2014 Year in Sports Review: Part I—Team Sports

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By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

This is the first of a two part 2014 Year in Sports Review focusing on Team Sports. Next week, we look at individual sports.

Basketball:‘The General’ is back at the helm of BVI Basketball

Former BVI Basketball Federation president Guy “The General” Malone was elected to the top post by acclimation as well as several of his executive members, during elections held on Thursday, January 23.

Malone, who was president from 2005-2010, replaced Byron “Chucky” Hodge who took over from Malone and did not contest the election.

Keith “88” Malone is the new vice president. Delia Jn Baptiste who served with Malone during his tenure, was also re-elected to the post by acclimation. Kisheba Sprauve is the assistant secretary. Clayton Clark takes up duties as Treasurer with Judith Harrigan the assistant treasurer.

In one of two positions where the 13 voters got a chance to exercise their right, Lindell “Nuttin Nyce” DeFrietas became the Public Relations Officer with a 9-4 edge over Karl “Dub” Scatliffe, who will be the assistant Public Relations Officer. Brian “Bash” Brewley got the majority of the votes as one of the Players Rep positions while Hemant Doodnot got the other over Morris Wattley, 8-5.

Legs Fearless retain titles

Dione Edwin and Dione Blyden combined for 53 points in leading the CCT Legs to their fourth successive BVI Basketball Federation Sr. Men’s Division title with a 96-84 victory over All Ah We.

Legs beat All Ah We 102-89 in the best of three series opener.

Fearless retained their Jr. Division title with a 100-75 triumph over And One, as  Franklyn Penn Jr. and Jomari Dagou poured in 26 points respectively. Penn—who had 35 points during a 92-75 win—pulled nine rebounds to go with six steals and four assists.

BVI hosts CBC Championships

The BVI Basketball Federation celebrated its 40th year of existence by hosting the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Men and Women’s Championships.

After winning its first two games against Guyana and Barbados, hosts BVI endured a stretch of shooting misery that saw them watching the Bahamas, Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands celebrating with their medals and advancing to the Centrobasket Tournament in Mexico.

Unlike 2009 when they hosted and won the silver, there would be no follow up fairy tale as the placed fourth.

Bahamas wins CBC crown

After beating them 77-71 for the right to advance to the medal round, the Bahamas fended off Cuba for the second time to earn the gold medal, following a 75-64 drubbing.
Guyana placed fifth, Barbados sixth, Antigua seventh, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines eight.

Blazers stop Knights for Fraser League title

Deon Edwin had a triple double to lead the Bayside Blazers past the Knights, 81-74, to win the 2nd Hon. Julian Fraser Basketball League title.

Bayside Blazers opened the best of three series with an 88-76 victory before the Knights forced the deciding game during a 72-71, triumph after squandering a 19 points lead.

Bregado Flax wins Primary Schools Basketball title

Virgin Gorda’s Bregado Flax made its first venture into the Primary Schools Basketball League a successful by downing St. Georges 31-16, to win their first title in the fifth edition of the league.

Both teams entered the championship game undefeated, after Bregado Flax powered past Enis Adams, 38-26 in the semifinals and St. Georges fended off Althea Scatliffe, 31-27.

Another BVI Tropical Shootout Classic crown for Warner

Warner University Royals walked off with their second title to match the one earned in 2012, following their 16-points 88-62 triumph over the Montreat College (N.C.) Cavaliers, despite a three points loss to BVI Basketball Federation champions Legs during an exhibition game at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

Wolf Pack overpower Mystics 53-49 for 40+ title

The East Wolf Pack avenged an earlier loss to the Virgin Gorda Mystics with an overpowering 53-49 victory, to claim the 40+ Basketball League title.

They dedicated the victory to Cardinal “Wolf” Fahie, who was killed by a single gunshot wound on May 26, 2011 and remains as one of the territory’s unsolved murders. Had he been alive, he would have been playing with the team.

Cricket

Vikings win Digicel T20 title in dramatic super over thriller

The Vikings wrestled the BVI Cricket Association’s Digicel Twenty 20 crown from four time champs Cavaliers during an epic momentum swinging battle at Greenland, to seize the title on the last ball by 2 runs in a Super Over.

Batting first, Cavaliers posted 236 for 8 from their 20 overs led by Kwesi Sinclair, who blasted 9 fours and 5 sixes for 93 runs. He shared a 99-run second wicket partnership with Dorian Auguste, who added 54 runs before he was bowled by Vikings’ captain, Richard Fredericks.

Cavaliers also saw contribution from Mohamed Hassan who added 45 runs from 17 balls.

Bowling for Vikings, Fredericks, Winston Davis and Vaden Walker each ended with 2 wickets.

In reply, Vikings were 92 for 2 when they lost Fredericks for 36 runs. However, Man of the Match Kevin Joseph played another magical inning, leading Vikings with 57 runs from 27 balls.

Vikings needed 29 runs with 1 wicket in hand from the final over to win and Cavaliers turned to Julian Sinclair to close the game. A couple of wides and instinctive batting from Steeve Yudesh Shivprashad saw Vikings score 28 runs. Shivprashad sent a catch to Kwesi Sinclair on the final ball of the inning as Vikings tied the score 236 forcing the super over.

Football

FIFA/FIBA Referee extraordinaire

When it comes to team sports referees in the territory, Virgin Gorda’s Norville Young easily stands heads and shoulders above the rest.

Already the only BVI Basketball Federation FIBA certified referee in the territory, last week he became just the third British Virgin Islands Football Association referee to be awarded FIFA certification in its 40-year history.

Ironically, both the BVI Basketball Federation and the BVI Football Association are turning 40 this year after being formed in 1974.

And, Young is now the only referee certified in two popular international sports—a highly commendable accomplishment. At a time when our sports are clamoring for officials, Young, a former basketball player, has committed himself to ensuring that he has mastered the art of refereeing.

In a conversation I had a year ago, Young said as he paying his dues, he was hoping to eventually be considered by the BVIFA for FIFA referee certification sometime down the road.

That road came a lot sooner than he thought.

“Basically, it was a lot of hard work, dedication, effort, sleepless nights and a lot of studying because noting comes by chance,” Young pointed out after receiving his badges from BVIFA President Andy Bickerton. “Based on the CONCACAF U15 Men’s Tournament I did in the Cayman Islands last year, I was selected among a group of referees to work in the semifinals and finals. From the hard work during that tournament, they recommended me to become an assistant FIFA referee.”

He refereed in several Football/Basketball tournaments during 2014 including the Basketball championship games at the CBC Championships and the CAC Games.

BVI Women shut down St Thomas Football team for 5-0 win

Lilly Pierce, a 12 year old at Cedar School, had a hat trick in leading a BVI U15 Girls Football team to a 5-0 victory over St. Thomas’ Laraza Football Club on Saturday at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.

The Boys team fell to their male counterparts 6-2, in the matches that are part of the BVI Football Association’s 40th Anniversary activities.

Kaza burns BVI’s defense with hat trick in 3-0 victory

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ Zola Kaza lodged a hat trick during a Women’s Football friendly match with the BVI at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds, which was played as one of the events marking the BVI Football Association’s 40th Anniversary activities.

The BVI couldn’t capitalize on its chances and squandered it’s last opportunity three minutes before the end of regulation when Mackiesh Taylor—the USVI’s last defender—got her foot on the ball when three of her opponents were setting up a play.

BVI coach Charlie Jackson said they played as well as they could and achieved one of their goals—holding their head high and show they can play the sport.

“There’s a lot of work to be done if we are to go anywhere with this age group and obviously, it’s the first game for many of them in a year or two,” Jackson noted. “They haven’t played together since they faced the USVI in 2012. The most important thing in the BVI is that a lot more girls have shown interest in coming out and being involved.”

U15s Women winless in Cayman Islands

Hosts Cayman Islands bested the BVI 5-0, in the CONCACAF Women’s U15 tournament, before they fell to Curacao, 2-1

Rugby

St. Vincent trims BVI 24-22, in NACRA encounter

St. Vincent and the Grenadines held off the hosts BVI’s late charge for a hard fought 24-22 victory in their 2014 NACRA first round encounter at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds, after constructing a 12-5 half time advantage that grew to 17-8 by the second half.

St. Lucia eliminates BVI from NACRA Rugby contention

St. Lucia overcame a 10 points deficit, scored three tries within a 10 minutes span late in the second half to beat the BVI 29-18 in their NACRA South Cup Zone League Rugby match at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds on Sunday afternoon.

The stunning loss coupled with the 24-22 setback to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the opener, eliminated the BVI from contention.

Rugby coach satisfied in loss to Curacao

Despite a 42-12 loss to hosts Curacao in their NACRA South Cup Zone League Rugby match, BVI coach Sherlock “Solo” Solomon was satisfied with the team’s performance. He said it was another good experience for the territory’s young developing squad.

“I thought it was one of the better games—the score doesn’t tell that—but I was much more satisfied with the performance especially with the forwards,” Solomon said. “We did have some hiccups with the back line and they let in a couple of tries. However I think they had a better game as a team. We had a little more team spirit, a better sense of urgency especially among the forwards and I’m very satisfied with that.”

BVI eight in NACRA Rugby 7s in Mexico

The BVI finished eight overall in the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) Rugby 7s tournament in Mexico City, Mexico, after reaching the quarter final stage and losing to Barbados for a second time.

The Bajans out muscled the BVI 38-0, after winning the opening matchup 69-0. The second loss placed them In the plate semifinal, where the BVI succumbed to Jamaica, 43-14, before closing play with a 33-0 loss to Bermuda for their eight placed finish. They also fell to Bermuda, 45-0 in the qualifying rounds.

The BVI boys had beaten St. Lucia 35-14 to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Cedar A beats Cedar B for Primary Schools Rugby title

Cedar A returned to the top of the pile when they beat Cedar B to claim the 2014 Primary Schools Tag Rugby title with a 3-0 victory, behind the scoring of Liam Blok and Stefano Tasking.

Cedar A advanced to the finals after trimming Isabella Morris Primary School, 3-2. Cedar B overpowered a feisty Ivan Dawson Primary School, 4-2, setting up the final parings. Block scored twice and Tasking once for the victory.

ESHS takes High School titles

Elmore Stout High School beat St. Georges 1-0 in sudden death for the U15 Division crown, while ESHS toppled Cedar 5-2, for the U17 title.

“This by far was the most competitive tournament that have been held over the last four years,” noted Coach and tournament organizer Sherlock “Solo” Solomon. “I wasn’t surprised that Elmore Stoutt won as their players have been coming to my afternoon seasons in Baughers Bay, so I expected them to do well. The surprise package was St. Georges who went throughout the tournament unbeaten and gave Elmore Stoutt a real fight when they met as unbeaten teams.”

BVI fields first team in NACRA U19s

The BVI ventured into the NACRA U19 tournament for the first time and ended with three losses during the tournament held in Trinidad and Tobago. They fell to Turks and Caicos Islands, 34-14 in the opener, before a 34-7 setback to Bermuda. Hosts Trinidad and Tobago eliminated them from the tournament with a 34-6 triumph.

Softball

Chinnery Coaches rare men and women’s softball crowns

Terry “Chino” Chinnery pulled off a rare softball feat that hasn’t happened in 38 years. But, he waited and sweated to do it and it’s a birthday present he’ll definitely savor.

After a month’s suspense that saw his Power Outage team blowing a 3-0 lead to the Pirates and forcing a Game 7 in the BVI Softball Association Berth “Big Man” Henley League Men’s Championships Series, he was finally rewarded with the 2014 title.

Power Outage’s thrilling 6-5 victory over the Pirates after trailing 4-0 early in the contest—which was lengthened by the August Festival break—also gave him first men’s title.

With his Pythons team already sweeping the women’s crown from the Hawks to cap off a 59 game winning streak, Chinnery became the first Coach to win both men’s and women’s titles since Arnold “Foxy” Barronville last pulled off the feat in 1976 with the Astros and Rivals.

His team also collected $1000 from Sports Minister Myron Walwyn and the league’s trophy.

BVI Volleyball champs crowned

Phoenix Red and Jus Dream needed five set thrillers to retain their respective women and men’s BVI Volleyball Association titles. Phoenix Red overpowered upstart Legends, 25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 17-25 and 15-11, to secure a 3-peat of the Women’s division.

Jus Dream retained their title after a see saw 25-17, 23-25, 25-11, 19-25 and 15-8 victory over Gunz.

BVI winless in ECVA championships

The BVI’s Sr. Women’s Volleyball team went through the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (EVCA) Championships winless in Oranjestad, St. Eustatius.

After losing the first set French St. Martin stifled the BVI, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-10. In their next match eventual champs St. Lucia punished the BVI, 25-17, 25-5 and 25-10 before Antigua and Barbuda toasted them in another straight set loss, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-17.

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