Jamboree kicks off West Bay drama

Flag football is about to return for adult players.

The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association is launching its 2013 Digicel Summer League this Saturday, 18 May, at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. The Jamboree will offer scrimmage games for members of the women’s and men’s league, with matches on fields one and two, respectively.

Games start from 12 noon and last 20 minutes each with no clock stoppages during matches. The Wolverines and Panthers do battle first for the ladies while the Maples Packers tackle the Cox Colts. At 12.30pm, Maples tackle Star Athletic Club while dms West Bay Hellcats battle Mustangs. At 1pm, Scorpions face Lynx while the Weststar Saints battle the KPMG Sharks.

At 1.30pm, Sharks take on Star Athletic while Mustangs face Hurricanes. At 2pm, Maples tackle Zulu while Panthers battle Hellcats. At 2.30pm, Panthers challenge Sharks while Cox face KPMG. At 3pm, Scorpions encounter Wolverines while the Packers combat the Saints. At 3.30pm, Lynx contend with Zulu while Panthers tussle with Hurricanes.

Focus will be on the Wolverines, the 2012 champions in the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association Dart Women’s League, and the Hellcats, the reigning four-time men’s champs who have claimed seven titles in nine years.

Association public relations officer Alexandria Saintvil states the games are the start of a new era in the sport.

“We have an exciting new season coming up, as we now have the ladies back with the association and we are off to a great start as we now have 10 women’s teams and eight men’s teams,” Saintvil said. “The league will commence on 1 June as all games will be played at Ed Bush in West Bay.

“We have a new board consisting of seven members, including president Maggie Ebanks, men’s representative Perry Levy, women’s rep Adrean Russell, treasurer Antoinette Lewis, secretary Jermaine Sharpe, fundraising coordinator Philip Brown and field coordinator Rob Duty. The association made history with 2013 being the first year that a woman is president.

“In July, we will also be hosting our NFL Kids camp with players from the Miami Dolphins. We will also be hosting a few tournaments in the fall. The board is looking forward to a lot of new and exciting things throughout the year.”

The association recently wrapped its junior competition, The Security Centre 2013 Youth Flag Football League. The Popeyes Saints, Dart Cayman Islands Dolphins and the Maples Raiders won the senior, middle and junior divisions, respectively. Among the star players were Dominic Martucci for the Saints and Kalie Broderick for the Dolphins.

Two former Miami Dolphins in Troy Drayton and Twan Russell graced the league finals as part of a promotional tour that included visits to local schools.