First Impressions to face Robinson O’Neal in BDO Primary U7 Final

Photo by BVIFA

Photo by BVIFA


Two intense and closely fought BDO U7 Primary School Football semi finals took place last week with First Impressions eventually overcoming Cedar White 3-0 on two goals by Roman Nibbs and one from Blyden Aldridge.

In the second semi final Robinson O’Neal progressed after defeating Bregado Flax 1-0, with Kyle Farrington notching the only goal of the game.

The Final is scheduled for Wednesday 3rd December on the renovated A.O. Shirley Ground.

Meanwhile in the U9 Division Alexandrina Maduro had already confirmed their semi final place, finishing top of Group A. Althea Scatliffe Primary secured their semi final berth with back to back wins over Cedar School and First Impressions. Johari Lacey scored the only goal of the game against JSPS and a brace in the game with Cedar in a 2-0 win.

ASPS qualified as the best third placed team after ending their Group B campaign behind Bregado Flax, who rounded out their season with a 3-0 win against Joyce Samuel Primary, courtesy of goals by Joel Mars, Jaden Abrams and Andres Bailey. The VG team also recorded a 4-1 victory against Cedar School with Jaden Abrams scoring twice, Jadon Abrams once and Emmanuel Ettiene also once.

The Semi Finals are scheduled for Wednesday 25th November when Alexandrina Maduro will play Bregado Flax and St Georges, who topped Group C, face Althea Scatliffe Primary.

In the Under 12’s the regulation season ended with Althea Scatliffe beating Alexandrina Maduro 4-1 on a hat trick by Shammah Peters. St Georges beat Cedar 1-0, with B’Jhon Christopher scoring the only goal of the game and AMPS bounced back from the loss to ASPS by beating Joyce Samuel Primary thanks to Felix Walters’s lone strike.

The eight teams that reached the quarter finals are Seventh Day Adventist, St Georges, Cedar White, Cedar “J” Green, Cedar “G” Green, Althea Scatliffe, Bregado Flax and First Impressions Primary School.

The Quarter Finals are Thursday 26th and Saturday 28th November in Baughers Bay.

BVI swimmers shine at USVI contest


(L-R) BVI swimmers, Jaden Marshall, Kurt Salapare, Khadija Sampson, Kassia Haymer, Giselle Archibald, Arianna Angus at the 2015 US Virgin Islands (USVI) Short Course Championship held on November 14 in St Thomas. Photo: Provided

(L-R) BVI swimmers, Jaden Marshall, Kurt Salapare, Khadija Sampson, Kassia Haymer, Giselle Archibald, Arianna Angus at the 2015 US Virgin Islands (USVI) Short Course Championship held on November 14 in St Thomas. Photo: Provided

Young swimmers from the British Virgin Islands continue to impress on the world stage, with two youngsters recently copping ‘Second Place High Point Honours’ in different categories at the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Short Course Championship held in St Thomas on November 14.

The two top performers for team BVI were Kurt Salapare and Khadija Sampson.

They were among a contingent of six team members; the others being Jaden Marshall, Kassia Haymer, Arianna Angus, and Giselle Archibald Bowers.

Elsworth Phillip, coach of the team, expressed satisfaction with the general performance of the six swimmers at the event held on November 14 and 15.

“Our swimmers are showing growth and maturity every time they get the opportunity to compete at meets like this,” Phillip said.

He added that he is expecting greater things from the swimmers in the VI Long Course Championship scheduled for May 2016 in St Croix, USVI.

BVI Football Association Announces New Coaching Course

Photo provided by BVIFA

Photo provided by BVIFA


Announced at the “Town Hall” meeting for Clubs and Teams on Monday 16th November, 2015, amongst other new procedures, initiatives and expectations for 2016, was the BVIFA’s “Raising Standards” Programme, which is to commence in January with the second Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) “D” License Coaching Course.

“The “D” License is a four day course packed full of learning from Technical to Tactical to Theory” commented BVIFA Technical Director, Katie Rowson “It is the first step for our Coaches into a structured coaching pathway and also an important step as we look to ensure those working, especially with our Youths, are fully qualified”.

The Course, which is scheduled from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st February, 2016, also covers Principles of Attack, Principles of Defense, Small Sided Games, Session Planning and concludes with both a theory test and practical exam.

Additionally to the CONCACAF License, the BVIFA have introduced a First Aid component to the course to ensure all Coaches have at least a basic understanding of how to look after their players in case of injury.

“First Aid is obviously something all Coaches should be certified in” added Rowson “We will holding the First Aid Course on Saturday 13th February and attendance at both the First Aid and also the introduction to the BVIFA Raising Standards Programme will be a pre requisite to gain a place on the “D” License “ stated Rowson.

The introduction workshop will explain to all the prospective course attendees exactly what will be expected from them, what the BVIFA offers in return with opportunity to become involved in National Youth and Senior Teams, Development Programmes such as the soon to be re-launched Digicel Centre of Excellence and also the BDO Primary and BVIFA High School Leagues and what the requirements and expectations are for the CONCACAF “D” License.

“It might not prove to be for everybody, this time around” noted Rowson “However it is important that we make it clear what is expected ahead of the course as space is limited and therefore it is crucial to make sure each attendee completes the training. The BVIFA have agreed that each course will be free of charge to participants and also to support suitable Coaches in further Education and Licensing Programmes”.

Anyone interested in signing up for the Coaches Development Programme can contact either the FA’s Ag. General Secretary, Arletta Bickerton via email: or the Technical Director, Katie Rowson via  Alternatively the BVIFA Office number is 494 5655.

Anderson/Brockbank competing in 49er World Championship to qualify for Rio 2016

By The BVI Beacon

Alec Anderson and Chris Brockbank re currently competing in the 49er World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Matías Capizzano

Alec Anderson and Chris Brockbank re currently competing in the 49er World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Matías Capizzano

Alec Anderson and Chris Brockbank are currently competing in the 49er World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

The regatta is the second of three chances for the Virgin Islands sailors to qualify for the games. The regatta started on Monday and will wrap up on Saturday.

“Today was very much a learning day,” the sailors posted on Facebook after the first day of the regatta. “Three races, no keepers. Looking to get back on the horse tomorrow! Stay tuned!”

As of Monday, the top three teams are Croatia, Spain and Poland. Messrs. Anderson and Brockbank have been in Buenos Aires for the past three weeks preparing for the event.  They recently competed in the “warm up” event, the 2015 49er South Americans, where they missed qualifying for the Gold Fleet by just two points.

They sat in first in the Silver fleet after two days of racing.  Some of their best performances in the fleet included a fourth-place finish in the fourth race and several top 10 finishes.

“We have done a great job securing some top five races throughout the days leading up to Worlds, we need to limit our bad races to ones that we can keep the score, this will help us in achieving our best result yet at the 2015 Worlds,” Mr. Anderson said.

According to the sailors, the venue has been a difficult place to sail, with shallow brown water, very shifty conditions and steep choppy waves.

The World Championships feature 30 countries competing for just three Olympic qualifying spots. The sailors are some of the best competitors from around the world, including recently crowned International Sailing World Male Sailors of the Year: Blaire Tuke and Peter Burling from New Zealand. The duo took silver at the 2012 London Olympics.

After the World Championships, Messrs. Anderson and Brockbank will be back in the VI for three weeks to train before they head to Miami for the World Cup. This event will be the last chance for the sailors to qualify for the Olympics.

To follow the sailors’ progress, go to or visit Anderson/Brockbank Sailing on Facebook.

Moustache Run Ends College Classic Series

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Photo provided


Earlier this today, a bit of character ended the College Classic Season with funny moustache painted faces all in support of a cause.  In the BVI, some know that the month of November has been renamed Movember in support of the BVI Movember Charitable Trust’s efforts to fight prostate and testicular cancers in the territory.  On the tail end of supporting women’s health in the fight against breast cancer during the month of October, HLSCC decided to dub it’s final race in support of men’s health to help spread awareness of the Movember initiatives.
Movember being an international charity, uses men’s facial hair growth as a means to raise conversations, awareness and funds for men’s health issues. The month long event starts with clean-shaven men growing moustaches, conversing about the cause and raising sponsorship money throughout the month to help fund treatment for diagnosed individuals.
Champs of the Tortola leg of the season were: Reuben Stoby in the Open Men’s Division, Rosmond Johnson in the Open Women’s Division, Sam Potgieter and A’keela McMaster the overall One Milers, under 9 one milers were Sam Potgieter and Asia McMaster, under 11 Division champs were Jahnare Farrington, Kael Chalwell and A’keela McMaster, under 13 Division champ was Christina Creque, under 15 Division champs were Ikyjah Williams and Kyra Romney, under 17 Division was Samuel Romney, the 20-29 years Division were Aaron Harry and  Michelle Dennis, 30- 39 years Division were Reuben Stoby and Juliane Potgieter, 40-49 years Division champs were Zebalon McLean and  Rosmond Johnson, 50-59 years Division were Dave Pettigrew and Kay Reddy, 60+ winners were Jim Cullimore and Shirley Liburd. Joyce Samuel Primary School and Francis Lettsome Primary were tied for first place in the Primary School Division, Cedar Secondary School in the Secondary School Division, Team Digicel in the Community Partners Division, Team Rotary Club of Tortola in the Service Clubs Division (11thconsecutive win).    Full final results would be made available on the College’s Website at a later date.

BDO Primary School Football League Reaches Semi-final Stages


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The semi finalists in the BDO U7 School League have all been confirmed after the latest round of matches and the teams will learn their opponents on game day when they will be pulled out of a hat.

Finishing at the top of Group A was Robinson O’Neal Primary, whilst Group B leaders were Cedar White. In Group C First Impressions ended an impressive campaign in top spot and in Group D Belgrade Flax progressed to the post season knock out stages with an unbeaten record.

Robinson O’Neal rounded out their campaign with a 5-0 romp against local rivals Cooney, with Kyle Farrington notching a hat trick and Tempura a brace.

In other recent games, Cedar White beat Enid Scatliffe Red 1-0 with Ethan Mohammed scoring the game’s only goal in the third minute, also First Impressions had a 5-0 romp over Enid Maroon on two goal salvo’s from Blyden Aldridge and Jordan Smith. Tre Lake rounded off the goal spree in the 17th minute. In Group B action, Montessori beat Enid Scatliffe Red thanks to a 5th minute penalty by James Tucker-Davies and in Group C, Cedar Green had a 2-0 win over Alexandrina Maduro, with goals from Neven Josipovic and Joshua Tobin, whilst over in Group D, BFEC drew 0-0 with Althea Scatliffe, whilst Alexandrina Maduro beat SDA 1-0 , courtesy of a third minute penalty by Jaheim Bijai.

In BDO U9 action, SDA beat ASPS 3-0 on a brace of goals by Kevaun Glasgow and one from Andre Mundle. St Georges also beat Pelican Gate 4-0 with a hat trick from Jefferson Frank and one from Christan Vanterpool. Begrado Flax recorded a 4-0 win over First Impressions with a goal each for Andres Bailey, Jaadon Quashie, Dremalachi Findlay and Emmanuel Ettiene.

It’s all to play for in the U12’s as well with Cedar Green and First Impressions level on points at the top of Group A and Robinson O’Neal hot on their heels following a 5-0 win over Claudia Creque. Cameron Rhymer netted twice and there were further goals for Lekoy Lennard, Jahlam Millett and Shakoy O’Neil. Cedar J Green went top of the group on goal difference with a 3-0 win over Althea Scatliffe Primary thanks to Alejandro Santos (2) and Johan Blok.

In Group B, Cedar Green and the Seventh Day Adventist School are locked in a battle for top place with Cedar narrowly ahead on goal difference, and in Group C, St Georges went into first place with a narrow 1-0 win against Pelican Gate on a lone goal from Michael Palladino. Cedar White are nestled into second place after a forfeit win against Willard Wheatley.

In High School U15 action, St Georges beat Cedar School, 4-2. An own goal gave Cedar the lead against the run of play before Jose Lopez equalized with a 20 yard free kick. In the second half, substitute Michael Pallidino grabbed a quick fire hat trick to put the game beyond doubt, before Alex Salter scored a late consolation for Cedar and St Georges conceded an own goal.

BVIFA Nine a Side League Continues

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

By the BVI Football Association

In the BVIFA Men’s Nine a Side games at the weekend the Panthers secured a 4-2 victory over the Islanders F.C. The game was tied up at 2-2 going into the break after two early goals from Stanley Francis and Rudolph Davis were cancelled out by Rohan Lenon and Jamal Sergeant. However Prevell Asson and Brad Remy both scored in the second half to secure the points.

The win put the Panthers into second place in Group B, a point behind the Islanders who still lead the standings and three points ahead of Old Madrid, who have a game in hand.

In Group A, the Wolues completed their second win of the week, 3-2, over the Sugar Boys. An own goal and a Tim Parsons strike had given the Wolues a two goal advantage before Terrence Nanton pulled one back for the Sugar Boys. Busta Player of the Week, Kevin Carragher, then restored the two goal cushion until Leslie Ambrose made it 3-2 to set up a final few frantic moments.

On the previous Wednesday, the Wolues had demolished VG United 6-2, with goals from Tommy Farrell, Kevin Carragher, Marc Savage, Rory Greenan, Stephen Sangar and Paledino. Charles Frederick and Rendell Reynold replying for VG.

The Wolues top the Group with a prefect record of three games played and three wins, in second place are the Sugar Boys on five points, whilst both Ballstars and VG Utd have two points and are no means out of contention for a semi final place.

In Women’s action, Philia James and Lily Pierce ensured the Ballstars had a comfortable 2-0 win over the Avengers, with both goals coming in the first half, whilst the Panthers maintained romped to 1 5-1 win over VG Utd Ladies, courtesy of four goals from Alphonso Warner Insurances Female Player of the Week, Sapphire Flax. Christine Jackson also scored for the Panthers, whilst Kezia Gumbs scored directly from a corner for VG Utd.

RBVIYC Youth Represent BVI in St Maartin Sol Regatta

Photo courtesy of RBVIYC

Photo courtesy of RBVIYC

By Royal BVI Yacht Club

This past weekend the Royal BVI Yacht Club attended the St. Maarten 11th Annual Sol Optimist Regatta Championship. The 34 regatta participants were comprised of 22 championship fleet racers and 12 green fleet racers. BVI championship fleet sailors included Anya and Max Reshetiloff, Kyle Roose, Ryan Lettsome, and Nathan Haycraft, while Noah Goerge and Nici Haycraft represented the team in the green fleet.

First day conditions on Saturday proved challenging. The race course area set inside of Simpson Bay Lagoon saw shifting winds with changes in velocity from 5 knots to gusts of 15 knots. After the first day of racing championship fleet sailor Nathan Haycraft stood in 3rd place overall.

The second day of competition saw more sustained winds on the race course located outside of the lagoon in Simpson Bay. Nathan improved from 3rd to 2nd place overall. Green fleet sailors Noah George and Nici Haycraft raced consistently well all weekend, finishing 4th and 5th respectively overall.

BVI Rugby Team narrowly defeated by Barbados


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The BVI Rugby Team lost 17-15 to Barbados in the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association south zone promotion/relegation clash at the A. O. Shirley Ground on Saturday November 7, 2015.

After a period of sustained pressure early in the first half, Rory Thornton opened the scoring for the Virgin Islands with a 30 yard penalty and went on to add a couple of conversions to his tally after both Thomas Wilson and Matt Holmes had scored to give the VI a 15-10 half time lead.

However, a fitter looking Barbadian team hit back strongly in the second half.

The VI were camped in the Barbados 22, but were unable to extend their lead before Kevin Carter scored an opportunist break away try, which he also converted to make it 17-15 to Barbados.

The VI came back strong with a prize of matches against the likes of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago up for grabs and got their chance to go back ahead with ten minutes to go.

Thornton though, would see a penalty kick from in front of the posts go wide and with it the last chance for the VI to win the game.

A bitterly disappointed VI Captain, Rory Thornton, was in a philosophical mood after the game. “We made them play our game for the best part of the game, we knew they had more individual talent, but the one thing we have been doing lately is coming together as a team and we did that really well today. Individually everyone had a great game, but as a pack we didn’t produce enough clean ball for the backs to exploit.”

Coach Sherlock “Solo” Solomon was heartbroken to see his team come so close to what would have been a famous victory. “It broke my heart!” he said.

“[It was] a game we clearly should have won, but lost by two points. We can take a lot from the game though, especially with the youngsters. The Forwards didn’t do as much as I hoped in providing the likes of Noel Maxwell and Austin Kiel opportunities. I think we were a little nervous at times and soft in defence, but when a game is that close it only takes one moment to win or lose it,” he said.

West Gunners crowned 2015 Save the Seed Basketball League Champions


West Gunners new champions of 2015 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League. Photo: Charlie Jackson / VINO

West Gunners new champions of 2015 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League. Photo: Charlie Jackson / VINO

The West Gunners were crowned Champions of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League on Saturday 7th November, 2015, completing a sweep of the Splash Brothers, 80-69, in game two at the Save the Seed Energy Centre.

Having been restricted to just five points in the third quarter, the Gunners again used a strong finish to overcome their opponents, this time a 27 point last quarter surge, despite Ray D. Victor having to sit out (fouled out), led by Gerard Vanterpool.

Vanterpool notched ten points in the final few minutes of the game after the score had been locked at 55-55 with just over eight minutes left. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

The first quarter ended 22-21 to the Brothers, with the packed venue being richly entertained, after they had recovered from an eight point hole to pull level at 17-17 in the final few seconds.

Ray D. Victor had a lengthy spell off court following a bang to the head, but on return he had to watch the East Division Champions pull ahead after Travis A. Isaac and Shamoii A. Dagou both scored. Samuel France then pulled it back to 22-21.
Isaac increased the lead to begin the second quarter, but Ray D. Victor’s “3” soon leveled matters and D’Moi M. Hodge and Rowan Victor put the Gunners up 28-24, before Ray D. Victor added two more and Hodge splashed from long range to make it 33-26.

The Brothers then went on a 10 -2 run to regain the lead, Hodge tied it up, Ray D. Victor put the Gunners ahead, Hodge netted a “3” and a “2”, Rowan scored again and Ray went 1/2 from the charity stripe to give the Gunners a half time lead of ten points at 48-38.

The Splash Brothers then staged another comeback, in the third quarter, scoring 8 points on the run to make it 48-46. Ray D. Victor scored the first points of the quarter for the Gunners, a “3”, with 6:32 left on the clock and with the Splash Brothers defense playing strong, Isaac scored on a twisting dribble and drive into the paint, JB C. Brodie leveled the game from the free throw line and the same player put the Brothers up 53-55 with 26 seconds left.

The fourth remained tight with the lead changing hands, until just like in the first game, the Gunners turned on the after burners and raced away into a 9 point lead with 7:31 left. The Brothers though fought back to within two with five minutes left, but even with Ray D. Victor fouling out they just could not stop the Gunners as Cameron and Hodge ensured the Trophy would belong to the West.

“That was the most difficult moment ever,” commented Victor on sitting out and having to watch the drama unfold. “We played great defense and stuck to West Gunners principles, never giving up.”

Championship MVP, Hodge, finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, Ray D. Victor 19 and 7, Rowan Victor 14 and 8, adding 6 steals and 6 assists and Bjorn Caleb 10 rebounds.

“It feels great to win,” stated Rowan Victor. “We played with great unity, stuck together and came up with the win.”
The Splash Brothers were led by 18 points and 12 rebounds by Travis A. Isaac, JB C. Brodie added 17 with 18 rebounds, Shamoii A. Dagou 12, and Charlesworth Georges with 10 and 14.

All Star Game 2015
Earlier, the Save the Seed All Stars overcame the VG Summer Jam All Stars 66-60, led by 16 points from Steve E. Parillon, 14 from Dwayne M. Stoutt and 9 from Terique Wattley. Deangelo Sampson scored 16 for the VG team and Jkwan Frett 12, whilst Requan Fahie picked up 11 rebounds.