To no surprise, Cayman’s reigning flag football dynasty will be heavily represented overseas.
The dms West Bay Hellcats form the majority of the men’s national team headed to Nassau, Bahamas this weekend for the annual invitational tournament staged by the Bahamas Flag Football League.
Representing the Hellcats will be eight players in Damian ‘Beast’ Barboram, Renford ‘X-Factor’ Barnes, Phil ‘Pacman’ Brown, Jacob ‘Frecko’ Ebanks, Perry ‘BoyWonder’ Levy, Jeremy ‘Buff’ Miller, Nathan ‘Nate Dawg’ Narcisse and Adrean ‘Big Sexy’ Russell.
The rest of the 20-man roster sees Jonathan Carter, Steve Ebanks, Taj Haye, Brendon Malice, Jermaine Sharpe, David Taylor and Rhod Taylor of the Burger King Panthers, Josh Parsons of the Club House Bulldogs, Andrew Frederick and Chester Hurlston of the Cox Colts, Rupert Whittaker of the Maples Packers and Andrew Wisdom of the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes.
All of those players and teams competed in the Digicel Summer League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. Sharpe doubles as the association president. The Hellcats ended the 2012 campaign with their fourth straight championship, their seventh title in nine years.
This weekend’s tournament, often referred to as the Caribbean Regional Cup, is slated for 14-16 October at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex in Nassau. The competition has taken place since the Bahamian league formed in 2009.
Most of the team left Cayman on Wednesday evening. The association was slated to produce a female squad to join a women’s team being fielded by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.
A total of 13 teams are taking part with eight men’s sides and five women’s squads from Cayman, New Providence and Freeport.
Cayman will look to replicate last year’s form. Both female teams made the finals (the Grand Cayman association won) while the men’s side lost in the title game. Among the stars were Scimone Campbell, Sophia Dilbert, Perry Levy and Kevin Solomon.