Wednesday 4th October, 2006

 

Jamaicans win Caribbean women’s rugby

 
 
 
 
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Jamaica made a remarkable recovery to emerge 2006 Caribbean Women’s Rugby 15’s champions with an impressive 27-0 win over T&T,last year’s winners, at the University of West Indies, Mona Bowl.

Though finishing on five points, the same as Guyana, who defeated them 6-5 last Thursday, and T&T, who beat Guyana 15-8 last Saturday, the Jamaicans secured the title with a superior goal difference, +26 against Guyana’s -6 and T&T’s -20.

In a dominant display ,the Jamaicans, 10-0 at the half, were led by Kadian Gayle, who scored tries in either half, the 32nd and 80th minutes .

Sherene Johnson (40th), Mitsy Stewart (44th) and Annakay Morris (62nd) also scored tries. Morris also scored a penalty.

Jamaica’s coach Victory Hyde said they studied the T&T team and found the weakness.

“Their strength lies with their wingers and we instructed our wingers not to give them any room. It was good today.

Team work, defending, attacking and communicating with each other were some of the things Hyde said went well for them yesterday.

Hyde also said it was hard to motivate his players after they were booted from their hotel last Saturday.

However, after the story broke on the news, he said, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who is also the Sports Minister, stepped in and cleared all their hotel bills, allowing them back in the hotel.

Reflecting on the defeat, T&T’s coach Kitty Andrews said her girls lost the game because of some loose play.

“I think we were the better team, I think we were more technically sound, but I think we lost it on the loose plays,” she said.

Andrews also believes her team helped to lift Jamaica’s game.

“When you play a weak side it weakens your game, when you play a technically strong side it lifts your game and I think that’s what happened with the Jamaicans tonight (Sunday).

“I think we were able to lift their game,” she said amidst clarifications that she did not feel Jamaica was a weak team.

Both teams, however, demonstrated how much the women’s game has advanced in the Caribbean since the inaugural tournament in 2003.

All three teams were congratulated by North American/West Indies Rugby Association officials, not only for the quality of play, but also the camaraderie and spirit in which all games were contested.

Final standings

Team P W D L PF PA Pts

Jamaica 2 1 0 1 32 6 4

Guyana 2 1 0 1 14 20 4

T&T 2 1 0 1 15 35 4   

 

 

 

 

 

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