West Bay helps its own again

Junior tournament football returns to West Bay on Monday, a public holiday, for the second consecutive year when the West Bay Community Cup is contested and thousands of dollars will hopefully be raised for a variety of good causes.

The West Bay Community Cup Under-13 tournament is staged through the West Bay Sports Foundation by Boca Juniors. It is at the Ed Bush Playing Field on 16 May from 9am-7pm.

The six teams participating are Cayman Athletic, Academy, Bodden Town, Future, an Under-11 Primary team and Elite. Fans are in for a real treat as the likes of brilliant youngsters Sebastian Martinez (Academy), Juawon Ebanks (Future), Jordan McLean (Bodden Town), Ronaldo McLaughlin (Elite) and Jevin Ebanks (Elite) will be in fierce competition for the coveted Community Cup won by Bodden Town.

The objective of the West Bay Sports Foundation is to promote sports in the district and to assist with any athletes – not limited to footballers – in the community that are furthering their education in sports.

Last year the funds received were $500 each for Bodden Town and 7 Mile Sports. Future also got $500 for Michael Johnson and Jesus Ebanks both of whom attend King’s College in Tennessee. Academy also received $500 for Jamiel Welcome who attends Hiram University.

All funds raised from the gate and canteen of roughly $3,000 went to teenager Adrian Powell who was shot and paralysed from the waist down two years ago to assist with his medical expenses.

Renda Cornwall is one of the organisers. She said: “This year we hope to continue the same goodwill as the funds received will be used to assist other young athletes in the community and the gate proceeds will benefit Nigel Grant (who worked as security guard at the Ed Bush playing field for many years) who suffered a stroke.

“Additionally, the canteen proceeds will assist the young footballer Jason Ebanks who is in need of eye surgery. The day promises to be an exciting one with many breath taking moments as these young ballers are sure to dazzle and captivate their fans with their skilful prowess and we’re inviting everyone to come out and support this worthy cause which will be capped by the presentation of the tournaments Most Valuable Player and several other community awards.” The Abijah Rivers MVP trophy is named after the Elite captain who will be there to present it.

Other organisers include William Medina, Ardin ‘Cheeky’ Rivers, Dion Brandon, Idania Ebanks, Abijah Rivers, Phillip Hydes, Jackie Bodden, Gregory Ebanks, Tiger Wilson and Mervin Smith. Neil Murray is the tournament director.

The opening ceremony will be attended by the sports director Collin Anglin and trophies will be given by minister of sport Mark Scotland and football association president Jeffrey Webb.

There will be three community awards to Lenny Hew, Ivan Farrington and Rhuel Smith who have contributed enormously to growth of football in the West Bay area.

Cornwall encourages anyone attending to try to help make it a carnival atmosphere by bringing horns, wearing club colours and bringing lots of friends and family to support so many worthy causes. “The youth are our future,” she said.

The West Bay Sports Foundation does not accept funds. Anyone wanting to give a donation should make it directly to the individual or club.

More sponsors and general support on the day is welcome and those needing any more information, should contact Ardin Rivers on: 927-7011 or 916-5041.