Virgin Gorda's Robinson O'Neal School was among teams competing in the BDO Schools Football League.
Photo Credit: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway
Two months of exciting competition, more than 130 matches attracting over 600 children will culminate on Sunday, July 1, when the 2012 BDO Schools Football League hosts its championships and dole out awards.
Activities are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.
The Schools Football League in which BDO invested $20,000 has unearthed a bevy of talent, new players and among high school girls, have surpassed expectations, with more than 60 from three schools coming out to play.
There were 11 Under 7 teams; 9 Under 9s; 14 Under 12 teams and Under 14 High School teams in three male and three female divisions respectively.
Sunday´s action will see Enid Scatliffe Blue facing Seventh Day Adventist in an U7 exhibition match. The U9 finals will feature First Impression vs Cedar Blue. And First Impression will face Cedar in the U12 final.
Following the championships, BDO will dole out awards including jackets, caps, trophies, medals, golden booths and MVP awards from each team.
"We have never really had such a big sponsor for the league and I must say thanks to BDO and Mr. Bickerton I think the sponsor is what brought out most of the parents to the games," coach Cassandra Gregg said during the Sports Beat Magazine program on ZROD on Thursday. "We are the only association that gives the players everything they need to play for free."
Coach Vincent "Nabo" Samuel also thanked BDO and said the BDO sponsorship allowed them to put more resources into the national teams.
"It is a tremendous sponsorship and Mr. Bickerton and his staff has been a tower of strength for us, but not only the sponsorship but the manpower, the use of facebook and the scores coming out everything was handled professionally and it has given us more mileage than we have ever had," he noted.
"It has gone to the point where people are knocking on the door, calling and sending emails, asking for us to run the league again in September. So, we are working on putting a development league for September for the Under 7s and Under 9s."
Shutouts highlighted the series of matches leading up to this weekend´s BDO Championships.
Cedar beat the combo team of Willard Wheatley-Francis Lettsome 3-0 in the Under 12 Division, on successive goals by Lucha Reich, in the 19th and 20th before Yannik Esser scored in the 18th.
Gabrielle Marshall had the lone score as Enis Adams were 1-0 winners over Robinson O´Neal in an Under 12 matchup. The other division matchup saw Althea Scatliffe securing a 1-0 triumph over Corner Stone on Dante McCoy´s score in the 14th.
Willard Wheatley-Francis Lettsome were 2-0 winners over Seventh Day Adventist in their U12 game, on goals by Kenon´Dre Slater in the 13th and Mahkayla Pickering in the 22nd.
Leo Forte scored in the 33rd to give Cedar a 1-0 victory over Joyce Samuel in their U12 matchup.
Robinson O´Neal and St. Georges played to a 0-0 draw in another Under 12 match. The West End Tigers forfeited their match to St. Mary´s.
Cedar and Althea Scattliffe settled for a 0-0 tie in their U9 contest.