Three roller hockey from Cayman brought home medals this week from the North American Roller Hockey Championships in North Carolina.
Twenty-seven boys and girls represented the Cayman Islands in three different age groups; 8u, 10u and 12u.
To date, the teams have always been very competitive in the “silver” division, but had never qualified for a gold final until now.
The 8u team, led by Jaxon Cover, Ethan Ellis, Nathan Suitor and goalie Rhys Marr, had an amazing tournament and brought home gold glory.
Cover, who continues to make a name for himself at these big tournaments, led the entire 8u division in scoring while Ellis and Suitor helped out with their scoring touch and fantastic defensive skills.
The team played five games in two days, on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, without a loss.
The other team members, Cassian Marshall, Ailey Finch, Tommy Isbister, Cohen Ting, Sarah Godwin and Kam Hiryok, played great team hockey throughout the tournament.
The 10u squad had underachieved in the past, but also went unbeaten for the entire tournament and was rewarded with gold.
Scoring was led by Molly Kehoe, Andy Hastings, Connor Finch, Jaxon Cover, Gavin Sunley, Jaedon Cover, Andrew Peene, Maryn McCoombs, Lachlin Lambert and Kaden Hiryok in net. The team is looking forward to their upcoming Georgia trip next month to defend their gold medal.
The 12u squad, consisting of North American Roller Hockey Championships veterans Justin Hastings, Jayden Mannisto, Sadie Finch, Josh Small, Nic McCallum, Ryan Godwin, Alex Priestley, Kayden Knapik and Olivia Lambert, played a great tournament as well. They did not bring home a medal but qualified for the gold semifinals for the first time.
In the semifinal game, they hit three goalposts in the first five minutes of the game, but, unfortunately, the puck was not bouncing their way.
Pat Cover and Dennis Passchier, who coached all three teams, said they were very proud of all the kids and were especially pleased by the spirit, discipline and sportsmanship of the Cayman athletes.
They said they both looked forward to the future of Cayman Roller Hockey in the upcoming Georgia and Florida tournaments and beyond.