Girls got their kicks before break halted the fun

The popularity of the Cayman Islands Girls Football Organisation’s Saturday morning program was reflected by the fact that over 100 girls turned out at the Camana Bay field, wrapping up the first half of the season. 

It was a rainbow of activity last weekend with the girls decked out in their new pink, purple, green and red jerseys. Little Ayanda Dube, 3, is enjoying her rookie season “I love going to play soccer with my friends on Saturday mornings and my new purple princess soccer boots,” she said.  

Carla Bregani, head coach for the 4 year old age group, is really pleased with her girls’ development in the first six weeks.  

In particular she’s noted that Maria Lennon and Maria Pia Sanchez are scoring lots of goals, with Tessa Clark and Cassidy Coles also netting some game winners. 

The competition is steep in the 5-6 year old group, with twins Caeli and Celeste Gallippi dominating on defense and Coco Windsor scoring two hat-tricks so far.  

In the 7-8 year old group, Sophia Franklin and Isabella McGeogh led their team to a thrilling 2-1 victory.  

Rio Windsor played stellar in defense and rookie keeper Gabriella Mills made some spectacular saves. 

Olivia Weaver netted two goals in her team’s 3-0 win during a hard-fought match in the 9-11 year old group.  

Ariana Anglin looked strong in goal and was ecstatic to get the shut-out.  

Coach Noel Kane, who recently completed 30 hours of class and field instruction at the CONCACAF D coaching course, is working with the other coaches in all age groups to ensure that the training standards and techniques are in line with the CONCACAF region. In addition to fundamental football skills, the focus is also on team work and having fun. 

With the generous sponsorship from UBS, BDO and Dart, the program is able to offer to girls for only $25 for the entire season, which lasts until December.  

This is the program’s tenth season and is turning out to be the largest and best so far.  

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Twins Celeste and Caeli Gallippi love their introduction to football.