Caribbean Women's Rugby Championship

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Caribbean Women's Rugby Championship
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2003
Replaced by NACRA Women's Rugby Championship
Countries 4 (in 2009)
 Cayman Islands
 Guyana
 Jamaica
 Trinidad and Tobago
Most recent
champion(s)
 Trinidad and Tobago (2009)

The NAWIRA Caribbean Women’s 15-a-side Rugby Championship, to give the competition its full title, was a small tournament run by the IRB through NAWIRA - the North America and West Indies Rugby Association. Seven-a-side rugby is growing inter-island sport, but the full 15-a-side game is significantly more resource intensive and so it was only with the financial support of the IRB that the first tournament took place in December 2003.

Only Trinidad and Jamaica took part in that first event, Trinidad winning over two legs in Port of Spain. In September 2006 a second event was organised, this time in Kingston, Jamaica and featuring Guyana. The hosts were again winners by the narrowest of margins.

The tournament now takes place annually, although the 2007 edition as cancelled at the last minute owing to a hurricane hitting the Cayman Island where the tournament was due to take place.

After 2009 NAWIRA was reorganised as NACRA (North America and Caribbean Rugby Association) in order to better encourage participation by unions outside the English-speaking West Indies. From 2010 the tournament became the NACRA Women’s Rugby Championship. However, a separate play-off for the Caribbean title was organised for the island teams taking part.

Appearances[edit]

Six nations have taken part in the Caribbean Women's Rugby Championships held to date:

Winners[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

2003 (Trinidad)[edit]

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2003-12-03 Trinidad and Tobago  20 - 0  Jamaica Port of Spain [1/1/1]
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2003-12-04 Trinidad and Tobago  10 - 0  Jamaica Port of Spain [2/2/2]

2006 (Jamaica)[edit]

Final table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1  Jamaica 2 1 0 1 32 6 5
2  Guyana 2 1 0 1 14 20 5
3  Trinidad and Tobago 2 1 0 1 15 35 5

Results[edit]

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2006-09-28 Jamaica  5 - 6  Guyana Kingston [4/1/1]
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2006-09-29 Guyana  8 - 15  Trinidad and Tobago Kingston [2/3/1]
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2006-09-30 Jamaica  27 - 0  Trinidad and Tobago Kingston [5/4/3]

2007 (Cayman Islands)[edit]

The third championship was arranged to take place in the Cayman Islands, starting 19 August 2007, but was cancelled the day before it was due to start as a result of Hurricane Dean. Three teams had been due to take part - Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.

2008 (Guyana)[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago reclaim the Caribbean title - see IRB website for report.

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1  Trinidad and Tobago 3 2 1 0 96 15 8
2  Guyana 3 2 1 0 59 15 8
3  Jamaica 3 1 0 2 32 42 5
4  Cayman Islands 3 0 0 3 7 132 3

Results[edit]

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2008-05-05 Guyana  41 - 0  Cayman Islands Georgetown, Guyana [2/3/1]
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2008-05-05 Jamaica  10 - 12  Trinidad and Tobago Georgetown, Guyana [6/5/4]
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2008-05-07 Cayman Islands  7 - 12  Jamaica Georgetown, Guyana [3/7/2]
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2008-05-07 Guyana  5 - 5  Trinidad and Tobago Georgetown, Guyana [4/6/2]
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2008-05-10 Cayman Islands  0 - 79  Trinidad and Tobago Georgetown, Guyana [3/7/1]
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2008-05-10 Guyana  13 - 10  Jamaica Georgetown, Guyana [5/8/2]

2009 (Barbados)[edit]

The Barbados Rugby Union hosted the 2009 Women's Caribbean 15 a-side championships between June 21 and 27 at the Garrison Savannah, Bridgetown, Barbados.

According to NAWIRA competing teams were expected to be Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. However Guyana - the favourites - withdrew a few weeks before the tournament citing financial difficulties, and Jamaica then withdrew on the eve of the event for similar reasons. The result was a very one-sided affair, with Trinidad retaining their title without conceding a point.

The tournament included test match debuts for both Barbados and St Vincent - and for both it was a painful introduction to the game. Barbados were blown away by the Caymans in their opening game - the visitors being "just too big and rough for [Barbados'] young inexperienced side"[1] while their second game ended early due to injury.

St Vincent's debut was not different. In their opening game "the scrums went uncontested after about ten minutes as they just could not cope with the pressure. As it was they had some nasty injuries, so that made things even worse".[1]

Table[edit]

Position Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against
1  Trinidad and Tobago 3 3 0 0 216 0 9
2  Cayman Islands 3 2 0 1 130 51 7
3  Barbados 3 1 0 2 52 132 5
4  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0 0 3 0 115 3

Results[edit]

Test no. 752
2009-06-21
Barbados  3 - 54  Cayman Islands Bridgetown, Barbados
Pen: Karen Holmes Tries: Olive McDonagh (3), Jessica Lane (2), Lolita Hanna, Karen Hart, Lisa Bird, Lisa Kehoe and Rowena Lawrence (1)
Cons: Olive McDonagh (2)
Test no. 753
2009-06-21
St Vincent  0 - 90  Trinidad and Tobago Bridgetown, Barbados
Tries: Jenilee Limada (6), Kwanize John (5), Juliana Straker (2), Ebony Young, Kalisha Del Potro and Lee Hay (1)
Cons: Juliana Straker (3), Merlin Blackford (2)
Test no. 754
2009-06-24
Barbados  0 - 78  Trinidad and Tobago Bridgetown, Barbados
Tries: Kwanieze John (5), Juliana Straker (2), Merlin Blackford 1, Dalia Jordan-Brown, Kalisha Del Peche, Abigail Roberts, Jenilee Limada, Ebony Young and Jamila Garcia (1).
Cons: Juliana Straker (2), Merlin Blackford (2)
Test no. 755
2009-06-24
Cayman Islands  76 - 0  St Vincent Bridgetown, Barbados
Tries: Karen Hart (3), Lolleta Hanna and Lisa Kehoe (2), Olive McDonagh. Jane Robson, Cindy Blekaitis, Joanne Ziegler, Krista Pell, Jessica Lane and Latoya Bariffe (1).
Cons: Lolleta Hanna (3)
Test no. 756
2009-06-27
Barbados  49-0  St Vincent Bridgetown, Barbados
Tries: Karen Holmes (4), Sophie Bannister (2), Danielle Phillips, Cherice Hart, and Dara Watts(1).
Cons: Karen Holmes (2)
Test no. 757
2009-06-27
Cayman Islands  0-48  Trinidad and Tobago Bridgetown, Barbados
Tries: Kaleisha Delpeche (2), Kwaneize John, Tramaine Andrews, Ebony Young, Latoya Young, Dalia Jordon Brown, Abigail Roberts (1).
Cons: Julianna Straker (3), Merlin Blackford (1)

2010 (Bahamas)[edit]

Following the NACRA tournament, the two individual Caribbean entrants played off for the Caribbean title. Cayman Islands secured their first Caribbean Championship with a comfortable win. Two early tries from centre Lolitta Hanna provided Cayman with an early 10 point lead and further tries from Lisa Bird and Emily Davies and a katie Bayles conversion gave Cayman a commanding 22-0 half time lead. Second tries for Bird and Hanna and one each for Kehoe and Lawrence with Bayles adding 3 more conversion rounded off Cayman's 48-0 victory.

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2008-08-21 Bahamas  0-48  Cayman Islands Nassau, Bahamas [2/9/1]

2011 (Cayman Islands)[edit]

See 2011 NACRA Championship

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Report from Robert Showon, Barbadian RFU