Flag touches down with women on board

Cayman’s flag football season ended so spectacularly last season that immense interest has once again been generated for this year’s.

It is expanding too, with a women’s league and kids being introduced to the sport.

Kick off of the annual Flag Football Summer League will commence tomorrow at 1pm at the Cayman International School field, Camana Bay.

With an exciting new season inclusive of an all women’s league and a state of the art facility, the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association anticipates the most exciting and entertaining season to date.

CIFFA has also launched their official website www.flagfootball.ky. The website details the history of league, current committee members, team and player information and stats, amongst other things.

‘The association would also like to take this opportunity to remind all teams heads to collate all the necessary team registration and player fees for submission prior to game participation,’ said league president George ‘Teddy’ Hydes.

The men’s teams comprise of: Goldfield/WB Hellcats, Hammerheads Pirates, Doghouse Bulldogs, Stingers Giants, Maples, PWC Ironmen and Caybrew Farm Soldiers.

The women’s teams are: Walkers Wonders, DMS Hellkittens, Burger King Buccaneers, Maples To Hot to Handle, Storm, Jose’s Escape Gasolinas and Hammerheads Lady Pirates.

Coming off a 13-0 season, the Hellcats are the favourites, led by last year’s statistical powerhouses quarterback Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks and wide receiver Perry ‘Boy Wonder’ Levy.

The Pirates and Bulldogs are the two teams that appear to pose the most threat to the Hellcats this season with a number of star off season acquisitions such as Nigel and Barron Solomon and Sean Moyle.

The Caybrew Farm Soldiers lead by quarterback Luigi Moxam and receiver Leslie Harvey are also a team that have championship aspirations.

Maples also made a key off season move with the acquisition of two-time league champion quarterback Kevin Solomon.

As for the women’s league, the team that appears to be making the most noise early on are the Walkers Wonders lead by QB Jordana Clarke and playmaker Krishan Welcome.

Players such as Delesia Ebanks of the Hellkittens and Joni Ebanks of the Buccaneers are expected to be major contributors for their respective teams early on as well.

All in all, it should be a competitive league for all to enjoy. It’s actually a four on four league (no offensive/defensive linemen).

‘Regarding the youth league, we’re in the process of making arrangements to conduct a number of youth camps later this year,’ Hydes said.

‘The camps will focus on teaching kids from various age groups football fundamentals in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.’

The only report on the international scene is that Team Cayman finished second in International World Cup of Flag Football held in Costa Rica in March. They lost to USA in the dying seconds of the second half but learned a lot from the experience and expect to bring home the trophy next year.

For any general queries regarding the league, contact George ‘Teddy’ Hydes at g[email protected].

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