RBDF hosts first annual Commodore’s Bowl

Players from the winning Alpha Team taking a group photo. Also shown are Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force and Senior Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux, Training Officer.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Officers and marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) took to the grid iron on March 30 for a day of fun during the force’s first annual Commodore’s Bowl Flag Football Tournament (CDFFBT).

The tournament is the first event of its kind for a security force in The Bahamas, organizers said.

On hand for Saturday’s event was Commissioner of The Bahamas Flag Football League Alexandria Deal, who presented RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethel with a gift. Also accompanying Ms. Deal was Jayson Clarke, president of the league, along with referees Radley Knowles and Damien Longley, who officiated the game.

The officers and marines were organized into four teams representing Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.

The historic day was  filled with spins, hits and misses at the football playing fields, near the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. By day’s end, teams Bravo and Delta were eliminated; and team Alpha proved too much for team Charlie and won the championship match.

Coached by Leading Seaman Melvin Smith, team Alpha scored two early touchdowns and held on for a final score of 14-0.

“The practices payed off for my team,” said Coach Smith. “We always knew we had the fastest and toughest players, so it was just a matter of putting all the combinations together. A great game, and we look forward to defending our trophy.”

The tournament is one of several events on the defence force’s sporting calendar, which is aimed at encouraging camaraderie and sportsmanship among the men and women of the force.

The planned events are said to be in keeping with the Commodore’s intent to be a fit fighting defence force.

The first annual CDFFBT was nothing short of high octane action, organizers said.

Organized by the training officer, Senior Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux, and coordinated by Leading Seamen Dwayne Deveaux, Shariff Turnquest and Melvin Smith, the games featured a double elimination format of co-eds.