The Cayman Islands Flag Football Premier League kicked off Saturday, 6 July, at the Ed Bush Sports Complex with some electrifying games to start the season.
First up, the Greenhouse Lynx took on the Red Stripe Wolverines.
Both teams came out with a strong defensive strategy, preventing each other from scoring for the majority of the game. With a key interception from Marleena Smith, other players on Lynx such as Brittany Borden, Ashley Frederick and Erica Bosch made several stops on defence. Wolverines maintained the same momentum, with stops by Ashley Ebanks and Maya Grant.
Nonetheless, before the game could run into overtime, Bosch found Christsania Parker in the end zone for the only touchdown of the game, ending the match 6-0 in favour of the Lynx.
In the second game of the day, the men took to the field as Maples challenged Miller Lite Hellcats.
Both teams displayed defensive resilience, with Maples pulling in two interceptions by Larue Nixon and Nigel Solomon, while the Hellcats showed grit on the defensive line, featuring Damian Barboram who registered multiple sacks on the day.
On offence, major runs were made by Maples’ Josh Parsons, Fabio Gall and QB James Stephen, ultimately putting them close enough to the goal line for the first touchdown of the game with a throw to Nixon, and Stephen making a run for the one-point conversion.
The Hellcats did not give up, however. They buckled down on defence, not allowing Maples to score again in the game. In their final offensive drive, proving to be their best of the game with runs from Phil Brown and major catches by Abdull Patterson and Perry Levy to put them within scoring distance, the Hellcats fell short and did not convert, ending the game with a score of 7-0 to Maples.
Next, Maples Jaguars and Tribe Tattoo Sharks took the field.
The Sharks started their offence strongly with remarkable runs by Tyanna Jan and Krystle Barrett. However, the Maples defence made important stops by Diandra Bodden and Krista Samuels, including several sacks by Ornella Leahong and Lisa Donalds.
Maples QB Tracey Seymour looked to players such as Chantel Simm and Kara Rankine on offense.
The Sharks held the score with stops by Bobeth O’Garro and Ivanna Powery.
With the score sitting on 0-0, both teams headed into overtime, with Maples Jaguars on offense first. Their first play saw a run by Jordyn Williams which pushed the line of scrimmage close enough to the goal line for QB Seymour to run the ball in for the first touchdown of the game.
The Sharks tried to make the equaliser, but an interception by Tiffany Conolly ended the game 6-0 in favour of Maples.
The day ended with a back and forth shootout between last year’s finals contenders Burger King Panthers and Uncle Clem’s Wolves.
Both teams fought hard on both offence and defence the entire game. Panthers QB Brendon Malice looked to veteran receivers such as Jon Pump and Andrew Frederick, however, touchdowns by Ramon Sealy, Jordan Cacho and Chris Bennett were what ran up the score board, including a game-sealing field goal by Sealy.
Defensively, the Panthers played great, with an exciting interception by Sealy. However this did not stop the Wolves from answering back throughout the game, with major plays executed by Brett Eden and several touchdowns by David Taylor, Demetri Chambers and a touchdown haul from Alex Pascal in the closing minutes of the game. Extra points scored by Ryan Ebanks and Alex Pascal.
The match ended with a score of 24-21 in favour of the defending champions, Burger King Panthers.
Premier League action continues Saturday at the Ed Bush Sports Complex starting at 11:30am. Also featured this week will be Monday night games, starting at 7:15pm at the Timothy McField Football Field (Annex).