The Domino’s Wolverines are a newly formed team in the just created women’s flag football league but they could well sink their teeth into the title – as well as crates of pizza – because they have plenty of players who have already excelled elsewhere.
The Wolverines confirmed their arrival on the scene with a dominant 19-0 victory over the Killa-Watts Panthers in their inaugural game at the Cayman International Playing Field in Camana Bay on Saturday.
Wolverines players like Dionne Whittaker, Christsania McLean, Alexandra Terry, Shinette Rhoden, Shamar Ennis, Schmarrah McCarthy and Antoinette Lewis all have a wealth of flag experience.
Oliver ‘Dark Star’ Parker is the Wolverines co-founder and offensive coach. “After winning the last women’s championship with the Lady Sharks Renford Barnes and I decided to start a new team,” he says. “We started recruiting in November and after acquiring a few talented players we merged with the former Zulu’s team to form Wolverines.
“We’ve been training since April. We’ve put together a very talented team and I expect them to be competing for the championship. Anything less will be a disappointment. Our main rivals I expect will be my former team the Lady Sharks.”
Barnes is the defensive coach and Rex Whittaker is the manager. Barnes and Parker are stars in the men’s league with the dms Hellcats and both bring a host of experience which they are passing onto the women.
“Rex brings insight, calmness along with his coaching experience,” says Parker. He is appreciative too of the sponsors. “We graciously thank Joel Jefferson and Domino’s for their support.” There are many new rules and plays to learn in the new women’s format of seven-a-side as opposed to the previous fives. “The sevens hasn’t been that difficult for the coaches to adapt to. It’s very similar to the men’s rules so it’s been a smooth transition for us to pass on the knowledge to the women who have adapted quickly to the new rules.”
There is plenty of speculation but no real answers over why the women broke away from the men’s fixtures and venue at the Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay. “After a disagreement a handful of individuals decided to start a new organisation and league,” says Parker. “Hopefully, next year the men’s and women’s leagues can work together and play at one venue for all the players and fans to enjoy and interact with each other.
“It provides a nice atmosphere to have the men supporting the women and vice versa. I can’t see any advantage of the women playing at another venue.”
Barnes and Parker are stars in the men’s league with the dms Hellcats and both bring a host of experience which they are passing onto the women.