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2017 AFFL Women’s Champions - The Divas. Photo: Telanna Newbold

Sharks, Divas are 2017 Season Champions

The Abaco Flag Football League’s (AFFL) season drew to a close with an exciting night of competition between the league’s top teams vying for the Championship Crown at the Murphy Town Ball Park on June 11, 2017.

The Sharks capped their undefeated season with a hard fought victory over 2016’s Champions, the Pirates. Meanwhile the top seed Dynamic Divas continued their dominant season by defeating the Black Rogues (formerly the Panthers).

In the first round of action, the Women’s Championship match, the Rogues scored first and appeared ready to give the Divas a hard fought game but the Divas would eventually score leading to a first half tie.

However in the second half the Divas would shut down the Rogues offensively and a series of interceptions helped set up two more scores for the Divas before the final whistle. The Divas would defeat the Rogues 18 to 6 with Nadaige “Naddy” Dumercy contributing two of their three touchdowns.

In the Men’s Championship game the defending champs marched down the field and scored on a pass to Basil Hall Jr. to take the early lead.

However, the Sharks answered with a quick strike to the highly under-rated snapper, Max Albury who made a short pass into a long gain.

The Pirates would hold on to win the first half of the game with a lead of 19 to 13; but the lead would be short lived as the Sharks surged back in to the game in the second half with touchdowns to Brandon Weatherford and Max Albury.

The pirates fought back with Malik Penn pulling down a touchdown on the edge of the end zone bringing the game back to a tie.

With time running down the Sharks marched down the field, capping off the drive with the game winning touchdown to Darren Rogers. The Sharks overcame the Pirates winning 33 to 26 and finishing with a perfect record for the 2017 season.

The AFFL will have an all-star game to cap off their third season and give thanks to the many players, coaches, referees and others, like league photographer Paul Roberts, who have volunteered time and contributed to making the league a success. Food and drinks will be on sale to assist in raising funds for an Abaco team to play in the Freeport Football Tournament in August.

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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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