Rugby: 4th Place for Saint Lucia in Barbados

Image: Team Saint Lucia (Photo: SLRFU)

Saint Lucia Women’s Rugby National Team finished in fourth place at the recently held Rugby Americas North (RAN) Women’s 10s Tournament from July 18th – 21st which took place at the Barbados Bellevue Plantation Polo Club.

When the final whistle sounded, Mexico emerged as champions in the eight female teams that took part in the Tournament.

Image: Team Saint Lucia (Photo: SLRFU)
Team Saint Lucia (Photo: SLRFU)

Jamaica came in 2nd, the USA 3rd, Saint Lucia 4th, the Dominican Republic 5th, Trinidad and Tobago 6th, host Barbados 7th and Curacao 8th.

On the first day of the tournament, Saint Lucia lost to USA South 10 – 17. In the second match Saint Lucia defeated Trinidad and Tobago 17 to 5 and in the final match on Day one Saint Lucia breezed past Curacao 47 to 0.

On Day two, Saint Lucia experienced mixed fortunes defeating the Dominican Republic 20 -12; lost to Jamaica 19 – 0 and  went down to the USA 24 – 0.

On the pitch, Saint Lucia’s highest scorers in the tournament were Winnie Rene with 20 and Kameka President with 19 points respectively.

The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) also recorded another first in the tournament as Chantel John became the first Saint Lucian female referee to officiate at the competition. At previous RAN tournaments John operated as an assistant referee.

SLRFU President, Roger Butcher stated that he is very pleased with the team’s performance. He said the success of the team was due to a concerted effort by all team members, support staff and financiers.

He said, “The participation in this tournament was one of the major milestones in the SLRFU’s 4-year strategic plan.  The Saint Lucian Team has been receiving accolades on their performance from both local and foreign supporters”.

When asked about upcoming rugby events Butcher said, “Next month there will be the rugby community 7s; In September, Youth Rugby; In October, RAN Men’s 15s against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; In November, Beach rugby and December, Barbados World Rugby 7s”.

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