50 years ago: Schools hold season’s first football match

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

“The first football match of the season was played at the Sec. Mod. School on Friday morning between Triple C and the Govt. Sec. Grammar School. The final score was 3-2, the Sec. Grammar School being the winners.

“A shower for Joanne [Groves] and stag party for Rudi [Selzer] followed by a dance completed a happy evening for invited guests at the Galleon Beach Hotel on Wednesday last. Music was by the Kiemanaires.

“Joanne received many handsome and useful gifts at what was for her obviously a surprise event. Mrs. Hebe Massias, Mrs. Isabel Warren and Mrs. Lyda Bush arranged the shower.

“Rudy and Joanne plan to tie the knot on Oct. 5 at the Church of God chapel in George Town.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“The passengers northbound on the 25th were Mrs. Jackie Webb, and her beautiful little daughter Lisa, who is going to join her husband. She was accompanied by her brother, Mr. Truman Bodden who is on his way to England via New York. He is to study law at the Inner Temple to become a barrister, and expects to be away for about 3½ years.

“Mr. Bodden has been with Barclays Bank D.C.O., George Town, for several years and has done exceedingly well and we now wish him every success in his new sphere.

“Mrs. Anthony Tomlinson left for Kingston with her son Steve seeking medical aid for him. He is a brilliant student at the Grammar School and we wish for him a speedy recovery. Mrs. Tomlinson was accompanied by her daughter Mrs. Chester Ebanks and her two children. Her son Gurwin and his wife arrived from Miami in transit. Mr. Anthony, her husband, is to meet them in Kingston from New York.

“An enjoyable cricket game was held on the 26th at the Sec. Mod. School grounds. A bachelors XI captained by H. Ricketts played to an exciting draw a married men’s XI captained by G. Neill. The bachelors batted first and made 92 runs thanks to an innings of 28 by N. Jackson and also a good 22 runs by A. Jennings. Skipper H. Ricketts also made 19 valuable runs. Chief wickets taken for the married men were J. Powell with five, C. Glidden and E. Parchment with two each.

“The married men at the finish needed four runs to win with 2 wickets standing, thanks to a good knock of 25 not out by D. Wight and a good 25 by skipper G. Neill. Chief wicket-takers for the bachelors were P. Milburn with 6 and H. Ricketts with one each. It is hoped another match will be played on the 2nd.”

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