Sunday games return with delayed cup final

The Sunday Football League returns to action this weekend with DHL Express as its new leading sponsor. 

“We are proud to sponsor the Cayman Islands Sunday League, which brings together individuals with a passion for soccer in an exciting competitive environment,” said DHL’s Allan Blake. “DHL will continue to support social events showcasing various athleticism in our islands as we’ve done with Rugby and other areas.” 

Seven of the teams from last season are returning; Fidel’s Old Boys, Luca, Boca Juniors, Harry’s, Maples Revolution, Whiskey Mist (who were known as CML Claymores last season) and OtisAir Wanderers. 

They are joined by the newly formed Bounty Hunters. Similar to last season, each side will play each of the other teams three times, making up a 21-game league schedule. The overall standard of this league has improved considerably in recent seasons, with players who have played in the Premier League turning out for sides. Last season they included Nikolai Hill, Floyd “Irons” McKenzie and Kris Pearson. 

All teams have been recruiting new players over the summer. 

Erol Babayigit, Bounty Hunters coach, said, “We are happy to be joining the Sunday Football league and are looking forward to a fun competition. The team is ready and looking to grow more and more during the season and is aiming to win points where we can.” 

The opening round of fixtures sees the delayed Appleton Cup final between Boca Juniors and Harry’s. In league play, Whiskey Mist kick off against Old Boys, Maples face Luca and the Wanderers host Bounty Hunters. 

Spectators are welcome to catch a glimpse of the action at either the TE McField Annex or Ed Bush stadium every Sunday morning. 

“The organizers would also like to thank Silver Wheaton for generously sponsoring the Sunday League with new match day footballs for use during the season,” said league organizer Alan Glasgow. 

Nikolai Hill was one of the Sunday league regulars last season. - PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

Nikolai Hill was one of the Sunday league regulars last season. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD