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  • Healy (Bermuda): West Indies team headed for demise

    <span style="color:#666666"><em><strong>Bermuda's top rugby sevens player has described the IRB's decision to axe the West Indies team from international competitions as "gut-wrenching".</strong></em></span> Tom Healy said he was very disappointed by the move, which means Bermudian players will no longer have the opportunity to play at the highest level. Healy, who was Bermuda's sole representative in West Indies side that played in the Hong Kong Sevens tournament last March, said the decision could lead to the demise of his team. He said: "The IRB series is the highlight of the West Indies Sevens team's calendar. "It is the only chance Caribbean-based players and Bermudian players get at playing at the highest level. "This decision in essence will lead to the demise of the West Indies rugby team. "And this all comes at a time when we are at our peak, given recent results in Hong Kong where we gave Kenya a good run for their money and competed well against fully professional players. "This is a huge body blow to us given how far we have come - this last year has been the best one we have had for a long time." Mr. Healy added: "As players we have to keep to our own strict regime of fitness and food - so that we keep in shape. "It's tough to do and we only get together for a few weeks every year to practice. "To find out that this has all been in vain is a real gut wrencher." Mr. Healy confirmed that the West Indies squad would be appealing against the decision - but he said he did not hold much hope. "The IRB would not have made this decision if they had any thought of going back on it. That is the simple facts of the situation. "In the long run this could have a huge effect on rugby in Bermuda and the Caribbean -­ I know that if I didn't have the opportunity to play in competitions we have played in over the last few years I would not have pushed myself. "And I'm sure it will be the same for other younger players. "This decision by the IRB could signal the end of the West Indies rugby sevens team." The West Indies current coach, Joe Whipple, said: "The aspect of this decision that brings me the greatest sadness is will the next generations of players be lost when they have so much to offer. He added: "Although the IRB's decision was relayed by North America Caribbean Rugby Association there was no consultation with the NACRA executive or more particularly, the elected West Indies representatives. "Personally, this process is troubling as it does not follow the ideals of the Olympic spirit which embraces the democratic process." Source: <a href="http://www.bermudasun.bm/main.asp?SectionID=8&amp;SubSectionID=203&amp;ArticleID=43263">Bermuda Sun</a>

     
  • Mexico v Bermuda Mens Team

    Mexico v Bermuda Mens Team Mexico V Bermuda Team, 2009 Nawira World Cup Qualifiers. 25th October 2009 <center> <embed src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/player.swf" width="350" height="288" bgcolor="undefined" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="author=BahamasLocal.com&amp;description=2009 World Cup Qualifiers&amp;captions=2009 World Cup Qualifiers, Nassau bahamas&amp;file=http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/mexico-v-bermuda-m.flv&amp;link=http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2008/12/14/mexico-v-bermuda-mens-team&amp;frontcolor=0000FF&amp;screencolor=000000&amp;logo=http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/watermark-png.png&amp;skin=http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/controlpanel.swf&amp;controlbar=over"></embed> </center> Video is copyright of <a href="http://www.bahamaslocal.com">BahamasLocal.com</a>. Do not copy or use without approval. DVDs of the games will be available from NAWIRA. Details to follow

     
  • Bermuda - Mariners Win Sevens Tournament

    <font color="#FF0000">In ideal conditions at Malabar field, the Bermuda Rugby Union held its midseason Sevens tournament. With many of the clubs depleted of players, Renegades in particular as their popular clubman Colin Targett was getting married, the Mariners RFC took advantage and surprised everybody to win both the Men's and Women competitions.</font><br /> <br /> <em>Holding this Sevens tournament after the Caribbean Sevens tournament, in which the Union sent a team down with little to no match preparation, must be strategically questioned.</em><br /> <br /> Although the National team performed admirably - <strong>defeating arch rivals Bahamas in the Plate final</strong> <em>[? - Ed]</em> - the team would have benefited much more by taking part in as many seven tournaments as possible prior to the Caribbean Championships.<br /> <br /> Ideally this tournament should have been held earlier and used as a National team trial for local players.<br /> <br /> Hopefully in the future careful consideration will be given as to when to hold this tournament so that it acts as a development opportunity and not yet another annoying break in an already fragmented domestic season.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The Ladies festivities started off with the much fancied Teachers ladies taking on the resurgent Mariners. It was the ladies in Green who served notice that they were here to compete with a hard fought 1-1 draw with Amy Wolfinger and Chloe Martin scoring for their sides.<br /> <br /> The Police ladies clinically demolished a severely depleted Renegades outfit 4-0. Rachel Black, Kate Brown, Julia Mansfield and Jamie Walker all crossed over to score for the Police.<br /> <br /> Mariners then took the tournament by the throat and put the hapless Renegades to the sword 5-0. Tries from Jamie Murdoch, Mary-Ann Rowlston, Laryssa Yuel, Julia Taggart and Michelle Berendt put the surprising lady sailors in the driver seat.<br /> <br /> Needing a win to stay in the hunt for silver ware, Police etched out a hard fought 3-2 win over a disappointed Teachers side.<br /> <br /> Two tries from the dependable Kate Brown and a third by Julia Mansfield overcame the Red scores from a competitive Chloe Martin and Jen Crawford.<br /> <br /> In the late consolation game Teacher walked away with a 5-0 win over a limpid Renegades squad missing no less than five of their key players. Tries from Chloe Martin (2), Jen Crawford, Kim Spencer and Chernelle Gibbons restored some pride to Alvin Harvey's squad.<br /> <br /> The stage was set for a winner takes all encounter between Police and Mariners. Both teams have improved remarkably since the beginning of the season and a tense encounter ensued with well organized defenses dictating play. Sensing an opportunity Mariners upped the pressure and finally eroded the resolute Police defensive line getting tries from the inspirational Wolfinger (2) and a clenching third try from Rowlston. Police fought to the end and a fiery effort by Brown closed the gap but it was too little too late.<br /> <br /> The men's Sevens tournament eerily followed the same pattern as the ladies.<br /> <br /> The opening match saw Teachers defeat a game Police side 28-7.<br /> <br /> Mariners took on a decimated Renegades squad who did well just to field a team as most players were off celebrating the aforementioned nuptials of Mr. and Mrs. Collin Targett.<br /> <br /> Mariners looked fresh and motivated with the wise head of Richard Holden combining well with the youth and experience of West Indies player Kris Furbert.<br /> <br /> Both Holden and Furbert dominating play throughout the tournament and were instrumental in their teams' success. Two tries from Welshman Allun Thomas complemented scores from Furbert and Warren Green.<br /> <br /> One conversion from Holden and another from Lachie Armour gave the Greens a dominating 24-7 opening game victory. Mariners continued their momentum into their second game and clawed a 12-10 victory over an unlucky Teachers side.<br /> <br /> Once again it was the tandem of Holden and Furbert whose alacrity in attack proved the difference. Police made the tournament interesting with a one side 35-7 victory over Renegades setting up an intriguing match with Mariners that would eventually decide who won the tournament.<br /> <br /> Police started out well and got early tries from Andrew Flint and Michael Kane who unfortunately missed the conversions.<br /> <br /> This proved crucial as the Mariner staged a fight back over a visibly tiring Police squad. Second half tries from the dynamic duo Furbert and Holden, who then nailed the important conversion, secured Mariners the Men's Seven Trophy. Teachers finished off their tournament in a meaningless game with a win over the struggling Renegades.<br /> <br /> Police will rue their lack of fitness and depth on the bench as they had the opportunities to win but an elated Mariners Club celebrated late into the night with two well won Sevens Trophies.

     
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  • NAWIRA Sevens - Nassau Guardian Report

    <div align="center"><img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/Guardian.JPG" align="" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="378" height="84" alt="" /></div><div align="center"><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Bahamas Misses the Plate</strong></font></div><br /> <br /> <strong><font color="#FF0000">For the second consecutive year, The Bahamas' national rugby team placed second in the Plate division of the North America and West Indies Rugby Association (NAWIRA) Sevens Tournament, this time at the Winton Rugby Pitch on Sunday.</font></strong> <br /> <br /> <em>Bermuda beat The Bahamas 19-14 in the final, which culminated in a five-minute sudden death overtime session, and as the scores indicated, the match was intense throughout.</em><br /> <br /> Bermuda's Darragh O'Donoghue made the first try around the second minute of the match. O'Donoghue's teammate Chris Naylor's kick was good for the two point conversion, giving them a 7-0 lead over The Bahamas.<br /> <br /> In the second half, The Bahamas stole possession from Bermuda. Kevin Salabie made a break and fed the ball to Jeremico Cooper who made the try (7-5). Salabie returned to get the two-point conversion to tie the match at seven apiece. On the next play, good passing by Bermuda led to another try and conversion putting them up, 14-7.<br /> <br /> With less than a minute left in the game, one of The Bahamas' top players, Jamaal Curry, made an assist to a speeding Andy Bodie who in return broke away from the Bermudans to score a try. Salabie made another good kick to tie the match at 14 apiece, forcing sudden death overtime.<br /> <br /> However, in the five-minute sudden death overtime, Bermuda went wide, found an opening and made the game-ending try.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The Bahamas slaughtered Barbados 34-5 in the semifinal as Dan Woodside led the team with two tries. Also Duran Beadle, Cooper, Curry and Bodie all made one try apiece while Salabie made the conversions. Barbados beat St. Vincent for third place in the Plate division.<br /> <br /> After the final, Bahamas' Head Coach Stephen Thompson said Team Bahamas has a bright future.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "The guys played very well. Bermuda was trying to slow the game down because they could not keep up with our speed. At the same time we also struggled with their size. The end result showed that strategies were well matched because at the end of regulation we had to go into overtime. It was a good game and hats off to Bermuda. With the loss we basically ended up in the same spot that we finished in a year ago (loss to Martinique in the Plate finals last year). There was no improvement as far as the NAWIRA standings are concerned," he said. <br /> "Nonetheless, we have a lot of young men on our squad with the median age of the team being 21. There is a lot of experience to be gained. Furthermore, the team seemed to improve with every game at this tournament, " Thompson further explained.</p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Dan Woodside, who made two of the six tries in the semis to lead The Bahamas to the final, added: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "We came into these last couple of matches pretty confident because we know that we have one of the better teams out here. Overall, I am happy with the guys' play." </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Bermuda's Head Coach Lawrence Bird noted after the Plate final: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "My guys played very well today. However, on the first day of competition we did not play up to par which left me very disappointed. Nonetheless, the guys came back today and played proper sevens."<br /> Bird also touched on the turning point for Bermuda in the Plate final.<br /> "In the sudden death overtime we managed to out-scrummage The Bahamas. On the final play we scrummed them off the ball, gained possession, took it wide, went one way, pulled it back the other way and set our flyer free. It was all about possession in those last few seconds of the game," he explained. </p></blockquote><br /> <br /> <br /> Regarding the women's round-robin, Jamaica beat Guyana 12-0 to defend their Caribbean crown while Canada won over the United States for the North America crown. President of the Bahamas Rugby and Football Union, Chris Lleida, said overall the tournament ran smoothly.<br /> <br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" style="float:left;vertical-align:top" /><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" style="float:right;vertical-align:bottom" /> "There were 60 games played over two days so a lot of work had to be done to the fields. We were able to upgrade the second field with help from Cable Bahamas, Bahamas Hot Mix and a lot of assistance from Steven Johnson. Unfortunately though this tournament is being held the same time as Jollification, so I think that, that event might have taken some of our fans," </p></blockquote> explained Chris Lleida, Bahamas Rugby President.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.thenassauguardian.com/sports/355014790220695.php" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC"><strong>Dahalia Smith, Nassau Guardian</strong></font></u></a>

     
  • Bermuda: Farewell to the Man who Transformed Local Rugby

    <br /> <strong>Tributes have poured in from home and abroad for a popular former Police officer killed in a road accident over the weekend.</strong><br /> <br /> <em>Welshman <strong>Alan Oliver</strong> – described as a pillar of Bermuda's amateur sporting community – died after appearing to lose control of his motorcycle and hitting a pole on North Shore Road, Devonshire, on Friday night.</em><br /> <img src="http://www.rugbybahamas.com/images/aloliver.jpg" align="right" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="180" height="120" alt="" /><br /> Minutes earlier, the 41-year-old had been at a farewell function for departing Police Rugby Club player Peter Elliott at his favourite pub the Robin Hood.<br /> He presented Mr. Elliott with a framed copy of a poem he had written before leaving quietly through the back door – telling friends he was going home to Flatts because he had "an early golf tee off in the morning". Close friends of Mr. Oliver yesterday spoke of their devastation of the loss of the man they say helped transform rugby on the Island.<br /> Tributes were led by members of Bermuda's rugby community, who say he captained the national side for a spell in his prime. More words of support have come from Trinidad, the Caymans and Canada, all areas where Mr. Oliver helped forge links with the Island through the sport.<br /> His former colleagues in the Police and at Bermuda International Airport, where he worked more recently as an aviation security officer, also spoke out.<br /> <strong>Police Rugby Club</strong> – the team he represented and helped run for many years – dedicated their match against <strong>Renegades</strong> to Mr. Oliver yesterday.<br /> <br /> <!–more–><br /> <br /> The game was preceded by a minute's silence while Dennis Dwyer, an old friend of Mr. Oliver, agreed to referee despite a serious knee injury.<br /> Inspector Sean Field-Lament, 41, a former colleague and rugby team-mate of Mr. Oliver said: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "The impact Alan had on rugby in Bermuda was huge. He forever changed local rugby.<br /> "He was known not only for his play on the pitch, but for his camaraderie off it.<br /> "He had a real zest for life and enjoyed nothing more than sitting around, rubbing shoulders with the lads after a game.<br /> "Alan was a lovely man who always did the right thing and said the right thing at the right moment. He always had a smile on his face. Everyone he touched was better for it.<br /> "Everyone you speak to will have their own stories about Alan. There's one in particular that sums him up for me.<br /> "Alan was out boating on Paradise Lake on a beautiful summer day with his friends when he was found sitting on a small dock dangling his feet in the water and crying.<br /> "When asked what was wrong, he replied 'it does not get better than this'. They were tears of joy.<br /> "I was not actually there but it is a story that sums up the way he felt about life and the importance of his friends.<br /> "Although he was a very proud Welshman, he definitely adopted Bermuda as his own country." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote>Insp. Field-Lament described yesterday's game, which Police Rugby Club won 18-17, as "emotional and passionate".<br /> Mr. Oliver, originally from the Welsh town of Llantrisant, arrived in Bermuda at the end of the 1980s. He worked as a Police officer, gaining promotion to Sergeant in 2003.<br /> He captained the Police rugby side for several years, leading them to the grand slam at one point, and played for the national team for a decade, spending some of that time as skipper.<br /> He was instrumental in setting up the Bermuda Barbarians, who represent the Island overseas.<br /> Sgt. Russell Matthews, 45, worked with Mr. Oliver as a Police officer in Wales and Bermuda, as well as playing alongside him for Police Rugby Club.<br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "You would be hard pressed to find anyone who had a bad word to say about Alan," he said. "Not just in rugby, but golf or anything else he did as well.<br /> "Alan had many friends. He was just a well-liked guy. I'm receiving messages from Trinidad and the Caymans. I've had phone calls from people in Canada. The rugby community is devastated about this tragedy." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br /> Friday night's incident was the second death to hit the Police rugby team in little over a year.<br /> P.c. Paul Marsden, 36, described as a super-fit officer, collapsed from a heart attack while playing for the side at the National Sports Centre in January last year. A memorial match was held in P.c. Marsden's name just last month.<br /> Mr. Oliver's accident happened about 200 metres east of the Barkers Hill roundabout, as he was heading east, at about 10.30 p.m. He was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. No other vehicle appears to have been involved in the crash. For the past 18 months, Mr. Oliver worked at Bermuda International Airport, where general manager James Howes described him as a model professional.<br /> Mr. Howes said in a statement released over the weekend: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "Today we learned of the tragic accident which claimed the life of Alan Oliver, our aviation security officer.<br /> "During his time with the Department of Airport Operations, Mr. Oliver distinguished himself for his exemplary service in management of airport security.<br /> "He earned the high esteem of all of us in the airport community for his professionalism and pleasant manner.<br /> "His passing is a staggering loss and he will be sorely missed. His wife and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of bereavement." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br /> Another former colleague, Sgt. Andy Morgan, 41, arrived on the Island from England seven years ago and said Mr. Oliver helped him settle in. He said he would be sadly missed.<br /> <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "Everybody over the past two days has been saying what an amazing guy he was," he said.<br /> "There was no edge to Alan at all – he was just a fun-loving, regular guy. He was one of those mates who was always there for you.<br /> "When I arrived here Alan was the guy who took us around, showed us where was where and sorted out where we were living. He totally helped me settle in. I got to know him as a friend from them on." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br /> <br /> Royal Gazette Chief Reporter Matthew Taylor came across Mr. Oliver when he was the Police's PR man.<br /> He said: <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" />"Alan was a lovely bloke – friendly, helpful and with a great sense of humour. He obviously understood the Police and he seemed to understand the press.<br /> "But above all he never stopped being a copper. My favourite story about Alan is when he was on his way back from a press event when he started chasing a guy who was weaving in and out of traffic.<br /> "They both ended up ditching their bikes and Alan chased him and found him hiding in someone's garden. That was Alan – above all a thorough professional." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br /> Mr. Oliver was renowned for his in-depth knowledge of music and love of trivia, running a popular weekly quiz in the Robin Hood for many years.<br /> His friends at the pub were last night debating whether the quiz should go ahead in his absence tomorrow night.<br /> Mr. Oliver's family members from the UK are believed to be heading over to Bermuda on Wednesday. His devastated wife Crystal was last night said to be shocked but coping well. Funeral details have not yet been released.<br /> <br /> Source: <a href="http://www.theroyalgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070205/NEWS/102050142" target="_blank"><u><font color="#0000CC">Royal Gazette, Bermuda</font></u></a>

     
 
 
 

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