladies rugby is growing around the world and is very entertaining to watch.
On Sunday, there was a Barbarian-style competition for the under 13’s where the three countries joined together to produce four teams which played each other. The final scores on this day were ignored because it was no longer a competition against countries, but purely for the love of the game.
According to all reports, the weekend was brilliant. The parents from Key Biscayne and Cayman should be congratulated for making the effort to go to Freeport and for helping put on such a great tournament. Also, a number of people from Freeport reportedly came out to support the local club and teams.
Many of the traveling teams said that it was a fantastic weekend and they would definitely be coming back next year. Well done Freeport Rugby Club!
• The above article was written by Tom Purvis, a 13-year-old avid sports enthusiast. He attends Lucaya International High School, and is 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.