The Cayman Touch Association men’s team swept the Rumble in the Concrete Jungle Touch Rugby tournament last week in New York City for the second year in a row.
This tournament in East River Park, Manhattan is fast becoming the premier touch event on the East Coast. This year the event took place over three days, with the tournament held on July 15 and included a players’ clinic on the Sunday to teach various skills and tactics in preparation for the upcoming international events.
The CTA men’s team won their pool games against the New York Roaches 5-1, Galaxy DC (Washington) 5-1, and Jacksonville 9-0.
In the semi-final, they managed to just edge past the New York Pigeons 5-4, and in the finals they beat Los Angeles 6-4.
Captain Morgan Shelver said: “It was a very satisfying result, especially as we were considered the underdogs.”
The women’s division only had two teams participate – Cayman and New York – so the teams played a four-match series. New York proved very strong and won all four matches, but the Cayman team played well and certainly has something to build on for future tournaments.
Mourant Ozannes’ Cayman Islands managing partner Peter Hayden said: “We are thrilled by the CTA men’s team tournament win. It demonstrates the effort and dedication that the team has put in to prepare for this event. We are pleased that our partnership with the CTA is helping to bring recognition not only to the sport, but to the Cayman Islands as well.”
Over the next three months the focus is on preparations for the biggest international tournament of the year – the U.S. nationals – which will be in Oceanside, California on Oct. 12-14. Approximately 35 teams from all over the U.S. and other parts of the world will participate. The CTA will be entering men’s and women’s teams and are hopeful of entering mixed and over-40 men’s teams as well.