battle: Trident Trust Cedar School Sharks' Alec Anderson and Amicorp
Willard Wheatley Wolves Dante Blair respective MVPs for their
teams - battle for control of the ball during the second half of
Saturday's match which the Sharks won 3-2
beats Willard Wheatley for Primary Schools Soccer title
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Roger Carter, coordinator of the inaugural BVI Football Association
Primary Schools Soccer tournament, described the Trident Trust Cedar
School Sharks 3-2 victory over the Amicorp Willard Wheatley Wolves
for the title as ‘fantastic.’
“Two goals in the last
minute, a great comeback,” he lamented. “I think this game was a
great culmination to the program. It really showed the skills they
have been learning over the last two months. But was a great game
between the two strongest schools on the island.”
Carter noted that both
teams made the finals of the Easter tournament which Willard
Wheatley won. A week later, Cedar beat Willard Wheatley at a beach
tournament. “Today, Cedar had the upper hand,” Carter observed.
“But, it’s a great rivalry between two strong schools and
hopefully, it will continue for a long time.”
Willard Wheatley got the
scoring going when Eugene Penn gave them a 1-0 halftime lead. Cedar
evened the score early in the second half on Mark Krowel’s goal.
Willard Wheatley who controlled the tempo, took a 2-1 edge on Kadeem
Forde’s score and kept the pressure on before one of their player
was penalized. Cedar’s Alec Anderson scored on the penalty to even
the match at 2-2. They secured victory when Chris Brockbank scored a
legger in the final minute.
Carter who started the
program in October, said the BVI was a new place to visit and a new
scheme to set up. “It takes a while to get to know the schools and
how things worked. It has been a lot of learning,” he
acknowledged. “But, things happened pretty quickly. There were 78
children in the program by December. Now we have 150 on Tortola.
We’ve set up and now they’re running their own programs on
Virgin Gorda and we’ve also done things on Jost Van Dyke. So
it’s well over 200 playing soccer. I think it has gone well.”
Carter said while the
youngsters have improved their soccer skills, they have learnt
valuable lessons. “They are more organized, they are starting to
turn up to practice and games on time. They’ve made new friends
from different schools and backgrounds. They’ve improved their
communication skills, all the types of things to make them better
individuals. It’s about becoming better people as well as better
The program resumes in
September when school reopens. Carter says the aim is to develop
under 13 and under 15 teams to participate in tournaments in
Barbados and Antigua next year.
Besides the winners,
awards presented following the game included Montessori Magic who
beat the Althea Scatliffe Scorpions 2-1 for third place. The
league’s top goal scorer was Montessori Magic’s
George Fay who won the Golden Boot Award for leading the league with
12 goals. Team MVPs are as follows: Althea Scatliffe Scorpions,
Kimone Mills. Trident Trust Cedar Sharks, Alec Anderson. Amicorp
Willard Wheatley Wolves, Dante Blair. Montessori Magic, George Fay.
AMS Ivan Dawson Reds, Gordon Nyugen.
Trident Trust Leonora
Deville Dynamos, Joshua Rathanum. Nagico St George’s/Belle Vue
Blues, Rown Victor & Jomel Warrican.
SPECIAL AWARD - to the three youngest players, all 5 yr olds
Aiteina Mitchell (Montessori Magic)
Joash Victor (Nagico St George’s/Belle Vue Blues)
Malik "Harry" Potter (Trident Trust Leonora Deville
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