By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Although the BVI Basketball Federation won’t have a 2018 season, Friday’s kick off of the Hon. Julian Fraser Save The Seed Basketball League at the Save The Seed Energy Center in Duffs Bottom, will ensure players get a chance to play, in the league that had its 2017
season interrupted by Hurricane Irma. League action will run through October.
The league is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., with brief remarks from Directors and founders, Hon Julian Fraser RA, and Bishop John I. Cline.
The weekend schedule of games is as follows: 6:30 p.m., DA 3RD vs Young Empire. 8:00 p.m. Warrias vs Knights.
Saturday, 5:00 p.m. High Speed vs East Cavaliers (Jr. Division). 6:30; Jr Bayside Blazers vs Beast Mode. 8:00 p.m., Bayside Blazers vs We Dem Boys. 9:30 p.m., Splash Brothers vs Momentum. Sunday, 5:00 p.m., High Speed vs Beast Mode (Jr. Division). 6:30, Warrias vs DA 3RD. 8:00 p.m., Bayside Blazers vs Knights.
Track and Fielding season ending
The 2018 Track and Field season will wrap up with Kyron McMaster as part of the Americas Team, competing in the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, September 8-9. He will be one of the Americas two representatives in the 400m Hurdles and will meet some of his Diamond League foes as they compete for prize money in both events. The Continental Cup will feature teams from the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
His biggest challenger in the competition in Ostrava, will be Norway’s Karsten Warholm, the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Champion, who has a best of 47.64 seconds and McMaster’s best is 47.54. Both times came this season and they are currently ranked No 3 and No 4 respectively, on the IAAF list. Defending champ McMaster and Warholm met in Thursday night’s Diamond League final in Zurich, Switzerland.
College Classic Series on the horizon
The annual Mourant Ozannes College Classic Series—wiped out last year by Irma—is slated to kick off on September 22, at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College campus in Paraquita Bay. Stay tuned for the announcement of all the races on Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
Road Racing returning
Following a summer break, road racing action resumes on October 6, with the next tour stop of the Ceres Juices 10K Series, scheduled for Carrot Bay. Registration convenes at 6 a.m. with the race starting at 6:30. Registration can also be done https://www.webscorer.com/
Race timer and race timing app for the iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, Android tablets, and Android phones. Integrated system for organizing races from race registration to timing to results.
The final race in the series and a tune up for the BVI Half Marathon, will be at 4 p.m. on November 10, from the Watering Hole.
The 2018 road racing season ends with the 13th BVI Half Marathon on December 1 and officials are already gearing up for the event. Despite Irma, there was a race on a looped course, under different circumstances that was very well executed.
Football lovers can not only look forward to the school’s football league and the national football league which are being planned to late October, but the BVI Sr. Men’s team will be playing in the inaugural CONCACAC Nations League.
The team travels to Martinique on September 11, for the first of its four games, two away and two at home. They will play in Suriname on October 13, before hosting Bonaire on November 16 and the Turks and Caicos Islands on March 21.