Some tired field hockey players were to be found at the Camana Bay sports field on Sunday afternoon, having played nine highly competitive matches over the weekend.
Visiting players from Jamaican club St. Andrews and Munro made their fifth visit for this year’s annual tournament. It was played on a round robin, mixed team format, as well as all men’s and all women’s matches.
In the round robin tournament, the Cayman Legless team emerged victorious with two wins and a draw without conceding a goal.
High spots were Gisela “GG” Gamba making a return to the hockey pitch after injury and scoring, Sarah Pinches topping the goal scoring with three and Terrence Choudhury being perfectly placed to score after a comedy of errors.
Runners up were the Cayman Hawksbills who despite two victories always looked suspect in defense and were found wanting against the Cayman Legless team who defeated them 3-0.
Their highlights came from classic goal poacher Alistair Carter finding the net and Adam Burges scoring the first goal of the tournament against his luckless father, Ivan, in goal.
Third place went to the Cayman Loggerheads who recorded one victory and one draw.
Brendan Touhey scoring from a penalty and Mark Williams from a short corner reminded everybody Loggerheads were still a competitive team.
The ‘wooden spoon’ went to the All Stars who failed to score but showed resolute defensive skills in only conceding four times.
The Cayman youngsters also put on an exhibition of their hockey skills which was well received by the spectators.
The Cayman vs. Jamaican men’s teams showdown was a closely contested match with Cayman being badly caught cold in defense when after three minutes Edward Wilson opened the scoring for Jamaica.
Mark Williams was able a conjure a Cayman equalizer in the tenth minute and despite considerable pressure, Cayman were unable to score another. Cayman missed a penalty flick, leaving the score 1-1.
The Cayman women also had a close match against their Jamaican counterparts, though quite how the game ended one each after Cayman had so much possession left spectators wondering.
Cayman scored in the 11th minute through Alison Dean and looked comfortable but in the 26th minute the Jamaicans mounted a rare quick counterattack and Rachel Williams finished clinically.
The final game of the weekend was played for the Alex Horner Memorial Trophy involving mixed teams from Cayman and Jamaica.
At half time there had been lots of midfield action but little goal mouth activity, the score was 0-0.
The second half quickly livened up as from a short corner Cayman were convinced they had scored through Gareth Dixon.
Sadly, there was a hole in the goal net and lacking goal line technology and some bionic glasses the umpire felt he could not award a goal.
Understandably, Cayman were not too pleased but responded in a positive manner and with a sweeping move fittingly Dixon was on hand in the 31st minute to ensure there was no doubt about this goal.
To conclude the scoring, super sub Terry Choudhury smashed home another goal in the 39th minute enabling Cayman to comfortably play out time and retain the trophy for a second year.
Special thanks were given to the tournament’s chief umpire, Andrew Edgington and his team, timekeeper Kate Bates and keepers Bunny Remedios, Michelle Thompson and Ivan Burges.