The Wolves basketball club have emerged as one of Cayman’s most talented sports organizations the last five years. With the formation of a women’s team the side is clearly looking to dominate the scene.
When the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association National Women’s Basketball League begins, one of the new squads will be the Lady Wolves. The green starlets are slated to hit the court from 30 January in the annual competition put on by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association.
Lovane “Pelo” Joven is the President of the Wolves club and states the women’s side came about by chance.
“The team name is Lady Wolves and this is the first year with a female team,” Joven said. “We’re trying to grow as an organization and offer more outlets for athletes with more competitions every year. Sheneka Moore and I organized the team. Sheneka is Tikko Moore’s sister and a loyal Wolves follower. Her brother (who is in school in California) also played on our men’s and Under-19 teams so that’s one family we have in our ranks.
“Basically Trini (Duran Whittaker, the Wolves club head coach) and I had thought about a Wolves women’s team for a time. But we were falling short with players. Suddenly Trini got me in touch with Sheneka, who wanted to start her own team. So I committed to sponsoring her team and made it part of the club.”
Moore will play for the Lady Wolves and serve as team captain. The head coach of the squad will not be Trini but instead Eckerd McField. The George Town native has been playing local basketball for years and is a recent member of the Wolves after previously playing for George Town Sports Club.
Most of the team roster has already been filled out. Based on the names currently listed the Lady Wolves should have plenty of bite to match their bark. As Joven points out the talent assembled is impressive.
“We have 10 players at the moment and we plan to get to 12 for the whole season. Some of the key players on the team are Benecia Thompson, Amber Watson, Sara Ebanks, Annique Holness, Cassianne Lawrence and Catherine Ebanks. It’s very exciting for me and it should be interesting.”