Junior International Rugby Festival this weekend in Freeport
This weekend the Bahamas Rugby Football Union in conjunction with the Freeport Rugby Football Club will participate in the 9th Annual Junior International Rugby Festival, which will run from Saturday, May 18th – Sunday, May 19th, 2019 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The tournament is set to host teams from the Cayman Islands, Miami, Key Biscayne, Nassau and Freeport.
The Nassau coaches have had a difficult task of selecting just 22 players to take to the festival, as over the past couple of months they have seen over 50 young people play and practice rugby.
“We would have loved to take everybody to Freeport, but it was not financially viable at this time” said Head Coach Karl Rogers.
The youth program sends its thanks to a dedicated team of coaches (14 in total) who have been working hard in the schools to get the players ready for the trial match, which was held last Saturday, May 11th. The competition was fierce and made it hard for the selectors. Head Coach Rogers was very impressed and pleased with the progress made since January 2019.
The team plans to gain a lot of experience along with a greater understanding of the game and also wants to develop deeper connections to the Freeport rugby community. The boys will encounter excellent hospitality and a unique learning opportunity, while making some great friends at the same time.
The plan for the 2019-2020 season is to increase the frequency of youth competition in Nassau as well as travel at least twice. This begins with the trip to Freeport and continues with matches in Barbados and the United States.
The team traveling to Freeport this weekend consists of players Reagan Lenard Hidalgo, Kwame Joseph Alexander, Ashton Tyler Smith, Welkendy G. Knowles, D’Vard Alexander K Wright, Taraj Devonte Hall, Breontae Brandon Taran Obeng, Thomas Wilmore Sweeting, Ethan I. Algreen, Sheen D. Newbold, Leonardo Enrique Hidalgo, Isaiah Daniel Rolle, Mileeke Ahmad McNeal Kelly, Seth Brandon Sweeting, Ben Wright, Cliff Austin L. Woods, Watson Pierre, Joel Timothy Collie, Travon G. A. Brown, Evan Bain, Christian Carey and Arthur Kelvin Adderley.
The coaches are Quan Blydon, Josh Purcell, Ramol Comarcho, Jordan Isaacs, Adam Waterhouse, and Head Coach Karl Rogers.
The event can be live streamed at www.livestream.com/crfutv/events/8681072.
The team is proudly sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Port Lucaya Marketplace and Aliv.
One more men’s team is set to confirm its participation.