(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia Women 7s Team is coming home as champions of 3rd Trophée Atlantique Feminin 7s held 27 January 2018 at Le Francois, Martinique.
The tournament hosted by RCAS Le Francois was attended by teams from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Paris. The nine member team ruled in their pool with convincing wins against the three other teams. The team dominated over Oval’ Minettes of Paris not giving the Parisians any break with a final score of 31-0. Team 758 had a convincing win against BRUC Rugby Guadeloupe in the cup finals with the opponent barely making their only try in the match 26-5.
The final match of the tournament for the championship cup between Goodluck Club of Guadeloupe and St. Lucia was almost neck to neck. This was the only team Team 758 lost to when St. Lucia represented at a tournament in Guadeloupe back in July 2017. St. Lucia scored the first two tries of the match but Goodluck came back with a vengeance and made sure our ladies worked hard for the championship. In the end Team 758 was triumphant ending the match 19-15 for conversions scored.
The solidity of the team came out in an amazing way on the field. Each team member brought their A game but what stood out was not individual talents, instead spectators and other teams saw Team 758’s flawless support and complimenting skills. It was a sight to behold. The team was led by Chantel John who was also awarded the Player of the Match.
The team was composed of:
Chantel John (Captain)
Shena St. Mark
The team was accompanied by Team Physiotherapist and Manager, Zhenya Allain. Head coach of the Women team, Garner Felicien, said he had confidence that the team would do well in the tournament and added that exposure to competitions will bring up the standard of play for women’s rugby in St. Lucia.
The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union is proud of the Women’s team’s achievement and believes that this team of young women will uplift rugby in St. Lucia not only for the women’s game but the men’s as well. The Union hopes that achievements like these will inspire growth of the sport on the island. It is a good start of the 2018 rugby season. The local rugby season officially opens with Independence Day 7s Tournament hosted by the Union on 24 February 2018 with local clubs participating.