Civil servants get a kick out of league

Civil servants are propelling themselves into the later stages of the government football league.

The semi-finals of the league took place last night at the Bodden Town Primary School Field.

The league’s top four teams were all in action on the night.

The first game, which took place at 6:30pm, saw the Department of Environmental Health against the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. The second game at 8pm was between the Prison Authority take on the Customs Agency.

From there the league will look to wrap-up this Sunday at 5pm with the championship game.

Results from those games will be published at a later date.

The league ended over the past weekend.

The following represents the final league standings as of 29 September:

In first place were DEH with 28 points and an unbeaten record of 8-0-2. In second were Prison at 8-1-1 with 27 points and in third was Customs at 7-1-2 with 26 points.

The RCIPS, at 6-1-3, were fourth with 25 points. The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, at 6-3-1, were fifth with 23 points.

The bottom of the league saw Public Works Department in sixth with 19 points, the Fire department in seventh place with 17 points and the Cayman Islands Aviation Authority in last place with 16 points.

Teams were made up of various civil servants. Although the squads were named after civil authorities, members of a particular group were allowed to play for any team.

The league began this year around late July and saw over 30 games being played every weekend at the Bodden Town Primary School Field.

Each team played a total of 10 games and faced other squads.

The annual league may sound new but it’s actually been around for some time. League officials aren’t able to put an exact time-frame as to when it began.

However they say the league dates back over five years ago to the days when local football hero Bernie Bush was with the Department of Sports.

According to league organizer Cherry Whittaker, the league is all about allowing Cayman’s civil servants to have a good time.

‘We wanted to get different government departments together to socialize. It was chance for them to get to know each other as often times they don’t know who works where.’

Whittaker says the players in the league are ecstatic. Some even asked to make the league longer.

However that request could not be granted with the upcoming start of the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League.

Whittaker, who used to play for George Town SC in the national women’s league, says that in spite of the issues the league had it served its purpose well.

‘The rules were okay and we could have possibly made it longer. There was also a shortage of fields and we had problems with lighting. All in all everyone really enjoyed it.’