By Amelia Putnam
When Serena Newton from Man-O-War Cay took home two silver medals in swimming for Team Bahamas at the 2015 Special Olympics held in Los Angeles, when the Agape Christian School’s Women’s Volleyball Team and the S.C. Bootle’s Men’s Volleyball Team won the 2015 Volleyball National Championships, or simply when parents take to the bleachers to watch their local team play against the rivals, sports bring us together. For these reasons, MOWY Fitness and the local community are working together to provide welcoming venues to host games for all of Abaco to enjoy.
Softball, Baseball and many other sports are familiar to many Abaconians. Leagues of all ages play across the many islands. Not too long ago, fast pitch softball games were played at Man-O-War Cay’s baseball field regularly.
“We formed a team called the Texaco Pirates in 2000 that was sponsored by Texaco and Quality Star here in Marsh Harbour. We played under that name here on this park with some big games. Weekend nights 300-400 people, running a ferry from Marsh Harbour sometimes two ferries with 150-200 people on the boat. Fans coming from the mainland on a Friday or Saturday night. Also there was an International Tournament in 2007 that was played at the field that brought a fast pitch Cuban team from Miami, American Umpires, and players from New Zealand and Canada.” said Haziel McDonald.
Currently, the baseball field along the oceanside in Man-O-War Cay is receiving several improvements with the intention of making it the best field in The Bahamas.
In addition to baseball, flag football is a regular sport played on the Man-O-War Cay Ball Field. The Abaco Youth Flag Football League has been a great addition to Abaco sports for the past three seasons. Now teams from Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town, Elbow Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Green Turtle Cay are competing weekly. Spectators from the islands travel to cheer on the players and coaches. The youth league became so popular an adult league was formed, and now flag football is played from September – May throughout Abaco and on the Man-O-War Cay Ball Field. With the new improvements to the field, flag football games run more smoothly and guests will be more comfortable.
If you haven’t seen the field recently, you must. Not only does it look like a baseball field with all new fencing, but it also has a working restroom and a concession stand area. The Abaco Community and MOWY Fitness have raised over $14,000 towards the restoration of the Man-O-War Cay Ball Field.
There is more work to be done including lights, covered bleachers, and concession stand improvements, but everyone is proud of what has been accomplished.
A special shout out to those who went above and beyond in making the recent improvements to the Man-O-War Cay Ball Field: Abaco Hardware, Hope Town Council, Man-O-War Hardware, Michael & Nancy Albury, Nick’s Trucking & Landscaping, Pete Roberts, Tony Albury, Wallace McDonald, and William Albury Construction. The community and Abaconians appreciate the work that has been completed. All are welcome as spectators or participants.
One way to support sports in Abaco and MOWY Fitness is by coming to Man-O-War Cay for the 3rd Annual Man-O-War Cay Luau March 19th, 2016.