Festival Cup targets young football players

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By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

BVI Football Association officials claimed to have attracted over 140 boys and girls during their recent Youth Festival held in Greenland, August 15-16. 

The Youth Festival targeted players born 2008-2011 on day one and players 2003-2007 for the second day. The initiative was meant to display the coaching staff’s work, in bringing back the youths to a competitive environment where they showcased their technical abilities.

According to a BVIFA statement, association president Andrew Bickerton said that it was great to see so many turn out and the progress being made after the lockdown, the level of competition, the technical standards across both age groups are all very encouraging.

The statement added that Bickerton was also pleased to see the presence of overseas based students who were home and participating in the event. He is said to have congratulated all the coaches and staff involved. These include: Tinnie Percival, Wayne Phillips, Richie Morton, Javon Carty, Lenroy, “Left” Henry, Cassandra “Cass” Gregg, Jermaine Abrams, Morris Mark, and General Secretary Julianna Luke  and her assistant, Jahtoya Rodriquez.

At the end of the second session, awards were presented to the following: MVP: Luka Chalwell. Best Goalkeeper: Ollie Henderson. Best Defender: Quelani Nickie. Best Midfielder: Johari Lacey. Top Scorer:Denvin Jones.

While all the Youth programs on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke will be continuing, the BVIFA is also moving ahead with its plans to add a Youth League to its player pathways.

Bickerton according to the statement said that the level of interest and enthusiasm shown means that they can be even more optimistic about the success of the National Youth League which the BVIFA is hoping to launch in September.

Meanwhile, In the 2008-2011 grouping, the Reds became the U12 Youth Festival Cup Champions after defeating the Blues 2-1 in the decisive game. Tiondre Frett scored both goals for the Reds, while Christian Vanterpool connected for the Blues’ score.

En route to the title, the Reds began with a 2-1 win over the Greens. The Reds’ goals came from Othniel Gillings and Charlie Potgeiter, sandwiched by a strike by Latriel ”Trellie” Williams. They were then held to a 0-0 draw by the Oranges. In the semifinal, the Reds faced the Greens again, coming out comfortable 3-0 winners with eventual Golden Boot recipient, Gillings firing home a hat trick.

The Blues secured their place in the final, after bouncing back from losing 0-1 to team Orange on a goal by Quinn Poscoe. They then held held the Reds to a stalemate before beating the Greens 1-0, to reach the semifinal against the Oranges, which they won 2-1. Vanterpool scored a brace, while Myles Penn netted for the Oranges.

Team Green and Team Orange were also in action, competing in round robin league playoffs to determine the positions for the title game.  

In the other games played, Green played Orange to a 1 – 1 draw, with Latriel Williams and Sam Potgieter both finding the net. The Oranges redeemed themselves by defeating the Green team 2-1 to finish third in the competition.

The winning coach was Jeffrey “Zambi” Demming for the Red Team. Chelsea Edwards was judged as MVP. Othneal Gillings earned the Golden Boot award and Akeem Paddy, best goalkeeper. Chelsea Edwards was the best defender and Christian Vanterpool best midfielder.

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