Lynx eager to dethrone Panthers

The Domino’s Lynx are ready to deliver revenge on the gridiron. 

A year ago, the highly-ranked Lynx went into the women’s finals as favorites but fell short against the Androgroup Killa-Panthers. Both clubs have returned to the championship game, with Domino’s again in prime position after beating the Killa-Panthers in the regular season finale to cement a 9-1-2 record that landed them the No. 1 seed in the 2014 Digicel Premier League playoffs, staged by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. Androgroup are the No. 2 seed with a 7-2-3 mark. 

Lynx coach Renford Barnes, who runs the team alongside Oliver Parker, says victory is the only option. 

“It’s win or go home. It’s all about winning and lifting the trophy at the end of the season,” Barnes said. “That’s what we practiced hard for, that’s what we played for all year. What’s done during the season is really nothing. It’s win or go home like I said, we’re just going to prepare now. It doesn’t really matter who comes out, at the end of the day I think we will lift the championship because we have the better girls on the field and on paper. You can quote me on that!” 

The finals are slated for Oct. 4 at 3 p.m., with the Ed Bush field in West Bay serving as the venue. The men’s final, between the dms West Bay Hellcats and the Lone Star Mustangs, is at 4 p.m. and the league is planning for an All-Star Game to take place around 1:30 p.m. 

Both the Lynx and the Killa-Panthers booked their finals berth last Saturday. Androgroup was able to outgun the Lady Sharks, 19-13, as quarterback Christina Hefner was able to find the usual suspects in the passing game – namely Alicia Dixon, Jennifer Cotarelo and Becky Lucas. While Scimone Campbell, Bobeth O’Garro and Jessica Maxwell gave heroic performances, it would not be enough. For coach Andrew Wisdom and the Sharks, it was a tough finish to a 6-6 campaign that generated a fifth seed and an opening round upset of the Zulu Warriors, the fourth seed at 6-1-5. 

Domino’s crushed the CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions, 20-0, after a dominant display on both sides of the ball. Keisha Solomon of the Lynx was in top form at quarterback, finding the likes of Anya Edun, Lanie McLaughlin and Judy Rivers deep down field. Defensively, Christsania Parker, Brittany Borden and Sophia Dilbert frustrated the Scorpions. It would be a long day for CrossFit QB Jessica Pawlik and receivers Kara Rankine, Maggie Ebanks and Cassandra Bodden. 

The defeat was a rough end to a noteworthy 6-6 season for coach Joshua Pawlik and the Scorpions. After nabbing the sixth seed, CrossFit would produce a memorable first round upset of the Anytime Fitness Wolverines, who were the third seed at 6-3-3. 

Barnes said last Saturday’s triumph represented a morale boost. 

“It was very important to win that game to set the tempo going into the finals. I think our ladies needed it. They felt like they weren’t quite prepared so this now shows them we are championship material and that we should go ahead and win the finals this week. We stayed focused, we studied a lot, we reviewed sessions. Again, we studied their plays and players’ best plays. It just came down to the girls wanting it and executing on the field and I think the better team won on the day. Our girls were prepared and they showed it out there.” 

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Lanie McLaughlin, ball, made key catches.

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Keisha Solomon and Anya Edun, ball, spearhead the Lynx offense.