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Beverly Melbourne

The Cayman Islands Referees have been very busy resulting from their outstanding improvement placing second behind Jamaica out of sixteen countries in the region.

Referees Nolan Foster Kenville Holder and Assistant Referee Swason Owen just returned from the Netherland Antilles/Bonaire where they exhibited their duties while representing the Cayman Islands Referees Association (CIRA) at the highest level.

All three officials departed the island on November 5 after completing a compacted participation in the FIFA Referees Assistant Program administrated by FIFA Referee Development Officer Ramesh Ramdhan and FIFA Referee Technical Instructor.

Beverly Melbourne

The Cayman Islands Football Association backed by the Cayman Islands Government and the capabilities of President Jeffrey Webb and Technical Director Carl Brown have secured invitations for four members of the Cayman Islands national senior men football team from the  Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club in the UK where the players will train with the club for possible placements.

The players are Theron Wood and Luiji Hernandez from the Bodden Town Football Club, Mark Ebanks from Future SC and Donald Solomon Jr from Cayman Athletic Sports Club.

Minister of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture the Honorable Mark Scotland in a meeting yesterday with President of CIFA Jeffrey Webb the players, their families, coaches and managers held at the Centre for Excellence in Prospect, said that this was a small window for these players to go through and make way for the younger players on the island.

“This is a small window for you to enter through as there are hundreds of other players in the UK who will be trying to make it in one of these clubs. If you all are successful in your bid to make it in one of these clubs you will be setting the stage for the younger players to follow your example. It’s about time for the Cayman Islands to have players playing at this level. You have the backing of the government and CIFA. Be disciplined train hard and make good use of this opportunity.” 

The 10th anniversary of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, Jamaica’s international marathon event, will take place on Dec. 4 in Negril, Westmoreland.
Stretching from Long Bay Beach Park, situated along Negril’s famed seven-mile white sand beach, to the town of Negril and then north to Green Island, the race features reggae music at each mile.
The marathon is set on an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified course, featuring water/aid stations for every mile. Cooling stations are equipped with misters and iced towel wraps, and medical stations are positioned along the course, manned by a multi-disciplinary medical team with a helicopter on call.

Jamaican Donovan Ricketts has every right to be happy. He has been selected Major League Soccer’s top goalkeeper this season. Ricketts posted a career high 11 shutouts and allowed only 26 goals through 29 regular season games for the Los Angeles Galaxy. He helped the Galaxy to 18 wins seven losses and five draws, the best record in MLS for 2010 with 59 points.