Like every great championship team, the Burger King Wolverines persevered through adversity.
In spite of coaching changes and an injury to the team’s best player, Burger King would come out on top by winning the Dart Women’s League, put on by the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association.
For veteran defender Alexandria Saintvil, this year’s title is about excelling under pressure.
“We lost two coaches this season and we only had one coach in the final,” Saintvil said. “We went down from 14 players to eight. But we stuck it out, played together as a team and executed.
“We lost our quarterback, Antoinette Lewis, for four games in the season but she came back for us. This is our second straight year in the finals and we took home what was ours.”
The Wolverines would take down the Zulu Warriors 18-6 last Friday at the Camana Bay Sports Field. Manning the sidelines would be Adrean ‘Big Sexy’ Russell, who stepped in as head coach during the year with the departure of Renford Barnes and Oliver Parker, who are Russell’s team-mates for the dms West Bay Hellcats, the reigning dynasty in men’s flag football.
For Burger King, it’s their first championship in their second straight title game appearance, after losing to Hong Nguyen and the Hammerheads Lady Sharks last year. Two-way star Jahzenia Thomas, 20, would be the hero with three touchdowns in the contest. Zulu got their lone score courtesy of veteran player Dionne Whittaker.
Burger King’s offence looked on point thanks in large part to Lewis, who missed the end of the regular season due to an elbow injury. The talented hurler, who threw for a league-best 21 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions, states she risked her health by playing in the final.
“It feels awesome and I thank God for this,” Lewis said. “We had injuries and other issues but we went hard to get here. We put it all on the field.
“I had a broken elbow and I was risking it being out here. Its still got fluid and I’m in pain but I couldn’t let the team down.”
Burger King went into the playoffs ranked third in the league with a 9-3-2 record. Zulu were fourth at 9-5. Both upset the frontrunners, the top-ranked 11-3 Androgroup Killa-Panthers and 10-3-1 Hammerheads, to play in the title game.
Both the Killa-Panthers and Lady Sharks squared off in the consolation final, with Androgroup coming out on top 12-6. Alicia Dixon and Ann-Marie Douglas had the pivotal touchdowns for the top seed.
There is already talk of the Wolverines looking to emulate their Hellcat counterparts and form a dynasty. Lewis does not rule out the possibility of multiple titles but is more focused on her health.
“I hope the elbow gets better. I was supposed to go with the national team to the Bahamas this weekend. We’ll see. I’m going back next year, I should be able to play. A repeat? It can happen but we got some recruiting to do.”