Sports played a big role this month in the celebration of Jamaican Independence.
In the Cayman Islands, a number of Jamaicans marked their country’s 50th anniversary of independence through various activities. Domino games and celebrating Usain Bolt’s Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres in London were part of the agenda. One of the highlights was the Western Union-Jamaica Independence celebration matches.
Taking place at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (commonly called the Annex), the contests were a hit among players and spectators. The opening game was won by the President’s 11 Masters Team, thanks to Lee Ramoon’s goal scored in the 75th minute.
From there came the feature game, between the Cayman Premier League/Fosters’ First Division Jamaica Select and Cayman Premier League/Fosters’ First Division President’s 11. It was as entertaining as the masters game, with the best left for the end when the Jamaica Select was losing 1-0. The Jamaicans recovered with two goals in two minutes, sealing a 2-1 victory.
The two late goals made the Jamaicans celebrate and rejoice, bringing more fun to the event. The feature game goals were scored by Paul Smith at the 40th minute for the Cayman side and Dwayne “Gaza” Wright at the 88th minute and Bob Allen at the 90th minute for the Jamaica side.
Bolt inspired Jamaica again after winning gold in the 200m final last Thursday.