Silver lining at NARCH proves Cayman is on a roll

The Cayman National Youth Roller Hockey team took part in the North American Roller Hockey Championships finals for the third consecutive year and did as well as ever. 

The largest and most recognized roller hockey tournament in the world hosts more than 100 youth teams from Canada, USA, Colombia, France and the Cayman Islands. The event, which spanned two weeks and has been running since 1997, was held at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. 

Thanks to EY and PWC’s sponsorships, Cayman brought its largest group to date, with 40 kids playing in five age groups ranging from 6-14. 

In the 2014 NARCH finals Cayman sent teams in the 8u, 10u and 12u age groups. The 8u and 10u placed second in the Silver division, and the 12u finished fourth. 

This year, the 6u team won the Gold and brought the first NARCH Final Championship trophy home to Cayman. (The trophy is almost the same size as most of the kids on the team). 

The 8u team, led by Jaxon Cover who scored an amazing 92 goals breaking a NARCH goal scoring record, played with the 6u and 8u team and won the Silver final cup, bringing home another NARCH Final trophy to Cayman. 

The 8us were missing a couple of key players who would have made them a strong contender to win the Gold finals. However, team leaders say all of these kids are developing into great players and can look forward to some good showings in the 8u and 10u next year. 

The 10u team’s girls and boys showed how far they have come, but despite their strong effort, they lost in the semifinals 1-0, taking home the Bronze. 

The 12u team had a fantastic tournament, as they played the unique Cayman system, which worked. They lost in the finals but were very proud Silver medal winners. 

The 14u team made its first appearance at the NARCH finals. The team started off really well, beating the team that ended up winning Gold 6-1, followed by a close second, where they lost near the end. 

The kids showed great unity, team leaders said, and showed their potential for the season ahead. 

Silver winners, 12u, back from left, Justin Hastings, Noah Booker, Ethan Finlason, Dennis Passchier (coach), Jabari Warlord, Ryan Godwin, Sadie Finch. Front, Jayden Mannisto, Nik McCallum, Nate Hughes

Silver winners, 12u, back from left, Justin Hastings, Noah Booker, Ethan Finlason, Dennis Passchier (coach), Jabari Warlord, Ryan Godwin, Sadie Finch. Front, Jayden Mannisto, Nik McCallum, Nate Hughes, Josh Small and Tommy Kehoe.
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