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Killa-Panthers eager to bite back!
Jun 27, 2014, 3:28 pm

Week 1 - Premier League 2014 (2)

After a less than convincing start to their title defense, the Androgroup Killa-Panthers are hungry to make amends.


The 2013 national women’s flag football champions had a 0-0 draw in their opener against the Dominos Lynx for the Digicel 2014 Summer Premier League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. Week two of the season is on June 28, with Androgroup facing CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions from 2:30 p.m. at Ed Bush field in West Bay.


The defensive struggle featured six sacks from Danielle Connolly of the Lynx and nine tackles from Alicia Dixon of the Killa-Panthers. Dixon says the champs will heighten their intensity.


“It was a tough game as both teams came out to win and left it all on the field,” Dixon said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t come out with the win, but we will continue to keep working and fighting like each game is our last.”


CrossFit is coming off a 20-0 defeat at the hands of the Lady Sharks. Quarterback Scimone Campbell led the winners with touchdown passes to Krishan Welcome and Ivanna Powery. The Scorpions had numerous players missing, with 2013 Defensive Most Valuable Player Cassandra Bodden leaving the game early with a hand injury. Bodden says there is room to improve.


“It was unfortunate in how the game went and we definitely didn’t play to our potential,” Bodden said. “However, it is the first week of the season and we know what we need to work on.”


While the champs look to live up to past exploits, other teams are hoping to gain momentum. The Burger King Wolverines and the Caledonian Killa B’zzz are coming off a 0-0 draw with Nikki Ebanks of the B’zzz sporting two interceptions and the Wolverines leaned on Alexandria Saintvil and Amber Watson. Star Athletic Club are a budding outfit that suffered a 19-0 loss to Zulu Warriors and head coach Lawrence Nelson expects his girls to produce some success.


“We aren’t a team of superstars, but we work hard,” Nelson said. “I see the growth in these girls and I know that we will get some W’s under our belt as the season goes on.”


Going forward, Nelson will look for more brillance from daughter Amanda Nelson – the team’s top tackler who recorded two sacks in the opener. Zulu figure to lean on the usual suspects as QB Dionne Whittaker completed six of 12 passes and three TD passes to Sheyla Torres, Jessica Ebanks and Shenel Gall.


On the men’s side, local dynasty dms West Bay Hellcats hope to rely on their old veterans for success this year. In their opening 13-6 win over the Maples Dolphins, QB Jacob “Frecko” Ebanks threw 18 completions and a TD pass to Perry Levy while Phil Brown had a rushing TD. Maples, a young and rebuilt side, featured eight tackles from Ceylron Powell and an interception returned for a score by Kwei General. Levy says discipline and experience will be key going forward.


“The aggressive approach of our offense was encouraging, but the execution was poor as a number of drives stalled because of dropped balls,” Levy said. “We know that a better showing is required this weekend with perennial heavyweight Lone Star next on the schedule.”


The Hellcats face Lone Star at noon on Saturday, with the Mustangs coming off a 19-12 loss to the Island Heritage Predators. Veteran Kevin Zimmer had a sack while Tyler Lee and Josh Parsons had touchdown catches. Rookie club Predators saw QB Jordan Stubblefield go 6-for-11 with touchdowns to Chris Bennett, Will Peguero and Baron Solomon.


Last year’s winners, the Burger King Panthers, look on track for another championship after a 19-0 win over the KPMG Sharks. QB Chris Lucas looked sharp as usual and the defense remains stout as Andre Morgan, Brendon Malice, Jamal Dell and Anthony Chin all had sacks. KPMG – which had four catches from Brad Conolly – have some fresh buzz with Luigi Moxam under center.


League president Maggie Ebanks says Moxam is a welcome sight for the competition.

“It’s great to see players coming back to the league such as Luigi and playing amongst the younger players,” Ebanks said.


In total, there are 15 squads competing across the men’s and women’s divisions. Matches will take place every Saturday in West Bay from 11 a.m. until roughly 5 p.m. Ebanks says the opening fixtures pave the way for more drama.


“It was great to see teams on the field again, being competitive and having fun,” Ebanks said. “There are a number of new faces on various teams and that’s something we always look for. I love the sponsor presence and it’s great for the players and fans to be able to come out and see that.


“This is the third year that we are fortunate to have them on board with us. We are extremely grateful and thankful for their continued contribution and we are continuously working with them on ways to grow our relationship.”


Digicel CEO Chris Hayman says the company is motivated to see the sport grow in Cayman.


“We are delighted to be the title sponsor of the league for yet another year. Over the past two years, we have watched the sport grow in popularity as more and more participants get involved each year. Sport in Cayman plays a strong role in building community spirit and in the development of local talent and Digicel are committed to supporting local initiatives like this that foster such causes. We look forward to another successful year of the league and wish all the teams involved every success.”

Panthers maul Sharks in opener!!!
Jun 26, 2014, 10:06 am

The Burger King Panthers have started their title defense on a positive note.


Burger King head into week two of the Digicel Premier League, organized by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, following a 19-0 victory over the KPMG Sharks. The Panthers now face the Maples Dolphins on June 28 at 1:15 p.m. at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. Last year’s champs showcased some of its new pieces – including Rupert Whittaker – with Glenn Duran Jr. strengthening the running attack and Nicholas Roberts bolstering an already stout defense in support of star quarterback Chris Lucas, who did well under pressure from KPMG linemen like Kenneth Davis.


Maples meanwhile are coming off a 13-6 loss at the hands of the dms West Bay Hellcats last Saturday. The Dolphins sport a completely overhauled roster from 2013, when the side made the playoffs. The Hellcats meanwhile feature many of the same veterans, like Perry Levy and Phil Brown, that have made dms a dynasty in the sport with multiple championships.


The Hellcats are also in action in week two, facing the Lone Star Mustangs at noon. Lone Star – which sports familiar faces like Jon Pump – lost its opener to rookie club Island Heritage Predators, 19-12. The newcomers, who now have a bye week, seem poised to make headlines with their combination of former Maples, Hurricanes and WestStar players like Barrett Edri, Baron Solomon and Ernesto Ebanks, respectively.


Week two’s other clash pits the Sharks against the Cox Colts at 3:30 p.m. KPMG, a playoff team last year behind the likes of Rhys Ebanks and Brad Conolly, hope to get back to winning ways against an evolving Cox squad that saw ageless wonder Kevin Solomon add the likes of Terry Ballard.


In the women’s division, reigning champions Androgroup Killa-Panthers got off to a slow start courtesy of a 0-0 draw with the Lynx. Heather Roffey and the rest of the Androgroup crew will now look for their first win against the CrossFit 7-Mile Scorpions at 2:30 p.m. Jennifer Cotarelo and the Lynx tangle with Star Athletic Club at 11 a.m. Cassandra Bodden and the CrossFit girls lost their opener, 20-0, to the Lady Sharks while Star Athletic lost 19-0 to Zulu Warriors.


Rounding out the week two fixtures, Lady Sharks face Ultra Killa B’zzz at 11 a.m. and Wolverines challenge Zulu at 2:30 p.m. Jera Ebanks and the Ultra crew had a 0-0 draw with Jahzenia Thomas and the Wolverines last Saturday.


The start of the summer league comes ahead of two major youth flag football camps in the coming weeks. The association is staging a week-long clinic designed for youngsters aged 6-17 from June 30 to July 4 at the T.E. McField Sports Center (commonly called the Annex). Refreshments will be provided for each session, which runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cost is $125 per child.


From there, the Department of Tourism will continue its partnership with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins to stage the second annual Dolphins camp on July 22-23. Former Miami pros such as Sam Madison, Oronde Gadsden and Troy Drayton will be back on Island to lead the sessions, which run 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

Coed will raise summer flag!
May 30, 2014, 1:27 pm


After a highly popular coed competition, the stage is set for a boom in flag football’s numbers this summer.


Perry Levy served as league coordinator for the 2014 Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. He oversaw matches at the Ed Bush field in West Bay this month, with Ed Bush now gearing up for the adult summer leagues, which start on June 21 after the opening jamboree on June 14. Levy says the coed competition will have a direct effect on next month’s games.


“The growth of the league is something that all executive members, participants and supporters should be proud of collectively,” Levy said. “Flag football has cemented its significance within these islands and the continuous interest from all spectrums is proof of that. The dream of our founding fathers, George Hydes and Marcus Cumber, are certainly being realized. With respect to its impact on the summer premier league, various recognized players currently participating got their feet wet in coed.


“We understand that many nervous beginners take advantage of this format to simply satisfy their curiosity. Then you have others that fully expect to participate in the premier league that use this opportunity and hone their skills and get familiar with our style of play.”


Early focus this summer will be on the Burger King Panthers and Androgroup Killa-Panthers. Burger King won its first championship in franchise history last season using a veteran group of players such as Brendon Malice, quarterback Chris Lucas and Paul Chin. The roster has stayed mostly the same, though the offseason additions of Nicholas Roberts and Glenn Duran Jr. could be key in their repeat efforts. Androgroup claimed their first title in the women’s division behind the likes of Alicia Dixon, Christina Hefner and Stephanie Watler.


Aside from the champions, interest will also be on organizational changes for the coming season. Each squad will be responsible for having one person on the league’s team representative board, which serves to vote on various league matters as they arise. Each side will supply at least two people to serve as referees to ensure a rotation of available match officials. Each team will also have at least one person assist with stat-keeping. Clinics are slated to be held for officiating the weekend of June 14 and stat-keeping (at a later date).


The summer league, which had 18 teams in 2013, will look to match the turnout of the coed competition – which produced 20 sides. Burger Shack won the A League championship for the third straight season. The squad formerly known as Child Please were unbeaten throughout behind talents like Levy, quarterback Barrett Edri and star receiver Will Peguero Jr. Chris Bennett was named the top flight’s male Most Valuable Player. Higgs and Johnson claimed the B League title thanks to the likes of Brad Conolly, men’s MVP RaShaun Wright and Tania Ebanks-McLaughlin.


Lisa Malice, playing for Andro Elevator, was the A League womens MVP. Dionne Whittaker, quarterback for Computers R Us, was named B League womens MVP. Aside from those top players, the league saw a number of stars shine in the playoffs such as David Taylor for Wok-N-Roll, Gary Rutty of Burger King and Robbie Cribb of Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic.


Association president Maggie Ebanks, who played for A League team Impressions Beauty Salon, says the coed league benefited from the growth of junior players.


“I’m pleased with the coed season that just wrapped up,” Ebanks said. “We had our highest team count of 20 teams this year and I feel that next week we will continue to grow. The season saw many exciting close games and without fail, each Friday night was a fun-filled environment. It was also great to see more of the senior youth from our youth league joining teams in the league and playing amongst the adults. This league wouldn’t be possible without the continued help from all the board members and the players in the league that step up and offer their assistance in more ways that one.


“I’m definitely looking forward to continue to see the growth of the coed league. Next up for the association is the summer premier league, which kicks off with the jamboree.”


Burger Shack cap off three-peat
May 22, 2014, 9:10 am

With three straight championships, Burger Shack are officially a dynasty in local flag football. The squad formerly known as Child Please recently nabbed the A League crown in the 2014 Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. Burger Shack ended their flawless campaign with a 26-6 victory over Wok-N-Roll at the Ed Bush field in West Bay.


Perry Levy serves as league coordinator and played for Burger Shack. He says the team is not taking championships for granted. “At some point, this run we’re on will come to an end so I appreciate every time we walk away with the trophy,” Levy said. “We were driven all season to complete a three-peat and win our fourth championship in five years. Going undefeated and attaining a perfect season was just the icing on the cake.”


Behind the likes of quarterback Barrett Edri, star receiver Will Peguero Jr. and A League Men’s Most Valuable Player Chris Bennett, Burger Shack would go 8-0 during the regular season to earn a first-round playoff bye. In the semifinals, the squad defeated Chris Lucas and Impressions Beauty Salon, 12-7, while David Taylor guided Wok-N-Roll past Andro Elevator, who sported Women’s MVP Lisa Malice.

Bennett says in his mind, next season will produce a fourth straight title.

“Playing with Child Please taught me what real team work can accomplish,” Bennett said. “The group of individuals I played with made the entire season fun and I look forward to doing it all over again next year. Special thanks to our sponsor, Burger Shack, for their support all season – giving us the opportunity to go out and play.”


Aside from Burger Shack, Higgs and Johnson emerged winners by claiming the B League title. They beat Computers R Us, formerly Ospreys, 26-14. Behind Brad Conolly and Men’s MVP RaShaun Wright, the lawyers would go 7-1 atop the group to earn a first-round bye before beating Gary Rutty and Burger King, 46-14, in the semis. Computers R Us, who featured Women’s MVP Dionne Whittaker, got past Robbie Cribb and Cayman Auto Diagnostic Clinic, 7-6.

Conolly says his team’s success speaks for itself.

“We had a great team with a great attitude, which made for a great season,” Conolly said. “We had a lot of fun and look forward to next season.”


Going forward, the sport turns its focus to the adult summer leagues which get going on June 21. Games will, once again, take place at Ed Bush with the opening jamboree slated for June 14.


Rutty, who sponsored last season’s winning Panthers men’s team, said the coed competition showcased plenty of local talent.


“I want to congratulate Burger Shack and Higgs and Johnson, this year was another successful coed flag football season,” Rutty said. “It is great to see everyone come out from all walks of life to enjoy a friendly yet competitive game. There is some real natural talent in Cayman.

“Most importantly, I want to thank all of the volunteers who came out to make this a successful and well organized league. Burger King is honored to be a sponsor and we look forward to next year.”


Burger King disconnects WestStar!!!
May 16, 2014, 11:56 am

Burger King appears to be cooking up a deep postseason run.The fast food experts will be competing in the second and final round of the playoffs for the Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association. The squad is one of eight teams competing on May 16 at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. Burger King, the fifth seed, pulled out a dramatic 27-26 win over fourth seed WestStar in the opening round last Friday. Gary Rutty threw his side to victory, making a number of strong passes to the likes of Dillon Claassens.


For WestStar, led by Kevin Morales and Anton Brown, the defeat ends an impressive campaign where the TV providers showcased their potential in the sport. Up next for Burger King is a 6 p.m. clash on Friday with Brad Conolly and No. 2 seed Higgs and Johnson. The other B Division contest pits Robbie Cribb and No. 1 seed Cayman Auto Diagnostic against rookie sensations Computers R Us, the third seed, at 7 p.m. The computer wizards are coming off a convincing 31-19 triumph over Kirk Freeport, the sixth seed. Dionne Whittaker led the newcomers from the pocket and used a variety of weapons, including Jarryd Bodden. The jewelers, even with the tireless Jerry Beck, failed to sparkle.


While Higgs and Johnson will be favorites to advance to the title game, a championship is far from a given. Cayman Auto has the experience to outsmart the lawyers, while Computers R Us might be the most athletic squad of the group.


In the top flight, third seed Wok-N-Roll needed their special sauce to dish defeat to sixth seed Pizza Hut. While quarterback Tito Solomon was on point for the victors, finding targets like Phil Brown for touchdowns, the pizza lovers were never out of it thanks to big plays from Peter Whittaker and Baron Solomon. The other match saw fourth seed Impressions Beauty Salon clip Duke’s, 20-14. Impressions had strong performances from Jonathan Carter and Paul Chin, while Duke’s fought all game behind Kristopher Brand and Andrew Frederick.


The second round fixtures pit Barrett Edri and top seed Burger Shack against Impressions at 6 p.m. Brendon Malice and Andro Elevator tackle Wok-N-Roll at 7 p.m. The unbeaten burger crew might be frontrunners to win another championship, but each of the other sides boasts a dynamic player that can shatter those dreams.

Pizza Hut squeeze in to Playoffs!
May 9, 2014, 10:22 am


Pizza Hut - COED

Coed flag football is officially in playoff mode.The Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, starts its postseason on May 9 at the Ed Bush field in West Bay. Eight games are on tap as Wok-N-Roll face Pizza Hut while Computers R Us challenge Kirk Freeport at 7 p.m. before Duke’s battle Impressions Beauty Salon and Burger King contend with WestStar at 8 p.m.


Wok-N-Roll, behind Tito Solomon, finished third in the A Division at 6-2 while Pizza Hut, featuring Baron Solomon, were the sixth seed at 3-5. Computers R Us, with Ernesto Ebanks, were third in the B Division at 6-2 while Kirk Freeport, behind Jerry Beck, were sixth at 3-5. The fourth versus fifth seeds in each division featured four sides all 5-3 as Duke’s lean on Matt Bone while Impressions turn to Chris Lucas and Burger King depend on Gary Rutty while WestStar focus on Kevin Morales.


Both of the sixth seeds needed help to make the playoffs. Pizza Hut limped in after a 25-12 loss to Barrett Edri and reigning champions Burger Shack, who marched through the regular season a perfect 8-0. Kirk Freeport, meanwhile, had a dramatic 20-13 win over Wakeboard Cayman that saw Jill Nelson dominate on both sides of the ball to supplement the play of quarterback Chris Kirkconnell.


All of those squads will be competing for a spot in the semifinals and finals on May 16.Brendon Malice and 7-1 Andro Elevator join Burger Shack as the top seeds in the A Division while Simon Rivers and 7-1 Cayman Auto Diagnostic Club and Brad Conolly and 7-1 Higgs and Johnson top the B Division.

Burger Shack close to perfection!
May 1, 2014, 11:51 am

Week 9 Coed

Burger Shack is cooking up a flawless campaign.The Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, is staging its regular season finale on May 2. The Ed Bush field in West Bay will host eight games from 6 p.m. until roughly 10 p.m. incorporating 16 teams spread across two divisions.


Reigning champions Burger Shack, who have three top flight titles in four years, will be looking to go a perfect 8-0 atop the A Division. The veteran side has relied on proven talents like Barrett Edri, Perry Levy and Chris Bennett. Standing in their way is a 3-4 Pizza Hut side, led by Baron Solomon, hungry for a playoff seed.


Only the top six teams from each group make the postseason, which start May 9. In the A Division 7-1 Andro Elevator, featuring the likes of Brendon Malice, are jostling with Tito Solomon and 6-2 Wok-N-Roll – last year’s B Division winners – for the second seed and a first round bye. Chris Lucas and 4-3 Impressions Beauty Salon, Matthew Bone and 4-3 Duke’s, Cueme Parker’s 3-4 Cronies and Pizza Hut are all vying for the last three spots. The bottom three teams are 1-6 Go Flag Yourself, featuring Michael Carey, 1-6 CrossFit 7Mile, featuring Jamie Stephens and 0-7 Los Terroristas, featuring Joseph Haylock.


The B Division picture is more complicated. The top five seeds are all up for grabs between 6-1 Cayman Auto Diagnostic, behind Simon Rivers, 6-1 Higgs and Johnson, featuring Brad Conolly, 6-1 Computers R Us, with Ernesto Ebanks, 5-2 WestStar, behind Jessica Ebanks and 4-3 Burger King, featuring Gary Rutty. Maples, 3-5 with Rupert Whittaker, are trying to hold off Jerry Beck and 2-5 Kirk Freeport for the sixth and final playoff seed. The bottom clubs are 1-1-5 KPMG, featuring Rob Hendrich, 1-1-6 Walkers with Ellen Downey and 1-6 Wakeboard Cayman, behind Chris LeBeau.

Burger Shack drops Andro Elevator!
Apr 17, 2014, 4:14 pm

week 8Burger Shack is one win away from a perfect season on the gridiron.The burger lovers registered a 34-8 thumping of Andro Elevator in the Burger King Coed League, put on by the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association.


Burger Shack, 7-0, had quarterback Barrett Edri toss three touchdown passes, to receivers Will Peguero Jr., Perry Levy and Sophy Broad. Andro, now 6-1, saw Lisa Malice throw a TD pass to husband Brendon Malice last Friday. Burger Shack’s final A division game is against Baron Solomon and 3-3 Pizza Hut on May 2.


Levy felt the contest didn’t live up to the hype, saying, “We executed, they didn’t. They turned the ball over, we didn’t.”


The Ed Bush field in West Bay did see plenty of tense games. WestStar upset Higgs and Johnson, 27-21. Kevin Morales led 4-2 WestStar with three TDs, with additional scores coming from Anton Brown, Timothy Coulson and Jessica Ebanks. With the loss, Higgs and Johnson fell to 5-1.


Burger King defeated Walkers, 25-24, in arguably the game of the night. Timothy Myles had two TDs and Nino Dilbert added a score for 1-1-5 Walkers. Burger King improved to 3-3.


Computers R Us improved to 6-1 to top the B ranks after a 42-14 thrashing of 1-5 Wakeboard Cayman. Dionne Whittaker notched an impressive six TD passes, half of which went to her son Jon Whittaker. David Hill had two TDs and Ernesto Ebanks had a score.


Wok-N-Roll improved to 5-2 in the A ranks after a 19-13 victory over 2-4 Cronies. Tito Solomon led the winners with three TD passes to David Taylor (two TDs) and Carrie Barnett-Carter. In other A division action, 1-6 Go Flag Yourself got its first win by beating 0-6 Los Terroristas, 13-6. Michael Carey and Scimone Campbell each had TD passes, while Jordan Stubblefield connected with Joseph Haylock for the lone Terroristas score.


The league is on a break for the Easter holidays, with games resuming on April 25. The playoffs start on May 9 featuring the top six teams in each group. Burger Shack, Andro and Wok-N-Roll lead the A ranks ahead of 4-2 Impressions Beauty Salon, Pizza Hut, 3-3 Duke’s, Cronies, 1-5 CrossFit 7Mile, Go Flag Yourself and Terroristas. Computers R Us and Higgs and Johnson lead the B division ahead of 5-1 Cayman Auto Diagnostic, WestStar, 3-3 Maples, 3-3 Burger King, 1-1-4 KPMG, Walkers, 1-5 Kirk Freeport and Wakeboard Cayman.

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