Honduras may be the local World Cup
champions. But Cayman had a good showing at the recent football competition.
The Cayman Islands were represented
by two teams in the King’s World Cup of football tournament. Team Parsons,
captained by Don Parsons, and team Kelly, captained by John Kelly were one of
nine sides in action.
Both Cayman squads did well in the
tournament. Team Kelly won its group with an unbeaten record while team Parsons
were second in their group with just one loss. From there both sides advanced
to the semi-finals. Honduras ended up beating both with team Parsons getting
knocked out in the semis and team Kelly losing in the championship match.
The Logic arena of Kings Sports
Centre would see seven other countries competing in Canada, Costa Rica,
England, Ireland, Scotland, a United Republic of Africa side and Honduras (who
won their third straight championship).
Even though Cayman failed once
again to claim the title on home soil, the players were positive about their
performances. Among them was Don Parsons.
“The tournament was once again well
organized, competitive, exhausting and fun,” Parsons said. “I’ve always found
it to be a great social event in which the many different cultures in our
society are brought together through sports. The Cayman teams in my opinion
were more confident and settle this year as we gained more experience since the
last tournament however there’s always room for improvement.”
The indoor five-a-side football
competition were streamed live on the Internet. The squads were composed of
current players in the Logic five-a-side football league. The World Cup (which
has been ongoing for three years) effectively serves as a preseason tournament
as the 2011 football leagues start later this month.
Ultimately the Cayman teams, which
had players that take part in the local premier league, are confident heading
into next year. Parsons states the goal will be to get over the hump and win a
“As a team we’re already
anticipating the next tournament as we have recognized some of our
short-comings. We hope to improve on them while striving to continue to make it
further as we have done this year. As for the five-a-side season I can’t wait
for it to start.”