Oilers so driven

Anyone who has watched the Vampt Oilers in action could say they are full of drive and really motor.

They are the first Youth Roller Hockey team that Vampt Motors is sponsoring and are leading the league going into the second half of this season.

‘King’s would like to extend their thanks to Vampt Motors for their support of the 12U Oilers team,’ said Ray Singh, Athletic Director for the King’s Sports Centre.

‘The Vampt squad has performed very well this season under coach Vanderwal’s guidance, and their mid-season record is proof of just that. Come playoff time, this team is definitely in solid contention for the WestTel 12U title.’

As a first time team sponsor, Vampt Motors is thrilled about the opportunity to be involved with this new sport. Halfway through its nine weeks of play, led by the team’s top two scorers, Alex Agemian and Marc Reid, the team has won 3 games, lost 1 and tied 1 to lead the league.

Colin Reid, CFO and COO of Bodden Holdings (Vampt Motors’ parent company) said: ‘I’m very proud that Vampt is sponsoring the Oilers. It’s a great way to get involved with the community and the kids here all love the game. Bodden Holdings sponsors other sports teams, but this one is new to us and it’s really exciting.’

A subsidiary of Bodden Holdings Ltd, Vampt Motors Ltd has been serving the Cayman Islands for more than 40 years and is the only authorized dealership for Ford, Toyota, Jaguar, Lexus, Chery and JAC.

Aged nine through 12, the team skill levels range from beginner to advanced. A good team needs passers, skaters, defensemen, strong goal tending and goal scorers to be successful and the Vampt Oilers has them all.

Coaches Ryan Vanderwal and Patrick Agemian continue to focus on player development in practice and during the games.

‘Each player has their own role on the floor and I think they are just realizing that now. Not everyone can be goal scorers which I am sure every kid dreams to be,’ said Vanderwal. ‘I know I did when I was 10 years old.

‘We have been very lucky so far to be out if front in this league since each of the teams has very skilled players on them. Our players work hard every game right up until the final buzzer and we’ve continued to come out on top.

‘Since our first game the kids showed a dramatic improvement in their passing, shooting and positioning on the floor. We still have a lot of hard work in front of us as I have very high expectations for these kids to learn and grow as young hockey players.

‘I am excited every time I get a chance to get out and play hockey with these kids; it’s a lot of fun for all of us out there.’

Youth Roller Hockey League on the Cayman Islands is played on Saturday mornings at the King’s Sports Centre. To find out more about the programme, go to the Cayman Sports Authority website at www.caymanactive.com/csa.