Savannah Primary was the day’s biggest winner on Saturday as the school took home the coveted Under-9 Champions Cup and U-11 Consolation Cup, as well as the Most Valuable Player Award for the U-9s at the 2012/13 CUC Primary Football League finals.
Four finals and two third-place games were contested at the TE McField Annex in George Town.
In the U-9 Consolation Cup, Bodden Town Primary defeated Prospect Primary, 1-0, with Jacoby Tugman scoring the winner. In the U-9 Champions Cup third-placed game, South Sound Schools redeemed themselves with a 1-0 victory over St. Ignatius Prep following a disappointing semifinal loss the week before. Aiden Hew grabbed the winner.
In the U-9 Champions Cup Final, Savannah Primary was out for revenge against an undefeated Cayman Prep squad. Earlier in the playoffs, Savannah was soundly beaten 6-1 by a rampaging Cayman Prep. With that defeat etched in their minds, Savannah Primary were determined not to let history repeat itself.
Following a scoreless first half, Jawan Wray opened the scoring for Savannah in the 38th minute but almost immediately, Cayman Prep were back on level terms as Joshua Small scored in the 40th minute.
With the score locked at 1-1 at the full-time whistle, it went into extra time.
Savannah’s Jeremy Scott made sure that penalties would not decide this final as he slotted home the winner in the 53rd minute.
At the sound of the final whistle, the Savannah contingent went wild and ran to embrace their little heroes and heroine.
Adding to its haul of trophies, Savannah’s substitute goalkeeper Nicholas Franca was awarded the Gerome Graham Memorial Award as the game’s most valuable player for his heroics between the posts. Franca was exceptional, making some key, instinctive saves throughout the game.
In the U-11 Consolation Cup Final, it was Savannah Primary’s second opportunity to grab a title as they faced Cayman International School.
With the score locked at 1-1 following extra time, with Jawan Wray grabbing the lone goal for Savannah and Francisco Magno responding for Cayman International School, it was on to penalties.
Savannah’s penalty takers were precise as Jawan Wray, Arnold Berry and Jeremy Scott buried their spot kicks.
Cayman International was not so fortunate as only Jonathan Rado was able hit the net and Savannah Primary ran out 4-2 winners.
In the U-11 Champions Cup third-placed game, Sir John A. Cumber Primary defeated St. Ignatius Prep, 3-0, thanks to goals from Demonte Seymour, Barry Dre Tibbetts and Marc Parchman.
In the U-11 Champions Cup Final, it was up to Cayman Prep’s seniors to grab a piece of glory and the last silverware of the day and they did not disappoint. A goal just before halftime from Aaron Jarvis and a rocket from David Pitcairn in the second half was enough to see off Red Bay Primary. For his excellent play, David Pitcairn was awarded the Justin Henry Memorial Award as the game’s most valuable player.
Savannah’s double victory in the U-9 and U-11 divisions were the first silverware in football for the school in a long time.
Cayman Prep’s U-11 undefeated season was exceptional, considering the high quality of opposition they faced throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Neil Murray, chief organiser of the Primary Football League, said: “The PFL committee thanks Progressive Distributors and Gatorade for their continued support of the PFL as well as the many teachers, parents and spectators who cheer on their players week in and week out.
“Thanks to all the volunteer referees including Lovine ‘Pillo’ Jovan and Gonzalo McLaughlin.
“Special thanks to Dwayne Ebanks whose persistence in ensuring games during the regular season and playoffs were properly officiated, significantly added to the success of this season.
“In addition, he spent many playoff days organising and guiding the young trainee referees and assistant referees.”
Praise should also go to CUC chief Richard Hew for being the main sponsor again and Ronnie Roach for his tireless contributions.