The flag football championship game was held at the Murphy Town Park on February 7. The Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour teams gathered on the field to face each other. A large crowd of supporters had assembled to watch the three games making up the finals. The games were televised live by Cable’s NB12.
Two teams had qualified for the finals in all three age categories – the Green Turtle Cay Falcons, last year’s overall champions, and the Marsh Harbour Wildhawgs, last year’s runners-up, of which the senior team remained undefeated throughout the season.
The Wildhawgs Peewees’ victory in the final surprised even the coach.
In the first game the Falcons were favoured. The Falcons who had won every single game of the season in that age category, but the Wildhawgs were determined and took an 18-0 lead early. However, the Falcons recovered and scored a couple of touch-downs eventually giving them the upper hand midway through the second half leading 27 to 24 with their supporters cheering. The Wildhawgs did not give up and continued fighting for the win which they got, by a slight margin of 4 points: 33-37.
The MVP for the Peewees was Ryzen Fenelus who scored four touchdowns with his great running skills.
The Juniors played the second game. It was an easy victory for the Falcons who won 42 to 12. They led from the very beginning never giving a chance to their opponents to break through.
Rontonio Lavarity was elected MVP for the junior Falcons.
In spite of many individual attempts by the Falcons to upset the game of the Wildhawgs, they did not manage to score more than 13 points which they got early in the Seniors game. It was a good game to watch with complete passes from both sides, but the Wildhawgs’ teamwork was the difference.
Keeping the effort they had shown during the season, they won 36 to 13 against the Green Turtle Cay Senior team.
John Polycarpe was the MVP in the game.
Timothy Roberts, President of the league and a coach for the Wildhawgs Peewees and the seniors, said he was extremely proud of his players.
He said that Abaco Youth Football Association has future plans for the growth of the league such as possible all-star games for fun and to help raise money for the league.
The league will also be looking to have a seminar for coaches and referees and is working with Marques Williams, who developed the Bahamian sports site www.nextphenom.com, to organize a Football Summer Camp. He has a vision to see more kids being involved in playing flag football and other positive activities.
The following people were involved in coaching the Wild Hawgs:
Timothy Roberts and Kevin Pinder were the coaches of the senior group; Stephan Johnson was assisted by Ted Curry, Victor Roberts and Duran Lowe in coaching the juniors.
Timothy Roberts, Liz Eldon, Antonio Albury and Dexter Russell took care of the Peewees.
The Green Turtle Cay Falcons were coached by the following persons:
Michael Sawyer, Thomas Sawyer, Jason Bethel and Christopher Roberts with Randall North as assistant coach for the seniors.