In the last decade the Cayman Islands has consistently fielded great men’s flag football teams. This year might see its best yet.
Cayman is competing in the third annual Caribbean Regional Cup, taking place 14-16 October in Nassau, Bahamas. In all 13 teams are expected to play, with eight men’s squads and five ladies sides, from locales like New Providence, Freeport and Grand Bahama island.
Among those teams is the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association men’s squad. Andrew Wisdom is one of the players on the side and as a veteran of numerous international competition, he states the 2011 group may be the most talented.
“This is my fifth or sixth time representing Cayman in flag football,” Wisdom said. “This team has the best of the best. We have a group of talented players. We have a strong team and we have the pieces: two good quarterbacks, the best receivers and a great offensive and defensive line.”
The final roster features Wisdom teamed up with Damian Barboram, Renford Barnes, Matthew Bone, Phil Brown, Stephen Ebanks, Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks, Andrew Frederick, Leslie Harvey, Nikolai Hill, Perry Levy, Brendon Malice, Josh Merren, Oliver Parker, Will Peguero, Shawn Pitterson, Jon Pump, Nicholas Roberts, Jermaine Sharpe, Kevin Solomon, David Taylor and Rhod Taylor. The head coach of the team is Todd Hazlewood and his assistant Colin Wilson.
Wisdom, who plays tight-end in addition to offensive and defensive line duties, states that Cayman will rely on much of the veteran stars in this weekend’s matches (which take place over a holiday in Nassau under the Bahamas Flag Football Association).
“Coming off the season we had, we didn’t need much preparation. We’re confident we’ll come out and do well. We have the Most Valuable Player in Frecko, we have the best defensive player in Damian, Brendon is the league’s top linebacker and the D-line is solid.
“Our nucleus consists of the best of the best like Will, Phil and Leslie. We have the experience from travelling to team tournaments over the years.
“Bahamas is very similar to here. Most of the games are midday in a similar tropical climate. We know the crowd will be against us and we’ll have competition out there, especially from the Bahamian team that won last year.”