CNB is brimming with local talent

It’s no secret that Cayman has a ton of talented footballers.

Many of them play in the national league in addition to other smaller and recreational leagues.

Recently some of them came to the fore in the form of the 2009 Corporate Football League, which saw Cayman National Bank emerge as champions.

The CNB team had many Cayman stars including Ian Lindo, Judy Rivers, Abijah Rivers and Justin Pierre.

Pierre in fact served as team captain and steered the team through the seven-game season.

The CNB business banker was left satisfied with his team’s showing in the competition.

‘To be honest the season went extremely well and I believe all of the teams enjoyed it,’ Pierre said. ‘It was well organized and good football was played.

‘Our team consistently performed well in all areas of the field and we were committed to winning the league this season.’

Under Pierre’s guidance (and that of team manager Anthony Logan) the squad went undefeated at 6-1-0 and posted phenomenal statistics.

CNB scored 21 goals (second-most in the league) while surrendering just two goals all season.

The bankers beat out seven other sides in First Caribbean Bank (6-0-1), Butterfield (5-1-1), Fidelity (3-0-4), Dart (3-0-4), PriceWaterhouseCoopers (3-0-4), Maples (1-0-6) and Walkers (0-0-7).

Outside of work and the corporate league the dynamic midfielder plays for George Town in the Cayman Islands Football Association Premier League and Burger King in division one of the WesTel five-a-side football league.

With so much exposure to top-class football Pierre is used to playing with extraordinary talent. Thus it is a powerful statement that he feels the best player on the team was the lone lady between the posts.

‘Our MVP was Judy Rivers. She was the only woman keeper in the entire league and she had the best goals against average out of all the teams. She really made a huge difference and had some key game-changing saves.’

For their efforts CNB was honoured with championship trophies last week at their main branch.

On hand for the presentation was Alvin Aaron of the Corporate Football League committee and a number of CNB team members.

The league goes into its 21st season next summer and pressure falls squarely on CNB to repeat. So far Pierre is handling heightened expectations just fine.

‘It’s always tougher when you’re on top as you have a bulls-eye on you but we look forward to the challenge next year.’