Cayman aim for worlds

The Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association will host the Caribbean Cup this week.

It runs from tomorrow until Saturday at King’s Sport Centre.

The Caribbean Cup will feature teams from the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman.

‘This is our premier event for the year,’ said Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association President Mark Thompson. ‘Some of the best ball hockey players from the entire Caribbean region will be here for the tournament.’

The top two finishers in the Caribbean Cup will earn the opportunity to participate in the 2009 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Cayman Islands team has competed in the past two World Cups of Ball Hockey in Pittsburgh, USA in 2005 and in Ratingen, Germany in 2007.

Team Cayman has seen many changes since their last tournament in Germany with nearly half the team composed of new players.

They will be looking to the veteran leadership of captain Darryl Hather, Brad Berger, Rob Leadbetter and Pete Holowchuck to guide them throughout the tournament with newcomers Jeff Hart, Josh Grant and Rustin Smith expected to make significant contributions.

‘We think the Cayman team is strong enough to qualify to play in Prague, but it won’t be easy,’ said Hather.

The opening ceremonies take place at Kings Sports Centre tomorrow at 6pm with invited guests in attendance.

On the first night, Cayman will square off against arch rivals Bermuda in what is anticipated to be the highlight game of the tournament.

This is especially so as Cayman’s new goalie John Cowan will also be facing his former team Bermuda for the first time and then BVI take on the Bahamas.

Thompson said: ‘This event will be the highlight of the year for ball hockey here in the Cayman Islands and hope that everyone can out and enjoy the games and events we have planned.’

For additional information about the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation and this tournament please visit the following websites: www.isbhf.com

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