Undefeated Panthers, Vipers head to flag finals

The Cayman Islands Flag Football playoffs, held Oct. 13 at the Ed Bush Field, saw intense play as teams gave their all for a spot in the finals.

The first game of the day saw HSM Vipers up against Tribe Tattoo Sharks. The Vipers have had an impressive season with 12 wins and 1 tie, making them the only undefeated women’s team this season. The Sharks came with their game faces, hoping to upset the number one seeds, but strong defensive play from the Sharks was not enough to defeat the Vipers. Maggie Ebanks scored the only touchdown of the game with Ericia Burke adding a three point field goal conversion. The game ended 9-0 in Vipers’ favor, sending them to the finals.

Up next were the fourth seed Miller Lite Hellcats up against top seed Burger King Panthers. It’s no secret that these two teams have had a friendly ongoing rivalry for years, and this game proved to be the nail-biter of the day. The Hellcats were determined to make this game difficult for the Panthers and were strong defensively with crucial tackles from Tito Solomon and Perry Levy. However, the Hellcats were also unable to score as the Panthers defense was also on point with Franz Braithwaite making some important tackles. The game was decided with a field goal from Ramon Sealy, ending the game 3-0 and giving the undefeated Panthers their spot in the finals.

The third game of the day saw third seed Red Stripe Wolverines facing off against second seed Greenhouse Lynx. The Wolverines were missing some key players from their line-up, but were determined nevertheless to give it their all. The Lynx were impressive defensively, with Latoya Cover’s great tackling stopping most Wolverines plays. Despite Maya Grant scoring touchdown for Wolverines, the Lynx went on to score three touchdowns – two by Marleena Smith and one from Shenel Gall. The final scoreline was 19-7 in favor of the Lynx.

The final game of the day was Uncle Clem’s Wolves up against Maples. Both teams were defensively on point, however the Wolves were determined to make it into the finals and two touchdowns scored courtesy of Peter Whittaker and David Taylor placed them there. The game ended 12-6 in the Wolves’ favor.

The finals are set for Saturday at Ed Bush Stadium in West Bay. The Men’s finals start at 3 p.m., with Uncle Clem’s Wolves up against Burger King Panthers. The Women’s finals begin at 4:30 p.m., with the Greenhouse Lynx taking on HSM Vipers.

An award ceremony will take place after the games. Fans and spectators are encouraged to come and give support.