<em><strong>Hurricane Ivan effectively put a stop to the development of women's rugby at the South Sound Rugby Ground (SSG), but now Top Drawer Fine Lingerie have stepped in to sponsor a new women's touch league.</strong></em><br />
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The <strong>Top Drawer Women's Touch League</strong> consists of four teams of sixteen girls each and is currently being played every Monday evening. The games comprise of two 20-minute halves with six girls from each team on the field at all times and with rolling substitutions.<br />
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The Top Drawer Women's Touch League is a spin off from the <strong>AndroGroup Summer Touch League</strong> in which men and women play in mixed teams. The summer league has seen a steady growth in the last three years with 24 teams playing the 2006 season. Each year the rules have been modified to match those used internationally around the world for Touch Rugby. <br />
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The organisers say that one of the big hurdles has been getting enough women to play and develop their touch rugby skills in order to allow the league to grow and the last rule of International Touch, requiring teams of six players which must include three women at all times, to be adopted. During the 2006 season teams were allowed to field seven players with three being women and four being men.<br />
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Touch Guru <strong>Rangi Attenborough</strong> from New Zealand spent three months on Grand Cayman over the summer, training players and referees in the development of the game and bringing the sport into line with all of the international rules and interpretations. It was at his suggestion that the Top Drawer Women's Touch League was formed to allow many more girls to develop their skills and participate in the game, without the pressure of competing with the men. The organisers hope that by the 2007 Summer Touch season all of the girls playing in this league will be better trained, skilled and have a whole new confidence in their abilities with the sport.<br />
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According to Cayman Islands Rugby Football Union (CRFU) Technical Director, <strong>Richards Adams</strong>, the Top Drawer Women's Touch League signals the return of women's rugby and women's rugby development programmes to the Cayman Islands and it is serving a multi-faceted function. <blockquote><p><img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/start_quote_rb.gif" align="texttop" /> "It gives our girls a chance to develop, it gives our new girls emerging from the schools development programmes an arena to compete and improve their skills, it offers the summer touch league better trained players and it gives men and women together a chance to compete in international competition." <img src="http://www.bigblogmedia.com/images/end_quote_rb.gif" align="absbottom" /></p></blockquote><br />
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Mr Adams says that there are numerous all male, all female and mixed tournaments worldwide and it is hoped that the Cayman Islands will be competing in worldwide touch competitions in the near future.<br />
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"To do this we must train and play under the full international rules. The sponsors Top Drawer Fine Lingerie and AndroGroup are incredible and fully believe in the programme. The volunteers are fantastic and do a great job in organising and providing the competitions. The players definitely enjoy the game and it has opened a whole new season and revenue stream for the Rugby Union in an otherwise very quiet period. Touch can also serve as a great skill development tool for new and emerging players of the full contact game so the Top Drawer Women's Touch League is an excellent tool for the girls from our developing school programme to join and to develop their ball, defensive and running skills so a great big thank you to Top Drawer and all who have made this league possible."<br />
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In the first round of games, Tempted to Touch beat the Hell's Angels 5-3. Emma Ward scoring 3 for Tempted to Touch with Nancy Lewis and Joan Murphy taking one each. Leigh Fagan got two for Hell's Angels with Rowena Lawrence getting the third.<br />
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The Wonder Women scored a 4-2 victory over Touch n' Go with three tries from Sharon Stainrod and another from Lisa Kehoe. Sharlee Durham and Jo Ziegler made the tries for Touch n' Go. The referees selected Emma Ward and Sharon Stainrod as women of the match.

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