Saintvil steadies Nassau repeat

The Cayman Islands retained its place as one of the Caribbean’s best flag football nations.

Cayman would produce an undefeated women’s team and a finalist in the men’s segment of the annual invitational tournament staged by the Bahamas Flag Football League. The competition took place in Nassau, Bahamas last weekend.

Cayman Islands Flag Football Association President Jermaine Sharpe spoke about how the teams did.

“The women swept the tournament and the men were runners-up again,” Sharpe said. “The men went 3-3 before losing on controversial referee decisions against Freeport in the final.

“The ladies were 6-0, winning all their group games then the semis and the finals. The women were from most of the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association teams. There was only a CIFFA team this year, there was no GCFFA team.”

Cayman replicated last year’s form where two female teams made the finals (the Grand Cayman association won) while the men’s side lost in the title game.

In 2012, the ladies were guided by three members of the Burger King Wolverines, the national women’s champions, in Alexandria Saintvil, Jahzenia Thomas and Carrie Barnett. Among the top male performers were Jonathan Carter of the Burger King Panthers, Josh Parsons of the Club House Bulldogs and Renford Barnes of the dms West Bay Hellcats.

For the Bahamas, the Freeport Alliance would emerge male champions for the second straight year with the G-Fit Pink Foxes as female runners-up. A total of 13 teams took part with eight men’s sides and five women’s squads.

The Cayman teams arrived back on Tuesday after playing at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Sharpe states he had his hands full in Nassau.

“I served as defensive coach for the women. I was a defensive lineman for the men but then switched to snapper. We needed an athletic centre and we moved ball.”

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