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Digicel COE plans grand closing for Summer

on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Football

Digicel COE plans grand closing for Summer

The end of School report from the Football Associations Digicel Centre of Excellence, which has its last full sessions today, Saturday 111th June, 2016, before a Closing for Summer Party next week, shows high marks across the board.

The COE is has been run both on Tortola and Virgin Gorda for over a 100 Boys and Girls under the watchful gaze of Cassandra Gregg, Avondale Williams and Thomas Albert, all of whom have been impressed with the willingness to learn and understand the importance of hard work and understanding the need to constantly improve from the players, who turn out week on week, rain or shine at the Millicent Mercer Playing Field in Baughers Bay and the Recreation Ground on Virgin Gorda.

“There is still a lot of improvements to be made” commented Cassandra Gregg “but with Digicel’s continued support and the commitment of the FA Executive, we have achieved the first set of goals. Going forward the standard will continue to improve and we are starting to see a talented group of players across the age groups”

U9’s, U11’s, U13’s, right up to U17’s are all learning technical and tactical skills that will stand them in good stead as the FA looks to build on its ability to be competitive Regionally.

“One of the best things is that the pool of available players at a good level is getting bigger” noted Avondale Williams “We are even beginning to see a pool of possible goal keepers, which has always been a problem for us.”

The success of the Digicel Sponsored COE has already been proven, when a team of U13’s recently took part in a Tournament in St Maarten and although came home unbeaten in regular play, had to settle for a third place finish after a dramatic penalty shot out denied them a place in the Final.

“From within the programme we have not only seen that, though” noted Williams “already we have been able to set up an U16 league, which gives the players competitive games each week, but also have U17 Boys and U17 Girls National squads in practice and for once, thanks to Digicel, we actually have a group of players to choose from”

The increase in those playing the game at a higher level is not by chance, as each invited Boy or Girl has to prove their worth.

There is no entitlement or guarantee to be involved in the COE as it is designed to select the best of the best as well as those who show great potential and a desire to get better.

“Some parents were upset by the selection or non selection of children at the beginning” stated Gregg “However, once we got started and people began to see the importance of what we are trying to do in establishing high quality players for National Age Group Representation, the majority became supportive and vowed to help their kids get selected for the next intake”

The Closing for Summer Fiesta of Football is planned to be held on the Millicent Mercer Field on Saturday June 18th, 2016, from 9am until 1.00pm.

“All the participants in the Programme will be out, brightly decked in their Digicel shirts, playing 7 v 7 games, showcasing their skills and saying a big thank you to Digicel for supporting us in reaching our goals to improve Football” concluded Gregg

Wins for Islanders and Sugar Boys in WWC Semi Finals

on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Football

Wins for Islanders and Sugar Boys in WWC Semi Finals

Two games of contrasting ebb and flow set up a pulsating rematch in the Final of the Wendol Williams Cup next Sunday, June 19th, 2016, when the Islanders will play the Sugar Boys in the second major cup competition of the season.

 

The two top teams in the Country have met on many occasions and each time put on an exhilarating performance as each tries to outdo the other tactically and technically- The WWC will be no exception, nor for the feint hearted.

The Panthers will consider themselves unlucky not to have put one over their illustrious semi final opponents, when they fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Islanders, who were unable to break down the Panthers defense and reached the final on the back of a Francis Primo strike in the 13th minute.

Many chances fell begging in the second half and although the Islanders could have and probably should have more than doubled their advantage, the Panthers too will feel aggrieved not to have at least got on the score sheet

In the other semi final, the Wolues also held the Sugar Boys at bay for 62 minutes, with goal keep Andre Gaymes responsible for keeping the game goalless with an inspired first half performance and a string of fine saves. Simon Cook too stepped into the void left by the early injury to Nick Messum to marshal the Wolues defense with some resolute tackling.

However as the game wore on, the Sugar Boys capitalized on the strength sapping work done by their opponents and Derol Redhead timed his soaring leap to perfection to head home the opener and finally beat Gaymes.

The lead was short lived though when the predatory Allesandro Pallandino latched onto a ball over the top, outpaced two Sugar Boy defenders and fired home the equalizer in the 81st minute.

Suddenly the Boys awoke from a slumber compared to their usual clinical play and broke the back of the Wolues resolve with two lightening quick goals, first from Roger Roberts in the 88th minute and then Akeem Hendrikson in the 88th to seemingly put the game to bed.

The Wolues though had different ideas, hit a post, missed out on a goal mouth scramble and scored again in added time, through Marc Savage and almost snatched an equalizer from a Cook free kick, before right at the final whistle Andres Bailey padded out the score line to 4-2.

Next Sunday, June 19th, the Womens Final takes place at 5.00pm between VG United Ladies and the Ballstars and that is followed at 7.00pm by the Islanders against Sugar Boys, with both games on the A.O. Shirley Ground

Islanders begin defense of Terry Evans Cup against Wolues

on Sunday, 10 April 2016. Posted in Football

Islanders begin defense of Terry Evans Cup against Wolues

The Terry Evans Cup will mark the beginning of a new season for the BVIFA domestically when the competition makes a return after a year’s absence from the Football Calendar.

With the A.O. Shirley Grounds renovation work now completed and the venue open once again to the Associations planned competitive, organized fixtures, the Competitions Committee has wasted no time in finalizing plans for both the Terry Evans Cup and then the Wendoll Williams Cup, which for the first time will also include 11 a side Women’s football.

Fixtures have also been planned for Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground as the F.A Executive continues its plans to ensure the game is taken to all parts of the Territory and continues to grow not only in participation, but also popularity.

The Islanders are defending Champions from 2014, when they beat One Love 2-1 and they begin the defense of their title on opening day, April 17th, 2016 at 7.00pm against the Wolues on the A.O. Shirley Ground.

Other matches on the same day include the Ballstars Women against the V.G United Girls at 3.30pm and then the men’s teams from the same clubs will play at 5.15pm.

Action continues on Sunday 24th April, over in Virgin Gorda with the Avengers Women playing the Panthers Women at 3.30pm, Old Madrid will then play the Panthers at 5.15pm and the night rounds out with Sugar Boys taking on the Haitian Stars at 7.00pm.

The semi Finals are scheduled for May 1st, 2016 and the Finals will take place on May 8th, 2016.

The Winner will receive $1,000.00 and a Trophy, whilst the Runner Up will receive $500.00 and a Trophy.

TheTerry Evans Knockout Cup is named after the formerBVIFAPresident and one of the forefathers of football in theBritish Virgin Islands.

BVI lose to Martinique but ready for Dominica

on Thursday, 24 March 2016. Posted in Football

The BVI went down 3-0 to Martinique in their first Group 7 game of the Scotiabank Caribbean Cup on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 at the Stade Pierre Aliker in Martinique.

Martinique, playing at home, opened the scoring in the 12th minute of play against the British Virgin Islands, when Kevin Parsemain netted. Yuan Aquino made it 2-0 in the 68th minute, while Steven Lange scored Martinique's third and final goal in the 84th minute.

“Although we lost, we didn’t allow Martinique to play their usual game or run away with things” commented Troy Caesar “In fact at times we silenced the crowd and even their players were getting frustrated”

“They were technically good and very fit” stated Asst. Coach John Riley

“It was tough conceding two late goals” noted Team Manager, Wendell Nichols “The game was also tough against a very strong team, full of players from France, but now we have to regroup and get ready for Dominica.

The next game, a must win encounter against well known foe in Dominica, is scheduled for Saturday 26th March, on the A.O. Shirley Grounds at 4pm.

“We are looking good, strong and disciplined” stated Riley

“We have been coming here for a few years now” commented Dominica’s Coach, Shane Marshall “we hope as always to make our fans here happy. The BVI team has changed a lot and these days they send for players from England and elsewhere, but we have a good combination of youth and experience. Our preparation hasn’t been the best, but we are ready to go”

The last time the teams met was in the World Cup qualifier in 2015, which ended as a 0-0 stalemate and a result that gives the BVI plenty to be positive about in terms of securing all 3 points.

The full squad includes;

Goal Keepers: Daniel Barker, Ben Chapman, Vesquever Frett

Defenders: Ryan Dicker, Troy Caesar, Karl Espley, Joshua Fines, James Quinn, Gregory James, Vanquever Frett

Midfielders: Jordon Johnson, Peter Monks, Kristan Javier, Lewis Jones, Gladstone Burke, Christopher Telemaque, Robert Green.

Forwards: Trevor Peters, Allon Williams.

Avondale Williams is the coach, John Riley the Asst. Coach and Sheldon Harry the Physio

Fans are encouraged to come out early as their will be plenty of excitement pre match with a “Fan Village” , food, refreshments and of course a chance to grab the best seats in the house.

The game time has been arranged to suit those coming from Virgin Gorda and of course all those who will be heading back to Virgin Gorda to enjoy the Easter Festival Celebrations.

Entrance to the game is just $5 and all Boys and Girls Under 12 get free entry.

BVI Begin Caribbean Cup Odyssey

on Monday, 21 March 2016. Posted in Football

the National Football team left the Territory on Sunday 20th March, 2016, bound for Martinique for their first match of the 2016 Caribbean Cup.

The Group 7 game is scheduled for 22nd March and then the BVI team will return home to face a second group game against Dominica on Saturday 26th March, on the A.O. Shirley Ground at 4pm.

Fan favourite, Troy Caesar, is back in the squad having missed the World Cup qualifiers in 2015 due to College obligations is looking forward to reuniting with his old team mates and also players new to him “Well first of all I have to give thanks to God who help give me life to see a next tournament, and after missing the world cup qualifier I realized how much I'm a integral part of the team, I also know being a part of the new look of the team is going to a challenge but as players we have to adjust as fast as we can because this is my second time playing against Martinique and I know they a very good it's just for the team to work hard and follow our coach tactics and I have confidence we can move on to the next round after how we played Dominica last March

Joining Caesar will be a couple of his College Team mates, Josh Fines and James Quinn “Well after meeting them for the first time I could of tell that there knowledge of the game and the way they played set them aside from most of my other teammates, then playing alongside Josh Fines, James Quinn and Lewis Jones we build trust but being together on and off the field I know they are going to help the team greatly” commented Caesar

Caesar is also well aware of what could be a large fan base of people with Dominican ties here in the BVI and also of course already several of the team have family from that Island, such as Trevor Peters, Chris Telemaque, and Ceasar himself   “well all the names you call are very talented played and playing with them for a number of year I know there potential, but again all the names you call all of us have blood from Dominica but our birthplace is the BVI and I'm very excited to come back home to play even more against a country I always wanted to play, before I left to come to the US a lot local players and spectators know how good I am and how great I can become and encourage me to play so coming back and play at home is an awesome feeling to see my family and friends but I just want everyone to come out and give their support because this team is going to change the way people look at BVI football

The full squad includes;

Goal Keepers: Daniel Barker, Ben Chapman, Vesquever Frett

Defenders:Ryan Dicker, Troy Caesar, Karl Espley, Joshua Fines, James Quinn, Gregory James, Vanquever Frett

Midfielders: Jordon Johnson, Peter Monks, Kristan Javier, Lewis Jones, Gladstone Burke, Christopher Telemaque.)

Forward:Trevor Peters, Allon Williams.

Avondale Williams is the coach, John Riley the Asst. Coach and Sheldon Harry the Physio

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