Rugby girls showcase talent

The All Diamonds and Lady Iguanas competed in this season’s second round of fixtures last Saturday, with some new players making their competitive debuts and both teams aiming to implement new tactics and patterns of play.

The Iguanas started brightly, displaying their power with new addition Katherine Erskine scoring from her first touch of the ball in her first game. The All Diamonds soon found their rhythm though, offloading from the floor to stretch the Iguanas defense and create space for Pippa Parker to score their first two tries of the day, both converted by Mya Heiss.

Both teams continued to demonstrate their passing ability, with support players running excellent lines to keep the ball moving. Turnovers at the breakdown from Ria Plunkett and Kaylee Scott lead to further All Diamonds tries from Jasmine Line and Mya Heiss before Pippa Parker completed her hat trick with a break away try. The Iguanas were rewarded for their consistent build up play and strong running lines from Ella Plunkett with a late try scored by Sami Galvin.

Confident from a strong first game performance the second match of the day showcased the players tackling ability and continued willingness to keep the ball alive and stretch the opposition defense. An even first half saw Mya Heiss and Pippa Parker continue their scoring runs for the All Diamonds, while Elana Sinclair and Sami Galvin crossed the line for the Iguanas, both tries converted by Sami Galvin.

Ellie Stabler made continued strong runs for the Iguanas, who were unlucky not to score again after some superb build up play. The All Diamonds finished strong, with late tries from Ria Plunkett, Mya Heiss and Pippa Parker securing victory.

In February, a Cayman U19 team will be selected to travel to the Las Vegas 7s, the largest girls’ rugby competition in the region, where the team won the Bowl competition last year.

“We are pleased to announce Prosperity Capital Management have secured title sponsorship for the up and coming year. We thank them for their support. This will be key as we continue to build the program over the coming year,” stated Cayman Rugby Football Union.

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