Cayman Prep and St. Ignatius now have the best private school football teams in Cayman.
Both schools emerged winners during the third annual Private Schools Association Interscholastic Football Tournament. Matches took place at the Camana Bay Sports Field on the Cayman International School campus.
Nikki Whittaker helped Prep defend their girls title by beating St. Ignatius (commonly called Catholic) 2-1 in the final. Catholic would win the boys championship by defeating Grace Christian Academy, 8-0.
In the consolation finals, the Wesleyan Christian Academy girls would beat Triple C, 3-0, to finish third. For the boys, Cayman Academy would clip Prep, 2-1, to end up third.
The boys’ segment saw an extended playoff format with Catholic beating Cayman Academy, 1-0, and Grace Christian beating Prep, 2-1, in a shoot-out after a scoreless draw in the semifinals.
Several youngsters took part in the competition. On the girls side, netballer Aaliyah Webb suited up for Triple C while basketball prodigy Alessandra Hawkins starred for Wesleyan. The boys featured Cline Glidden Jr. playing for Grace Christian and Elijah Seymour starred for Catholic.
Some eight secondary institutions on Grand Cayman took part with Hope Academy and Cayman International School among the participants. The seven-on-seven, one-day tournament was sponsored by the Dart group of companies.
In 2012, 13 teams took part with host school Cayman International coming out on top in the men’s segment, beating Prep, 1-0. Cayman Academy, the 2011 winner, placed third.