South Sound Rugby Club provided the venue for last Saturday’s 2010 Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club Mixed 9s Tournament.
Ten teams made up of a virtual United Nations of player’s competed for the Pete O’Neill Memorial Cup.
Caymanian, Irish, British, American, Canadian, Australian and some players from as far afield as Zimbabwe battled it out through five rounds to get into a nail biting final.
The Mixed 9s is a competition held annually to signal the start of the Gaelic football league which runs from January to June every year.
The teams are made up of both men and women of all footballing abilities. The teams field nine players consisting of five men and four women for two ten-minute halves.
In Gaelic football points are scored both by goals awarding three points and above the bar points for one with scores by the women counting as double.
The teams competing on the day read like a Cayman Islands business directory, with Digicel, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, UBS, CML, Maples and PWC all taking to the field; other teams included Aussie Gold, Guilly’s Gods and Tommy’s All Stars.
This lead to a great atmosphere of fun and merriment, with a hint of business rivalry.
The weather Gods were kind as Saturday proved to be a remarkably cool day which suited the players.
The day kicked off between Tommy’s All Stars against PWC, with PWC proving to be the stronger side and marking them out as a team to be watched.
UBS’s 5-0 victory over a gutsy HSBC side also signalled that they would be strong. In the semi-finals PWC took a victorious lead against Digicel to guarantee their place in the final where they were met by UBS after their close fought 7-6 victory over Deutsche Bank.
PWC captained by Sherri Francis proved worthy contenders with points scored by Helena Mcgrath, Eoin Macnamee, Shannon Moylan and Mark Kearney but it was not to be their day as UBS’s team captained by Declan Daly proved to be the stronger side with points from Janice Agnew, Joan Murphy and Declan himself, helping them to a 9-7 victory.
The Mixed 9s is sponsored by Digicel and they are represented by Brian Hurley who is the current chairman of the Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club.
Hurley and the rest of the committee were successful in their organization of a fantastic day with a record turnout.
It augurs well for 2010 with the league kicking off this Sunday at 2pm at the rugby club.