Jamaicans promise to give Cayman more stick

Cayman’s only field hockey club is hosting its fifth annual tournament this weekend at the Camana Bay sports field. 

The matches are always played in a great sporting spirit in a fun atmosphere.  

Visiting are Jamaica with a squad of around 16 players from the St. Andrews and Munro Hockey Club though unfortunately, Sale Hockey Club from the UK were unable to make the tournament this year. 

The organizers – the ever busy Sarah Pinches along with men’s captain Barry Craine – have recruited tournament umpire Andrew Eglington and time keeper Kate Bates to ensure fair play. 

This year’s format will feature four mixed teams; Jamaica, Cayman Hawksbills, Cayman Loggerheads and Cayman Legless. 

They will play a round robin tournament on Saturday commencing at 10 a.m. In addition there will be an all-men’s match plus a game featuring the club’s youngest members, under the watchful eyes of Maggie Garnet and Claire Hughes.  

Sunday morning from 10 a.m. it’s an all-ladies match between Cayman and Jamaica followed by a mixed match, the final game, being played for the Alex Horner Trophy between Cayman and Jamaica. Alex Horner, 33, was a keen hockey player who died of a sudden asthma attack at a social gathering five years ago. If all runs to schedule the closing ceremony will take place at 12.30 p.m. 

Cayman Hockey Club members meet and play on Tuesdays (5 p.m.) at the Cayman Prep School, Smith Road and on Saturdays (6 p.m.) at Camana Bay Sports Field, Cayman International School. Players of all standards are welcome. View the club’s website: www.caymanhockey.com or on Facebook Cayman Field Hockey. 

Cayman and Jamaica will play for the annual Alex Horner trophy. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD


Sarah Pinches is a Cayman hockey stalwart.