Upsets, ties and stiffening competition from the underdogs best describes the current state of the Dart Women’s League under the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.
It began with a 6-6 tie after overtime between the number one ranked team, Hammerheads Lady Sharks and the seventh place team, the Lone Star Jager Monsters at the Camana Bay field last Friday night.
The defending champion Lady Sharks found themselves in trouble on offence as quarterback Hong Nguyen managed completed only nine of 19 pass attempts, while getting sacked a total of nine times.
Serena Yates, known mostly for her defensive ability with Lady Sharks, proved herself as an offensive player as well, leading her team with four catches; including one in the end-zone gaining the lone score for Hammerheads.
Yates also saw some glory on defence as she sacked the Lone Star QB. Meghan Boccaccio had three interceptions and Judy Rivers followed with two interceptions. It was a quiet defensive game for the Lady Sharks as Rivers led in tackles with a mere two.
Lone Star nearly tasted victory against the top-rated team after struggling to win in recent games. Changing their game plan, Lone Star had Erica Bosch play QB for the entire game and Bosch was able to complete seven of 17 passes, with five interceptions thrown.
Bosch’s favourite look on offence was Monique Roberts with five receptions. Her only pass to Nickey Martinich in the end-zone secured the one touchdown for the team.
Roberts excelled in defence as well, sacking the Lady Sharks’ QB five times, followed by Marline Williams with three sacks and Laura Watler with one. Renee Thompson and Tricia Miller had three tackles each while Roberts and Williams each added two tackles.
On the next field, the Androgroup Killa-Panthers slipped by with a 19-12 win over the Subway Stingers. Easing back into her regular quarterback position, Lisa Malice had a great game, completing 17 of 28 pass attempts.
Alicia Dixon led the offence with six receptions, including one in the end-zone for a touchdown. Cassandra Bodden followed with five receptions, including catches in the end-zone for a touchdown and extra points. Gillian Roffey slipped by two defensive players for a 50-yard run to bring in the third touchdown for Androgroup.
On defence, Suyen Coe and Jennifer Allen led with three tackles each. Stephanie Watler came through with one sack to Subway’s QB and Roffey added an interception.
The Stingers stepped up their game, as QB Christina Pineda completed 14 of 23 pass attempts and one interception thrown. Pineda spread the ball around but saw Joanne Remillard for four passes, including one that was sprinted in 30 yards for a touchdown. Dionne Anglin was instrumental in bringing the ball up with three big catches down the middle and Keisha Anglin secured the second touchdown for Stingers with an easy dash into the end-zone.
It was a team effort on defence with Anna Nyaundi, Timisha Edwards, Keisha Anglin and Latoya Cover each getting three tackles. Nikki Ebanks also managed a sack.
On Saturday, the underdog Hot 104.1FM Cheetahs shut down the Zulu Warriors 6-0. Cheetahs QB Jamesette Anglin completed 11 of 21 passes and ran in the ball to secure the only touchdown. Leading the Cheetahs offence in receptions was Tonia Ebanks-McLaughlin with four catches, followed by Jessica Richards and Sophia Dilbert, each with three catches. Ebanks-McLaughlin also took a turn at QB, completing one of three passes.
Tracey Seymour was dominant on defence with ten tackles and one interception. Anglin, Amanda Nelson and Ebanks-McLaughlin each had four tackles and Nelson came up with one interception and Anglin had two. Kara Rankine came up with two sacks.
For the Warriors, QB Jessica Pawlik was able to connect with her receivers, but some miscalculated throws resulted in a series of interceptions. Pawlik managed to complete 19 of 32 passes, with four interceptions thrown.
Leading the offence for Zulu was Shamar Ennis with six catches, followed by Dionne Whittaker and Emily Vakauta with four receptions each. In the last few minutes, Zulu had a chance to score as they reached their opponents end-zone but Cheetahs’ defence was too strong to allow any touchdowns.
Adrianna Christian had her first stand-out game on defence with five sacks. Whittaker also stood out on defence with three tackles, followed by Hortencia Jackson, Janycee Parchment and Bianca Johnson with two tackles each. Johnson also had two sacks and Parchment had a pick.
The last game on Saturday saw the Burger King Wolverines continue their winning record after defeating Maples Bliss 12-0. Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis completed just eight of 17 pass attempts with two interceptions thrown. Jessica Ebanks stepped in for two unsuccessful pass attempts.
Benecia Thompson had the most looks on offence with four catches, followed by Alex Terry with two. Both players caught balls in the end-zone to contribute to the team’s score.
The Wolverines had a quiet game on defence as Maples didn’t do much to move the ball. Thompson, Saneata Smith and Carrie Barnett each had two tackles and Ebanks had one interception.
Not all the stats were recorded for Maples, but the team struggled with QB Ellenor Berry noted as completing just four of eight pass attempts with one interception thrown. Jessica Maxwell, Catherine Hines, Amber Watson and Marleena Smith each had a catch.
On defence, Malaqui Awe and Dianerra Whittaker had two tackles each. Loletta Hanna and Somali Small each had an interception, but Maples weren’t able to stop the Wolverines from scoring.
League action resumes this Friday, 17 August, with the Cheetahs trying to keep their winning momentum as they face Maples at 8pm at Camana Bay. On field two will be the Warriors against Burger King; the Warriors did beat the Wolverines earlier in the season and Friday night is the second time the teams face each other before playoffs.
On Saturday, 18 August, the fireworks start with the Jager Monsters taking on Androgroup at 10am, followed by Hammerheads battling Subway at 11am.