Weekend gridiron warriors flagged for playoff push

As August gets under way, local flag football sets its sights on the postseason. 

Only four regular season games remain in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2013 Digicel Summer League. Week nine of the 12-week season takes place this Saturday, 3 August, at the Ed Bush Sports Centre in West Bay. 

The Women’s Premier League leads the way as Star Athletic Club battle Androgroup Killa Panthers at 10am, Lynx tussle with Ultra B’zzz at 1.30pm while Wolverines challenge Maples Thundercats and at 2.30pm Lady Sharks fight CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions while Lady Saints tackle Zulu Warriors. 

Wolverines, behind Carrie Barnett, are currently frontrunners at 6-2. On their heels are Carla Martin’s Lynx and Cassandra Bodden’s Scorpions, with both sporting 6-2 marks. Rounding out the top six are Dionne Whittaker’s 5-3 Warriors, Shamar Ennis’ 5-3 Killa-Panthers and Kathy Miller’s 4-4 Ultra.  

Ileann Powery’s 4-4 Sharks, Amanda Nelson’s 2-1-5 Star Athletic, Tricia Miller’s Maples and Tamika Byrd’s 0-8 Lady Saints are all looking for playoff berths. 

The Men’s Premier League sees Maples Dolphins facing Lone Star Mustangs at 11am, dms West Bay Hellcats contending with Cox Colts at 12.15pm, KPMG Sharks challenging the Burger King Panthers at 3.30pm and the Cayman Power Sports and Marine Hurricanes battling the WestStar Saints at 4.45pm. 

Burger King, thanks to the play of David Taylor, sit in first at an unblemished 8-0. After a late game skirmish with the Hellcats in their last game and talk of major suspensions, the Panthers could lose out on a perfect season. 

Christopher Bennett has Maples second at 6-1-1, Jamie Stephen’s 6-2 Mustangs are third and Oliver Parker’s 5-3 Hellcats are fourth. The bottom half of the standings see Sonny Powell’s 3-1-4 Colts, Selkirk Watler’s 2-6 Hurricanes, Brad Conolly’s 1-7 Sharks and Avery Ebanks’ 0-8 Saints. 

Only the top six sides make the postseason for both the ladies and the men. The regular season is slated to end on 24 August. The league is coming off a bye week for all participants. The association focused its efforts last week on promoting and assisting the inaugural Miami Dolphins youth football camp in George Town. 

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David Taylor is part of the reason why Burger King is undefeated. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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