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Up for grabs: In a high scoring back-and-forth battle it came down to a late score for the Sharks to pull ahead for the win over the resilient Falcons for the Hope Town / Man-O-War Sharks’ second straight senior championship.

Youth Football Season Closes with Live Broadcast of Championship Games

The Abaco Youth Football Association (AYFA) drew their fourth season of youth flag football to a close with an exciting Championship series featuring three age groups, which also saw a first time winner in the Junior Division and the first repeat Champions in the Senior Division.

On Saturday, December 10 at the Murphy Town Ball Park and broadcast live through online video service YouTube by Bahamian sports media group 10th Year Seniors, the Green Turtle Cay Falcons (Peewee Division), Murphy Town Tigers (Junior Division) and the Hope Town/Man-O-War Sharks (Senior Division) emerged victorious from the Championship games on an overcast and windy day.

Marsh Harbour WildHawgs 9 – GTC Falcons 32 (Peewee Division)

A game of inches: a WildHawgs player navigates a maze of Falcons. In this Peewww Division game Green Turtle Cay would go on to win 32-9.
A game of inches: a WildHawgs player navigates a maze of Falcons. In this Peewww Division game Green Turtle Cay would go on to win 32-9.

The second seed WildHawgs from Marsh Harbour, in the Championship game for their second time in three years faced off against the once again undefeated Falcons from Green Turtle Cay, for the title bout.

The Falcons lead the way in scoring from start displaying their polished and talented offense and despite a good effort from the defense, missed flags and their inability to finish drives led to a long day for the WildHawgs.

In the end Green Turtle Cay finished with 32 points while Marsh Harbour managed an early safety and a late touchdown for nine points.

Murphy Town Tigers 19 – Hope Town Bull Sharks 18 (Junior Division)

In a heartbreaking loss for the number one seed Bull Sharks, the aggressive and quick Tigers balanced defense with offense to limit their opponent and hang on until the final whistle.

The match teetered back and forth all game with both teams pulling out all the stops and showcasing their most talented players but a final touchdown along with the only extra point scored in the game catapulted the Tigers to their first ever Championship with the final score of 19 to 18.

GTC Falcons 31 – HT/MOW Sharks 38 (Senior Division)

Making a run for it: A sharks player sees his opportunity down the field. The Sharks would lose by one point to the Murphy Town Tigers in an upset.
Making a run for it: A sharks player sees his opportunity down the field. The Sharks would lose by one point to the Murphy Town Tigers in an upset.

In a high scoring back-and-forth battle it came down to a late score for the Sharks to pull ahead for the win over the resilient Falcons.

The Sharks drew first blood on a long touchdown run, followed by the Falcons scoring on their second drive and the see-saw battle began. Late in the second half the Sharks captured their final lead and held on until time expired capturing their second straight title 38 to 31.

The Abaco Youth Football Association would like to thank all the sponsors of the individual teams as well as those who assisted with the Championship Games and the broadcast. The League also thanks the coaches and referees who put in many hours over the last several months, and all the parents who lend their kids.

AYFA looks forward to 2017 with the hope of more growth and more opportunities for the kids of Abaco to engage in positive and healthy activities.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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