Joni propels Wolverines to final

Women’s flag football is set to crown a new champion.

The Dart Women’s League finals, put on by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, takes place on Friday, 5 October. The Camana Bay Sports Field will see the Zulu Warriors face the Burger King Wolverines at 8pm.

Both squads head into the finale fresh off upsets last week. Fourth-ranked Zulu, behind stars like Maggie Ebanks and Dionne Whittaker, took down Christina Hefner and the top-ranked Androgroup Killa-Panthers. Joni Wood and her third-ranked Wolverines would defeat number two squad the Hammerheads Lady Sharks.

Prior to those upsets, both sides took care of business in the first round of playoffs. Zulu defeated the sixth seed HOT 104.1 FM Cheetahs, a rookie squad, while Burger King took down the fifth-ranked Maples Bliss.

Friday’s contest pits a pair of nine-win teams who excelled on different fronts. The Wolverines have statistical superiority with the league’s best offence (scoring 233 points) and the top defence (allowing just 50 points). Among the stars were Benieca Thompson (46 catches, seven TDs) and Saneata Smith (25 tackles, eight picks, three defensive TDs).

Zulu meanwhile were in the middle of the pack on both sides of the ball. Among the unsung heroines is Adrianna Christian (20 tackles, 13 sacks).

Prior to the Warriors-Wolverines contest, the Killa-Panthers tackle the Lady Sharks at 7pm. The third place contest culminates a campaign where both sides fell short after winning 10 or more matches in the 14-game regular season.

After Friday’s finals, the league will stage its Ms Tailgate end-of-season party on Saturday, 6 October, at 8pm at the Cabana (formerly known as Hammerheads). The event, in its second year, will honour the league’s top players with games and prizes on offer. Attendees are asked to wear the jersey of their favourite NFL team.

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