Consecutive contenders head into flag finals

Shenel Gall of Greenhouse Lynx in action. Lynx will take on HSM Vipers in Saturday's final.

The finals are set to determine the men’s and women’s Cayman Islands Flag Football Association 2019 champions after an intense day of action at Ed Bush Sports Complex on Saturday, 14 Sept., with both title holders getting yet another shot to continue their winning streak.

Advancing to the men’s finals are Uncle Clem’s Wolves and Burger King Panthers, while the women’s championship decider will be contested between Greenhouse Lynx and HSM Vipers for the third year in a row.

Women’s semi-finals

The solo touchdown with a run by Alicia Evans of Vipers would secure their fourth consecutive finals appearance with a 7‑0 win over the Red Stripe Wolverines.

Wolverines QB Antoinette Lewis consistently moved her team on offence, with catches by key receivers such as Nekita Saintvil and Ameilia Gillespie, and including a major catch by Cassandra Bodden.

“It’s time to put everything we have on the field. All or nothing! It’s not about who’s the better team at this point, it’s about who wants to win more. My focus going into the games is staying focussed. Doing what I have to do for my team is what’s important,” said Evans.

Standing in the way of HSM’s fourth straight Championship title will be the season’s top seed, Greenhouse Lynx. With three touchdowns for the team by Marleena Smith, Shenel Gall and Erica Bosch, they blasted their way into the finals with a score of 20‑7 over Sharks.

“I feel like Lynx has worked really hard to get to this point. I’m excited to see what HSM has in store for us; we just need to go out there and execute what we have done all year to take home the trophy,” said Bosch.

Jaryd Bodden scored the winning touchdown for the Wolves.

Men’s semi-finals

The Burger King Panthers will be vying for their third consecutive title after a complete blow-out over Maples, with a score of 26‑0. For the second year in a row, they will now go up against Uncle Clem’s Wolves, who will prove to be a difficult competitor as they are coming off an intense win over the Miller Lite Hellcats.

“Being down to four teams this season really spread the talent evenly, making every team contenders for the championship. Fortunately BK has made it this year, facing off against Wolves. We are expecting a great game; those guys are fierce competitors. I’m sure Brendon Malice will have us ready for battles on Saturday. This will be a game you won’t want to miss!” said Andrew Frederick of the Panthers.

Wolves vs. Hellcats was the closest game of the day, going into double overtime as both teams battled defensively. It was a punt return by Deandre Simpson that put the Hellcats in a good position with a 6‑0 lead. Wolves answered back, securing two field goals by Ryan Ebanks to tie the game. In the second overtime attempt, both teams were determined to make a play on offence. Jaryd Bodden quickly ran the ball in and secured his team’s winning touchdown, and Hellcats were unable to answer back, ending the game 13‑6.

The women’s final kicks off at 3pm, while the men’s final begins at 4:30pm on Saturday. Both games will be played at the Ed Bush Playing Field.