Cayman strong in the early going in Gibraltar

Marissa Harrison (Cayman Islands) smashes the ball in a comfortable win vs Bermuda.

Cayman Islands athletes started with a strong showing during the first half of the opening day of competition at the XVIII NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar on 7 July.

There were preliminary round wins in squash, where Cayman’s men all swept their opening round games. On the beach volleyball sand, Marissa Harrison and Illean Powery dominated their Bermudian opponents for an easy win. On the track, all athletes in the morning session were fastest in their heats and have advanced to the next round of competition.

Jake Kelly made easy work of his opponent from the Shetland Islands.


Men’s Singles

#1 Cameron Stafford (CAY) def. Anthony Harkin (Jersey) 3-0

(11-4, 11-3, 11-2)

#8 Julian Jervis (CAY) def. Alexander Cleminson (Falkland Islands) 3-0

(11-2, 11-2, 11-3)

Jake Kelly (CAY) def. Stuart Copeland (Shetland Islands) 3-0
(11-4, 11-5, 11-4)

Beach Volleyball


Marissa Harrison & Illean Powery (CAY) def. Meghan Calhoun & Elizabeth Rae (Bermuda)

21-12, 21-7


100m Women

Heat 2: Danielle Bailey (CAY) 1st 12.79Q

Heat 3: Danneika Lyn (CAY) 1st 12.86Q

Both advance to the semi-finals on Monday

200m Men

Heat 3: Karim Murray (CAY) 1st 22.88Q

Advances to semi-finals on Monday

400m Women

Heat 2: Pearl Morgan (CAY) 1st

Advances to finals on Tuesday

Callum Theaker was in fine form vs Isle of Wight.

The men’s team tennis event was still in progress at the time of writing, with Callum Theaker defeating Harry Wilmot Stanton 6-3, 6-0 in the first singles match vs Isle of Wight. The table tennis team was in also in action vs Shetland Islands in the first of three match-ups for them today.

Later in the day, athletes will be competing in men’s and women’s beach volleyball, the women’s team tennis event, women’s squash singles, athletics (long jump, triple jump, 800m men, 1,500m women), and cycling.

The men’s basketball team will open the defence of their 2017 gold medal with a preliminary group game against Isle of Wight and the women take the court vs hosts, Gibraltar.

We’ll have another report later in the day. You can also get updates via our Facebook and Intagram pages.

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