After seven rounds of the Tradeview Markets Corporate Summer Touch Rugby League 2017 there is all to play for at the top of all three divisions.
With teams suffering from the inevitable absences due to vacation, work commitments and the distractions of Cayman life, squad numbers are being tested and players are having to dig deep into their reserves as the temperature swelters.
In the Premier League, Island Air top the table with Delta behind having played one game less. In their match in Round 3 Delta beat Island Air 5-4. These will no doubt battle it out all the way to the season’s end. Delta’s strength lies in their ability to score tries from any positions with Jyoti “Bok” Choi, Smiley Riley Mullen and Westy West topping their scoring charts. Genesis are bubbling nicely in third whilst Heineken Red Stars are in fourth. Maples 1 and Kalo Advisors are nipping at their heels and will look to overtake in Round 8.
The Invitational Division has Collas Crill still on top even though they have played one game less. Oliver Dunford is the summer’s top try scorer for the moment with 13. They lead on points difference from Fund Fiduciary Partners Under 16s both having won 5 and lost 1.
The FFP U16s have found their mojo and with a number of players returning from school they will be pushing hard for the summit. Their ability to get the girls into try scoring positions serves them well as girl scorers get double points.
MUFG continue to break records with an average of 10 points per game. They have a very strong female contingent including Jess Deegenaars, Agueda Blake, Monette Windsor and Monique Henry. This is a team on a trajectory to the finals for sure.
The Recreational Division has now been split into two Division A and B. DMS ride high in Rec. Div. A winning six out of seven games to date. They have an experienced core and the likes of Johnny Doak. GCM are not far behind before a gap opens to the rest.
In the Recreational Division Island Heritage lead by the narrowest of margins against the Cayman Turtles U14s. They are both well ahead of the rest. The Turtles suffered their first defeat against Campbells. It was a harsh lesson learnt with a failure to stick to the game plan and a lack of composure counting against them. Either that or the fact that they had to try and circumnavigate Cayman National XV prop forward Pete de Vere meant their little legs just couldn’t keep up.
The rest of the teams are evenly matched and shows the league is competitive at whatever level is being played.
Sponsors Tradeview Markets have really embraced this sport and the players and officials are grateful.