brought back to guide Softball Association
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
‘GM’ Brewley walked away from the BVI Amateur Softball Association helm
following the 2003 season, he anticipated going to games when he felt like it,
and helping out when he could. But President Neville Smith told him he would not
be leaving the sport, immediately naming him an honorary member. Brewley was
among several veteran players honored during the 2004 season opener and he also
scored and announced several games during the season.
night, he returned to the post he vacated 16 months ago on October 30, 2003 as
head of association. Brewley—who has the second longest presidential tenure in
BVI sports, serving 22 years from 1981-2003—said his decision to come back won’t
last long. This time around, he’s only filling a temporary gap.
“I told them I
would come back, but not for an extended period. It’s not for 20 years,” Brewley
assured. “I am here just to try and help put things back on an even keel and get
the league going. In the next two or three years, I expect to bow out for good.”
on the executive are; Glenford ‘Chappy’ Maduro, vice president; Julian Adams,
Treasurer, Juliette Penn, Secretary General; Patricia Hodge, assistant
secretary; Byron Parsons, Public Relations Officer. Brewley replaced Smith who
tendered his resignation effective Feb. 28, but it was rejected by the executive
triggering the elections.
plan is to get the league up and running. Prior to elections, plans were to have
the league start at the end of March, based on using rosters from teams who
played in the 2004 season and making amendments as the season progressed.
Brewley says things are already running late.
“I won’t want
the league run into the August Festival again and beyond. If it means having a
short league, then we might just have to do that,” Brewley stated. “The league
is tentatively scheduled to begin during the first weekend in April and that’s
late. We have to work and see how we can get around that. Normally, we have
teams meeting each other twice, but we may not be able to get that done this
year. We have to play it by ear at this point in time and see how it goes.”
problems must be addressed before the league begins Brewley pointed out. He said
the lighting is poor, resulting in dark areas in the outfield. The scorers’
booth which he described as “deplorable” needs work, as well at the outfield
which was damaged during a recent reggae concert.
also had a visit from International Softball Federation 1st vice president
Clovis Lodewijks. Brewley said his mission was two fold—to see how things are
going on the local level and to drum up support for softball to remain as a
sport in the Pan American Games. “They are trying to take softball out of the
games and he came to lobby support from our Olympic Committee to keep softball
in,” Brewley noted. “I can’t see why they want to take us out.”
with BVI Olympic Committee president Rey O’Neal and sports minister Lloyd Black.
When asked what he expected from Lodewijks’ visit, Brewley said he’s not sure as
numerous promises are made but they never materialize. “He has promised to help
with training of managers, coaches and officials,” Brewley said. “We’ll have to
see how that pans out.”
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