Pirates can’t rest on laurels

In most sports, whether in Cayman or abroad, there is a substantial amount of layoff between one sports season and the next. However ball hockey is a glaring exception.

The BDO Pirates just became champions of the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey League thanks to Jason Perras’ winning goal against the Sharks. However the side only had about seven days to celebrate before turning their attention to season 12 of the competition.

Officially the second leg of the 2011 ball hockey began last night. Thursday saw a pair of matches at the Logic arena of Kings Sports Centre, a venue renown for numerous sporting activities with quick campaigns. The next set of matches are next Thursday 24 February and continue every Thursday until the 16 June championship match.

Jan-Michael Maw is the captain of the Pirates. He is not focused on the quick turnaround in ball hockey. Instead he is still enjoying the feeling of his Pirates being champions ahead of the Sharks in a title match that came down to a shoot-out.

“It was a great match-up between two excellent teams,” Maw said. “I was glad it was the BDO Pirates who walked away with win and the championship. I feel that I played a versatile role for the Pirates this season and playoffs. I am able to play the wing, centre or defence. That was helpful when we were short of players as I could fill in wherever needed. Thankfully, I was never asked to be our goaltender as that would have been a scary ordeal for me and our team!

“It was also gratifying to be the leading scorer on our team while playing defence for three quarters of the season. We are a team that was drafted on defence first so it was important for myself and a few of our other offensively gifted players to score as much as we could. Also, we had a number of guys step up every game to make a difference, whether it was Jason Windsor’s marathon games, Teddy Wegner’s never say quit efforts or Scott Somerville’s timely goals, we seemed to find a way to win the close games and get ourselves into the position to become the Fall 2011 champions. It really was a team effort the whole season.”