Primary focus is to have fun

Sir John A. Cumber Primary starts the defense of its Opening Rally title from last season as the popular 2013/14 CUC Primary Football League campaign kicks-off this Saturday.

The always entertaining Opening Rally starts at 9 a.m. at the T.E. McField Annex in George Town.

Sir John A. Cumber Primary edged Cayman Prep, 3-2, in a dramatic penalty shootout last year for the title.

The Opening Rally is expected to be competitive this year, with a full complement of schools scheduled to play.

As well as Sir John A. Cumber and Cayman Prep, battling it out will be fourth-placed St. Ignatius Prep. Other primary schools competing are Bodden Town, George Town, Savannah, Prospect, Red Bay, NorthEast Schools (a combined team from North Side and East End), Cayman International School, South Sound Schools (a combined team from Montessori by the Sea and First Baptist), St. Ignatius Prep and Triple C.

The Opening Rally is an exciting, fast-paced one-day tournament with games only 10 minutes per half with no offsides. Games must end with a winner. If games are tied at the end of 20 minutes, penalties decide the victor.

The first round is the group stage with schools divided into three groups of three teams and one group of four. Schools play each other once in their respective group with the two top teams from each group advancing to the second round – the knockout stage. From the quarterfinals, the semifinalists are decided with the resulting two winners advancing to the final and the two losers playing for third and fourth place.

The three groups of three teams include Zone A with Red Bay Primary, South Sound Schools and St. Ignatius Prep; Zone B with Bodden Town Primary, Cayman Prep and Prospect Primary; and Zone C with Cayman International School, NorthEast Schools and Sir John A. Cumber Primary.

The only four-team group is Zone D with George Town Primary, Savannah Primary, Truth For Youth and Triple C battling for the top two spots.

Neil Murray of the Premier Football League committee is encouraging spectators to turn out and support the kids, some of whom will be national team players in the future.

He said, “Special thanks to contributing sponsors Progressive Distributors, the CUC Primary Football League’s exclusive supplier of Gatorade.”