The annual Sunset Sixes returned for its sixth year as Cayman football prepared for another league season.
The event, run by Sunset Football Club, provides a fitting curtain raiser to the islands’ action, with many top players turning out during their preseason preparations.
The six-a-side tournament at Camana Bay combined the competitiveness of the games with a social and fun atmosphere.
The eventual winners of the cup were The Sandlot, led by Tom Elliot, Justin Pierre and James Kennedy, ever present in the tournament since it started and winning the trophy for a second time.
They beat PwC in a keenly contested final, with The Sandlot’s watertight defense surviving attacks from Ben Hooper and Si Jenkinson as a spirited PwC fell just short.
Gallant losing semifinalists were CML Claymores led by Chris Turrell and The Security Centre skippered by Paul Valenti.
In the Plate side of the draw, which captured the lowest eight of the 16 teams involved after the group stage, the winners were George Town Rum Runners.
Led by Lee Ramoon and Junior Fisher, Rum Runners were slow starters with only four players in their first game, but improved in numbers and performances later to beat UBS in the final.
UBS, captained by Ernesto Ebanks with a steady Jon Marsh in goal, gave a good account.
Brizzle Athletic, scoring their first goal in their sixes tournament history led by Leigh Hipkins and Team XXX marshaled by Jon Japal and Matt Coleing were the semifinalists in the Plate.
Off the pitch, all 160 players and supporters were suitably watered with Caybrew in attendance serving their selection of drinks, and Duke’s restaurant served an array of barbecue food, soft drinks and friendly service.
Cayman Physiotherapy, fresh from a busy summer dealing with Sunset’s preseason injury concerns gave advice and rub-downs to all, with Angela Deeney, Sarah Windsor and Kevin Murray helping out during the day.
Organizer Andy Bellfield said, “Sunset would like to thank all the teams, players and supporters for the day – with Maples, Deloitte, RSM Cayman, Hews/Dart, ZolfoCooper, FI Devils, Citco and Civil Swag making up the other participating teams.”
Now Sunset Football Club prepares for its final fundraiser of the year with former Scotland, Celtic and Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish coming to Grand Cayman on the weekend of Oct. 19-20.
King Kenny, who also managed Liverpool during their ‘80s heyday and had a mixed spell recently as the Reds manager, will be doing a question and answer session, meet and greet and helping with an auction of numerous footballing memorabilia at 6:30 p.m. at Margaritaville on Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are $75, including hot buffet food.
For tickets and more information, call Neil Purton on 516-6003.