Schools rolled cash in superbly

The Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey travel team, the Dart Ducks, have held a fundraising roller hockey event at the King’s Sports Centre for their next trip abroad.  

It happened last Saturday and money raised goes toward their participation in the North American Championships in Toronto next month. 

In the 6&Under game, Cayman Prep fielded a full bench against a consolidated team, including Cayman International School and St. Ignatius.  

Prep proved strong, but the combined schools team came up big with a shootout goal that put their team on the scoreboard and denied Cayman Prep a complete sweep. 

In the 8&U first game, Cayman Prep faced St. Ignatius, where goalies at each school sustained continual heat.  

St. Ignatius goalie Andrew Weber performed strongly against the onslaught of high velocity attempts from seasoned Prep shooters Alex Priestley and Molly Kehoe.  

Prep goalies Jayden Thompson and Andrew Peene were a formidable blockade in their own right, remaining fresh while each traded off equal time.  

Jayden Thompson did well with the save of the day, deflecting a difficult cross corner blast by St. Ignatius shooter Will Dyer.  

Game 2 matched CIS with the now weary St. Ignatius. Catholic’s goalie Andrew Weber once again stepped up big, keeping them in the game.  

Great support from St. Ignatius defence led by Shay Windsor and goal scorers Connor Kelly, Harry Barry, Will Dyer and Jake Booker kept St. Ignatius in the hunt throughout.  

But in the end, the fresh legs of CIS’s Sadie Finch and Kayden Knapik overpowered late to end 7-4 for CIS.  

Game 3 saw exciting action between rivals CIS and Cayman Prep. CIS took an early three goal lead, but Cayman Prep were determined to claw their way back.  

Prep sniper Molly Kehoe repeatedly tried to send a punishing message, but CIS goalie Phillip Whan-Tong was equal to the challenge.  

CIS’s Luke Novak and Prep’s Conrad Batemen each scored helping their teams end the game in a tightly contested 7-7 draw.  

In overtime shootout action, Gavin Sunley became the hero, banging home the go-ahead goal to nudge CIS ahead of Cayman Prep. 

In the battle for 10&U dominance, there was back-to-back action and goal scoring between Prep and the Mixed team – St. Ignatius/Montessori/Gov’t school in game 1, ending in tight 3-3 draw.  

Cayman Prep sniper Nathan Hughes scored three and rookie Prep goalie Derek Peene dug deep, standing tall for his team.  

Mixed team coach Andrew Finlason said: “Cayman Prep was all over us.” But that was not the case during game 2 against CIS by sweeping the game 8-3 on weary legs.  

Game 3 matched Cayman Prep against CIS in a hotly contested joust with CIS winning 4-3.  

Prep’s Josh Small was impressive with two goals, but CIS’s Justin Hastings was on fire matching Prep’s attacks goal for goal and eventually rifling away the lead goal.  

Special mention has to go to CIS goalie Jayden Mannisto, who sustained repeated hammerings from Prep shooters but continually kept them high and dry. The mixed team came out on top in the 10&U group to win the trophy. 


The 8&Under champions Cayman International School. Coaches Aaron Knapik and Stephen Gray. Back, from left, Gavin Sunley, Sadie Finch, Phillip Whan-Tong, Finn Gray, Luke Novak. Front, Connor Finch, Andrew Hastings and Kayden Knapik. – PHOTOS: SUBMITTED


The 6&Under champions Cayman Prep Mixed School Team. From left, Noah Embury-Brown, Isabelle Weber, Ciara Anderson, Cian Anderson, Thatcher Duty, Lauren Duty, Jayden Cover, Jaxon Cover, Kaden Hiryok, Ethan Ellis and Ben Priaulx. Coach Dan Addison.


Sadie Finch evading the Cayman Prep players. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD


Gavin Sunley skating with puck being watched by Cayman Prep’s Alex Priestley and Connor Finch of CIS.

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