Primary school football kicks ahead this weekend.
Cayman Prep defends its 2010/2011 title as the 2011/2012 CUC Primary Football League season kicks-off with the customary Opening Rally this Saturday, 8 October at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (Annex) beginning at 9am.
It was only a year ago that the Prepsters overcame a resilient George Town Primary team 3-0 to rest the title from 2009/2010 champions, John A. Cumber Primary. Goals from Alex Logvinov and a brace from Jack Lewis sealed the victory. Cayman Prep would go on to finish undefeated in the regular season and top Group B in the Under 11 division. Unfortunately, the Cayman Prep boys could not replicate that form in the playoffs finishing a disappointing fifth place and missing out on a place in the semi-finals.
Historically, the Opening Rally has been highly entertaining and very competitive with 14 schools participating this year including defending champions Cayman Prep, runners-up George Town Primary and third-placed St. Ignatius Prep. Other schools competing include John A. Cumber Primary, Red Bay Primary, Savannah Primary, Prospect Primary, Bodden Town Primary, NorthEast Schools (a combination of North Side Primary and East End Primary), Truth For Youth, Cayman International School, Triple C, Grace Academy and Cayman Brac.
Cayman Brac rejoins the Primary Football League this year after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The PFL Committee is very pleased to welcome the boys from the Brac into this year’s competition.
The Opening Rally is a fast-paced, highly intense tournament with games being a short 15 minutes per half with no off sides. Games must end with a winner. If games are tied at the end of the 30 minutes, penalties will decide the victor.
The first round of play is the group stage with schools being split into three groups of four and one group of three. Schools play each other once in their respective groups with the top two teams from each group advancing to the second round – the knockout stage. From here, the semi finalists are decided with the winners advancing to the finals and the losers playing for third and fourth place.
The PFL Committee encourages fans of “the powerful game” and youth sports in general to make their way to the T.E. McField Sports Centre this Saturday and support our young athletes.
Special thanks to contributing sponsors Progressive Distributors (the CUC Primary Football League’s exclusive provider of Gatorade) and Hydes and Sons for donating the goals used in the Opening Rally.