It is an exciting time to be a
football fan in these Islands. It is not just because the 2010 World Cup gets
started over the weekend but local players are getting added respect from
Cayman football teams.
The first squad to honour its
players was Elite Sports Club, which held an elaborate awards dinner at the
John A Cumber primary school hall last Friday. The West Bay side had a decent
season with the U15 and U17 squads enjoying success (the U17s won the U17 FA
Cup) while the first division and premier league teams were just short of
Nevertheless team president Martha
Godet and coaches Tiger Wilson and Gregory Ebanks made the dinner one to remember.
From the music of Archibald “DJ Archie” Mcgaw to the MC skills of TV sports
anchor Jason Harper, it was a pleasant banquet. Of course the meat of the
occasion was just as good as all Elite players along with the sponsors (Burger
King, Cayman Islands Yellow Pages, Flowers Bottled Water and Professional Waste
Management) and a select group of supporters were honoured.
The major award recipients on the
night were Tiger’s son Jermaine Wilson (leading goal scorer and most valuable
player for the U15, U17 and first division teams), Courtisha Ebanks (goalkeeper
of the year, leading goal scorer and most valuable player for the women’s team)
and Danner Taylor (goal-keeper of the year for the U15 and U17 sides).
The five basic awards were for
goalkeeper of the year (Gonzalo McLaughlin and James Joseph won the first
division and premier league trophies respectively), defender of the year
(Demetri Chambers for U15, Preston Rivers for U17, Marisa McLaughlin for the
women, Glen Cholette for the first division and Alex Belcher for the premier
league), most disciplined (Romario Ebanks for U15, Keenan Ebanks for U17,
Brittany Bodden for the women, Clement Patterson for first division and Nahun
Scott for the premier league), leading goal scorer (Shinette Rhoden and
Michelle McField for the women and Donovan Godet for the premier league) and
most valuable player (Rene Carter of the premier league).
Minister for Youth and Sports Mark
Scotland was also present at the banquet. As President of the Bodden Town
Football Club, Scotland stated the Elite function was an initiative more clubs
should take on.
“Bodden Town and Elite played seven
times (including the community shield and Digicel Cup competitions),” Scotland
said. “It’s not about who won but we had a good competition. Like my club Elite
is a full program that concentrates on good youth development. That is
something I encourage as the sports minister. This club is developing young
players and I commend Elite and all of its executive members.
“The club may have only been around
for six years but Coach Greggy has dedicated his life to football and he
deserves the fruits of his labour because all clubs should follow suit. I can
assure you that government will continue to support local football. Elite is
one of three strong football clubs in West Bay (along with Future Sports Club
and Scholars) and I feel they are a big reason why the future is bright for us