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Burger Shack and Wok-n-Roll Repeat!!!
Apr 30, 2013, 9:26 am

They've done it again!! Burger Shack and Wok-n-Roll continued their dominance by winning the Burger King Flag Football Co-ed 'A' and 'B' division championships respectively, in consecutive seasons.

For Burger Shack who are more commonly known as Child Please!, this was their 3rd 'A' division championship in 4 years. Led by Kevin Solomon, the team was bolstered by familiar names such as Perry Levy, Will Peguero, Jr., Cassandra Bodden, Barrett Edri, Terry Ballard, Jessica Solomon, Malaqui Awe, Sophy Broad and Isatou Sey. They knocked off Maples in the semi-finals and then the National Building Society in the finals behind some stellar defense and balanced offense. Solomon was once again the driving force with a number of big time throws and 7 TD passes. Levy made his mark with 3 TD receptions and 1 defensive INT returned for a TD. Bodden had 3 TD receptions and 1 sack notching the division’s most outstanding female performer. Ballard and Edri solidified their defense with a heavy pass rush and 2 critical defensive INTs. Broad and Sey chipped in with a couple XTRA points and blanketing coverage on defense.

"It was a fun and enjoyable year, securing a playoff position early and then focusing on winning another championship” said Solomon. “This was truly a team effort and we were blessed with talented players that came together to deliver as a team. A special thank you to our sponsor Burger Shack for their support and we look forward to a fun event to celebrate. I am particularly looking forward to a gourmet Shack Burger whilst most of the team eagerly anticipates their Haagen Dazs Milkshake!”   

                    

For Wok-n-Roll, their reign continued under the arm of Antoinette Lewis, legs of Jason Wong and mind of Adrean Russell. Additional veterans like Phil Brown, Alexandra Saintville, Rob Duty, Carrie Barnett, Shinette Rhoden, Jermaine Sharpe, Agueda Blake, Jamal Anderson and Treveen Stewart rounded out their roster. They defeated Kirk Freeport in the semi-finals and then Mourant Ozannes in the finals in what was considered the best game of the night. Lewis was the key component mystifying the opposition with her calm demeanor and eccentric sunglasses. She had 6 TD passes on the night and claimed the 'B' division’s most outstanding female performer. Playmaker Jason Wong had a couple TDs on the ground and kept the chains moving throughout. He netted the division’s most outstanding male performer as Wok-n-Roll swept all the major awards. Barnett came up big in the finals with 2 game breaking TDs and Duty chipped in with 1 TD. In the semi-finals, Raj Jackson and Brown each had a TD and Stewart had a defensive INT returned for a TD. Defensively, Blake was a force throughout with a relentless pass rush and Saintville kept her receivers neutralized.

“We were tested by two excellent teams during this playoff run” said Russell “But thanks to great team play, and individuals stepping up in key moments, we were able to come out on top."  

There were some other notable performers throughout the night albeit in losing efforts. Brendon Malice of the Building Society was awarded the 'A' division’s most outstanding male performer. Brad Conolly of Mourant Ozannes had a commendable season propelling his embryonic squad to a finals appearance and Jerry Beck got the most out of his upstart Kirk Freeport team.

"Overall we were extremely pleased with the expansion of the league” said organizer Levy. “The general interest in the sport continues to grow rapidly and we hope to build on that. We understand that the consensus going forward is to have more games and we certainly plan on accommodating those demands. On behalf of the association, I want to thank all of the team sponsors and particulary recognize the Burger King group for their unwavering support over the years."

The focus will now shift to the Premier League commencing in early June where the Hellcats and the newly rebranded Hellkittens start their title defense.


Stage set for Memorable Playoffs!!!
Apr 23, 2013, 10:03 am

The Burger King Co-ed Flag Football League playoffs get under way this Friday with much of the focus on a pair of perennial contending teams. National Building Society (5-1-0) and Wok-n-Roll (5-1) have controlled the ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions respectively all season under the bright lights of the Ed Bush field, West Bay. A plethora of notable talents have steadied both sides throughout. Brendon Malice, Christina Hefner, Jon Carter and Alicia Dixon all suit up for the Building Society while Phil Brown, Adrean Russell, Antoinette Lewis and Alexandria Saintville guide Wok-n-Roll. The Building Society would finish ahead of Maples (4-1-1), Burger Shack (4-2) and the Wolverines (4-2). Wok-n-Roll meanwhile topped 4-2 Mourant Ozannes, 4-2 Cayman Auto Diagnostics and 3-3 Kirk Freeport.

In all, a bolstering 16 teams took part in the league. Aside from the regulars, the competition attracted new talents such as Will Kounet, Chris Kirkconnell and Daniel Kirkconnell of Kirk Freeport. There were others like Ryan Ebanks of Grape Tree Cafe, Kevin Morales of Weststar, Jay Robinson of KPMG, Rashaun Wright of Mourant and Jason Wong of Wok-n-Roll. These individuals all made a name for themselves throughout the course of the season.

Statistically, ‘A’ division overall leaders were headed by QB Kevin Solomon (Burger Shack) with 16 passing TDs. Perry Levy (Burger Shack) led all receivers with 8 TD receptions, Brendon Malice (Building Society) led all runners with 2TDs and defensively Josh Parsons (Wolverines) led the way with 2INTs return for TDs. For the Women, Jessica Ebanks (Wolverines) led the group with 8 TD passes, Cassandra Bodden (Burger Shack) topped receivers with 4TD receptions, Joanne Remillard (Duke’s) led on the ground and Meghan Boccaccio (Go Flag Yourself!) topped the defensive players with 3 INTs. In the ‘B’ division, Jamie Stephen (Lonestar) led the way with 14 TD passes, Jon Pump (Lonestar) led all receivers with 7 TD receptions, Brad Conolly (Mourant) and Jason Wong (Wok-n-Roll) led all ground pounders with 3 TDs a piece and Andy Buergo (Lonestar) led on defense with 3 INTs, of which 2 were returned for TDs. For the Women, Jessica Pawlik (Cayman Auto) led all passers with 14 TDs, Betsy Smith (Burger King) led all receivers with 3 TD receptions, Shawanna Hera (Mourant) controlled the ground with 2 TDs and Alexandra Saintville (Wok-n-Roll) led in defensive points.

Game action continued last weekend with Maples first knocking off Burger Shack 19-14, behind the prowess of David Taylor. Selkirk Watler and Scimone Campbell propelled Go Flag Yourself over Grape Tree Cafe 18-12. The Wolverines shellacked Queensgate 50-0 behind Jessica Ebanks career day and Cayman Auto clobbered Weststar 42-13 under the guidance of Jessica Pawlik. Gary Rutty and Ryan Smith of Burger King stunned Kirk Freeport 27-22 and Wok-n-Roll got their easiest victory of the season at the hands of a Lonestar forfeit. Rutty and Ebanks notched player of the week honours.

It should be noted that this Friday will serve as the league climax. The semi-finals and finals will all take place on the evening. Semi Final games will feature Wok-n-Roll vs. Kirk Freeport and Mourant vs. Cayman Auto at 6pm followed by Maples vs. Burger Shack and the Building Society vs. Wolverines at 7pm. The finals will start immediately after the conclusion of those games. The association will host a league ending social on Sat Apr 27th 7pm at Dog House where each division winner will formerly be presented with their championship trophy in addition to a $150 tab. The most outstanding male and female performer from each division will also be recognised.

 


Mourant subdue Lonestar as Playoffs loom!!!!
Apr 16, 2013, 2:51 pm

The Burger King Co-ed Flag Football league is heading into its final week with various teams fighting for their playoff lives. There is unfinished business to be settled, especially in the "B" division, where playoff positioning for all 4 seeds is still very much in play. The results of standout games this week such as Kirk Freeport vs. Burger King, Wok-n-Roll vs. Lonestar and Cayman Auto vs. Weststar will all impact the playoff scenario in one way or another. Games will kick-off 6:30pm at the Ed Bush Field, West Bay.

In last week's action, Mourant Ozannes subdued Lonestar 26-14. The dynamic play of Brad Conolly and Shawanna Hera was the difference. Both dominated the game on the ground rushing for 4 TDs combined. Celester Anderson helped out on defense with an INT. For Lonestar, QB Jamie Stephen led the charge with 2 TD passes and a couple XTRA points. Todd Hazlewood was his favourite target being the recipient of both TDs.

The opening game saw Grape Tree Café rally from a 14 point halftime deficit to shock Duke's 29-28. Peter Whittaker once again led the Grape Tree Café attack and continued his hot play with 4 TD passes. He spread the ball to a plethora of receivers with Joni Wood, Andrew Frederick, Monique Roberts and Barron Solomon each catching a TD. Ryan Ebanks helped out on defense with a vital INT and also caught the game winning XTRA point. For Duke's, Dave Valez and crew showed flashes of the creative misdirection offensive team that propelled them last season. Unfortunately, they once again could not sustain their level of play for the entire game being blanketed in the second half.  

On the opposite field, Kirk Freeport stayed alive in the playoff race by trouncing KPMG 34-12. Chris Kirkconnell spearheaded the jeweller's assault with his best performance of the season. He threw an imposing 4 TD passes and also took matters into his own hands breaking off a 20 yard TD on the ground. Jerry Beck was his favourite playmaker of the day with 2 TD receptions. Emily Vaka-uta and Kelli Dawson each had a TD and Will Kounet chipped in with a couple XTRA points. Koro Vaka-uta gave them an extra possession on offense notching his second Def INT of the season. For KPMG, the dynamic duo of Jay Robinson and Andrew Edwards delivered again connecting for 2 TDs. Unfortunately, they simply could not keep pace with their competition whose QB was in a zone.

In other action, Go Flag Yourself! three game skid came to a halt when they knocked off Queensgate 26-6. Paul McField, Scimone Campbell and Meghan Boccaccio each scored TDs for Go Flag Yourself. Boccaccio also had a monster day on defense with a remarkable 3 INTs. For Queensgate, Nate Narcisse hooked up with Taj Haye for their only score of the game. It's really been a dismal season for the talent latent bunch who simply lack roster continuity. Offensively, they have been unable to generate any consistency thus resulting in a league low 45 points overall. They wrap up their season against the Wolverines this week.

Later on, Cayman Auto Diagnostics defeated Burger King 21 – 7. Jessica Cribb and Joel Rivers each threw a TD pass to Robbie Cribb. Simon Rivers added a TD on the ground to round out their scoring.   Simon also impacted the game on the defensive side of the ball with an INT. For Burger King, Gary Rutty was back at the helm and had a modest performance. He hooked up with Gordon McLaughlin for a TD, being their lone score of the game.

In the final and most bizarre game of the night, National Building Society and Maples ended in a rare 26-26 draw. For Maples, David Taylor led the offensive unit orchestrating 4 scoring drives. He connected with Chris Bennett twice and handed off their other two TDs to Rupert Whittaker and Fabio Galio. For National Building Society, Brendon Malice was predominately under center completing a season high 4 TD passes. He hooked up with all his playmakers Jon Carter, Paul Chin, Stephanie Watler and Alicia Dixon for TDs. They will await the results of the Maples/Burger Shack game to determine their seeding in the playoffs.

Congrats to Chris Kirkconnell of Kirk Freeport and Meghan Boccaccio of Go Flag Yourself! who were the Men’s and Women’s players of the week!

 


Maples rally to knock off Grape Tree Café!!!
Apr 9, 2013, 5:03 pm

In the feature game of the week, Maples stormed back from a two-score deficit in the late stages of the second half to shock Grape Tree Cafe, 22-18.Richard Campbell led the Maples attack at Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay, coordinating three scoring drives. He hit Rupert Whittaker and Nicholas Roberts (twice) for touchdowns down the stretch, showing great patience and composure. For Grape Tree Cafe, Peter Whittaker handled quarterbacking duties and made enough plays to put his team in position to win. He was efficient throughout, dissecting Maples’ defence with a number of completions and three TD passes. Unfortunately, questionable defensive back play in the waning moments cost Whittaker’s team the game and possibly a playoff berth.

Elsewhere in the Burger King Coed Flag Football League, the Wolverines knocked off Duke’s, 27-12, behind the unorthodox but effective arm of Oliver Parker. Parker was sharp, throwing three TD passes to playmakers Jen Cotarelo and Damian Barboram. Josh Parsons chipped in with his second interception for a TD of the season, propelling him up the defensive leader board. For Duke’s, it has really been a disappointing season as the losses keep stacking up. They’ll have another opportunity to get off the snide when they face Grape Tree Cafe this week.

On the opposite field, KPMG thumped Weststar, 34–6, behind the stellar play of Jay Robinson and Andrew Edwards. Robinson had his way throwing three TD passes and Edwards was his favourite target, being the recipient of two scores. Edwards had a third TD on the ground and Jama Johnson caught their other TD. On the defensive end, Anton Brown had a pick-six to round out their scoring. For Weststar, Tamika Byrd connected with Joe Byrd in what would be their only score of the game. They look to wrap up their season on a positive note against Cayman Auto Diagnostics this week.

In the ensuing game, Wok-n-Roll handed Mourant Ozannes their second loss of the season 14-6. Antoinette Lewis spearheaded Wok–n-Roll’s two scoring drives connecting with Carrie Bennett and handing off the other to Raj Jackson. For Mourant Ozannes, QB Brad Conolly hooked up with RaShaun Wright for their only score of the game. Controversy surrounded the outcome as Conolly was quoted saying, “We had a number of TDs overturned due to some officiating errors that directly contributed to us losing the game.”

In the night cap, National Building Society clipped Burger Shack, 14-13, to place them atop the A Division standings. Brendon Malice led the charge for National Building Society coordinating two scoring drives. He hooked up with Christina Hefner in the first half for a TD and Hefner returned the favour connecting with Malice in the second half. Marvin Gordon ran in the game-clinching extra point with one second remaining on the clock. For Burger Shack, Kevin Solomon led the charge and had a modest performance. He threw two TD passes, one each to Perry Levy and Cassandra Bodden. Bodden also had a good game on defence with some gritty tackles and an INT.

Congratulations to Oliver Parker of the Wolverines and Cassandra Bodden of Burger Shack, they were the men’s and women’s players 
of the week.

 

 


Burger Shack clinch playoff berth!!!
Mar 26, 2013, 10:34 am

Week 5 of the Burger King Co-ed Flag Football League saw the "A" division frontrunner Burger Shack clinch an early playoff berth. This came after comfortably knocking off Queensgate 26-6 behind some blanketing defense. Kevin Solomon led the offensive unit for Burger Shack with 3TD passes. Playmakers Isatou Sey, Cassandra Bodden and Perry Levy each had TD receptions and Will Peguero Jr cemented the outcome with a game breaking pick 6. Terry Ballard also had a good game on defense with 2 sacks. For Queensgate, Dan Hiroyok took the snaps and had a modest performance. He was erratic throughout and collectively his team couldn’t sustain any drives. He hooked up with Nate Narcisse in the dying moments for their only score of the game.

In the first game of the night, Mourant Ozannes bounced back from a tough loss with a convincing victory over KPMG. For Mourant Ozannes, Brad Conolly had an imposing performance on both sides of the ball with 2 TD passes on offense and an INT on defense. RaShaun Wright and Jonny Mclaughlin were his favorite targets, each finishing up with a TD reception and a XPT. As a defensive unit, they played the passing lanes well with Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin, Shawanna Hera and Phillip Bodden all snatching INTs. For KPMG, turnovers and their inability to score in the red zone ultimately sealed their fate. This was a disappointing effort for a team coming off a notable win the week before. They will look to redeem themselves after the Easter break against Weststar.

On the opposite field, National Building Society continued their winning ways with a commanding victory over Duke’s 35-14. Christina Hefner spearheaded their attack coordinating 5 scoring drives. She had 1 TD pass and 1 TD reception showcasing her versatility. Brendon Malice, Jon Carter and Alicia Dixon all had TDs during the outpouring. For Duke’s, Dave Valez tried admirably to offset the builders forceful assault but his efforts were without avail. He managed to compose 2 scoring drives and made a game of it early. Unfortunately, their effectiveness faded in the second half and before you knew it the game was out of reach.

In the ensuing game, Wok-n-Roll quickly killed any speculation that their mystique had been exaggerated. Coming off a humbling defeat the week before, Wok-n-Roll battered Cayman Auto 34-13.   Antoinette Lewis was the driving force behind their attack with an amazing 4 TD passes. Phil Brown, Rob Duty, Carrie Barnett and Caribbean's Next Top Model contestant Treveen Stewart were the recipients of her TD passes. For Cayman Auto, Jessica Pawlik had a modest game when compared to her other performances this season. Between her and Robbie Cribb, they completed a season low 2 TDs. Simon and Joel Rivers were their favorite targets throughout the course of the game, each finishing up with a TD.

In other action, Burger King got off the snide by quietly defeating Weststar 12-6. The lethal husband and wife combination of Ryan and Betsy Smith was the difference. They hooked up for TDs twice to propel the victory. For Weststar, many felt this was their best shot at notching a win this season so to come up short had to be disappointing. Timothy Coulston orchestrated their 1 scoring drive when he connected with David Lee. They once again have a winnable matchup this week against the offensively inconsistent KPMG.

In the night capper, the Wolverines defeated Go Flag Yourself! 18-7 to launch themselves back into playoff contention. Jessica Ebanks commanded the huddle for the Wolverines and had a great game. She threw 3 TD passes divided amongst Renford Barnes and Serena Yates. For Go Flag Yourself!, Selkirk Bodden took over QB duties for the vacationing Glenn Duran Jr and had a quiet performance. He appeared to lack "rhythm and timing" with his throws, missing a number of open receivers. Nevielle Morgon had the lone TD for Go Flag Yourself! who are shockingly 2 games below .500 with a record of 1 – 3.

Congrats to Brad Conolly of Mourant Ozannes and Antoinette Lewis of the Cobras who were the Men’s and Women’s players of the week!


KPMG upsets Cobras!!!
Mar 18, 2013, 4:39 pm

Sooner or later you knew it would happen and consequently week 4 featured its first glairing upset of the season when KPMG knocked off the Cobras 14-13. Undisputed underdogs, KPMG played with great effort and intensity to defeat the division powerhouse. Defensively, they showed some opportune awareness forcing two game changing turnovers at key moments. Offensively, Jay Robinson took care of the football and managed the game thoughtfully. He hooked up with Steve Taylor for a TD and also had the game breaking pick 6 to propel the victory. It was particularly impressive to see the upstart team keep their composure against the experienced ridden Cobras. On the flip side, this was a head-scratcher to say the least for the reigning champs. Offensive mastermind Adrean “Big Sexy” Russell took the snaps and was skittish throughout. There was an obvious disconnection between him and his receivers and frustration was evident by their body language. The bright spots were Jason Wong and Keisha Solomon who each had TDs. Russell was quoted saying “In the second half they made plays when it counted and we didn’t”. Cobras next face the red hot Jessica Pawlik and her Cayman Auto squad so a better offensive showing is necessary to avoid another setback.

In the first game of the night, Kirk Freeport and Mourant Ozannes needed extra time to determine the outcome. Both teams came in amped up after some good old fashion trash talking during the week over the league’s website forum. For Kirk Freeport, the Kirkconnell brothers Chris and Daniel shuffled playing QB and collectively had good outings. They rallied their team back from a two score deficit showing great will and composure. Chris Palmer and Will Koutney were their favorite targets all game with 3 total TDs. For Mourant Ozannes, Brad “Habachi” Conolly was the anchor and had a commanding performance. He orchestrated two scoring drives and made a number of gorgeous vertical throws that repeatedly slipped through the hands of his receivers. The most obvious one being with 5 seconds remaining in regulation. Conolly recognized that Phillip Bodden got behind the Kirk Freeport secondary, threw another vertical dime to again see the potential game winner slip through Bodden’s hands. This led to overtime and ultimately the loss 20 - 14. 

On the adjacent field, National Building Society remained undefeated by clipping Grape Tree Café 18-12. A close battle throughout, the builders dug deep at crunch time to hold off the determined Grape Tree Café team. QB Christina Hefner continued her steady play spearheading 3 scoring drives. She hooked up with Jon Carter throughout the game and twice for TDs. Brendon Malice chipped in with a TD pass of his own to Carter and also had a key play on defense with an INT. For Grape Tree Café, the season debut of Andrew “Know-it-All” Graham was the highlight. He brought some savvy play to the QB position and allowed incumbent Peter Whittaker to have an impact at his more natural receiver position. Unfortunately, Graham was unable to compose that season changing drive in the final moments to capture the win.  

The ensuing game saw Lonestar cease the B division’s top spot when they defeated Weststar 42-14. QB Jamie Stephens is making an early case for division MVP with his stellar play. He continues to rack up TDs (overall leader with 12) and is on pace to break the league record. He connected with Jon Pump, Roger Freeman and Tricia Tee for TDs during the course of the game. On the defensive side of the ball, Andy Buergo and Tee had 3 INTs combined. For Weststar, bystanders can only be impressed with their maturation each week. They are a competitive bunch led by Kevin Morales and Timothy Coulston. Offensively, they are starting to generate skillful plays in the passing game impelling a sense of confidence on that side of the ball. Defensively, they simply couldn’t slow down the potent Lonestar attack who’s clicking on all cylinders. They have a favorable matchup this week against a struggling Burger King team, who too are coming off back to back losses.  

In other action, the Wolverines got off the snide by narrowly beating Maples 19-18. QB Jessica Ebanks fueled the victory with arguably her best performance of her very young career. She completed a variation of short accurate passes allowing her receivers to make plays after the catch. Tito Solomon was the prime beneficiary when he took a short pass, eluted a number of potential tacklers to break off a 50 yard TD. Josh Parsons caught the other TD and also returned an INT for a TD to round out the scoring for the Wolverines. For Maples, QB Richard Campbell continued his aggressive play early on with repeated deep throws. Unfortunately, this approach was not as effective as in past weeks and Maples found themselves having to punt more often than they would have liked. Second half they adjusted by featuring playmaker David Taylor in the intermediate passing game. Taylor, who has an uncanny ability to make would-be tacklers miss, took full advantage of his touches to place Maples in striking position late in the game. He scored the potential game extending TD but they failed to convert the all-important XTRA point, resulting in the loss. 

In the night capper, Child Please! kept rolling with a 32-15 victory over Duke’s. The selflessness and eccentric attire of Sophy Broad energized the Child Please! posse. Kevin Solomon continued his scorching play throwing 4 TDs divided amongst Perry Levy, Will Peguero Jr. and Cassandra Bodden. Peguero Jr. also took a few snaps in the dying moments and hit Terry “Zacapa” Ballard for a celebrated TD. For Duke’s, Dave Valez was under center and used a variation of misdirection option plays that resulted in the game’s first score. Unfortunately, they were unable to make any significant plays out of their more traditional sets once Child Please! adjusted defensively. They fell behind quickly as they couldn’t generate any explosive plays to keep pace. Dustin Norton and Joanne Remillard each had a TD for Duke's showcasing some playmaking ability. They will need them and others like Matt Bone and Keswick Wright to raise their level of play if they wish to upset National Building Society in week 5. 

Congrats to Jon Carter of National Building Society and Jessica Ebanks of the Wolverines who were the Men’s and Women’s players of the week!


CIFFA huddles up flag ladies
Mar 13, 2013, 10:46 am

Flag football in Cayman seems poised for two female leagues.

The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association recently announced plans to put on a women’s league this summer. The competition is slated to join the Dart Women’s League, put on by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.

The Cayman Islands Flag Football association stated the move is about building unity. 

“As some of you may already know, the association is excited to announce the return of our Women’s Premier League,” the association noted. “We believe the consensus choice is to facilitate both leagues at one venue and as an association, we strongly support this initiative.

“We have the resources and “know how” to handle this transition and look forward to working with you all to accomplish this. We will be extremely open to recommendations. At this point, the group plans to stage the women’s league alongside the men’s competition at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. The Grand Cayman group would continue its matches at the Camana Bay Sports Field.

The Cayman Islands association staged a women’s event in years past. In 2011, a number of ladies made the decision to form another governing body.

Over the last two years, there has been talk of unifying male and female players again under one group. For flag football stalwarts like former Cayman Islands association vice president Brad Conolly, 2013 is about unity within the sport.

“As a player, seeing as the women are keen on being part of the Cayman Islands association again, I’m looking forward to both associations being under one umbrella again in 2013,” Conolly said. “It makes more sense to play at the same venue on the same day so I hope it happens.”

News of the women’s league comes after Maggie Ebanks and the national women’s team recently helped put on a one-day tournament at the T.E. McField Sports Centre. Dubbed the “Cayman Classic,” the event unveiled an eight-person style of play for women, complete with downfield blocking, which is a departure from the traditional seven-a-side look.

The squad tried that format during a recent international tournament in Florida without success. A host of familiar names took part, including Dionne Whittaker and Carrie Barnett.

The Cayman Classic also catered to the guys, via a nine-man segment organised in large part by flag football stalwart Brendon Malice. Many star veterans participated such as Simon Rivers and Richard Campbell.

At the moment, the Cayman Islands association has two ongoing competitions in its co-ed league, sponsored by Burger King, and its youth league, sponsored by The Security Centre Limited. Co-ed action takes place on Fridays at Ed Bush while youngsters storm the Camana Bay field on Saturdays.


Cayman Classic tackles new style!!!
Mar 13, 2013, 10:45 am

Flag football is showing ladies are far from the weaker sex.

The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association unveiled an eight-man style of play for women, complete with downfield blocking, during its recent one-day tournament at the T.E. McField Sports Centre in George Town.

Dubbed the “Cayman Classic,” the decision to switch from the traditional seven-a-side look to the eight-man style was the brainchild of Maggie Ebanks and the association’s national women’s team. The squad tried out that format during a recent international tournament in Florida without success.

Last Saturday’s competition saw a host of familiar names in the sport, including Dionne Whittaker, Jessica Pawlik and Cassandra Bodden along with multi-sport stars such as Carrie Barnett, Jahzenia Thomas and Sheyla Torres.

Dozens of enthusiasts turned up to see the ladies getting physical. Among them was Joshua Pawlik, who served as the special teams coach for the national women’s squad. Pawlik said it is no surprise they wanted to adopt a tougher version of the sport.

“The girls who went away loved it,” Pawlik said. “They got a feel for an eight-man, full contact format. It’s nothing new in places like Washington, DC, which I feel is the best in the nation as they have a year-round league with 16 teams.”

For the record, the national women’s team competed in the 42nd annual US Flag and Touch League National Flag Football Championships in Kissimmee, Florida earlier this year. Along with the national men’s team, the ladies went winless, losing their first two games and failing to advance past the initial stages.

Pawlik said the untold story behind that was that Cayman was more competitive than the results indicate.

“The girls performed well, they had their moments,” he said. “For example, Alicia Dixon made a beautiful catch and Jessica Pawlik connected with Scimone Campbell on a long touchdown play.

“Losing the first two games didn’t put us in the playoffs but in that second game, we were there to the end. We lost to the Lady Dominators, the best team in their league out of Washington, DC. The first team we lost to was Canada and they had won the championships two years in a row in recent years. They only beat us 12-0. It was close and we had a chance to score at the end.”

The Cayman Classic also catered to the guys, via a nine-man segment organised in large part by flag football stalwart Brendon Malice. Many star veterans participated such as Simon Rivers, Brad Conolly and Richard Campbell.

The tournament comes as the association continues to stage its 2013 coed league. Matches began last month, with week three taking place on Friday, 8 March, at Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay. At 6.30pm, reigning A division champions Child Please! faces Wolverines, while KPMG battle Cayman Auto Diagnostic.

At 7.15pm, Go Flag Yourself! challenge National Building Society, while Burger King squares off with Mourant Ozannes. At 8pm, Duke’s tackle Queensgate, while reigning B division winners Cobras hunt down Weststar.


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