The 2019 RF Group RAN Sevens is shaping up to be an exciting one at the Truman Bodden National Sports Complex. On the Female Women’s side of the tournament, the top two teams at the end of the weekend will compete for a spot in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games at next year’s global repechage. Saint Lucia stood out last year as the most improved with break out player Kameka President playing a dominant role in defence and attack. Trinidad and Tobago have fallen at the last hurdle against Mexico two years in a row and will surely be looking for revenge. The last Olympic qualifier took place in Carey, USA with the hosts defeating Mexico 88-0 to book their spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 2017 tournament, hosted in Mexico, was so tight and competitive that there was only one try in the game that seemed more like a high speed, big collision, chess match. 2018 was a more open event.  Jamaica have continually improved over the last few years with star speedster Dae-Marie Whyte racking up the tries. Jamaica may have a say in matters this time around.

Women’s Players to Watch:

Bahamas – Carlene ‘Carly’ Johnson

Johnson is a former sprinter, turned rugby player that is powerful and a destructive runner. Having played rugby the past five years, the 28-year-old Johnson has represented the Bahamas in tournaments in Dubai, Miami, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico and Barbados. Currently a professional certified lifeguard, Johnson is a graduate of Taylor University and a former All-American flag football player. She led her team to the championship from 2015-2017 and was MVP in 2016.

St Lucia – Kameka President
Height: 5’9
Weight: 144lb
DOB: 11/01/1996

President was awarded the MVP of the tournament at the 2017 Bouclier Monique Ribeaut Women’s 7s tournament (Guadeloupe), Senior Female Rugby Player of the Year (2017 & 2018) & selected on the Dream Team at the 2018 RTEK RAN Women’s Sevens Touranment in Barbados after scoring 29 points, five tries and two conversions in six matches.

Jamaica – Dae Marie Whyte

Height: 5’4
Weight: 118lb
DOB: September 5, 1998

Whyte is a try scoring machine with a deadly step and pace to burn on the outside. Whyte is studying at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport and was awarded the Most Improved Player in 2015 and Player of the year in 2017.

The entire tournament will be streamed LIVE on Rugby Americas North’s Facebook & Youtube pages.

Day 1 Schedule

110:00WMexico v St. Lucia
210:22WTrinidad & Tobago v Bahamas
310:44WJamaica v Bermuda
411:06MACanada v Barbados
511:28MABermuda v Mexico
611:5MBJamaica v Cayman Islands
712:12MBGuyana v Trinidad & Tobago
812:34WSt. Lucia v Trinidad & Tobago
912:56WMexico v Bermuda
1013:18WJamaica v Bahamas
1113:4MACanada v Mexico
1214:02MABermuda v Barbados
1314:24MBJamaica v Trinidad & Tobago
1414:46MBGuyana v Cayman Islands
1515:30-WJamaica v St. Lucia
1615:52WBahamas v Bermuda
1716:14WMexico v Trinidad & Tobago
1816.36MACanada v Bermuda
1916:58MAMexico v Barbados
2017:2MBJamaica v Guyana
2117:42MBTrinidad & Tobago v Cayman Islands

Day 2 Schedule

229:30MQF11st Pool A v 4th Pool B
239:52MQF22nd Pool B v 3rd Pool A
2410:14MQF32nd Pool A v 3rd Pool B
2510:36MQF41st Pool B v 4th Pool A
2610:58WMexico v Bahamas
2711:20WTrinidad & Tobago v Jamaica
2811:42WBermuda v St. Lucia
2912:04M Plate SF1Loser MQF1 v Loser MQF2
3012:26M Plate SF2Loser MQF3 v Loser MQF4
3112:48M Cup SF1Winner MQF1 v Winner MQF2
3213:10M Cup SF2Winner MQF3 v Loser MQF4
3313:32WBahamas v St. Lucia
3413.54WTrinidad & Tobago v Bermuda
3514:16WMexico v Jamaica
3614:38M Plate 7/8Loser M Plate SF1 v Loser M Plate SF2
3715:00M Plate FinalWinner Plate SF1 v Winner Plate SF2
3815.50W 5/65th in Pool v 6th in Pool
3916.12W 3/43rd in Pool v 4th in Pool
4016.30M Cup 3/4Loser M Cup SF1 v Loser M Cup SF2
4116:52W Final1st in Pool v 2nd in Pool
4217:14M FinalWinner SF1 v Winnr SF2