Jamaicans here to cross sticks

Cayman’s Hockey Club play host to the St Andrew & Munroe College Hockey Club, from Kingston, Jamaica this weekend for a series 
of matches.

On Wednesday Cayman held their final practice 11-a-side, game on a newly marked out full sized pitch.

All matches are at the playing field at Camana Bay Sports Field International School. The first three are on Saturday with two mixed matches in the morning and an all girls game in 
the afternoon.

In keeping with the social element of the visit, on Sunday the girls selection process will be based on performance – performance at Billy Bones bar at Treasure Island the previous night that is. Those with the lightest hangovers will be selected with the non-drinkers!

On Sunday there is another women’s game and then a mixed game for the Alex Horner Trophy. Alex Horner was the young hockey player who died from an asthma attack earlier 
this year.

The Jamaicans will enjoy a boat trip after the final game and visit Stingray City and the Sandbar thanks to the organising skills of Mark Williams.

Cayman Islands Hockey Club keeper Ivan Burges said: “We are grateful to the Ministry of Sport and the Immigration Dept for waiving visa restrictions on the Jamaicans and appreciate the help that Treasure Island owner Harry Lalli, who is president of the Cayman Islands Tourist Association and also a former hockey player, has given to the club.”

As far as anyone on the local hockey scene can remember, this will be the first time there has ever been a full Cayman women’s team playing an international match. So this is a landmark event for the club and the Cayman Islands. The female players have been practising hard for the past six weeks, aided by coaches Aaron Gardener and Jamie Ware.

All matches are at the playing field at Camana Bay Sports Field International School. The first three are on Saturday with two mixed matches in the morning and an all girls game in the afternoon.

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