Hather will be balling out

After a solid performance abroad, Cayman’s ball hockey players are eager to storm the court.

Among them is Darryl Hather, a Canadian who has been a fixture in local hockey leagues for years. He was part of Cayman’s summer showcase in Canada at the world championships as local skaters finished fourth in its seven-team group. Forward Ryan Pull and goalie Randy Cannon were among the stars. Hather said the goal is to stay sharp ahead of Cayman potentially hosting a competition next year.

“Last season was a World Cup year, our national team went to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation 2013 World Street and Ball Hockey Championships,” Hather said. “So there was extra motivation to do well and get in shape for that.

“This season, we’re going to reinvigorate the Caribbean Cup in June. We’ve hosted it two times already and we are bidding on hosting the tournament for June 2014. We’re up against the Bahamas but I’m confident we will win. So it’s an exciting year again and I’m hoping the draft will make things interesting by mixing it up and getting some new faces on the floor.”

The Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association will be starting Season 13 of its national league on Oct. 3. As usual, Kings Sports Center will host matches every Thursday for the next few months at 8 and 9 p.m.

At Kings, the focus figures to be on the Season 12 teams: the Deloitte Devil Rays, Barracudas, Sharks, and Team Lone Star. Among the notable players were Tim Courtis and Leo Kassam. Hather said there is plenty of intrigue for this campaign.

“It will be good to get out there with the guys again, there’s a lot of new faces and we’re doing a complete draft of all players so the teams will have a new look to them.”