Walrond guides government schools in impressive debut

Local hockey recently saw a major youth competition that featured a bevy of schools.

The Logic Arena at Kings Sports Centre witnessed the kids of the Cayman Youth Roller Hockey League participate in the fourth annual Inter-School Hockey tournament. Seven different schools were represented in the one-day contest: Cayman Prep, Cayman International School, Saint Ignatius, Montessori by the Sea, Prospect Primary, Red Bay Primary and Hope Academy (with the later three being part of a government select team).

Opening up the day was the tournament rivalry between Cayman Prep and Cayman International School. Given the volume of hockey kids from both schools, fans were treated to three divisional matchups: Novice, Atom and Peewee. The CIS players did not disappoint winning all three matches by scores of 5-3 (Novice), 13-11 (Atom) and 9-5 (Peewee).

Match-up two on the day saw Montessori by the Sea take on Saint Ignatius. Montessori skating with four add-on players from Cayman Prep and goaltender Mark Westin between the pipes proved to be the more dominant squad coming away with an 8-3 victory.

The final match-up of the day saw the first ever government school team take to the court against a Prep select squad. The rookie squad did not disappoint scoring nine goals to win the contest 9-4.

Star of the game was Jabari Walrond, 8. A student at Prospect Primary, Walrond states the match went well: “I feel like I’m doing a good thing for my school and I really didn’t want to let them down.”

Athletic Director Ray Singh felt the whole competition was a success.

“The Inter-School tournament began as a way to showcase the sport of roller hockey to new players,” Singh said. “As the league as grown, so as the number of schools represented each year in the tournament. We were really happy to be able to field the government school select team this year. Hopefully next year we will see more of the government schools represented.”

“On behalf of the players I would like to extend my thanks to all of the school volunteers that assisted with making the event a success once again. A special thank you to Montessori by the Sea and Ben Booker for providing the sound effects that made the event so cool for the players and fans.”

Up next are the youth roller hockey playoffs this weekend. For the full playoff schedule visit www.kingssportscentre.com.