Private schools battle for football glory

Triple C were the champions of the Boys Blue Division.

Triple C, St. Ignatius Catholic School, and Cayman Prep and High School all won champions trophies, as students from six private schools gathered at the Camana Bay Sports Complex to compete in the Private School Association’s annual football tournament on 10 February, 2017.

At the end of a competitive day on the pitch across three divisions: Boys Blue, Boys White and Girls, the top teams advanced to the semifinals and then the finals, which were all intense affairs.

Cayman Prep edged Cayman International School for the girls’ title, winning 1-0 in the final. Prep’s Jade Pitcairn was named the Most Valuable Player. “It was a great experience playing with all my teammates and I really enjoyed it,” she said afterward.

In another close game, Triple C defeated St Ignatius 3-2 in the Boys Blue division. Despite losing to the school up the road, Josh Hubble of St Ignatius was named the MVP of that grouping. Hubble moved from his comfort zone as a goal keeper to forward. “My coach decided to put me as striker and I scored goals, which got me the MVP,” he said, adding that he liked being up front and was eager to get more time attacking the goal than defending it.

The third final needed extra time to separate Grace Christian Academy and St Ignatius (some schools entered multiple teams). After a scoreless regulation game, the intensity rose in extra time. Inspired play from Jonah Sigsworth provided goals that made the difference and St Ignatius went on to ensure they were not denied in both finals. Grace Christian Academy’s Gunnar Studenhofft was the division’s MVP.

Two Cayman Academy students collect the Sportsmanship Award.

“It was good, very intense,” the young Studenhofft said. “For a school that hasn’t played football in a long time and a small school of a hundred people, I think we came out there, fought well and came in second. Overall, we played well.”

Cayman Academy was presented with a sportsmanship award.


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