Until now indoor volleyball has
been on the fringe on the local sports scene.
Now it is on the tips of many
tongues courtesy of the district sports league initiatives.
Currently district volleyball
league has been on offer in the areas of West
Bay and East End.
Both leagues have enjoyed plenty of
buzz. Games are heavily contested, well-attended and create a sense of unity.
Last Saturday was no different up
East at the East End Civic Centre. The community hotspot was packed with people
for the fifth week of play.
Three matches went off as scheduled
from 6:30pm featuring team names such as “Top Notch,” “the EE Guns” and “Here2Stay.”
Amazingly almost all the teams hung
around long after their matches to squeeze in exhibition games until 9:30pm.
Most of the competitors were a mix
of young people just being introduced to indoor volleyball and older people
getting reacquainted with the discipline.
From league organizer Vernie
Watler-Harris to district figure John McLean Jr. the matches saw plenty of notable
However a few stalwarts within the
sport flexed their muscles. Among them was young prodigy Curtis Richards and
former greats like Glenn Daykin.
Even Keeble Knight, who was on the
national team for the Island Games last year, came out. Interestingly he chose
to attend the East End league in spite of
living in Prospect.
All of those established players
said in passing that they thought both local volleyball leagues were a good
thing for Cayman. Knight in particular hoped they created more interest among
the youth and sparked greater exposure to the sport in the schools.
In all some eight
teams are in the East End league, which is
split up into a youth and adult section. This coming Saturday sees the next set
of games. Games are expected to continue until March 13.