All sportsmen and women aspire to be the best they can possibly be in their chosen activity, and in Ramon Sealy’s case, he is so good at two that there is little time to do anything else.
Bodden Town Football Club’s No. 1 keeper is also an exceptional cricketer as a batsman and wicketkeeper, and last year he divided his time exactly in half between the two.
His football highlight was going to New Zealand with BT, and although they won only one in the Oceania Football Confederation President’s Cup tournament’s three games, drew one and got thrashed 9-0 by eventual champs Auckland City in the other, Sealy was nominated the tournament’s top keeper. “Despite the results, it was a very successful tournament for me. I made some good saves,” he said.
“I developed some more skills there.”
He added that although Auckland City won the tournament and progressed to the FIFA Club World Cup, won by Real Madrid, he felt BT were at times technically better. The two-week trip was a great team bonding experience, he felt.
“We also saw different styles of play which we want to achieve down here and for years to come.”
BT’s retaining the Premier League title and winning the inaugural President’s Cup were other milestones Sealy cherishes from 2014.
He did not play often for BT last season because he was completing a degree at the University of West Florida where he was their outstanding goalkeeper.
Playing regularly at that higher level helped the 23-year-old’s development. Bodden Town are fourth in the league at the moment, but Sealy is confident they can overhaul leaders Elite Sports Club and Cayman Athletic, as well as Scholars International, to make it a hat-trick of titles.
“We’re only five points behind Elite, and I feel we can go on a run now, finish strongly and be champions again.”
He admits that points dropped so far have been through complacency and also because “other teams are hungry to beat us because we’re top of Cayman football.”
As soon as the football campaign ended and the information technology degree was received, Sealy’s summer was spent playing semi-pro cricket in England for Thornham in the Lancashire leagues.
That was a wonderful experience too for improving skills. Sealy did so well that he captained two matches and has the option to return to Thornham this summer if he chooses.
Playing in the notoriously changeable conditions of the English climate was an experience that helped prepare him for tournaments Cayman will be playing in this year.
“Down here, we play on flat clay that have no grass, but when we go away the decks have a lot more grass and there is an adjustment period, and I think that’s why we struggle sometimes at the beginning of tournaments.
“Other teams are used to playing under those conditions. That experience at Thornham should help me for the future.”
This year he hopes to get a full-time job that will fit in nicely with his sporting commitments.
Sealy strongly believes his goalkeeping talents are good enough for a lower league pro side in the U.K.
In the meantime, he will concentrate on helping BT to more success under technical director Elbert McLean.
Sealy compares Cayman Athletic’s youngsters with how BT were a couple of years ago when they were on the verge of becoming the dominant side.
He is impressed with Athletic’s key players David Connolly, the league’s top striker, and their skipper Matthew Suberan, their midfield dynamo.
“I hope David continues with his scoring streak – but not enough to win the title,” Sealy said. “I’m hoping nobody else scores against me for the rest of this year.”
Elite’s strike force of Dwayne “Gaza” Wright and Mark Ebanks always give BT a stern test, which Sealy relishes.
Of the maturing keepers, he rates Athletic’s Shakur Welcome and Danner Taylor (Elite).
Bodden Town’s next game is in the first round of the President’s Cup on Saturday, against Cayman Brac, at the TE McField Annex. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. The other three President’s Cup matches are on Sunday. At the Annex, Roma United play Scholars at 5 p.m.; George Town faces Sunset at 7 p.m. At the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay, Elite faces Cayman Athletic at 5 p.m.