A recent football tournament was in honour of a cancer victim.
Cayman International School Secondary School Principal Jeremy Moore said the third annual Private Schools Association Interscholastic Football Tournament honoured a girls football coach.
“The tournament was dedicated to Mrs. Patti Bufalini, a Cayman International girls football coach who was just diagnosed with cancer and had to leave island for treatment,” Moore said. “All of the Cayman International players got together and came up with the idea to wear pink socks and pink arm bands in order to dedicate the tournament to her.”
That sentiment did not lift Cayman International to glory as the boys team failed to defend their 2012 crown. Taking that honour instead would be St. Ignatius (commonly called Catholic), thanks to youth football prodigies such as Elijah Seymour. Catholic would crush Grace Christian Academy, 8-0, in the final.
In the consolation final, 2011 winners Cayman Academy would clip Cayman Prep, 2-1. The boys had 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.
For the girls segment, Prep defended their girls title as Nicole ‘Nikki’ Whittaker took down Catholic, 2-1, in the final. The Wesleyan Christian Academy girls finished third by beating Triple C, 3-0, in the consolation final.
Moore said on a whole, the event had a successful turnout.
“It was an extremely successful event. There were over 160 students, boys and girls, from eight different private schools who participated. Many thanks to Dart, who sponsored the tournament, and to the Cayman International staff for organizing and hosting the tournament.”
For the record, matches took place at the Camana Bay Sports Field on the Cayman International campus. The seven-on-seven tournament took place all day last Thursday and was sponsored by the Dart group of companies.
Several youth athletes 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.