Hellcats really intent

They were champions in 2003, 2005,
2007 and 2009 so if the sequence is to continue, the Spin 94.9FM West Bay
Hellcats should not win the title tomorrow. Naturally, they want to break that
run and against the Burger King Panthers, the Hellcats are even more focused
than usual.

Their coach George ‘Teddy’ Hydes is
adamant that this strange sequence will finally be broken.

“Repeating as champions has been
our focus the whole season,” said Hydes. “But this will be the first time we
have made it to finals after a championship season so this by far is our best
opportunity to accomplish winning the title back to back. After our previous
championships motivation has always been difficult but from day one of this
season the team has been focused and determined to hold the trophy one more
time.”

Hellcats quarterback Frecko Ebanks
rolls on year after year and even though he is 40, the colourful player has no
intention of bowing to youth. “Frecko has had his critics throughout his career
but to play quarterback – the most scrutinised position – for well over a
decade on a team that is always considered a championship contender he has
proven a lot of people wrong. When I ask Frecko how much longer he plans on
playing his answer is: ‘I’ll see what happens when I reach 50!’

“Yes, we are a veteran team and I’m
not one to single out players but veterans like Clay Coleman, Al Nixon, Adrean
Russell, Nate Narcisse, Phil Brown, Taj Haye, Nikolai Hill, Craig Frederick,
Chester Hurlston, Richard Allen and Barry Bush have stepped up and kept the
focus. With us losing a lot of key players from last year’s team the additions
of Damien Barboram, Rensford Barnes, Archie Brathwraite, Darrell Porter,
Renaldo Garcia, Oliver Parker and Michael Gourzong have added the energy we
needed and it just seems like they have been playing with Hellcats for years.”

Calabash Soldiers were the second
seeds to Hellcats but they lost unexpectedly in the semis last weekend to
Burger King. Calabash coach Johann Moxam had teased the other top teams with
his comments in the Caymanian Compass and in a sense it inspired his rivals.
“With regards to Johann’s comments I don’t believe in motivating other teams by
talking trash or giving them bulletin board material,” said Hydes. “I’m here to
motivate and prepare my team for the opponents they play each week and this
week we will be focusing on the Burger King Panthers.

“Anytime a top seed loses in the
playoffs it is a surprise especially a team that has the talent of Calabash.
That’s one of the ways I prepare my team, is to let them know that on any given
Saturday you are capable of winning as well as losing but we decide the
outcome.

“The HellCats have had some ups and
some downs this season but we stayed focused on the main goal and we are only
one win away from achieving that, so I expect the players to be very focused
and determined to accomplish our goal. We’ve played Burger King twice this
season with both games being close and this Saturday it will come down to who
executes their game
plan the best.”

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