Panthers will battle Hellcats

The Cayman Islands Flag Football Association’s Premier League week 4 wrapped up with the Burger King Panthers leading the men’s division and HSM leading the women’s. So far, teams have been taking to the field and competing intensely until the final whistle.  

Each year the league has a number of new faces, some who are new to the island and others who are youth league players who have accepted the challenge of moving up.  

A number of those youngsters are doing exceptionally well. This past weekend, Michael Gocul battled against his Youth League coach Phil Brown of the DMS Hellcats and managed to help his team, the Maples Dolphins, gain positive yards.  

Despite the Dolphins’ loss, Gocul views each weekend as a time for him to learn more and improve his skills.  

Another new flag football face is Tyanna Jan, who plays for Maples Lynx. Jan, who predominantly played soccer, seems to be adjusting well to her new sport.  

“It’s great to see players from other sports transitioning over and adding to the talent pool of the sport,” said league president Maggie Ebanks.  

Jan was the deciding factor in her team’s win over the Star 92.7 Lady Sharks in Week 3 after she converted an extra point kick to give her team the 7-6 lead, and eventually the win.  

Week 5 promises another set of exciting games. The men’s division may see a shift in their first and second seed, as the Burger King Panthers and the DMS Hellcats face off. They are seeds 1 and 2, respectively.  

Ebanks said, “To see the result of this match-up and the other games, come out to the Ed Bush field on Saturday and catch Maples versus Maples Lynx at noon; DMS Hellcats against the Burger King Panthers at 1 p.m.; Killa B’zzz facing HSM at 2:15 p.m.; Anytime Fitness Wolverines against CrossFit 7Mile Scorpions at 3:15 p.m.; and the Maples Dolphins tackling the Island Heritage Predators at 4:15 p.m.” 

Michael Gocul
Michael Gocul impressed in his quarterback role. – PHOTOS: JEREMY POWERY

Tyanna Jan

Tyanna Jan plays soccer as well.