Cumber’s primary aim is retain

Sir John A. Cumber Primary defends
their knockout cup title as the 2010/11 CUC Primary Football League season
kicks-off with the opening rally this Saturday.

It’s at the TE McField Annex Field
beginning at 9am. It will be almost a year to the day that the boys from the
west overcame a resilient Cayman Prep team 1-0 in the final of last season’s
opening rally. Sir John A. Cumber’s Under-11s carried the momentum from this
famous cup victory into the regular season, maintaining a 100 per cent record
with six straight wins and topping Group A heading into the playoffs.

This opening rally promises to be a
highly entertaining and competitive tournament with 15 schools participating including
the defending champions, runners-up Cayman Prep, last season’s third-place
finishers Triple C, Truth For Youth who finished fourth, NorthEast Schools (a
combination of North Side Primary and East End Primary), Bodden Town Primary,
Savannah Primary, Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary, South Sound Schools (a
combination of First Baptist Christian School and Montessori by the Sea),
George Town Primary, St. Ignatius Prep, Cayman International School, Wesleyan
Christian Academy and Grace Academy.

The opening rally is structured to
be a fast-paced, highly intense tournament where games are 15 minutes a half
with no off sides and games must end with a winner. If games are tied after regulation
time, penalties will decide the victors.

The first round of play is the
group stage where schools are split into three groups of four and one group of
three. Teams play each other once in the group with the two top teams amassing
the most points advancing to the second round, which begins the knockout stage.

In previous tournaments, many
hearts have been broken and tears have been shed both on and off the field –
players and parents alike. This is what sets the CUC Primary Football League
and the opening rally apart from any of the other youth leagues.

The emotions from the players, the
determination to succeed, the pride in representing ones school and the joy of
taking the field with team mates, contributes to the beauty that is primary
school football.

CUC’s organiser Neil Murray said:
“We encourage fans of the powerful game and youth sports in general to make
their way to the Annex Field on Saturday and support the Island’s youngsters.

It is guaranteed to be entertaining
and probably the most fun one will have all day. Special thanks to contributing
sponsors Le Bleu and Progressive Distributors, the Primary Football League’s
exclusive providers of water and Gatorade respectively.”

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