February 26. 2016
Borrelli Walsh is excited to be Platinum Sponsor of the Cayman Islands National Rugby Sevens Team in its inaugural journey to the Hong Kong Sevens.
Borrelli Walsh opened its office in Cayman in 2015.
“We are proud to sponsor the Cayman Islands National Men’s Rugby Sevens team, and to support the opportunity for Cayman athletes to participate and represent the Islands in this famous world class Rugby event,” said a press release from the firm.
Borrelli Walsh is a long time supporter of rugby in Hong Kong and a principal sponsor of local Hong Kong Clubs, USRC Tigers and DB Pirates, and supporter of Sai Kung Stingrays.
“The annual arrival of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament sparks a buzz amongst clients and staff around town. Our staff, families, friends and clients have all enjoyed the carnival atmosphere of the Hong Kong Sevens from our box at the stadium since 2000,” said the Borelli Walsh press release.
“The sporting spirit, the outrageous costumes, the enthusiastic crowd participation and the chance to watch the local Cayman boys pit themselves against some of the world’s best sides is what the event is all about,” the press release said.
Since qualification at the regional IOC qualifiers in June 2015 the Cayman players have been preparing for the ultimate goal of representing the Cayman Islands in a World Class rugby tournament.
Initially,the preparations involved playing against a variety of home grown teams in the Cayman Sevens tournaments prior to committing to a strict schedule of Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at 6:00am.
Alongside this schedule all players were requested to take part in gym strength and conditioning sessions led by Dave Clancyand supported by Edward Westin. The playing squad is also supported by a team of committed staff who have great faith in the playing potential of the squad.
The medical team of Dwaine McGuiness, Chelsea Smith and Dr Sean Teeling, (a veteran of rugby support in Cayman) provide invaluable advice and support linked to medical and fitness issues. The team managers, Steven Clark and Graeme Thomson have been involved in a variety of rugby squads and tours overseas and have known a number of the players from a very young age.
The assistant coach Jovan Bowles is a South African Ex Sevens International player and his ‘real life’ knowledge and experiences have been a considerable asset to the player preparations along with his tremendous commitment and enthusiasm. The Lead coach is Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams who the majority of players have been involved with for over 12 years and have great faith in his knowledge and coaching ability at this higher level.
The squad also need to appreciate the commitment of the Cayman Rugby referees, Dave Sherwin and Justin Colgan who have been willing to referee games on Saturday mornings at 7:00am along with Peter DeVeere who has recorded the games for the coaches to review.
After four months of intense training where there has been a tremendous focus on personal fitness, player decision making and skills execution, they are now ready to put these skills into practice.
Michigan University visit and provide strong opposition in Cayman on Saturday 27 February followed by 28 players going to Las Vegas to play in the International Sevens tournament from 3-5 March. The final Hong Kong squad will be selected after the Las Vegas tournament and depart on 30 March.
The Borrelli Walsh Cayman Rugby Men’s Sevens squad will play against Michigan University at the South Sound Rugby pitch on Saturday 27 February at 3:00pm.