Men’s touch rugby team takes NY tourney

| 24/07/2017
CNS Local Life

The Cayman men’s touch rugby team

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Touch Association (CTA) men’s team swept the “Rumble in the Concrete Jungle” touch rugby tournament in New York City for the second year in a row. This tournament, held earlier this month, 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 15 July, and included a Player’s 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, stated a CTA press release. In the semifinal they edged the New York Pigeons 5-4, and in the finals they beat Los Angeles 6-4.

Morgan Shelver, captain of the men’s team, said, “It was a very satisfying result, especially as we were considered the underdogs.”

Only two teams (Cayman and New York) participated in the women’s division so the squads played a four-match series. The New York team proved very strong and won all four matches, but the Cayman squad played well and has something to build on for future tournaments.

Over the next three months, the focus will be on preparations for the biggest international tournament of the year – the US Nationals – which will be held in Oceanside, California, 12-14 October. Approximately 35 teams from all over the US and around the world will participate. The CTA will be entering men’s and women’s teams and hope to enter mixed and over-40 men’s teams as well.

Anyone interested in getting involved with touch rugby in Cayman should email CTA

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