Maples win game played in Gourzong’s honor

The FLOW Cayman Islands Flag Football Premier League game last weekend was a tribute to valued player Michael “Mikey” Gourzong, 24, who drowned last month while swimming with friends.

Michael Gourzong
Michael Gourzong

On July 2, many players at the field showed their respects and love for “Mikey” by wearing his number on their jerseys, or ribbons and bands with his name and number on it. Before the game featuring Gourzong’s team, Maples, there was a moment of silence. Head referee Jermaine Sharpe reminded players and spectators that “Mikey” played for both teams during his time in the league, and noted that he was a professional young man whom everyone loved and enjoyed watching play.

Maples defeated the Kensington Hellcats 6-3.

During the first game that day, the IMS Killa B’zzz faced off against the Guinness Lady Sharks, headed by QB Bobeth O’Garro. The Killa B’zzz’s defense captain Amaris Smith helped hold the Lady Sharks to one touchdown, run in by O’Garro. Courtisha Ebanks added to the score with a converted extra point. Offensively, however, the B’zzz was unable to convert, and the Guinness Lady Sharks won 7-0.

The second women’s game featured the HSM Vipers versus the Anytime Fitness Wolverines. The Wolverines’ Antoinette Thompson-Lewis found Cassandra Bodden in the end-zone to score, but the team failed to convert the extra point. The Wolverines led at the half, 6-0. The Vipers came back, with Shenel Gall scoring twice. Shavelle McFarlane and Schmarrah McCarthy each added a touchdown with a converted extra point. HSM won 14-6.

In the final game of the day, the Island Heritage Predators took on the Maples Knights. The Predators struggled offensively as receivers dropped a number of balls near the end zone. The game was determined late in the second half, when Josh Whittaker recovered a deflected touchdown pass from his QB and scored the touchdown that sealed the game for the Knights. They won 6-2.

More games

In addition to games on Saturday, CIFFA has adopted Monday night games into the schedule for its entire season. On July 4, the Burger King Panthers faced off against PwC, and Maples Lynx played the HSM Vipers. The game between Burger King and PwC ended in a forfeit.

In the ladies game, starting QB Anya Edun was not in attendance, so Maples Lynx used Erica Bosch as a backup. Bosch, new to the position, played well but struggled at times to move the ball offensively. The defense seemed to pick up the slack and played strongly. The Lynx managed to hold the current No. 1 seeded team, the HSM Vipers, as Ashley Frederick, among others, made key defensive plays. The Vipers pulled away, eventually posting points. Shenel Gall scored the first touchdown, with Shavelle McFarlane converting the extra point. Tanjana Campbell would follow suit and add points from an interception, which she returned for a touchdown. The Vipers won, 13-0.


Saturday: BK Panthers vs. Maples Knights at 1:30 p.m., HSM Vipers vs. IMS Killa B’zzz at 2:30 p.m., PwC vs. Maples at 3:30 p.m. and Maples Lynx vs. Guinness Lady Sharks at 4:30 p.m.

Monday: Anytime Fitness Wolverines vs. Maples Lynx at 7 p.m. and Kensington Hellcats vs. Island Heritage Predators at 8 p.m.