The Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Digicel League season is reaching the crucial stages after round six games were played.
As the competition intensified, so did the heat as the clear blue sky and brilliant sun cast its rays upon the South Sound Gaelic pitch last week Sunday.
The first match was the rematch of Wolfe Tones and Gabriel’s and both teams had a lot to prove as they were coming off consecutive losses.
Gabriel’s, the winners of the first encounter, were hoping for an early season double over their closest rivals, whilst the Wolfe Tones were hoping to get their season back on track after much improved recent performances had yet somehow failed to register a win.
It was the hottest day of the season so far and the sweltering conditions proved a huge factor right from the throw-in to the final whistle.
Wolfe Tones had the best of the early possession with Mike Hall dominating midfield to lead his side into the half-time break leading the Gabriels 7-3.
But there was life yet in Gabriel’s. After a motivational half-time team talk from captain Adam Cullen, Gabriel’s rallied with a great comeback.
Second half goals from Niall Boyle and Will Peake gave the Gabriel’s the lead for the first time in the match but this proved to be short lived.
The intense heat played its part as fatigue hit Gabriel’s squad first and Wolfe Tones took back control of the game, intelligently using their large squad to their advantage.
Led by some superb link up play between Eamonn Wilson and Gary Lynch (four points each) and a goal from Rich Marian, the Wolfe Tones pulled away in the final ten minutes of the match for a deserved win.
The final score of this hugely entertaining and high scoring encounter was Wolfe Tones winning 18-12.
The ladies league also saw a brilliant couple of games, the first one between Oliver Plunketts and Na Piarsaigh.
Both teams struggled badly with numbers and started the game with no subs and only eight aside.
However shortly into the first half Oliver Plunketts had a ninth player turn up giving them the comfort of a sub – although in the heat one sub was not really much of a luxury.
Na Piarsaigh dominated the second half and won 8-4.
The second men’s game of the day was the eagerly anticipated rematch between Western Gaels and Cabra Gaels.
Craig Linley scored a goal late on for Gaels but it was too little too late and Cabra could even afford the luxury of Declan Daly missing a wide open goal at the end as they ran out comfortable winners 14-6.
The last women’s match was between Buffers Alley and Sarsfields. Point scorers included Joan Murphy (3), Lija Godenzi (2), Katie Fleming and Lisa Kehoe for Sarsfields and Emma Ward and Leigh Bottomley for Buffers. Sarfields won 10-6.
Round seven will be played on Sunday 10 April.
All games are also available for viewing on www.caymanrugbyTV.com