After much anticipation and several scrimmage games the Abaco Youth Football Association (AYFA) opened the flag football season with a jamboree at New Vision Ministries Sports Field on Saturday, November 9.
Despite sporadic rain the day went smoothly as friends and family came out to support teams from Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War and Marsh Harbour. Breakfast, lunch and snack items were on sale to help raise money for team equipment.
Senior Division Games:
In the Senior Division was a competition between the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs and the Man-O-War Makos. The crowd was treated to the results of months of practice and the young athlete’s did not disappoint. With three interceptions to help their team, the Wildhawgs took a big lead on the Makos and ended the game with a score of 48 to 13.
The Makos next faced the Green Turtle Cay Falcons and in a tight match turnovers again were the key to victory. The Flacons pulled ahead by two touchdowns with two interceptions that led to scores at the end of the first half and held on to defeat the Makos 55 to 38.
The final senior game of the day showcased an overwhelming defensive performance by the Falcons who stifled the Wildhawgs offense while capitalizing on several turnovers to win the game 44 to 9.
Junior Division Games:
Due to a prior commitment Green Turtle Cay’s junior team was not able to be at the Jamboree so the Wildhawgs and Makos junior teams played each other twice.
The Wildhawgs pulled off two victories with a good defensive performance and an offense that took advantage of their speedy players. The first game was won 35 to 2 and the second game ended 33 to 0.
The AYFA and the weekend’s hosts, the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs, thanks all who came out and supported the first week of the Flag Football Season and special thanks to those who donated money, time and effort to the concession stand.
There will be another Jamboree with six games played in Man-O-War on November 16 and later in the moth in Green Turtle Cay on November 30.