The Hammerheads Lady Sharks were
intent on showing they had even more bite than last season when they fell short
in the championship game against Walkers Wonders. The Sharks were pretty
toothless in that game, in fact.
Walkers did not reach the
championship games at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay this time, mainly because
first choice quarterback Jordana Clarke missed many games. So matched against
the generally inexperienced Lone Star Jager Monsters on Saturday for the title,
picking the favourite was not difficult. But the Monsters were still a big
threat, with dynamic quarterback Ali Amos controlling things. They also have
the speed and experience of players like Christine Bisnauth, Keisha Solomon,
Renee Thompson and Michelle McTaggart. The Monsters looked like non-entities
earlier in the season but regrouped brilliantly, found their focus and battled
their way to the big one.
Alas, it all came crashing down
around them though. Bisnauth limped off with the recurrence of a busted knee in
the first half which did not help the Monster cause. Hammerheads took control
from the start and ran out 36-18 winners thanks to incisive runs by the likes
of Scimone Campbell and newcomer Courtisha Ebanks, found with pin-point passes
by quarterback Bobeth O’Garro.
Andrew Wisdom is one of the Lady
Sharks coaches. He said: “The girls put in a lot of time during the regular
season. They’ve been practising, over and over. We’ve also lost five of our
players who went away to school so we had to dig in to the reserves we had to
come up for the championship game. They did play exactly how they intended.”
O’Garro was relieved that they did
not lose for the second year running in the championship game. She said: “Last
year we kind of froze in the finals and this year we just said it’s not going
to happen. We were relaxed and looked at it not as a championship game but any
other in the league. We thought that we’re No.1 and no team can beat us.
“This is one of the sweetest
victories because we had some we had to gel really well because we had a lot of
rookies. They were awesome but we couldn’t have done it without all our team
members. They made me look good as a quarterback.”
The Sharks were captained by Kathy
Miller who had an anxious flight back from the US the previous week because she
missed the semi-final against Appleby. She needn’t have worried because they
crushed them 56-0. Monsters actually beat Walkers in the semis but mainly by
default because Clarke wasn’t playing. But at least they showed the spirit to
overcome a shaky start to get to the championship game.
Courtisha Ebanks really shone for
the Sharks in her rookie year – as did Alexandra ‘Nemo’ Terry who missed the
final matches because of school commitments. Courtisha’s catching and tactical
positioning was exceptional, probably gleaned from excelling in basketball and
at club and national level in football where she plays in goal. She said: “It
was fun. It was better than I expected, actually. I am looking forward to next
So will plenty of other teams who
were in the mix with Walkers Wonders anxious to reclaim their title.