The Dart Women’s League, under the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, took a surprising turn during the fourth week of action. The team most anticipated to take the championship, the Burger King Wolverines, suffered their first loss and the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs, comprised mostly of rookies, celebrated their first win.
The result is that the Androgroup Killa-Panthers remain undefeated with their 19-7 win against Lone Star Jager Monsters on Saturday. Christina Hefner, Androgroup’s quarterback, completed 15 of 30 passes with one interception. Her favourite receiver continues to be Cassandra Bodden, currently the league’s top-ranked offensive player, who made four receptions including two touchdown catches, one of which she ran in from the 40-yard line after eluding three defenders.
Lisa Malice was Hefner’s next favourite look, getting four receptions and a TD. Ann Marie Douglas added to the Killa-Panthers’ score with her extra-point reception.
On defence, Suyen Coe had five tackles and a pick. Bodden, Delicia Ebanks and Heather Roffey each had two tackles. Ebanks also added a sack and Bodden got the second INT of the game. Denise Delpesh also had two sacks.
Lone Star QB Tricia Miller had another rough game, completing just 14 of 32 passes, with two picks. On the flip side, Jager Monsters receiver Monique Roberts rushed the ball 45 yards for a TD. Melanie Lewis had four receptions and Renee Thompson and Erica Bosch each had two catches. One of Thompson’s balls was a catch in the end-zone for extra points.
Christina Ravdas is quickly standing out on defence, leading her team with five tackles and one INT. Thompson had three tackles, followed by Lewis and Roberts with two tackles each. Marline Williams also came through with a sack.
Call it voodoo but the Zulu Warriors gave the biggest surprise of the week as they defeated the Burger King Wolverines 6-0. Warriors QB Jessica Pawlik may not have had the best throwing game, completing just 13 of 30 passes including one pick. But the one pass, two minutes into the game to Maggie Ebanks in the end-zone, was the most important throw of the day.
Ebanks proved to be Pawlik’s favourite look, receiving six balls. The speedy Shamar Ennis was another favourite, catching four of Pawlik’s passes. Hortencia Jackson, Dionne Whittaker and Francesca Hamann added to the offence with one reception each. Ennis also led the defence with three tackles. Ebanks had one tackle and two picks and Whittaker came through with a pick. Tanjana Campbell had two sacks. Every quarterback has an off day and that was certainly the case for Antoinette Lewis, the Burger King QB and league’s top hurler. Lewis completed just eight of 24 passes, with three picks. Joni Wood led the offence with three receptions and Jahzenia Thomas had two. Benieca Thompson, Carrie Barnett and Jessica Ebanks each caught a ball. Shinette Rhoden led the defence with six tackles, followed by Saneata Smith and Ebanks, each with four tackles. Thomas had two sacks, Alex Terry had one sack and Barnett added a pick.
Saturday’s other surprise at Camana Bay was the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs taking their first win against the Maples Bliss 7-0. Kimberley Rivers, the Cheetahs QB, continues to improve and completed 20 of 30 passes. Jamesette Anglin had four catches, including one for extra points. Jennifer Cotarelo had three receptions, including the lone TD. Jessica Richards and Sophia Dilbert added three receptions each.
Dilbert also shone on defence with four tackles. Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin, Shalisa Barnett and Amanda Nelson each had two tackles, with Nelson adding two sacks. Tracey Seymour, Barnett and Cotarelo each had a pick.
Eleanor Berry returned as the Maples QB, completing 11 of 25 passes, including three picks. Jessica Maxwell led her team with four receptions. She was followed by Malique Awe, Marleena Smith and Somali Small with two catches each.
Berry showed her versatility, leading her team’s defence with four tackles. Dianerra Whittaker and Catherine Hines each had three tackles, with Maxwell and Smith adding two tackles. Smith also had three sacks.
Week four actually started on Friday night as 2011 champions, the Hammerheads Lady Sharks, defeated the Subway Stingers 26-0. Lady Sharks QB, Hong Nguyen, completed 15 of 20 passes with one pick. Sophia Foster had five receptions, including one for extra points. Rookie Trina Gordon had four receptions, including one for a TD. Serena Yates added a TD catch. On defence, the Lady Sharks sealed the game with interceptions. Sue Nixon had five tackles and one pick which led to a defensive touchdown. Scimone Campbell also intercepted and ran in the ball a good 40 yards for a defensive touchdown. Judy Rivers had five tackles and two picks with Meghan Boccaccio also making five tackles.
Although enduring their third shut-out in a row, Subway played an improved game. QB Christina Pineda, completed 15 of 25 pass attempts with four picks. Latoya Cover and Keisha Anglin each had five catches, followed by Joanne Remillard and Dionne Anglin with two catches.
On defence, Remillard had eight tackles, followed by Timisha Edwards with four tackles. Cover added three tackles and a pick while Nikki Ebanks had four sacks.
Week five starts this Friday night at the Camana Bay field at 8pm with Maples Bliss versus Zulu Warriors. Games on Saturday morning begin at 10am with Subway Stingers against the Lone Star Jager Monsters. At 11am, the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs battle the Burger King Wolverines while the Androgroup Killa-Panthers face the Hammerheads Lady Sharks.