Sharks circling for more prey

The Deloitte Sharks are on the hunt for more roller hockey glory.

Cayman’s reigning champions will be in action this month in the national inline hockey league at Kings Sports Centre. The season opener is slated for 29 January with the Sharks squaring off with the Burger King Gamebirds.

Deloitte had an impressive season in 2012, sweeping netminder Jeremy Olynik and the Cayman Hot Sauce Flames in the Cherry Cup finals. Behind talents like goalie Scott Hughes, Wayne Griffith and Claude Plamondon, the Sharks won game one 9-4 and game two 10-3.

Deloitte’s first Cherry Cup triumph came after an average regular season that resulted in a 5-6-1 record and a third place finish. Prior to beating the Flames, the Sharks would beat Mark Missal’s 8-4 Mepco High Rollers in the playoffs.

The same four teams are returning to the league this year. Burger King, behind goalie Randy Cannon, will be keen to improve on last season. After a 9-3 record and the regular season crown, the Gamebirds would be upset by the Flames in the postseason.

League matches extend until mid-April this year, with the playoffs starting on 23 April and wrapping up 7 May. Both Deloitte and Cayman Hot Sauce have a good chance of meeting again in the finals. The rosters remain intact with top scorer and Deloitte manager Rob Rintoul leading the Sharks along with team captain Tim Courtis and star defenceman Joe Jewitt.

The Flames are poised to better their 2-10 record last year with returning stars Jason Windsor, Jean-Louis Beaudet and Jagger Hope.

Local hockey fans should also note the national 2012-2013 ball hockey league is ongoing. The Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association resumed play after its holiday break last week at Kings. The Deloitte Devil Rays and the Barracudas are the top teams at 6-4-2.