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2019 RF Group RAN Sevens Women’s Preview

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

No. Time Pool Match
1 10:00 W Mexico v St. Lucia
2 10:22 W Trinidad & Tobago v Bahamas
3 10:44 W Jamaica v Bermuda
4 11:06 MA Canada v Barbados
5 11:28 MA Bermuda v Mexico
6 11:5 MB Jamaica v Cayman Islands
7 12:12 MB Guyana v Trinidad & Tobago
8 12:34 W St. Lucia v Trinidad & Tobago
9 12:56 W Mexico v Bermuda
10 13:18 W Jamaica v Bahamas
11 13:4 MA Canada v Mexico
12 14:02 MA Bermuda v Barbados
13 14:24 MB Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago
14 14:46 MB Guyana v Cayman Islands
Break
15 15:30- W Jamaica v St. Lucia
16 15:52 W Bahamas v Bermuda
17 16:14 W Mexico v Trinidad & Tobago
18 16.36 MA Canada v Bermuda
19 16:58 MA Mexico v Barbados
20 17:2 MB Jamaica v Guyana
21 17:42 MB Trinidad & Tobago v Cayman Islands

Day 2 Schedule

No. Time Pool Match
22 9:30 MQF1 1st Pool A v 4th Pool B
23 9:52 MQF2 2nd Pool B v 3rd Pool A
24 10:14 MQF3 2nd Pool A v 3rd Pool B
25 10:36 MQF4 1st Pool B v 4th Pool A
26 10:58 W Mexico v Bahamas
27 11:20 W Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica
28 11:42 W Bermuda v St. Lucia
29 12:04 M Plate SF1 Loser MQF1 v Loser MQF2
30 12:26 M Plate SF2 Loser MQF3 v Loser MQF4
31 12:48 M Cup SF1 Winner MQF1 v Winner MQF2
32 13:10 M Cup SF2 Winner MQF3 v Loser MQF4
33 13:32 W Bahamas v St. Lucia
34 13.54 W Trinidad & Tobago v Bermuda
35 14:16 W Mexico v Jamaica
36 14:38 M Plate 7/8 Loser M Plate SF1 v Loser M Plate SF2
37 15:00 M Plate Final Winner Plate SF1 v Winner Plate SF2
  Break
38 15.50 W 5/6 5th in Pool v 6th in Pool
39 16.12 W 3/4 3rd in Pool v 4th in Pool
40 16.30 M Cup 3/4 Loser M Cup SF1 v Loser M Cup SF2
41 16:52 W Final 1st in Pool v 2nd in Pool
42 17:14 M Final Winner SF1 v Winnr SF2

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