Devils and Crusaders end on top

Indoor football is launching into playoff mode.

The 2013 Kings Sports Centre men’s summer league is staging its postseason this week, featuring the competition’s top eight teams. It all begins Monday, Aug. 26, when the top seed Doghouse Devils face PwC at 7 p.m. and second place Cayman Free Press Buzz Crusaders tackle Transformers at 8 p.m. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, third seed Dominion Devils battle Deloitte at 7 p.m. and KPMG II, nicknamed the Titans, challenge CML at 8 p.m.

The playoff schedule comes off as a bit quirky. Initially, the top two seeds were supposed to have first round byes. Kings assistant director André Morgan said nevertheless, the top seeds should do well.

“The regular season has now ended and we are moving into the playoffs,” Morgan said. “The team that finished last this season will not be making it to the playoffs. That team is KPMG, even though they surprisingly won their first game against a not so easy contender in defending Social League champion CML.

“With the way this season has been going, my only prediction for playoff week is that Doghouse will make it to the quarter finals, even though we know PwC really shines when they have a terribly hard opponent to play.”

The playoffs come after the final regular season matches last week. Transformers drew Dominion, 3-3, as Chris Douglas, Jevon Nickelson and Dominique Pearson scored though Osman Bonilla surrendered an own goal for Transformers. Glen Collins had a brace for Dominion. KPMG upset CML, 6-4, with Ken Smith scoring all of KPMG’s goals while CML had scores from Ambrose Guilfoyle, Steve McIntosh, Des Harris and Darnell Hanley.

Crusaders drew with Deloitte, 2-2, as Forde Pearson and Jason Hydes scored for CFP while Dan Lowry and John Marrs scored for Deloitte. KPMG Titans got a 2-0 forfeit victory over PwC.

Morgan spoke at length about those results.

“Transformers has been an inconsistent team all season, showing professional skills at some games and then other games, they seemed to play like amateurs. Dominion, on the other hand, has been playing consistent all season. This consistency and resilience is what allowed them to tie Transformers.

“We’re all aware of CML’s history in this league and how, time and time again, they have proved to be an outstanding team. Missing their adhesive again this week, Ryan ‘Keepa’ Ebanks, they seemed to not have a problem for the first half of the game. After scoring two goals in the first half, KPMG’s star striker Ken Smith pulled not just one rabbit out the hat but three more. Ken scored some fascinating goals, not just beating one man, but sometimes three.

“The last time CFP and Deloitte played it was a landslide win for the Crusaders. This, by far, was one of the most intense games that I’ve seen in a while. Tempers flared, players got emotional and in the end, both teams remained sportsman-like and it showed the true nature of football.

“Buzz, missing their goalkeeper, had to put one of their star forwards in the goal, Dave McLaughlin. He did a good job, especially with the defense barely allowing any free attackers in their half.”