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Private school children recently showcased their football talent in a big way.

The Private School Association held its second annual football tournament at Cayman International School last Thursday. The Camana Bay sports field attracted 13 teams from six of Grand Cayman’s private schools in Cayman Academy, CIS, Cayman Prep, Grace Christian Academy, St. Ignatius and Triple C.

CIS emerged the winner by beating Cayman Prep in the final 1-0. Jack Graham had the winning goal. Last year’s winner Cayman Academy placed third.

Prep would emerge the girls champion by thrashing CIS in the final 4-1. St. Ignatius finished in third place and Triple C was fourth. Kingsley Firth of CIS and Nikki Whittaker of Prep were tournament Most Valuable Players.

A number of students also qualified for the all-tournament team, which highlights some of the best young football talent on display. Rohann Williams and Giovanni Wesley represented Cayman Academy. Firth, Moses Ebanks and Graham starred for CIS 1 while David Lee and Jagger Hope represented CIS. Colby Seymour shined for Prep 1 and Jonny Walmsley starred for Prep 2. Cline Glidden was the lone rep for Grace Christian Academy.

Sean Murphy, Luca Polloni and Daniel Burns shined for St. Ignatius 1 with Chase Whittaker getting the nod for St. Ignatius 2. Jordin Barnes-Tabora was the lone Triple C representative.

On the girls side, Dajsha Samuels, Samantha Grundy, Megan Ehman and Ciara Jackson shined brightest for CIS. Jetena Bodden, Amy Mobley and Nikki Whittaker represented Prep. St. Ignatius had Leslie Tatum, Chloe DaCosta, Hannah Tatum and Madison McTaggart. Triple C featured Leanni Tibbetts, Christal Samaroo, Krystal Arch and Clair Ruky.

All played matches that were officiated by local referees like Alfredo Whittaker. Overseeing it all was CIS Principal Jeremy Moore, who came up with the idea for the event.

The inclusion of the girls’ teams was the new addition to this year’s competition. Numerous young athletes participated including swimmer Geoffrey Butler.

A number of local companies backed the event. The gold sponsors were Ernst and Young and DART, silver sponsors were Burger King and Popeyes with Maples and Marriott coming on as bronze sponsors.

The association feels this competition exists for the purposes of engaging in friendly football competition and increasing interscholastic relationships among Cayman’s children.