Hellcats back to back at last

They promised last year to break
the unwanted sequence and the Spin 94.9FM West Bay Hellcats certainly lived up
to their expectations.

The Hellcats are the 2010 Cayman
Islands flag football champions, winning it back to back for the first time in
their long history. Championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and last year meant they
were not supposed to do it again this time. The pressure was on but they didn’t
crumble and broke the jinx by winning 12-0 against Burger King Panthers at the
Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay on Saturday. Hellcats even posed with a cheeky
mocked up front page cover of the Caymanian Compass with a headline: Hellcats
win! Back to back titles: 5 championship titles overall.

Veterans Clay Coleman and Frecko
Ebanks, their charismatic quarterback, got the touchdowns in the first half and
despite sustained pressure from Burger King after the break, the Hellcats were
comfortable winners and were able to enjoy their fifth championship with a big
chunk of relief. The champagne flowed and head coach George ‘Teddy’ Hydes got
the obligatory drenching but he said it was all worth it just to break the sequence.

In the women’s match, the
Hammerheads Lady Sharks were never troubled in beating the Lone Star Jager
Monsters 36-18. The Sharks were the firm favourites going into the game having
been losing finalists last year. The Monsters are a largely new team and on the
basis of their early season form did not look capable of getting to the championship
game. But they persevered, trained hard and played well enough to get to the
big one. With a bit more experience and time to gel, both Burger King and
Monsters look set to challenge the established sides next year.


Hellcats are relieved to have broken the jinx.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

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