Cayman eyes World Cup win

The Cayman Islands will chase victory this week in Miami at the I6th Annual World Cup of Flag Football.

After a third-place finish last year, the team is confident that it can contend for the top spot. Cayman’s competition includes teams from the following countries: Canada, USA, Mexico, Israel, Austria, England, Italy, France, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador, Uruguay, St Croix and the Bahamas.

Canada won last year, followed by the USA.

Cayman head coach Johann Moxam says the Cayman Islands team is fit and fired up.

‘Our team is focused and looks physically ready to meet the challenges ahead in the World Cup Tournament,’ said Moxam. ‘Last year at the tournament in the Dominican Republic, we were the surprise team and unfortunately for some opponents they took us lightly. After the first world cup held in the Bahamas, the team and CIFFA [Cayman Islands Flag Football Association] really dedicated itself to getting better in every facet of the sport and last year we really went there playing for respect and just to improve as a team. We got on a roll and tried to physically impose ourselves. The team spirit was incredible and you really felt that we were a band of brothers taking on the world.

‘Now that we have the confidence and a better understanding of what it takes to succeed in this type of tournament I think the team can improve even further and advance to the Championship game. Once you get to that final it’s anyone’s game and the team that really wants it the most and executes properly usually wins.’

Alex Angel, an offensive lineman for Cayman, says the team is much more serious this year. He too expects big things in Miami.

‘We’ve done a lot more training together as a team this year,’ Angel said. ‘We are looking good. I think we are better overall than we were last year. Our goal is to bring home the Cup.’

Teams compete in three to four games each day and the playoff format is single elimination once round robin games have been completed. Games consist of two 20 minutes halves. The average height and weight of players who take part in the tournament is 6 ft 210 lbs and teams usually take a roster of 25-30 players, said Moxam.

The team thanked its sponsors: Cable & Wireless, Cayman Airways, Kings Power House Gym, Cayman Screen print, and ‘all the other individuals and employers who have offered their support.’

Alex Angel OL

Phillip Brown DB

Brad Berger FS/QB

Edric Brooks DL

James ‘Cadillac’ Collins DL

Patrick Cover WR/LB

Marcus Cumber HB/WR

Andrew ‘Escalade’ Graham OL

Austin Harris OL

Leslie Harvey WR/DB

Antonio Hanna WR/DB

Edward Howard OL/DL

Edison Jackson DL

Will ‘Birdman’ Levy WR/DB

Luigi Moxam WR/LB

Oliver Parker DB

Jamie ‘Wyatt’ Stephen TE/LB

Rustin Smith WR/FS

Kevin ‘ND’ Solomon WR/LB

Steven ’60 cents’ Stewart DL/OL

Ken Stewart DL

Darren ‘ACL’ Trickett DL

Colin Wilson LB

Lance ‘Chief’ Worth LB

Andrew Wisdom OL/DL

Jamal ‘Dbo’ Young DL/LB

Carlo Ylagan QB

Johann Moxam Head Coach

Arthur Screaton Def Coordinator

Teddy Hydes Team Manager