New tournaments planned for Cayman

The Cayman sport scene is on the verge of receiving a major boost, believes the organiser of two inaugural sport tournaments scheduled to begin later this year with much fanfare and excitement.

Cayman’s inaugural 4-on-4 street hockey tournament will take place from 16 to 18 September. It will be held in the parking lot in front of Castaways Grille at Grand Harbour. An inaugural 3-on-3 basketball tournament will also take place at the same venue from 14 to 16 October.

The hockey tournament, called the Castaway’s Cup, will feature no-contact street hockey. Rollerblades will not be used and hockey gloves are not necessary. Games will be divided into 20 minute-halves.

Teams will consist of five players, including one reserve. There is an entry fee of $20 per team that includes a free T-shirt, pitcher of beer and arcade tokens. Prizes include tickets on Cayman Airways, a cell phone from Cingular Wireless, and a variety of products from Jacques Scott.

The particulars regarding the basketball tournament will be released at a later date.

‘On the Friday night there will be an introductory gathering of all participants at around 7p.m. Then on the Saturday, from 9am to 6pm, the tournament will commence. Afterwards, there will be a concert by the band called Ratskin. On the Sunday, from 9 to 5pm, the final round of games will be played and afterwards there will be an awards and prizes presentation,’ states Ken Moore, coordinator of the tournaments and manager of Castaways Grille.

According to Mr. Moore, the idea for the tournaments came years ago and the last few months have been spent making preparations.

‘The idea for the street hockey tournament came as a result of my involvement with local hockey. I played [street hockey] for 6 or 7 years here. A few years back, Mr. Ken Williams [a fellow hockey player] suggested doing both tournaments and we completed the planning from four months ago, taking time [along the way] to get the equipment.’

Mr. Moore is quick to mention that there is great appeal for street hockey in Cayman.

‘I know of guys that have been playing for 15 years. They started playing behind the Annex field [in George Town] and recently moved into Kings [Sport Complex]. I would say that there are about 150 guys actively involved in the sport. I feel that there is a very strong growing interest for street hockey in Cayman.’

The tournaments are expected to be an annual event and figure prominently into the developing sport scene at Grand Harbour.

‘In the future, there will be about two tournaments a year that are open to everyone. The amount of tournaments per year is limited due to the half dozen or so events happening at the Grand Harbour site,’ stated Mr. Moore. For more information contact Mr. Ken Moore at either 916-4114 or 947-3456.