Newcomers not feeling Blissful

The second half of the Dart Women’s League, put on by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, is under way and the new teams have garnered much interest.

This season has brought three fresh clubs: the Hot 104.1 Cheetahs, the Subway Stingers and the Maples Bliss. In spite of many growing pains, the Bliss maintain high hopes under head coach Shawn Pitterson and assistant coaches Rupert Whittaker and Nicholas Roberts.

Whittaker states while the Bliss are a work in progress, success will just take a bit of hard work.

“We’ve got a couple veterans and some exciting rookies,” Whittaker said. “So we’re hoping for the veterans to teach the new girls how to get it done.”

Though newcomers, Maples have solid players such as wide receiver Taylor Reid and quarterback Eleanor Berry. These are the veterans on the team that have been put in leadership roles. Whittaker states maybe they can direct the side towards a successful postseason run.

“If we put it together and max out potential, there’s no question we’re playoff bound. We’re definitely going to be a competitive team.”

So far for the Bliss, the season hasn’t turned out how they had hoped. Near the bottom of the standings with only two wins underneath their belt to this point, this season has definitely been one aimed towards improvement and building chemistry.

There are good pieces, such as the versatile Marleena Smith and outstanding wide-out Jessica Maxwell.

Unfortunately, problems started early on when Kimberly Rivers and Jamesette Anglin left the squad to join the Cheetahs. Rivers was the starting quarterback going into the season, but after her sudden departure, veteran all-around player Eleanor Berry filled her shoes and has been improving every week. Still not a star quarterback, but much better than she was at the beginning of the year, it seems as if the sky is the limit for Berry at the QB position.

Maples hope to turn things around against the Hammerheads Lady Sharks on Saturday, 4 August, at 10am at the Camana Bay Sports Field. Saturday also sees the Zulu Warriors challenging the Lone Star Jager Monsters and the Cheetahs facing the Androgroup Killa-Panthers at 11am. On Friday, 3 August, the Subway Stingers battle the Burger King Wolverines at 8pm at Camana Bay.

Ultimately, the Bliss play hard, work hard and practice hard; their shortcomings are in no part due to their lack of effort. Only experience and execution are holding them back.