Caribbean Women's Rugby Championship
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.
|Replaced by||NACRA Women's Rugby Championship|
|Countries||4 (in 2009)|
Trinidad and Tobago
|Trinidad and Tobago (2009)|
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.
Six nations have taken part in the Caribbean Women's Rugby Championships held to date:
|2003-12-03||Trinidad and Tobago||20 - 0||Jamaica||Port of Spain||[1/1/1]|
|2003-12-04||Trinidad and Tobago||10 - 0||Jamaica||Port of Spain||[2/2/2]|
|3||Trinidad and Tobago||2||1||0||1||15||35||5|
|2006-09-28||Jamaica||5 - 6||Guyana||Kingston||[4/1/1]|
|2006-09-29||Guyana||8 - 15||Trinidad and Tobago||Kingston||[2/3/1]|
|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.
Trinidad and Tobago reclaim the Caribbean title - see IRB website for report.
|1||Trinidad and Tobago||3||2||1||0||96||15||8|
|2008-05-05||Guyana||41 - 0||Cayman Islands||Georgetown, Guyana||[2/3/1]|
|2008-05-05||Jamaica||10 - 12||Trinidad and Tobago||Georgetown, Guyana||[6/5/4]|
|2008-05-07||Cayman Islands||7 - 12||Jamaica||Georgetown, Guyana||[3/7/2]|
|2008-05-07||Guyana||5 - 5||Trinidad and Tobago||Georgetown, Guyana||[4/6/2]|
|2008-05-10||Cayman Islands||0 - 79||Trinidad and Tobago||Georgetown, Guyana||[3/7/1]|
|2008-05-10||Guyana||13 - 10||Jamaica||Georgetown, Guyana||[5/8/2]|
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" 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||Trinidad and Tobago||3||3||0||0||216||0||9|
|4||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||3||0||0||3||0||115||3|
|Test no. 752
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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)
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.
|2008-08-21||Bahamas||0-48||Cayman Islands||Nassau, Bahamas||[2/9/1]|
2011 (Cayman Islands)Edit
- Report from Robert Showon, Barbadian RFU