Anyone would be forgiven if passing
by the Camana Bay International School on Wednesday evenings to think that they
had been transported to the Emerald Isle as there is a touch of Ireland represented
by the range of O’Neill’s Gaelic footballs being kicked and punched around the
The Cayman Islands Gaelic Football
Club have for the last few weeks been running Wednesday night training sessions
for new players and seasoned pros alike.
Gaelic football is a mixture of
soccer and rugby, although it predates both of those games. The ball used in
Gaelic is round, slightly smaller than a soccer ball.
It can be carried in the hand for a
distance of four steps and can be kicked or “hand-passed”, a striking
motion with the hand or fist.
After every four steps the ball
must be either bounced or “solo-ed”, an action of dropping the ball
onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand.
You may not bounce the ball twice
in a row. To score, you put the ball over the crossbar by foot or hand or fist
for one point or under the crossbar and into the net by foot or hand or fist in
certain circumstances for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three
These are some of the skills that
Howard Byrne, Mick Kehoe, Helena McGrath and Tim Fitzgerald are trying to
impart on Wednesday evenings, under the floodlights men and women of all
nationalities and skill levels are developing these basic skills which are then
in turn put to good use every second Sunday during the CIGF 2010 League.
So for those of you looking for the
Forty Shades of Green, look no further then Camana Bay on Wednesday evenings.