The football kids are back in action and this season promises to be another great one.
The 2009/10 CUC Primary Football League Playoffs kicked off a few weeks ago, 12 December, in fact, the same day that Cayman’s Under-17 girls went through to the next stage of the World Cup qualifiers.
The morning heat was a fitting prelude to the day’s activities as the road to the PFL Consolation and Champions Cups began for the 15 schools involved.
It began with the Under-9 Consolation Cup with Cayman International School downing the inexperienced but always feisty North Side Primary 4-0 followed by Savannah Primary outlasting Grace Academy 3-1.
Grace Academy have steadily improved throughout the regular season making Savannah Primary’s victory over the boys and girls from the west no easy feat.
Games in the U-9 Champions Cup were the highlight of the morning’s activities as finalists from last year, Bodden Town Primary, under the guidance of interim coach Easton Russell, were held to a 1-1 draw by a young, battling Triple C team.
St. Ignatius Prep continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 defeat of an unlucky Red Bay Primary team. Red Bay Primary started the regular season well but faltered towards the end losing a few very close games on their way to a third-place finish in Group B.
St. Ignatius Prep on the other hand, have played flawlessly throughout the season going undefeated and cementing the number one spot in Group A.
With the Catholic boys on a roll, they are definitely one of the favourites to finish in the top four and maybe even lift the Cup.
John A. Cumber Primary’s U-9s began their playoff campaign in style as they upset a previously undefeated Prospect Primary 3-2 in a hotly contested matchup.
John A. Cumber Primary’s large following have supported their team through thick and thin and this day was no different. Concluding the days U-9 competition, George Town Primary outlasted Cayman Prep 2-1.
With the U-11 Consolation Cup consisting of only five teams – George Town Primary, Truth For Youth, East End Primary, Savannah Primary and North Side Primary – games will commence for this competition on Saturday, January 9, 2010.
The first game of the U-11 Champions Cup competition provided the biggest shock of the day as a previously undefeated Triple C team, who topped Group B during the regular season, were thoroughly beaten 5-0 by a very sharp and determined St. Ignatius Prep team.
Triple Cs ultimate meltdown can be contributed to overconfidence. Coming into the playoffs undefeated and only conceding a single goal during the regular season, the Crusaders were already looking ahead to the semi finals, forgetting that football is played one game at a time and every game is different.
Fortunately, Triple C can take heart that their full complement of points brought forward from the regular season still sees them currently on track for a place among the final four although they will need to get back to winning ways.
The final games of the afternoon in the U-11 Champions Cup featured Bodden Town Primary overcoming Red Bay Primary 3-2, defending champions Cayman International School losing out to Prospect Primary 4-2 and Group A winners John A. Cumber Primary defeating Cayman Prep 3-1.
So concluded day one of the 2009/2010 CUC PFL Playoffs and from the huge turnout seen at the games, day two, which commences on Saturday, January 9, promises more of the same.
CUC’s Neil Murray said: ‘Supporters of ‘the powerful game’ are urged to come out and cheer on our youngsters as they represent their respective schools in what is surely the highlight of their young careers.
‘The PFL Committee and the nearly 450 youngsters who participate in the league take this opportunity in congratulating the U-17 Women’s National Team on their accomplishments and wish them well in Costa Rica in March.
‘We are proud of the fact that some of the young ladies who are part of the team learned their craft while participating in the Primary Football League.’