Barracudas hunt for fresh prey

Ball hockey continues play in Cayman.

Season 13 of the Cayman Islands Ball Hockey Association national league heads into its third week at Kings Sports Center. A pair of games takes place tonight at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. In action will be the four squads from Season 12: the Deloitte Devil Rays, Barracudas, Sharks, and Team Lone Star.

Thus far, the impact of the season-opening player draft has been tangible. Deloitte have tweaked their roster, with French Canadian talent Renald Duran joining a squad steadied by the play of Mike Hall. The Sharks have relied on a veteran cast with defenders Robert Mahadeo, Tim Courtis and Tim Woolaver supporting goalie Shawn Lunt. Lone Star feature a lot of fresh faces around goalie Randy Cannon and experienced players Kevin Hunter and Rob Leadbetter.

The Barracudas, under hockey stalwart Darryl Hather, feature a promising mix of players with newcomers David Fiebig, Evan Ellbogen and Mike Bowden making the biggest impression early on.

Ellbogen, who serves as Kings’ new sports director, said ball hockey’s participation in international tournaments serves as the blueprint for other hockey programs in Cayman. In particular, Ellbogen is keen to boost roller hockey amongst adults and youngsters.

The association is eager to carry the sport forward after sending a national team this summer to St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada for the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation 2013 World Street and Ball Hockey Championships. Cayman finished fourth in its seven-team group. Forward Ryan Pull and goalie Randy Cannon were among the stars.

In addition, the association is bidding to host the Caribbean Cup next June with Cayman up against the Bahamas for hosting duties.