3-try Bailey puts Suisse in credit

| 21/06/2011

(CRFU): The spotlight fell on Division 3 of the 2011 Summer Touch Rugby season last week with all eight teams on the menu getting their first run out and what a feast of rugby they served. For the appetizer, KPMG2 were up against perennial old boys Queensgate Grizz’s Old Fellas.   A contrast in styles was evident from the first whistle with KPMG2, full of youthful energy and ideas against a stout opposition with more miles under their belt than some would care to admit.  A cagey first half segued nicely into a spectacular second half. (Photos by Caroline Deegan)

A dance-off between Shakira and Ricky Martin would have less hip-swivels than those on display from Larry “the Swerve” Cayasso and Dennis “the Hips Don’t Lie” Hunter.  Both rolled away the years with fine cameo performances, sending both the defense and the crowd the wrong way with a superb series of side-steps and shimmies.  However KPMG2 were not only able to meet the challenge but also added some neat footwork of their own to sashay through a few gaps and waltz down the pitch to complete a 4-3 win.

The main course was a fine game between Deloitte and GCM.  Two contrasting halves saw GCM ravenous in the first period as they ate up the yardage with some excellent handling, scoring tries by Bob Podany and Alanna Grace.  A breakaway try for Deloitte made the score more respectable but they were definitely in need of some new ideas at the break.  I’m not sure what was in their half time refreshments but Deloitte raced out of the blocks with two quick tries by Gareth Wilkinson early in the second half.  GCM looked a little punch drunk in response until they recovered their composure in the dying seconds with Jason Scarff’s ace try, leaping over the try line like a salmon heading up stream.  The spoils were shared 3-3.

After that feast, the crowd definitely felt like a second helping.

The day’s “Special” was a performance by Credit Suisse with a mouthwatering 6-2 win over Rawlinson & Hunter.   New to the division, Credit Suisse will be delighted with this win and stake a claim as league leaders.  The catch of the day was held by Michelle Bailey who ran in the third of three tries to push her team to the top of the Division.

Unfortunately, Ernst and Young had to forfeit their game against Island Heritage who took the points. In the exhibition match that followed they showed great promise and hopefully they’ll return next week with a full team to give a good account of themselves.

The “port and cigars” awards go to Conrad Proud (Rawlinson and Hunter), Craig Linley (Ernst and Young), Alanna Grace (GCM) and JS Kruger (KPMG2) who were voted their team’s Most Valuable Player.
This year caymanrugbytv.com will be showing a selection of touch rugby games each week.  Fans can also become friends of Cayman Rugby on Facebook to see player profiles, interviews and get an inside look at the worlds of touch rugby.

Division 3 Results – 15th June 2011
Queensgate Grizz’z Old Fellas
Rawlinson & Hunter
Island Heritage (awarded 3 points for a win)

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