Seward is such a slapstick

  

The second week of local ball
hockey gets going tonight and much of the focus will undoubtedly be on the Lone
Star Barracudas.

At 8pm the Barracudas face the Sharks
at the Logic Arena of Kings Sports Centre. The match is the first of two on the
night in the 2010 Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League. Rookie team the Deloitte
Devil Rays face defending champions the CIBC Islanders at 9pm.

The Barracudas have ripped up the
stats sheet producing the league’s points leader in week one (Rob Seward with
five) and the top goal scorer (Mark Thompson with four). Featuring the likes of
captain Darryl Hather (who also plays for the High Rollers in the adult roller
hockey league), Rob Leadbetter and Ryan Vanderwal, established hockey talent is
not in short supply for Lone Star.

One of the more interesting
characters on the team and in local hockey in general is Seward. He may be the
top scorer at the moment but he’s far from intimidating at five feet seven
inches tall. The resident tennis professional at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club
states he plays hockey to keep in shape.

“I’ve been playing ball hockey for
three years,” Seward said. “For the last two seasons I was with the Sharks and
this is my first year with the Barracudas. I’m looking forward to this. Last
season the team didn’t win many games and already we’ve won our first game
against the defending champs so that’s exciting.

“I’m still with the High Rollers in
roller hockey. I just do it to keep the belly down. It’s fun doing something
aside from tennis and it keeps me in shape. I grew up playing hockey in
Colorado so I’m doing this strictly for fun.”

One of the players Seward will be
facing in the coming weeks is Jan-Michael Maw. The St. Matthew’s University
Director of Student Services is part of the BDO Pirates. Maw doubles as the
President of the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association and states the 2010
league is shaping up to be the most competitive in its 11-year history.

“I think this may be the best
season so far from a competitive standpoint,” Maw said. “All the teams, on
paper, stack up really well with each other. I would be surprised if we see
many games where one team runs up the score on another. With that said, it may
be hard to pick a real favourite to win the championship.

“Since we play until mid-June, we
split the time into two seasons. This year may be like the last where we see
two different teams come out on top as champions. It should be fun to see what
happens.”

Ultimately Seward feels his
position as the league’s top scorer is a fluke and he has his eyes on a
familiar foe.

“I’m extremely lucky to have the
most points right now. Will I be top by season’s end? I doubt it. As far as the
teams to watch I have no idea. It’ll probably be the same as last year. All I
know is it’s going to be competitive and everyone is similar in talent level.
Then again that Pete Holowchuk guy is someone everyone has to watch out for.”