Transformers aim to keep title

Five-a-side football is one of the fastest growing sports in Cayman, which is evident from the quality of this year’s leagues which have reached the final stages.

The second division championship game is on Tuesday at the King’s Sports Centre, between last season’s champions Transformers and Security Centre.

The Logic Five-A-Side division two championship game is at 7pm at King’s.

Ray Singh, athletic director of King’s said: “The recreational league has been extremely competitive throughout the playoffs, and tonight’s championship is expected to be a showcase hit.”

The Transformers secured their place in the final after an exciting 1-1 draw against the CFP Buzz Crusaders last week which ended in a penalty shoot-out.

Transformers were dominant in the league this season with ace striker Dominic Pearson one of their dangermen again. Crusaders, with a new-look, younger team, did not settle well in the league. At least they improved towards the end, led by captain Raph Harvey, beating Security Centre 5-3 being one of their best games.

No strangers to the finals, the Transformers were crowned Logic Five-A-Side Champions in 2010, and the squad looks to replicate their success this season.

The only thing standing between them and back-to-back championships is the eager Security Centre squad, lead by captain Paul Valenti who said: “The Transformers are a strong side that have been playing together for a long time. This shows when you play against them and you’re always guaranteed a hard physical game.

“I think if we keep it tight at the back and play our Brazil style of free flowing football from midfield to front we should do okay. They beat us a couple of seasons ago in the semi-finals so a few of our squad members are looking forward to the opportunity to put it right and bring the trophy back to the Security Centre vault for safe keeping till next season!”

Singh said: “We’re expecting a packed house and these are two very talented teams which should make for a great championship match. Historically the Transformers have had the largest cheering sections and this might be the Security Centre’s toughest challenge.”

Football fans are encouraged to arrive early. Entrance is free for spectators and to view the full championship schedule or find out more information on the new August season, visit www.kingssportscentre.com.

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