Masters still having a ball

Football participation is growing rapidly in the Cayman Islands, highlighted by the fact that there are more girls and women playing than ever before and the Masters League has six teams this season, two more than last time. 

The Masters League is for players over 40, and Monday night games – mostly at the TE McField Annex and Ed Bush stadium – are just as competitively played as matches between youngsters, only not quite as fast. The games have an extra spice because each team is allowed to field two under-age players.  

Sunset is the league leader, unbeaten after eight games, including five wins, with 18 points amassed. Local Referees are a sprightly bunch and they have won five of their eight games and are second in the league with 15 points.  

Then it’s Boca Juniors on 14 points, Scholars International (10), Bodden Town (5) and George Town (2). One of the Scholars’s standouts so far this season has been Dougie Rowe in midfield.  

Sunset Football Club is having a marvelous season. Apart from the masters team doing so well, the women’s side is unbeaten so far this term and has won two out of the three trophies on offer and are favorites to grab the FA Cup. Sunset men are doing well too in their first season back in the Premier League.  

Boca Juniors masters play George Town at Ed Bush on Monday April 7 in the first round of the FA Cup, with kickoff at 7 p.m. The Cayman Islands Referees Association plays Scholars in the FA Cup too at the TE McField Annex at the same time.  

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Dougie Rowe is enjoying masters football. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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