Ebanks keen for sandy scores at Public Beach

Maggie Ebanks intends to keep flag football going through the holidays. 

The president of the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association will oversee several activities during the coming weeks, the first of which is this weekend’s fifth annual beach tournament. Dubbed Beach Bash, the competition takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, on Public Beach from roughly 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Ebanks said the beach spectacle will offer a relaxed vibe. 

“It’s about a good and different mix of people,” Ebanks said. “We’ve done it in the past though it took a hiatus for awhile. It’s different from the regular leagues and I enjoy organizing it. It’s about keeping the sport going and keeping players involved. 

“The next thing we’ll be doing locally is the coed league early next year in February. After that we have the youth league and then the summer league. There may be another Cayman Classic tournament in the Spring. In the meantime, we have two teams training for the US flag football championships in January.” 

Teams competing in the Beach Bash will be coed and limited to a maximum of six players. The competition format is 4-on-4, with a minimum of two women on the field at all times and double elimination. The competition, held in locales like Royal Palms over the years, comes as players prepare for the 43rd annual U.S. Flag and Touch League National Flag Football Championships. Games will take place, as usual, in Kissimmee, Florida, on Jan. 17-19, 2014. The association has been organizing practices in recent weeks with the goal of sending eight-man and nine-man teams. 

Members of the national title winners, the Burger King Panthers and Androgroup Killa-Panthers, are expected to be involved. Burger King relied on talents like Ryan Smith for their first men’s crown while Androgroup, behind quarterback Christina Hefner, nabbed their first women’s crown.