Primary school football returns this weekend

Defending GPFL Opening Rally champions Cayman Prep, in blue, aim to make it three in a row.

The always entertaining primary school football returns this weekend as the CUC Girls Primary Football League Opening Rally kicks off the 2019 primary school football season at the T.E. McField Field (Annex Field) in George Town. It starts Saturday at 9am.

The boys begin their season with the Primary Football League Opening Rally on Saturday, 21 Sept., also at the Annex Field.

The CUC PFL and GPFL regular seasons will begin on Saturday, 28 Sept., at venues across Grand Cayman.

This Saturday, the girls will take centre stage as Cayman Prep defend their 2017 and 2018 GPFL Opening Rally titles. Last September, the players from Cayman Prep went undefeated in a round-robin tournament, securing the 18 maximum points, besting second-placed Savannah Primary by seven points and St. Ignatius Catholic School, who grabbed third spot, by eight points.

Schools scheduled to participate in this year’s Girls Opening Rally include Cayman Prep, Cayman International School, St. Ignatius Catholic School, Sir John A. Cumber Primary, George Town Primary School, Bodden Town Primary, Triple C School and Savannah Primary.

The annual Rallies are designed to give players an opportunity to ready themselves for the rigours of the 10‑week season following the long summer break. They are exciting, fast-paced one-day tournaments, with games being a short 10 minutes per half with no off-sides. Games must end with a winner. If games are tied at the end of the 20 minutes, penalties will decide the victor.

The format for the 2019 GPFL Opening Rally will again be round robin, with schools getting a chance to play each other school once.

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