The Cayman Islands Field Hockey Club is preparing to tackle two international teams this weekend.
The club hosts several teams from Jamaica and the United Kingdom on 18 and 19 May in their third annual international tournament at Camana Bay’s sports field.
Hotly anticipated matches will take place between the men’s and ladies’ teams, plus mixed events and an exhibition played by Cayman Hockey’s junior team.
Saturday will see a series of eight matches between the men’s and mixed teams, with top performances expected from players Macbeth “Bunny” Remedios and Brad Harris.
It is expected that James “Doc” Robertson will be playing in goal and doing his utmost not to concede any points to the opposition.
However, his job may be made more difficult if asked to play on behalf of his rivals – it is not unheard of for Caymanian players to join the Jamaican team.
In both recent skirmishes, in Cayman last May and, more recently in Kingston last November, “The Doctor” has been operating in Jamaica’s goalmouth.
Other names to watch are Nigel Bates and Mark Williams, whose performances on the pitch promise to be explosive.
The afternoon will see several matches between mixed teams from all three competing countries, plus a match played by the club’s youngest members, who have been trained this year by ladies’ captain Bryony Platt.
Sunday’s series of matches start at 9am sharp with a fierce face-off between all three ladies’ teams and strong performances expected from Cayman’s captain Platt and seasoned player Petal Tobey.
This will be followed by the Alex Horner Trophy Match at 11am between Cayman and Jamaica.
Now in its third year, this match is played biannually to commemorate the premature passing of one of Cayman Hockey’s youngest female players, Alex Horner.
The closing ceremony at 12.30pm hopes to see the Alex Horner trophy held aloft by the triumphant Cayman team.
All in all, it promises to be a great mix of fun and competitive hockey.
The club is looking forward to the event and also anticipates another visit from foreign teams in August, when they will host two US university sides.
Cayman Islands Field Hockey Club plays twice a week, 5pm on Tuesdays at Cayman Prep on Smith Road and 6pm on Saturdays at Cayman International School in Camana Bay.