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CAFL season to kick off at the end of the month

  • READY FOR KICKOFF: The Commonwealth American Football League will kick off its 2013 season on Saturday, October 26, over at the D.W. Davis Field. The defending champions Orry J. Sands Pros and the Baoilco Jets are expected to play in the opener. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Oct 17, 2013

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Now that the Eight Mile Rock Crushers and the Freeport Hurricanes have both decided to step back on the gridiron, this year’s action in the Commonwealth American Football League (CAFL) is expected to be hard-hitting and crushing.

Play is expected to intensify even more if the team from Hunter in Grand Bahama commits, according to league council member Michael Foster. The league will officially kick off on Saturday, October 26, over at the D.W. Davis Field. The three teams from Grand Bahama are expected to compete against three New Providence-based squads for the coveted title in The Bahamas’ Boil Fish Bowl – the championship game of the CAFL.

Foster said: “A lot of work has been going on in the off-season as we try to complete the mandate to improve the league and expand the game of American football to include Grand Bahama. Up to yesterday, we were successful in closing the discussions with the Eight Mile Rock Crushers for the 2013-14 season. We expect the return of the Freeport Hurricanes who participated in the league last year. We are still in discussion, even at this late hour with a team from the Hunter area. Barring a failure, we anticipate three teams in New Providence, inclusive of the Jets, the Pros and the Stingrays. We are trying to build a six-team league, three in Grand Bahama, and three in New Providence. That has to do with the economic standpoint of things right now. We are still one of the only leagues that have to travel in order to play games or have traveling in their schedule. It is a difficult task and we have to be very careful in the way we schedule games and prepare to play football.”

Traditionally, the first game of the season is usually played between the champions and the runner-up. However, the Baoilco Jets will replace the V8-Fusion Stingrays in the opening game. The game between the Jets and the defending champions Orry J. Sands Pros will get underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.

Former Pros starting quarterback Foster, who revealed that he is officially retired, believes that young players for the Pros are hungry and will destroy the Jets in the opener. He said it is going to be an interesting game, especially knowing that he will be watching from the sidelines. Obie Roberts, another council member, said the game will be one to watch, as it solidifies the return of American football in the country.

The Jets, Pros, Crushers and Stingrays are the oldest teams in the league, having joined the CAFL in the early 1970s.

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