Pulling flags for Florida props

The top female flag football players in the Cayman Islands are competing in a major international tournament this weekend.

A Cayman select team is being organized to take part in the US Flag and Touch League national flag football championships 14-16 January, 2011.

Kissimmee, Florida will host the competition, which is in its 40th year and features hundreds of teams from the States and the Caribbean.

Doss Solomon is the head coach of the side.

The director of the Cayman Islands National Museum has been involved, both as a participant and as a Cayman Islands Flag Football Association member, for a number of years. He states the Cayman team can be a formidable force.

“I definitely say we can go to the playoffs and the championship game,” Solomon said. “If a trophy is available for us to win, we’ll be going for it. We’re going to win some games and be in the hunt.”

The flag football association has been hosting tryouts for the team since last October.

Practices have took place at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex and the Ed Bush Field. The West Bay venue is nothing new as it hosts matches in the national women’s league (which has been ongoing the last 
two years).

Many team members are no stranger to the sport. With the likes of Ali Amos, Bobeth O’Garro and Keisha Solomon (nee Terry) all taking downs Cayman have a solid side.

In addition the squad has some of the sport’s greatest minds on the sidelines with Nikolai Hill, James ‘Cadillac’ Collins and Darrel “50” Porter serving as assistant coaches and Jamal Young (the current association president) on board as team manager.

On the whole Solomon, 44, states the collection of extraordinary talent is 
prepared for success.

“The preparations have gone very well. Training has been non-stop with a consistently good turnout. A lot of players told us they’ve improved their game in the training camp.

We’ve taught them new techniques that they can take back to the league. The girls say they’re prepared and we’ve been looking at film (of the tournament) from the previous year. On the whole, having been there last year, we’ll match up well with our opponents.”

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Keisha Solomon is among the star players who trained.
PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES
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