Primary school boys kick off this weekend

Cayman Prep (blue) are shooting for their fifth consecutive CUC PFL Opening Rally title

The 2017 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) Opening Rally is set for this Saturday, 23 September beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the traditional home of local football, the T.E. McField Sports Field (Annex Field) in George Town.

Record-setting four-time defending Opening Rally champions Cayman Prep aim to continue the school’s winning ways by going for a record fifth consecutive Opening Rally title. Prep secured the 2016 PFL Opening Rally title with a 2-1 penalty shootout victory over Cayman International School (CIS).

The Opening Rally has always been highly entertaining and very competitive with 10 schools competing this year including defending Rally champions Cayman Prep, Cayman International School, St. Ignatius Prep, George Town Primary, Red Bay Primary, Savannah Primary, Sir John A. Cumber Primary, Prospect Primary, Cayman Brac and Triple C.

“The Opening Rally is an exciting, fast-paced one-day tournament 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,” explained PFL Coordinator Neil Murray.

The first round of play is the group stage with schools being divided into one group of four schools (Zone A) and two groups of three (Zone B and Zone C).

The three groups include Zone A with Cayman Brac, Cayman International School, George Town and Prospect Primary; Zone B with Cayman Prep, Savannah Primary and Triple C; and Zone C with Red Bay Primary, Sir John A. Cumber Primary and St. Ignatius Prep.

Schools play each other once in their respective group with the two top schools from each group and the two best third place schools advancing to the second round – the knockout stage. From the quarter finals, the semi finalists are decided with the resulting two winners advancing to the final and the two losers playing for third and fourth place.

“The PFL Committee encourages fans of ‘the powerful game’ and youth sports to make their way to the T.E. McField Sports Field (Annex Field) this Saturday to cheer on the youngsters,” Murray said.

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