Footballers shine through glorious Sunset

No matter how hot Cayman gets, football never grows cold.

Cayman’s national sport always has events and competitions year-round.

The latest happening by a local football club saw a day full of footie action in spite of scorching heat.

Sunset football club recently held its annual six-a-side tournament.

Over 100 people came out to the Camana Bay sports field two Saturdays ago to showcase and witness football skills.

Ladies, families and children decked the grass sidelines of the field and relaxed however they could.

Some wore beach attire and brought beach towels to get a tan while others preferred playing dominoes under a cool tent.

There would be plenty of refreshments on hand to help combat the heat with free beer from Caybrew and free hotdogs.

The spectators would see a ton of action courtesy of 16 men’s teams coming out to play.

The teams were spread out randomly across four divisions on the day. Most had interesting and funny team names.

There were the Gaza Allstars, The Hurricanes and the Doghouse Devils in one group.

Stroke City was in another section while Demolition Crew, Billy Bones and Unfit United made another group.

In spite of the fun names and relaxed setting for the games most matches were close.

The biggest loss on the day was 4-0 and there were six nil-nil draws.

That competitive spirit fuelled the results on the day. The group stages saw the top teams separated by three points or less.

The playoff or ‘knockout’ portion of the competition would see some tense matches with a pair of trophies on the line.

After many upsets and close affairs (that saw six games go to penalty shoot-outs) two teams would stand tall above the rest.

Maples FC emerged victorious in the plate final beating CNC 3-2 on penalties (the squads tied 2-2 in regulation).

The Gaza Allstars came away with the main award after beating defending champions Demolition Crew 1-0 in the Cup final.

National team member Rene Carter had the winning goal for the Gaza team on a wonderfully struck ball.

His heroics nabbed him player of the tournament honours and his team won the Sunset Sixes trophy and individual medals.

Look out for a more comprehensive report in tomorrow’s paper.

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