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Digicel Flag Football Fan Favourite Award
Aug 13, 2013, 9:19 am

The CI Flag Footbal Association will nominate 9 players every week. Each week, one of these extraordinary Flag Football players will receive a new Digicel mobile device should they receive the most votes. Votes are calculated based on responses to this app called the Digicel Flag Football Fan Favourite. The Digicel mobile device will be awarded every Saturday during the weekly Flag Football Tournament game days. The next award will be given on Saturday, August 17th at Camana Bay.

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Panthers tear apart Hellcats.
Aug 1, 2013, 12:24 pm

The Burger King Panthers continue to show their dominance on the gridiron. 

The Panthers remain unbeaten in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Burger King, 8-0, had its most impressive victory of the year last Saturday in week eight of the 12-week season, by beating the 5-3 dms West Bay Hellcats, 23-0. 

Burger King captain Brendon Malice states his side’s success at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay boils down to role players. 

“A full team effort each week is what we bring,” Malice said. “Yet there are a lot of guys who don’t get the recognition they deserve. Steve Ebanks has been a strong lineman for many seasons. Chris Allen is playing one of the hardest positions in the league at centre, he’s under-sized, yet doing a tremendous job.  

“Samuel Anderson contributes. Jamuel Dell, each week he’s making big plays on defence and no one knows who he is. Rhod Taylor, right now, is one of the best linemen in the league, having a highlight reel in the first few games with all the pancake blocks he’s had. 

“Rhod, like the rest of us, doesn’t need the limelight. He wants to win, just like the rest of us.” 

It was a dominant display from Burger King throughout, as the defence frustrated Hellcats quarterback Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks. On offence, the Panthers thrived under QB Chris Lucas with veteran wide-out Taj Haye having another big game with multiple touchdowns. 

Though Hellcat veterans Craig Frederick and Oliver Parker tried to will their team to victory, ultimately it was the intensity from Panthers like Paul Chin and Simon Rivers that made the difference. 

While the Panthers are riding high in first place, the loss keeps the Hellcats fourth in the Men’s Premier League standings. The four-time reigning champions are looking up at the 6-1-1 Maples Dolphins and the 6-2 Lone Star Mustangs.  

Maples, bolstered by the return of QB Barrett Edri, clobbered the 1-7 KPMG Sharks, 20-6, last Saturday while QB Jamie Stephen led the Mustangs as they rolled over Theon McCoy’s 0-8 WestStar Saints, 27-0. 

The Hellcats have to watch the latter half of the rankings. Sonny Powell’s 3-1-4 Cox Colts and Peter Whittaker’s 2-6 Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes are within striking distance, with KPMG and WestStar in the cellar. The Hurricanes beat the Colts, 19-12, last Saturday. 

Meanwhile, the standings have tightened in the Women’s Premier League as early frontrunners CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions, 6-2, have slipped into third place behind the Lynx and Wolverines, both 6-2. Monique Roberts’ Scorpions suffered their second loss last Saturday to Saneata Smith’s Lynx, 12-13. Benieca Thompson’s Wolverines waltzed to victory over Brittany Ebanks’ 2-1-5 Star Athletic Club, 34-6.  

CrossFit are followed by 5-3 Zulu Warriors, 5-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers, 4-4 Ultra B’zzz, 4-4 Lady Sharks, Star Athletic, 1-1-6 Maples Thundercats and 0-8 Lady Saints.  

Last Saturday, Janyccee Parchment led Zulu to victory over Tricia Miller’s Maples Thundercats, 26-0. Alicia Dixon and the Killa-Panthers rocked Paulette McField’s B’zzz, 20-0 and Scimone Campbell’s Lady Sharks topped Monique Connolly’s Lady Saints, 13-0. 

The entire league now has a bye week and matches will resume next Saturday, 3 August, from 10am. 

Burger King squad having it their way.
Aug 1, 2013, 12:22 pm

The 2013 Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, is now eight weeks into the season.

With playoff seeding a focal point at this stage, teams are keen to play their best football at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. This was apparent in the feature match-up of the week between reigning champions dms West Bay Hellcats and the undefeated Burger King Panthers, the league’s only unbeaten team.

Early on, Burger King proved they came to play and stay flawless atop the Men’s Premier League. Panthers quarterback Chris Lucas completed 10 of 14 passes, finding receiver Taj Haye in the end zone early in the first half to get the Panthers on the board. Hellcats, led by QB Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks, seemed unable to answer back.

While the Panthers excelled offensively, it was their defence that looked the sharpest. Andrew Frederick led the way with two interceptions. The Hellcat defence, led by Craig Frederick’s two sacks and three tackles, could not stop the Panthers and Burger King rolled to a 23-0 victory.

In the early game, the Maples Dolphins took on the KPMG Sharks. Barrett Edri, who is now back on Island, stepped back into the saddle at QB and didn’t miss a beat, going 12-for-16. Leslie Harvey led the squad with six receptions and two TDs.

KPMG QB Ryne Staback would struggle while the Sharks defence proved unable to stop Dolphin threats like Christopher Bennett as Maples won, 20-6.

In other action, the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes faced a Cox Colts still gelling using new recruits. Donnie House took over the Hurricanes QB spot, allowing Glenn Duran Jr. to use his speed as a receiver. House threw no picks and three TDs, with two of them going to Selkirk Watler and the other to Junior McField.

Cox’s defence featured Ross Hinds with three tackles. Colts QB Kevin Solomon kept the score close with TD passes to Jonathon Ebanks and Jonny McLaughlin. Ultimately, the Hurricanes won, 19-12.

The Lone Star Mustangs defeated the WestStar Saints, 27-0. The QB position for WestStar was shared between incumbent hurler Rolfo Whitaker and team captain Theon McCoy. Both men struggled against a Mustangs defence led by Todd Hazlewood’s four tackles. Will Koutney, Neil Carle and Josh Parsons each had picks to shut down the Saints offence.

Theo Edman led the Saints defence with three tackles with other notable defenders being Avery Ebanks and Damion Rose.

In the Women’s Premier League, the AndroGroup Killa-Panthers were coming off a two-game losing streak when they faced the Ultra B’zzz. Androgroup came out determined as QB Lisa Malice threw three passing TDs. The Killa-Panthers would find the end zone three times to win, 20-0.

For the B’zzz, QB Anna Nyaundi went 18-for-28 and Marleena Smith proved to be the hot route with a team-high seven receptions. Sasha Tatum led the defence with one pick and seven tackles.

The Wolverines kept their winning streak alive this week, beating Star Athletic Club, 34-6. Last week’s star player, QB Antoinette Lewis, led the Wolverines with three passing TDs caught by Benecia Thompson and Sophia Foster. Star Athletic QB Kelly Pope had a hard time as Wolverines defender Shinette Rhoden posted four tackles.

Star Athletic did have bright spots as Amanda Nelson posted seven tackles and a pick that she ran back for a TD. Leyla Jackson also recorded five tackles for her team and the result is a positive vibe for coach Lawrence Nelson.

“We’re young and we’re growing”, Nelson said.

The Wolverines are now one of three teams with a 6-2 record. Given the determining factor is points deferential, the Wolverines are now the top seed for the ladies.

The other two 6-2 sides, the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions and the Lynx, faced off last Saturday. Lynx QB Kim Rivers went 13-for-20 with one passing and one rushing TD. Alex Terry led the offence with four receptions. Scorpions QB Jessica Pawlik threw two TDs while Monique Roberts and Cassandra Bodden led the offence with five receptions and a TD each.

Ed Bush field saw the contest go into overtime with the Lynx prevailing, 13-12, to grab second place and push CrossFit into third.

Zulu Warriors shut out the Maples Thundercats, 26-0. Led by QBs Dionne Whittaker and Jessica Ebanks, the Warriors moved the ball well. Whittaker and Ebanks each posted passing TDs. Bianca Johnson and Shenel Gal each caught TDs.

Maples QB Vanessa Noble threw two picks while Laura McLaughlin and Martina Bodden led the Maples defence with five tackles apiece and Tiffany Ebanks recorded a sack. In spite of those efforts, Maples head coach Shawn Pitterson states improvement is paramount.

“We know what we have to work on and we are going to do just that,” Pitterson said.

The last game of the day saw the Lady Sharks face the Lady Saints. Scimone Campbell got the Lady Sharks on the board with a rushing TD and Serena Yates did the same with a pick she ran back for a TD.

The Lady Saints would shine on defence as Amaris Smith notched four tackles and a sack. As a result, the Sharks barely won, 13-0, in the Lady Saints’ closest game of the season. The play of newcomers like Monique Connolly is most pleasing to team captain Tamika Byrd.

“I can see the growth we are making and I’m extremely proud of my teammates,” Byrd said.

Congratulations are in order for the players of the week: Lisa Malice (Women’s Offence), Amanda Nelson (Women’s Defence), Donnie House (Men’s Offence) and Will Peguero Jr. (Men’s Defence).

This week, the entire league has a bye week. Most of the players volunteered at the Miami Dolphins camp this week, that was put on by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (commonly called the Annex). League games will resume next Saturday, 3 August, at Ed Bush from 10am.

Dolphins had us flipping out!
Jul 30, 2013, 8:41 am

The Miami Dolphins catered to pigskin lovers in the Cayman Islands.

The Dolphins staged an American football camp in George Town last week at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex). Some 150 kids turned out for the two-day event, the first of its kind in Cayman.

Leading the contingent was Twan Russell, who is director of the Dolphins youth and community outreach programme. The former Miami linebacker said it was a wonderful experience being in Cayman.

“It was amazing, the people are beautiful and amazing,” Russell said. “It was amazing that we were given the opportunity to see this place. I’ve been to a lot of other places and, honestly, I don’t recall if I have been anywhere nicer. Everything went great and it was a good opportunity to reach the kids and show them a different sport.”

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism partnered with the National Football League franchise for the camp with the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, the country’s governing body for flag football, endorsing the event. Aimed at youngsters ages 6 to 14, the sessions taught American football fundamentals like passing, catching and defending.

Russell, 39, played for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003 and was among several former greats at the camp. The coaching staff featured Troy Drayton, Sam Madison, Oronde Gadsden, Ed Perry, Derrick Rodgers, Lorenzo Hampton, Donnell Bennett and James Brown. Team mascot T.D. was also present.

Drayton, 42, made a promotional visit in May along with Russell and said the turnout was better than expected.

“Everything was amazing, I was pleased to see the kids out with their families and parents,” Drayton said. “For a first-time-ever camp to have over 125 kids is incredible and makes for an amazing trip. It shows how deep Miami roots are here in Cayman.”

Ultra B’zzz keep buzzing along!!!
Jul 19, 2013, 2:40 pm

Week seven of the Digicel Summer League started with the Ultra B’zzz taking on the Lady Saints.

The Saints managed to move the ball last Saturday at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. But the B’zzz defence stopped each attempt during the Women’s Premier League match and pulled off a 48-0 win. Ultra players like Benicha Tyndale were left pleased with the team’s performance over the 0-7 Lady Saints.

“Our team has improved tremendously from last year and we are gelling more and more each day,” Tyndale said.

Ultra quarterback Anna Nyaundi led the way offensively with 13 out of 25 completions and eight passing touchdowns. The B’zzz, now fourth 4-3, face off against the 4-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers, who are fifth after a two-week losing streak.

Androgroup’s latest defeat came to the Zulu Warriors, 18-8. Zulu QB Dionne Whittaker went 10-for-15 as Shenel Gall led the receiving squad with five receptions and one receiving TD, with Bianca Johnson and Jessica Ebanks each nabbing a TD. Zulu are now sixth at 4-3. Androgroup featured Alicia Dixon with six tackles on defence and Shamar Ennis had the lone score. Maples Dolphins battled back and forth with the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes before winning 14-6. Maples QB Leslie Harvey went 7-for-10, Davanni James and Larue Nixon each recorded a sack and Jordan Cacho led the defence with three tackles. Defensively, the Hurricanes featured Omar Clarke’s two tackles and two sacks.

Maples, now 5-1-1, sit in second place in the Men’s Premier League while the Hurricanes are sixth at 1-6. Hurricanes coach Clinton Mohammed states his side is looking to bounce back against the Cox Colts.

“We need to get a W for the team, our team needs that boost,” Mohammed said.

Burger King Panthers, the only unbeaten team left in the league, continued their winning streak by beating Theon McCoy’s WestStar Saints, 33-0. The Saints struggled on offence with their QBs throwing three picks. For Burger King captain Brendon Malice, consistency is the key.

“Our team’s been playing consistent and our chemistry gets better each time we step on the field,” Malice said. “Our players take practice seriously and our good turnouts have allowed us to continue to correct mistakes that present themselves. Our team has a humble approach to each game and we respect each team in the league.”

Burger King, 7-0, remain number one in the league while the Saints, 0-7, are in eighth and last place. Up next for the Panthers is a showdown against the reigning champions, the dms West Bay Hellcats.

The Lynx are on a roll, with their latest triumph being over the Maples Thundercats, 12-0. Alex Terry stepped up at QB and threw two TDs to Jen Cotarelo. The Thundercats, now ninth at 1-1-5, struggled to move the ball but Cynthia Powell and Martina Bodden each had some great catches.

In third now are the Lynx, 5-2, just behind the second place Wolverines, 5-2, who tamed the Lady Sharks, 25-0. Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis, despite fighting an ankle injury, threw 4 TDs and no interceptions. On the other side, Sharks QB Scimone Campbell threw two INTs to defenders Treveen Stewart and Shinette Rhoden. The Sharks are now seventh at 3-4.

The game that everyone was set to watch was the dms West Bay Hellcats and the Lone Star Mustangs. Hellcats QB Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks got off to a quick start and found Clay Coleman for a TD. Mustangs had no answer as Jamie Stephen threw two interceptions. The Hellcats would win, 13-0, and place third at 5-2 with Lone Star now fourth at 5-2. The Hellcats now face the Panthers this Saturday.

The CrossFit Scorpions fought hard to beat Star Athletic Club, 13-6. Scorpions QB Jessica Pawlik went 12-for-20 as Jo Ziegler and Cassandra Bodden each posted a TD. Lennette Scott posted a TD for the Star Athletic while Brittany Ebanks and Amanda Nelson both led the defence with over five tackles. The Scorpions are currently in first at 6-1 while Star Athletic are eighth at 2-1-4.

Wrapping things up would be the Cox Colts beating the KPMG Sharks, 7-0. The Sharks are home to a few former Colts, so many were eager for the grudge match. Offensively, Colts QB Brian O’Reilly went 9-for-14 passes though he threw two picks to Jeff Wight. Offensively, the Sharks struggled more than the Colts, but still managed to keep the game close.

Congratulations to the players of the week: Women’s Offence - Antoinette Lewis (Wolverines), Women’s Defence - Tiffany Ebanks (Lady Saints), Men’s Offence - Raheem Robinson (Cox Colts) and Men’s Defence - Jeff Wight (KPMG Sharks).

Week 8 of the Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, kicks off on Saturday, 20 July, at Ed Bush. Nine games will take place starting from 10am.

Unbeaten Panthers hunting for more prey!!!
Jul 11, 2013, 2:07 pm

The Burger King Panthers are halfway towards a spotless season.

The Panthers are the last unbeaten team in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Burger King, 6-0, notched its latest win last Saturday in week six of the 12-week season, by beating the 4-1-1 Maples Dolphins, 14-13.

Burger King captain Brendon Malice states the win paves the way for a championship bid.

“We’ll build as a team. We all support one another and only good things can come from here,” Malice said. “I think you will see us compete for the championship this year. We just got to do the little things and eliminate mistakes.

“We have game plans for our games each week. Things happen, like injuries and people going away for vacation, we just got to deal with it when it comes.”

Saturday represented Burger King’s closest brush with defeat at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. Maples played a physical game in support of quarterback Leslie Harvey and had a 7-0 lead heading into the final seconds of regulation.

A controversial penalty put Burger King near the end-zone, Taj Haye caught a pinpoint pass from Panthers QB Chris Lucas and an extra-point kick forced the game into overtime.

Nicholas Roberts had a TD catch to put Maples ahead, but Dolphins kicker Terry Ballard missed the extra point, opening the door for Lucas to find Haye for another score and Burger King’s special teams combo of David ‘Swaggy’ Taylor and Simon Rivers converted the winning extra-point.

Malice states those players will be key for future success this season.

“Chris has the most important position on the team. Paul Chin and Jonathan Carter bring intensity each week and energise the other guys on both sides of the ball. David has done well and Ryan Smith has rejoined the team; at running back he chews up yards and helps our offence by putting pressure on opposing defences.

“I think the combo of Chris and Ryan in the backfield is deadly and they have a good supporting cast around them as well.”

Maples, who started the year undefeated through five games, have now dropped to third in the Men’s Premier League standings. The Lone Star Mustangs, 5-1, leaped into second, thanks to a 6-0 triumph over the 1-5 Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes. Lone Star have been led by Jamie Stephen at quarterback.

For Maples veteran Rupert Whittaker, the focus is not on the loss but on the players who will guide the Dolphins to the playoffs.

“There are guys who are stepping up and playing well,” Whittaker said. “Obviously, Will Peguero Jr. and Barrett Edri are key parts of the team going forward. But Davanni James has really stepped up on the defensive line, Jordan Cacho is one of the best running backs in the league, Christopher Bennett makes catches and Nicholas is becoming a real good safety who has picked up on D quickly.”

Outside of Maples, Lone Star and preseason title favourites Burger King, the rest of the rankings see Clay Coleman and reigning four-time champs dms West Bay Hellcats in fourth at 4-2 followed by Sonny Powell’s 2-1-3 Cox Colts, Glenn Duran Jr.’s 1-5 Hurricanes, Jeff Wight’s 1-5 KPMG Sharks and Theon McCoy’s 0-6 WestStar Saints.

For the ladies, the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions are no longer undefeated in the Women’s Premier League. CrossFit, now 5-1, lost on Saturday to 3-3 Ultra B’zzz, 12-19. Keisha Solomon stepped in as Scorpions QB with the absence of Jessica Pawlik and Marleena Smith steadied the B’zzz offence.

In spite of the loss, CrossFit still top the ladies. The Scorpions lead the 4-2 Wolverines, 4-2 Lynx, 4-2 Androgroup Killa Panthers, 3-3 Zulu Warriors, 3-3 Lady Sharks, 3-3 Ultra, 2-1-3 Star Athletic Club, 1-1-4 Maples Thundercats and 0-6 Lady Saints.

Only the top six male and female teams make the playoffs, which start on 31 August.

Matches continue this Saturday, 13 July, at Ed Bush. The Lady Saints face Ultra at 10am, at 1.30pm Zulu battle Androgroup while Lynx challenge Maples and at 2.30pm Lady Sharks contend with Wolverines while Star Athletic tussle with CrossFit.

For the men, Hurricanes face Dolphins at 11am, Panthers battle Saints at 12.15pm, Hellcats challenge Mustangs at 3.30pm and the Colts contend with Sharks at 4.45pm.

Panthers maul Colts, stay unbeaten!!!!
Jul 5, 2013, 9:23 am

Week five of the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association Digicel 2013 Summer League saw exciting match-ups last Saturday at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay.

The first game of the day featured the Lady Sharks against the Ultra B’zzz. These two teams fought it out to the wire with the Sharks eking out the 14-0 victory. Led by veteran player Scimone Campbell’s 13 completions in her new quarterback role this season, the Sharks managed to get on the board during the first half.

The Ultra B’zzz defence did their best to respond with a sack from Nikki Ebanks and an interception from Kathy Miller. However, the B’zzz offence struggled to move the ball.

Defensively for the Sharks, Krystle Barrett played hard-core football, blasting past blockers to record two sacks, one of which was a safety. Trina Gordon and Krishan Welcome each added one interception to the Sharks defence. The win for the Sharks and loss for the B’zzz now has them both at 2-3.

For the men, Burger King Panthers continued their winning streak after trampling the short listed Cox Colts 33-0. For Burger King, QB Chris Lucas completed seven of 11 passes with two touchdowns, a rushing TD and no turnovers. Running back Ryan Smith displayed his regular quick movements that left defenders missing flags as he recorded a rushing TD.

Cox, who were short of players due to travel plans, fought hard. QB Brian O’Reilly had eight completions, but was plagued by three picks. The Colts expect to bounce back with their normal roster back this weekend.

The Lone Star Mustangs had another commendable performance with a 26-0 win over the WestStar Saints, who have been struggling to get going under head coach Joseph Byrd Jr. Despite being 0-5, the Saints are ready for this weekend.

“We’re going to get a W one day and when we do, I know it’s going to boost the team,” Byrd Jr. said. “We’re new, we have some guys that have not played the sport before and others that have.

“We are constantly working on getting the chemistry within the team and executing our plays.”

Saints QB Rolfo Whittaker struggled to make completions while Mustangs QB Jamie Stephen seemed to take every advantage, finding the gaps and moving the ball well. In addition to a rushing TD, Stephen threw two TD passes to Jon Pump and Todd Hazlewood. Pump also showed off his kicking ability as he went 4-for-4 in extra-point kicks. 

On the ladies side, the AndroGroup Killa-Panthers beat the Lady Saints, 40-0. Although off to a rough start, the Lady Saints are improving week by week with public perception having changed since the league began as the rookie club is now seen as a team that can compete with any squad. Lady Saints QB Tamika Byrd had a rough day throwing four picks. On defence, Yasmin James recorded a pick.

Androgroup got off to a quick start as Shamar Ennis posted three TDs with Alicia Dixon, Glenita Logan and Lisa Malice each posting one of their own. Malice, a veteran QB, went 7-for-10 on pass attempts. On defence, Becky Coe registered two picks.

From there, the Lynx clenched their second win in a row against Star Athletic Club, 26-0. Despite throwing two INTs, Lynx QB Kim Rivers showed her skill and found open players. Jennifer Cotarelo led the defence with 2 INTs. As a result, the Lynx are 3-2.

Star Athletic QB Kelly Pope went 8-for-16 but was denied any scoring possibilities by the Lynx’s flag pulling ability. On defence, Star Athletic featured tacklers Brittany Ebanks and Amanda Nelson. Coach Nelson found his squad’s performance encouraging.

“We’re got a young group of girls that are coming out and playing their heart out each day,” Nelson said. “We’re getting better and we’re growing as a team.”

Last year’s champions and runners-up battled it out as the Zulu Warriors faced the Burger King Wolverines, with both having a 2-2 record. Antoinette Lewis, who has sat out this season thus far due to an ankle injury, suited up for this game. Zulu, meanwhile, were missing key player Eleanor Berry due to injury.

Despite Carrie Barnett being the hot route for the Wolverines, it was Jahzenia Thomas that connected with Benecia Thompson for their only score of the day. Going 15-of-24 completions with no picks was not too shabby for Lewis’ first day back on the job. Defensively, the Wolverines held Zulu veteran QB Dionne Whittaker to nine completions and four INTs. Bianca Johnson of the Warriors led her team with six receptions.

The Crossfit 7Mile Scorpions took the field on Saturday with one goal: defend their undefeated streak. Coming into this game against the Maples Thundercats, the Scorpions were 4-0. CrossFit would keep that momentum going with a 13-0 victory.

Maples struggled to move the ball and Lilia Conolly led her team with four receptions. Defensively, they managed to hold the Scorpions to one TD in the first half. While the Scorpions struggled to hit the deep ball, Monique ‘Momo’ Roberts breezed past defenders for a rushing TD. Erin Marshall followed in her footsteps and posted another score for the Scorpions.

Defensively, the Scorpions tamed the Thundercats with Keisha Solomon and Diandria Ebanks collecting two INTs apiece. Tracey Seymour was the Thundercats’ worst enemy as she managed to get around blockers and produce four sacks.

Maples coach Shawn Pitterson is confident in his team and said there are a number of new players that have joined the squad. “Each week we get better and do a bit more. We are definitely going for a win this weekend,” he said.

On the men’s side, the Maples Dolphins beat the KPMG Sharks, 21-12. KPMG QB Ryne Staback went 9-for-14 but his three INTs gave the Dolphins good field position at key times. Maples QB Leslie Harvey went 6-for-9 with a rushing TD. Scores from Brad Conolly and Andrew Edward, weren’t enough for KPMG to come out with the win,

KPMG consists of a group of players that set out to leave their mark this season. After acquiring some players from other teams, like running back Conolly, the side’s strength has significantly improved from last year.

“We’re getting there, we know it,” Conolly said. “We’re not where we expected to be, but we’re not disappointed and we feel that we have done well against the tough schedule so far. There are a lot of good teams in the league and we look forward to finishing off the season strong.”

The last game of the day was a show-off between the dms West Bay Hellcats and the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes. Both teams went back and forth on the field and the contest ended 7-0 in favour of the Hellcats. Hellcats QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks led the charge, going 12-for-19 with no interceptions. Perry ‘BoyWonder’ Levy led the offence with four receptions.

The Hellcat defence left their mark with two picks. Despite Hurricanes QB Glenn Duran Jr.’s ability to hit his tight ends down the seam and outrun his defenders, the Hurricanes were unable to get points on the board.

Going forward, Digicel will be introducing a player of the week voting system via social media, where fans can vote for their favourite male and female players who outshined the competition each week.

Digicel is proud to once again sponsor the league and even more excited to include the Women’s Premier League this year. Their sponsorship brings together talented athletes as well as dedicated fans and spectators for community-friendly matches. 

“Sports play a major role in the Cayman Islands community and, as such, Digicel are happy to support such initiatives,” says Digicel Cayman Marketing Manager Crystal Gomez. “We are proud to sponsor the league and see it grow in popularity over the years to reach new heights.”

Congratulations to the Players of the Week for week five, who are Saneata Smith of Lynx (Women, Offence), Treveen Stewart of Wolverines (Women, Defence), David Taylor of Burger King (Men, Offence) and Gregory Miller of Lone Star (Men, Defence).

Week six of the Digicel Summer League takes place this Saturday, 6 July, at 10am at Ed Bush.

Dolphins and Panthers claw ahead!!!
Jun 28, 2013, 10:01 am

A trio of teams can boast a spotless start on the local gridiron.

The Burger King Panthers, Maples Dolphins and CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions are all undefeated in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Burger King top the Men’s Premier League at 4-0, ahead of 3-1-0 Maples. CrossFit are 4-0 atop the Women’s Premier League.

The Panthers came into this year’s 12-week campaign as one of the pre-season title favourites. Captain Brendon Malice states the early form through the league’s first four weeks validates the hype.

“It’s going pretty well, we started practising earlier and we picked up a couple new players who helped our team compete harder in practice,” Malice said. “We have two new coaches helping us out on offence and defence.

“Overall, I’m not surprised we’re unbeaten. I thought we were coming together at the end of last season and we were the best team in the league. We went into this season thinking we could continue that form and we’re clicking. I like the way we’re playing now.”

Burger King’s latest triumph was a 14-12 win over 1-3 Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes last Saturday at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. Quarterback Chris Lucas completed seven of 11 passes and had a touchdown toss to David Taylor. Malice led the defence with three tackles and an interception while Paul Chin had a sack.

Donnie House stepped in as QB for Hurricanes, tossing two TDs. Nigel Solomon caught three passes and got into the end zone twice. Frankie Brathwaite led the defence with six tackles and a pick.

Maples meanwhile are coming off a controversial 14-14 tie with the 1-1-2 Cox Colts. Chris LeBeau stepped in at QB for the Dolphins, throwing two TDs despite a pick and five sacks. Rupert Whittaker had three catches and a TD with Christopher Bennett nabbing the other score.

Whittaker states the result was crushing and centred on bad form from his defence.

“There was a lot of miscommunication on defence, there was a safety and cornerback issue,” Whittaker said. “We may be undefeated but I would call that game a loss. People came in against Cox thinking they were a slack team and we were going to roll over them. We learnt we can’t overlook anyone. They came out ready to play.”

The defensive statistics show positives for Maples, as Edison Jackson had four tackles and Jahmas Dunbar had a sack. Cox saw new QB Brian O’Reilly go 18-for-30 with two TDs despite a sack and a pick. Raheim Robinson had 10 catches, Jonathan Ebanks had four catches and a TD and Sonny Powell had a TD catch.

On the women’s side, CrossFit are fresh off a 31-0 beating of the Lady Saints last Saturday. Jessica Pawlik threw for three TDs, two went to Cassandra Bodden and Keisha Solomon had the other TD catch. Tamika Byrd of the Lady Saints had a rough outing with three sacks and five picks.

The Scorpions remain ahead of the 3-1 Androgroup Killa-Panthers, who defeated the 2-2 Wolverines by a score of 9-6. Christina Hefner tossed a TD pass to Alicia Dixon while Wolverines QB Nekita Saintvil connected with Sophia Foster for a score. Malice coaches Androgroup and states the key aspect of the women’s competition is the unity it fosters.

“It’s great having the women in the league again. It creates more camaraderie because the women stay to cheer on the guys and the guys in turn cheer on the girls.”

Arguably the most surprising result came in the men’s segment as the 3-1 Lone Star Mustangs crushed the 2-2 dms West Bay Hellcats, 13-0. Lone Star QB Jamie Stephen rushed in for a TD while Josh Parsons ran back a pick for a score on defence.

Malice states the upset shows the intensity of the competition.

“There were a few upsets this past week. Mustangs beating West Bay by two TDs? I didn’t see that happening. Cox tying Maples is another. Our game with Hurricanes could have gone either way so all of that tells you how close the competition in the league is.

“With the new teams, the WestStar Saints are trying to find their identity and it might take them a season to adapt and I wouldn’t sleep on the KPMG Sharks. KPMG have a few new players with experience on the team and they came through in their victory.”

To Malice’s point, the top six playoff spots for the both men and women look far from decided. Heading into this week, Burger King, Maples, Lone Star and dms are the top four male teams with Cox, Cayman Power Sport, KPMG and WestStar playing catch-up.

CrossFit, Androgroup, 2-1-1 Star Athletic Club and 2-2 Lynx are the top ladies with 2-2 Zulu Warriors, 2-2 Wolverines, 2-2 Ultra B’zzz, 1-1-2 Maples Thundercats, 1-3 Lady Sharks and 0-4 Lady Saints in pursuit.

All of the male teams, including Kenneth Davis’ Saints, have shown an ability to be competitive on offence. With two-thirds of the regular season left to play, there figures to be many changes atop the standings prior to the postseason starting on 31 August.

Whittaker states he is simply happy to have closed the gap between the Hellcats, the reigning four-time champs, and everyone else.

“To me, the biggest shock this season has been West Bay. No one saw them losing two games so soon. Beating West Bay was definitely our best moment so far. Now, we got to communicate and do better against the Sharks this week.”

Matches continue this Saturday, 29 June, at Ed Bush. The ladies start things off as Lady Sharks face Ultra B’zzz at 10am, at 1.30pm Androgroup battle Lady Saints while Lynx challenge Star Athletic Club and at 2.30pm CrossFit contend with Maples Thundercats while Wolverines tussle with the Zulu Warriors.

For the men, Cox face Burger King at 11am, WestStar battle Lone Star at 12.15pm, KPMG challenge Maples at 3.30pm and the Hurricanes contend with the Hellcats at 4.45pm.

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