The Domino’s Pizza Wolverines came up short of a women’s flag football championship. At this point it’s unclear if the side will be back for a strong run next season.
The Wolverines lost in the Dart Women’s League final at the Camana Bay field to the Hammerheads Lady Sharks. With the victory Hammerheads would claim their second straight championship and their first in the newly formed Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.
Wolverines coach Oliver Parker states next year is not a given.
“I don’t know about next year,” Parker said. “We’re in the offseason now and we’re taking a break. We had a good season, only two losses. We were the number one seed and we came up short in the game that mattered the most.”
Indeed, the Wolverines put up solid numbers. The side ended the regular season with the best record at 7-1 and had the top-rated defence that allowed a mere 14 points. They had the top quarterback in Antoinette Lewis (16 touchdowns, four interceptions) with stellar offensive play from Benecia Thompson (17 receptions, seven TDs) and great defensive effort from Agueda Broderick (10 tackles, six sacks). All would give headaches to the other teams in the Lone Star Jager Monsters, Andro Killa-Panthers and Pythons.
Nevertheless, the Wolverines’ starlets would be kept in check by a determined Hammerheads side built around veterans Bobeth O’Garro and Scimone Campbell. In the final a number of other players played well such as Lilia Conolly, Serena Yates and Keisha Anglin.
Parker and fellow Wolverines coach Renford Barnes both felt the title game was a case of the Lady Sharks getting better production from their veterans.
“We didn’t execute,” Parker said. “We had several chances to win but we didn’t take advantage of those chances. But it was a good championship game and Scimone is a beast. The hurt is still there. They didn’t dominate us, we just didn’t take our chances.”
“We’re a well-rounded team and both sides played hard,” Barnes said. “There were a number of defensive lapses. Scimone made big catches and hats off to the Lady Sharks.
“What can I say, they were really good. Our roster has talent but hard work beats talent any day. I feel experience outplayed us in the end.”