Plenty World Cup action

2010 has turned into a monumental
year for sports with the Winter Olympics and World Cup highlighted on many calendars.

The latest happening came two
weekends ago as Honduras
proved for the second straight year they are the kings of indoor football in Cayman.

Honduras
won the 2010 Cayman World Cup of Football tournament in the competition’s
second year of existence. The squad beat out 15 national teams who bore the
flags of their home country.

Team captain Immer Cater talked
about his team’s win.

“As defending champions of the
WestTel five-a-side league, my goal was to now accomplish the Cayman World
Cup title. I felt that with all the heart, courage and loyalty in the Bonaca Boys
team, we had more than enough to lift the World Cup.

“Like I once said, we Bonaca Boys
are not just team-mates on the court but also in our daily lives. We are one. 
Once we remain this way we feel that we are unstoppable.” 

The weekend warrior tournament
(featuring Cayman-based five-a-side football players) was well attended by football
fans from across the island.

Each team in the tournament played
at least four matches. Among the favourites were Cayman (which had a blue and red
team), Canada, Ireland, England
and Jamaica
as their players dominated the WestTel Arena during the local five-a-side
season.

After three days of gruelling
indoor football, Team Honduras
(in the light blue jerseys) set the historic milestone of becoming back-to-back
champs.

This year the Honduras players
further demonstrated their dominance as the two Honduran squads played
each other in the championship. 

Tournament organizer and King’s
Athletic Director Ray Singh felt all the players deserve props.

“When we opened up the tournament
to allow each country to have two represented teams, I did wonder when we would
see a one country final match. I didn’t think it would happen in only our second
year. The Honduras
players performed very well and their hard work paid off. These players have
shown for the second year that they are the top dogs of five-a-side football.” 

Though Honduras nabs prestige with the trophy,
all the players were satisfied with the tournament. Among them was Andy Holian,
captain of Team England Red.

“We went into the tournament
with no pretences.  After struggling in the last Euro tournament, a couple
of strong additions to the squad and a better mentality helped us find our feet
more quickly.

“The standard of opposition was
extremely high but we didn’t let ourselves down and reaching the semi-finals
was a great achievement. The loss of a few players as the tournament went on
didn’t help our cause but we ultimately lost to the best team.  Thanks
again to King’s for putting on a great event.” 

Shane Delaney, captain of Team Ireland (2009
Cayman Euro Cup Champions) echoed those sentiments.

“We had a great time over the whole
weekend and would like to thank the King’s staff for putting on a fantastic
tournament. We played some fantastic teams and were delighted with how far we
got. We’ll be back next year stronger than ever and will be fighting hard to
win the Cayman World Cup.”

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