North Side kicks off

Cayman can boast another fine football stadium being completed by the PPM government.

The field in North Side was officially opened last Wednesday with Sports Minister Alden McLaughlin there.

Other dignitaries included Jeffrey Webb and Angela Martins, the Permanent Secretary and Chief Officer. Edna Moyle, North Side’s MLA and Speaker of the House also attended.

There was also local community figures Charlene Whittaker and Joey Ebanks.

After the opening ceremony there was an exhibition match between reserve teams from Sunset and Bodden Town.

McLaughlin and Webb, who is the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, declared that Joey Ebanks was one of the finest footballers Cayman has ever produced.

Joey Ebanks is running as the PPM candidate in North Side next month because Moyle is bowing out of politics.

In his presentation, Webb joked that it was nice to see Moyle at the stadium re-opening because she is a known champion of sports to which Moyle laughed and admitted she does not have a sporting bone in her body.

For many months from mid-2007 the North Side playing field was used constantly for many matches whilst new pitches in George Town and West Bay were completed.

Because it took the brunt of fixtures, the ground resembled a dust bowl before being renovated. What grass was left was rough and uneven.

Now officially called Old Man Bay Playing Field, it has been transformed and like the other renovated fields is now world class quality. It remains to be seen if the PPM can live up to its promise and open the East End pitch before the general elections on May 20.