Pirates upset odds

If you looked at Saturday’s first ever women’s championship game in the Cayman Islands Flag Football League on paper you would have just given the trophy to the Walkers Wonder team.

Winners of both games against the Lady Pirates in the regular season, undefeated in league play, the hottest quarterback, receiver tandem in both leagues, yes it was a forgone conclusion.

However to quote one of the most famous lines in sports ‘that’s why they play the games’, they did indeed play the game and the Hammerheads Lady Pirates did exactly what they had to do to shut down the potent Walkers offense and win the inaugural championship 19-14.

Trailing 14-6 at half time, the Lady Pirates used a tough defense and a ball control offense to shutdown Walkers and take the title.

Hammerheads used a delay tactic on offense and ran a totem pole formation. If the initial route of the receivers are not open the three receivers come together in the middle of the field and stand in a straight line, when the quarterback signals they all break in different directions.

Hammerheads used this formation to slow down the game and keep the ball away from the Walkers offense. Walkers were slow to react on a couple of occasions and the result was scoring plays for Hammerheads.

Lady Pirates stopped Walkers late in the game and kept possession of the ball to run out the clock for the victory.

Pirates got a complete team effort and kudos go to co-coaches Brandon Malice and Andrew Wisdom for employing a game plan and getting the players to execute to perfection.

Lisa Malice was again a pillar of strength in the Lady Pirates backfield as she was calm and cool in leading the Lady Pirates offense.

She finished the game 8 of 14 passing with three touchdown passes. Malice protected the ball and threw no interceptions.

Playing a strong team like Walkers, keeping the ball away from them was a key to victory.

Eleanor Berry caught five passes including two touchdown receptions.

Christine Bisnauth a steady component in the Hammerheads offense all year had the other touchdown catch.

The defense of the Lady Pirates was outstanding in the second half and was led by steady Dionne Whittaker who had five tackles and an interception. Berry also had an interception for the Lady Pirates as she did duty on both sides of the ball.

For Walkers who will have to wait until next season to avenge the defeat Jordana Clarke had an okay day but could not solve the Hammerheads defense in the second half.

Clarke was 8 of 16 passing with two touchdown passes and 2 interceptions. The catches were split between Rachelle Peterson who had four with one touchdown catch and Krishan Welcome who also had four receptions with a TD catch.

Welcome also had a good day for the Wonders defense as she recorded four tackles and a sack.

Malaqui Lovinggood had four tackles as well for the Walkers defense.

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