Erica nabs Miss Tailgate title

Erica Bosch-Bone is one of many new faces in the sport of flag football. After last weekend she is sure to be a memorable one. 

Bosch-Bone claimed the inaugural Miss Tailgate Cayman crown at the recent “Tailgate with the Girls” party. The gathering, which took place at Lone Star Bar and Grill, was a season-ending event for the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association. 

The Lone Star Jager Monsters newcomer beat out five other ladies including Becky Coe of the Andro Killa Panthers, Anna Nyaundi of the Pythons and Zoenief Walker of the Domino’s Pizza Wolverines for the sash and plastic crown. To do it Bosch-Bone would out-duel the ladies in beer games, National Football League trivia and an impromptu dance competition. 

Bosch-Bone, whose husband Matthew Bone played for the Doghouse Bulldogs in the Island Air Men’s Flag Football League, also claimed Rookie of the Year honours. Other award recipients, who got their trophies from Lynn Smith-Moore of Dart Cayman Islands, were Hammerheads Lady Shark Scimone Campbell (Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year), Wolverines’ Antoinette Lewis (Quarterback of the year) and Lone Star’s Renee Thompson (Defensive Player of the Year).  

Association president Sophia Dilbert states Saturday’s gathering was a memorable one in many ways. 

“Thanks to all who attended our first year-end party and making it a night to remember,” Dilbert said. “The night was filled with entertainment from our contestants in the Miss Tailgate Cayman pageant. The crown went to Erica, whose tie-breaking performance against Becky Coe was memorable to say the least. Congrats to all our Miss Tailgate contestants as you all thoroughly entertained the crowd. 

“Congratulations to all our individual award winners in Scimone, Renee, Antoinette and Erica. We in the association would also like to express our sincere thanks for all the local business sponsors and individuals who helped make the Dart Women’s League such a great success. We look forward to seeing you all in the 2012 season.” 

Chuck Taylor served as emcee for the evening, entertaining a sizeable crowd donning their NFL jerseys. Music was provided by DJ Gizzy. 

In its inaugural campaign, the association saw the Hammerheads Lady Sharks claim the Dart Women’s League championship (their second straight women’s flag football title). The Jager Monsters would win the third place/consolation match. 

A notable part of the Lady Sharks’ championship runs is Kathy Miller. The Public Relations representative for the association, who was sidelined late for Hammerheads due to an August injury, gave her thoughts on Saturday’s tailgate party. 

“It was a really fun party for everyone to come together and have a good time,” Miller said. “With Miss Tailgate we were able to incorporate something fun that would be another event to enjoy. It definitely was a crowd-pleaser. Chuck Taylor was an excellent host and kept people aware of fundraising efforts through our raffle. 

“No doubt Scimone made incredible plays and the fact that she was gone for three weeks makes it even more incredible that she won. She’s a great all-around player and deserving of her awards. Antoinette has a great arm and she had some great blockers at QB. Renee used her great height to really step up the ranks. Erica did great and was able to play QB a few times and show her versatility.” 

Erica BB Tailgate

Erica Bosch-Bone and Becky Coe danced for the Miss Tailgate crown. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES