The Dominos Pizza Wolverines ended last season with heartbreak: a finals loss to the Hammerheads Lady Sharks and a bitter-tasting second place finish. This year, however, expectations are simple: take home a championship.
The Wolverines had a very successful rookie campaign in the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association’s inaugural women’s league. A terrific year in 2011 resulted in a regular season-best 7-1 record and a number one seed going into the playoffs. That success, however, didn’t translate over into the post-season. Despite the loss, the team has managed to keep together their core set of players and absorb ladies from an old Appleby team, who were dormant in 2011.
Appleby played in the 2010 flag football season, organized by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, getting into the playoffs but ultimately losing in the semi-finals to Ace Paint and Décor in a tough game. Quarterback Antoinette Lewis led the Appleby side and quarterbacked the Wolverines to last year’s finals loss. Now with both her teams combined and years of experience under her belt, she has high hopes for the new season.
“Its go hard or go home this year and we’re going to win the cup,” Lewis said. “We gave it away last season and now we’re out to prove that we’re here to stay.
“Our defence is shining this season, with talents like Shinette Rhoden, Alexandra Saintvil, Carrie Barnett and Jessica Ebanks, we’re definitely set to dominate defensively. There are no egos or stars here. We’re a team full of great players with one common goal: a championship.”
The Burger King Wolverines sport a roster full of determination and head coach Oliver Parker says that trait is part of a winning combination.
“We all expect to go to the finals and win it this year,” Parker said, “We’ve got a strong group of core players and everybody on this squad brings something to the table.”
The Wolverines’ confidence is not only a result of their skilled players, but as Parker states, due to their recent success in the Jamboree.
“We beat the best team in the league in the Jamboree and that gave all of us a lot of confidence.”
The Wolverines would beat the Lady Sharks not only in the Jamboree but in the regular season opener.
Ultimately, the Wolverines are a new team with a skilled quarterback and a roster full of playoff experience. The foundation is set and only time will tell if the Wolverines will continue building to a finals victory.