Local flag footballers gathered for their annual beach tournament recently and Team Selkirk emerged victorious in Calico Jack’s second running of the event.
Team Selkirk won 21-20 over the CayBrew Slingshots in an epic final.
Entry fee was $25 per person and all proceeds will go towards funding the Cayman Islands National Flag Football team at the World Championship of Flag Football in Costa Rica at the end of this month.
The tournament started with eight teams: CayBrew Slingshots, Team Rhys, Team Citibank, Maple Packers, Team PWC, Westel, WB Hellcats and Team Selkirk. After many hard fought and close round robin games, the final four were Caybrew Slingshots, Team Selkirk, Westel and Team Rhys.
In the first quarter-final, Caybrew Slingshots took on Team Rhys. The two teams had met up in the round robin with the Slingshots winning in overtime. This one had the same fate as Team Rhys were down 19-12 with less than a minute to play, but they just ran out of gas while driving down the field. Westel and Team Selkirk was one of the day’s closest games which saw Ranfor Welcome out jumping two Westel defenders to secure a last second touchdown propelling Selkirk into the finals.
The final started with Team Selkirk on offense. Quarterback Donny House completed a quick pass to Welcome who took the ball near Slingshots territory. House then went to wide receiver Jeremy Seymour who slipped a tackle and took it the distance for Team Selkirk’s first score. House opted for a two point conversion but was unsuccessful leaving a score of 6-0.
Slingshots went on the offense and QB Neil Clemons was about to show it was not by chance that they reached the finals with the highest scoring offense. Clemons avoided Neville Morgan’s defensive rush with a quick 15 yard pass to receiver Patrick Bourque. Clemons’ next strike was a quick pass to Lance Worth who slipped a tackle and took it the distance to tie the game. Slingshots then went for the lead with a successful extra point conversion, a reception in the end zone by Brendon Malice to make it 7-6.
The next series saw House connecting with a deep streak to Welcome for another six points. Team Selkirk converted their extra point with a successful reception by Selkirk Watler. The score leading into the second half was 13-7.
The start of the second half saw Malice after a successful reception from Clemons, slipping a tackle and taking it the distance for a Slingshots touchdown. Slingshots opted for a one point conversion. A quick pass from Clemons to Bourque was unsuccessful due to a great defensive stop by Damian Barboram. The score was now tied 13-13.
After Team Selkirk failed to score on their next possession, Caybrew Slingshots scored on their offensive possession with a beautiful deep pass to an unmarked Worth. Slingshots successfully converted the extra point conversion; the score was now 20-13.
Team Selkirk was not to be out done as House orchestrated a series of quick passes and nice runs to put them in a favorable position to score. On fourth down with 12 seconds remaining, House executed a beautiful pass to Welcome in the corner of the end zone bringing Team Selkirk within one point of tying the game. House opted for a two point conversion to take the lead. His conversion pass to Selkirk Watler was successful securing a sensational come from behind 21-20 lead.
Caybrew Slingshots were now faced with eight seconds to score to win. They moved the ball successfully, however the game ultimately ended with a goal line stop by Team Selkirk to seal the victory and trophy.
The organizers were grateful to Caybrew, Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, Calico Jack’s, Brendon Malice, Perry Levy, Phil Brown, Colin Wilson, Alex Angel, Drew Graham, Chris Gourzong, Teddy Hydes and all the teams that participated.