Robinson O’Neal, Bregado Flax and First Impressions Champions of BDO Primary League

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

By the BVIFA

As the BVIFA BDO Primary School Leagues drew to a close yesterday at Baughers Bay, Robinson O’Neal beat First Impressions 2-0 to be crowned U7 champions after an own goal and a cleanly struck penalty from Kyle Farrington.

“I’m very pleased with them” commented Coach Thomas Albert “we worked hard all week on how we were going to play this game and we were successful”.

In the Under 9’s Joel Mars netted twice to hand Bregado Flax a 2-0 win over St Georges.

“The whole season they had been playing a certain style, but it took them a while to settle down. At half time I reminded them of how they should be playing and in the second half they put it all into practice to win the game” stated Albert, who also coached Bregado Flax.

And in the U12 Final, First Impressions proved too strong for Cedar G Green to run out 2-1 winners with Justin Smith and Nathan Adams on the score sheet. Azarni Callwood pulled one back late on for Cedar, who were indebted to goal keeper Ollie Henderson for keeping them in the game as he pulled off a string of great saves.

“We had a couple of good players who are very technical and made good use of the ball, control, passing and of course scoring goals. Their goal keeper should be praised though, he made some great saves and kept them in the game” noted First Impressions Coach, Michael Fieron.

The Golden Boot awards went to Kyle Farrington in the U7’s, Christian Vanterpool in the U9’s and Azarni Callwood in the U12’s.

The MVPs were Te Mauri Isaac, Joel Mars and Justin Smith respectively.

Golden Gloves went to Caliq Creque, Jaden Abrams and Ollie Henderson.

Andy Bickerton, BVIFA President summed up the tournament: “It has been tough getting the leagues done in the September Term, but in the end today all three finals were good contests. We shouldn’t forget the runners up either; Cedar School had a young team, which gave First Impressions a good run for their money in the U12’s. The overall standard and the quality of play makes the BVIFA very happy and to see the likes of Henderson playing so well in goal, can only bode well for the future of the game”

BDO Under 12 Football League Reaches Semi-Finals Stage

Photo courtesy of BVIFA

Photo courtesy of BVIFA


Heavy rains may have caused the postponement of the last quarter final between St Georges and Althea Scatliffe Primary School in the BDO U12 League, but not before Cedar School were victorious in their match ups.

Cedar White braved the early rain to overcome Bregado Flax 3-2 on Penalties after normal time had ended 3-3.

Ariel Mohammed slotted home the coolest of strikes to secure the win after some great saves by Matthew Harris between the sticks and following T’Khoy Richardson giving BFEC the lead in the first minute of the game.

Remi Clarke and Sebby Santos sent Cedar into the half time break with a slender 2-1 advantage. Sheldon Tony made it 2-2 early in the second half, Nici Haycraft restored the lead and then in the 40th minute, Richardson’s second made it 3-3.

Then came the penalty drama as the sides remained deadlocked, both goalkeepers made saves and scored in the sudden death nerve wracking finale to the game, before Mohammed sealed her team’s place in Monday’s (30th November) semi final.

In that semi final they will be taking on their School Mates as Cedar Green “G” overcame Robinson O’Neal Primary 4-0, with goals coming from Gethin Jones (2), Azarni Callwood and  Darci Reich.

Reich settled the nerves with a sublime curling effort in the 7th minute, Callwood doubled the lead in the 14th and Jones delivered the coup de grace in the second half as torrential rain soaked the Baughers Bay field.

The two Cedar School teams will play the first semi final on Monday, followed by the re-arranged quarter final between St Georges and ASPS and then on Tuesday the winner will take on First Impressions Primary for a place in Wednesday’s Final.

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.

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.

BDO Primary League Football Scores to 2nd November 2015

Photo courtesy of Charlie Jackson/BVI Football Association

Photo courtesy of Charlie Jackson/BVI Football Association

In BDO Primary School League U7 action, Robinson O’Neal beat Claudia Creque Educational Centre 3-0 with Kyle Farrington netting twice after Kejeal Telemaque opened the scoring. Althea Scatliffe then beat Seventh Day Adventist by the same scoreline courtesy of a brace of goals by Othniel Gillings and one from Akeem Paddy. Begrado Flax were indebted to Ayondre Findlay who scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Alexandrina Maduro.

In U9 action Orett Kennedy grabbed a hat trick in First Impression’s 3-0 win over Joyce Samuel Primary, Joel Mars netted for BFEC in the 1-0 victory over ASPS and AMPS won by forfeit against BFEC Girls.

In U12 Games, BFEC beat CCEC 2-0 with Cedric Mars Junior and T’Khoi Richardson both on the score sheet, also Cedar Green and SDA drew 1-1 after Azarni Callwood’s opener for Cedar was cancelled out late on by Lijah Adams.

Althea Scatliffe also completed a 6-0 romp over Enis Adams on two goals by Keshawn Martin and one each from Rashawn Jack, Shammah Peters and Andre Smikle.

In High School games, ESHS beat CCEC 8-1 in the Girls Division on a five goal salvo by Morgan Creque and a hat trick by Laresha Martin. Shauntae White scored for CCEC.

Cedar also recorded a 4-2 win against BFEC, with Olivia Messum scoring two, Lilly Pierce one and Akisha Ayres one. Kaylah Skelton and Lorreal George netted for BFEC

In the High School Boys Open Division, Begrado Flax held onto to beat SDA 2-1. Kemron Tillack and Kyreek Gardiner put BFEC two goals to the good before Denvin Jones pulled one back for SDA to set up a nervy few last minutes.

BDO Primary School League Football Continues


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By BVI Football Association

The top of the Group clash between Cedar Green and Seventh Day Adventist School U12’s ended all square at 1-1, as BDO Primary School Football continued this week.

After squandering a trio of good first half chances, Cedar finally went ahead through Azarni Callwood late in the second half. However SDA kept going and got their reward inside the last two minutes when Elijah Davies equalized after a goal mouth scramble.

In other U12 games, Joyce Samuel beat Enis Adams 3-0, Khiri George scoring twice and Brandon Benjamin once. St Georges beat First Impressions 4-1. Xiomar Gun netted a brace and both Michael Pallandino, B’John Christopher one each. Also in Cedar White left it late to win 2-1 after Wayne Reid put Pelican Gate ahead. An own goal leveled the match in the last 5 mins and Alex Fox scored the winner with two mins to go.

In Under 9 Montessori drew 1-1 with St Georges, Giovanni Baptiste opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Christian Vanterpool equalizing, Montessori were then indebted to a cool Sam Potgeiter penalty kick in the 20th minute to secure a 3-2 victory over Althea Scatliffe 1. Giovani Baptiste put CHMS ahead in the 12th minute before Mario Carter equalized for ASPS in the 15th. Baptiste then restored the lead for Montessori, only to see Carter level once again, before Potgeiter sealed the points from the penalty spot.

ASPS bounced back with a 2-0 win against Pelican Gate, with Carter again scoring twice and Seventh Day Adventist School beat Pelican Gate 1-0 courtesy of a 7th minute strike from Kevon Glasgow.

In Open High School Boys action, Elmore Stoutt beat St Georges 2-0 on goals from Phillip Jules and Kedesh Talla. Cedar beat SDA 7-0. Leo forte hit four, Liam Blok 2 and Noel Maxwell one.

In Under 15’s, Begrado Flax beat St Georges 4-0, Khemron Tillack notching a hat trick and Kyreek Gardiner scoring one. In U15 Boys Cedar White were powered to a 7-1 rout against ESHS, by Luca Reich’s four goal salvo. Alejandro Santos with one and Liam Blok with a brace rounded out the scoring whilst Marcus Butler scored for ESHS.

In the Girls Tournament, ESHS beat SDA 8-0, with hat tricks for Morgan Creque and Sheneice St Jean, whilst the other two came from Laresha Martin.

BDO Primary and BVIFA High School League underway

Keithreece Smith opening the scoring for Begrado Flax against the Seventh Day Adventist School. Photo: BVIFA

Keithreece Smith opening the scoring for Begrado Flax against the Seventh Day Adventist School. Photo: BVIFA

As the BDO Primary Schools and the BVIFA High School Leagues got underway this week, Kyle Farrington, Blake Kirk, Rush Broderick, Miquel Marshall, Keithreece Smith and Kayla Skelton all scored hat tricks.

The BDO Primary School League, this week, saw Robinson O’Neal beat Claude Creque 6-0, in the Under 7’s Group A, with Farrington netting four goals and the other two coming from TeMaur Isaac.

In Group B, Cedar White beat Montessori 4-3, with Kirk’s hat trick and a goal from Sanero Hoogenrijk. James Tucker Davis, Charlie Potgeiter and Halan Jos replied for CHMS. Enid Scatliffe then recorded a 1-0 win over Montessori and a 1-1 draw with Cedar White. Nazri Cooper and Richard Barnes scored for ESPS, whilst Hoogenrijk scored his second of the week for Cedar.

In Under 9 Group A games, Begrado Flax Educational Centre Girls won by Forfeit against Claude Creque and in Group B Cedar School beat Joyce Samuel Primary School 5-1. Broderick notched four and Danny Henderson one, whilst in reply G’Anton Grant was on target for JSPS.

In Under 12 Group A Claudia Creque beat Althea Scatliffe Primary School 5-1, courtesy of a brace of goals from Henrique Warren and one each from Aiden Dabreo, Kehlon Francis and an own goal. Also in Group A Cedar Green “J” beat Claudia Creque 8-0, including two goals from Jesse Cooke, two from Alex Salter and one from Zack Jackson, Luka Chalwell, Alejandro Santos and Johannes Blok.

In Group B, Cedar School Green “G” beat JSPS 5-1, with Azarni Callwood scoring twice. Further Cedar goals came from Oli Henderson, Darci Reich and Gethin Jones, whilst Brandon Benjamin hit the consolation for JSPS. ASPS “B” lost to the Seven Day Adventist School 2-1 with Divon Jones and Sulani John scoring for SDA and Alexandrina Maduro Primary beat Enis Adams Primary School 3-1, with Bayandre Dedeza, Kalique Maduro and Nichol Joseph.

In the BVIFA High School U15 Boys League, Marshall’s hat trick powered Elmore Stoutt High School to a 6-1 win over Cedar. Marcus Butler(2) and Sheldon Harry also scoring, whilst in the Girls League, Cedar won by Forfeit against ESHS, BFEC beat Claudia Creque 3-0 on goals by Skelton, Jackisha Rigobert and Kayla Bolus. Smith and Skelton then both scored hat tricks against SDA Girls as BFEC romped to a 9-0 victory. Rigobert (2) and Loreal George were also on target.


BDO Primary and BVIFA High School Football Leagues ready for kick off


BDO Primary Schools League, BVIFA High Schools League at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Leagues. Photo: BVIFA

BDO Primary Schools League, BVIFA High Schools League at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Leagues. Photo: BVIFA

A wave of hundreds of young footballers rolled down Waterfront Drive, Road Town, Tortola, on Wednesday 30th September, 2015, adorned with brightly coloured football shirts designating their BDO Primary School League and BVIFA High School League team colours.

The now traditional march through the capital of the British Virgin Islands brought traffic and bystanders alike to a halt as they waived and cheered on the boys and girls. Families and friends lined the procession, a police escort steered the way, the Althea Scatliffe Primary School Drum Corps played their hearts out and DJ “Dre” kept the feet tapping with cool sounds on a blistering hot afternoon.

Once safely arrived at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School auditorium, the youths were greeted by the Honourable Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith, BVI Football Association President, Mr. Andy Bickerton,  the Minister for Education, Culture and Sports, Hon. Myron Walwyn, Mr. Ryan Gelug from Sponsors, BDO, and Mr. Paul Hewlett, Acting Director at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.

“You have a bonus this year,” stated Mr. Bickerton. “This is the second league of the year as we are now changing to a September start to avoid clashes with other events. Football is spreading from Primary School to High School and will hopefully stay in your blood. Our coaches are improving through attending licensed courses and hopefully that will make you all better players as we look to continually improve the standard of football throughout the territory.”

“It’s good to see that the numbers have gone up from a couple of years ago,” commented the Premier. “Seeing so many of you who have now gone onto High School and remain keen on playing is also encouraging for the continual growth of football.”

The Minister for Education, Culture and Sports noted that he was very pleased with the work done by the Football Association: “If you want to keep anything alive, it’s important that you always ensure the younger persons are involved and this School League is one of the success stories. If this continues Football will become one of the leading sports in the territory.”

Hon. Walwyn also acknowledged the importance of sponsors and that businesses have a responsibility to the community to support and build programmes such as these and noted that “coming together we can get a lot more done for the Country.”

Speaking on behalf of sponsors, BDO, Ryan Gelug expressed that the company was very proud of its continued support for the Primary School League and reminded the children to make sure they have fun and enjoy their season. “Football is about a lot of fun. Winning is fun, but so is just taking part, so remember to have fun. Make sure you enjoy yourselves and may the best team win.”

After the ceremony several youngsters were invited to represent their school in various skill drills, including shooting, passing and dribbling, organized by the FA Coaches and Technical Director, Katie Rowson.

The Primary and High School Leagues both kick off on Monday 5th October and the schedules will be available to schools from Friday 2nd October, 2015.

BVIFA ready to launch 2015 BDO Primary and LIME High School Leagues


(l-r) Avondale Williams, Cassandra Gregg, Avanell Morton, Andy Bickerton, Ryan Gelugk (BDO) and Thomas Albert. Photo: BVIFA

(l-r) Avondale Williams, Cassandra Gregg, Avanell Morton, Andy Bickerton, Ryan Gelugk (BDO) and Thomas Albert. Photo: BVIFA

The British Virgin Islands Football Association / BDO Primary School and LIME High School Leagues will both kick off with the now traditional march from the Ferry Dock to the A.O. Shirley Ground on Wednesday 28th, January, 2015.

The BDO Primary School programme has seen an increase in participation each season and this year is no different, with twenty U7, seventeen U9 and seventeen U13 teams taking part.

As Cassandra Gregg, Primary School League Coordinator for the FA commented “the player registration has gone from around 500 to nearly 600 and we have increased from 15 teams to 20 teams. Everything is geared up for another wonderful year”

BVIFA President, Andy Bickerton, also noted that the Primary School League had now extended to full coverage of the territory: “It is good news that Anegada and, for the first time, Jots Van Dyke will have teams in the Primary School League. Althea Scatliffe Primary School has also held an Inter House Tournament ahead of this year’s BDO Primary School League and is obviously looking to be a serious threat to the likes of First Impressions and Cedar School”

Sponsors, BDO, are now into the fourth season with support that has gone well beyond purely financial and as Ryan Geluk stated at the 2015 launch, “Football teaches exercise and team work, which is important in everyday life and we (BDO) are proud of the programme, which has shown significant growth from the first year. This speaks volumes for the work done by the BVIFA, the Coaches, Cassandra and the schools.”

The U7’s will play their games at ASPS and on Virgin Gorda starting on February 2nd, 2015.

The U9’s/ U13’s will play at Baughers Bay, as well as on Virgin Gorda, with a same start date.

Speedy’s has once again stepped up to the plate to provide a ferry service to the players and parents traveling to and from Virgin Gorda and has also provided funding so that the FA can purchase video cameras.

The Lime High School League kicks off the week after with six teams in the Boys’ Open division, four in the U14’s Mixed division and four in the Girls’ Open division.

FA Executive Member in charge of Youth Development, Avanell Morton said “It is a great pleasure to be a part of this exciting venture and thanks go to the BVIFA, BDO and LIME for making it happen.”

Morton went on to confirm the plans for the 2015 opening ceremony, “School Teams, Parents, Teachers, Marching Bands, Cheerleaders and the Moko Jumbies will all assemble across from Pussers in Road town at 2pm, then at 3pm the procession will march through the centre of town, along Waterfront Drive and head to the A.O. Shirley Ground. At 4pm we will have the official opening ceremony.”

Bickerton also noted that the programme was now beginning to bear more fruit than just an annual league. “The BVIFA is satisfied but not complacent about the progression of the young boys and girls into our National programmes. An U15 Girls team performed very creditably at the CONCACAF Tournament. The same group of girls is on the verge of winning the Women’s Marlon Penn Nine a Side League and the U15 Boys just missed out on a semi final spot in the St Maarten F.A’s Easter Invitational Tournament in 2014 when they faced teams from Guadeloupe, Martinique, the hosts and the USVI.”

Full fixture lists are available at the BVIFA office at the Botanic Garden and will be sent to schools electronically.

U13 Boys/Girls start preparation for St Maarten Invitational Tournament

BVIFA-U13Under the watchful eye of BVI Football Association Technical Director, Mr. Keith “Grell” Griffith as well as Coaches, Thomas Albert and Cassandra Gregg, over 30 youngsters attended the first practice session ahead of the Special Invitational Tournament hoping to make the final squad for the U13 Representative team.

The Youngsters who all take part in the BDO Primary School League were put through their paces by the Coaching team on the A.O. Shirley Ground, firstly with some intense ball control and passing drills and then to close the session, a practice match, giving them all a chance to impress.

“I must say that, probably, in the just over five months since I arrived this is the best I have seen from the youths. They look enthusiastic and skillful, so today is a great start. We have to select a final of squad of 12, which is stipulated by the Tournament organisers, but as we have already told the parents even if their child doesn’t make the final squad, they should continue to come out as we have plans to go to Puerto Rico and Miami”

Thomas Albert is the Coach and he was equally impressed with not only the turnout, but also the quality of the players

“What I’ve seen today is a lot of great players and it won’t be easy for us to narrow the squad down. The players have shown that any of them can take a spot, but at the next session they will have to work harder, push themselves more and more and prove they want to represent the BVI”

Albert intends to get the team disciplined and playing an attractive game of passing and movement, taking the game to the next level.

The Tournament is in St Maarten from April 18th to 22nd and also includes other Caribbean Countries and teams from the USA.