X-Roads and Boulevard players miss clash
Players from X-Roads and Boulevard will not be involved in a Bermuda Football Association Premier League All-Star Select’s clash against visiting Oakville Blue Devils this month.
The local select’s 20-strong roster boasts players from the top six teams in the Premier Division from last season along with players from promoted First Division sides BAA and Paget.
The bulk of the squad consists of players from Premier Division champions PHC Zebras and runners up Robin Hood.
“The set up of the team was based on end of season rankings in the BFA Premier Division from the 2017-18 season,” said Cal Blankendal, who played an integral role in organising the incoming tour. “Looking at the first six teams in the Premier Division and to make it more inclusive we wanted to include the two teams that were promoted out of the First Division this year being BAA and Paget to make sure everyone that was going to be in the Premier Division in 2018-19 is included.
“Having said that we wanted to make a reward system so those teams that were not part of the Dudley Eve outside of the top six are not included, that will mean X -Roads and Boulevard, but we are recognising the new teams coming up out of the First Division just to be a little bit more inclusive and make everyone be part of the event.”
Scott Morton and Kwame Steede have been appointed as the local select’s head coach and assistant coach with Robert Lee to serve as technical staff. Morton is the coach of PHC Zebras, Steede the coach of Dandy Town and Lee coach of newly promoted Paget Lions.
John Barry Nusum, the Robin Hood coach, was approached but was unable to commit.
“We reached out to John Barry Nusum and he indicated that he is unavailable,” Blankendal said.
“We felt that instead of going to the assistant coach of Robin Hood we wanted to have all head coaches, because it’s a high level event, so we went to the third placed team which was Dandy Town to have their coach involved as well.”
Oakville Blue Devils, the Ontario League 1 Champions, will play a Bermuda Select for the Bermuda Triangle Cup on April 19 at the National Stadium before facing the BFA Premier League All-Star Select for the Elite Men’s Cup three days later at Goose Gosling Field.
Both matches will go straight to penalties should there be a tie after 90 minutes.
The Oakville Blue Devils will also host a three-v-three tournament for male and female players under-9 and older and an over-30s competition during their visit.
The incoming tour is being co-hosted by Bermuda Sports Management Group and Bermuda Brazilian Football School, both of which Blankendal is affiliated with, and sanctioned by the BFA who have yet to announce their roster for the Bermuda Select.
Shaquille Trott (PHC), Kadeem Abraham (PHC), Marquel Waldron (PHC), Jaheim Iris (PHC), Idress Sharieff (PHC), Antwan Russell (Robin Hood), Chris Caisey (Robin Hood), Shakir Smith (Robin Hood), Dale Eve (Robin Hood), Damon Ming (Dandy Town), Ernest Trott (Dandy Town), Angelo
Simmons (Dandy Town), Pierre Smith (North Village), Demetre Daniels (North Village), Cashun Brangman (Devonshire Cougars), Juma Mouchette (Devonshire Cougars), Justin Corday (SCC), Jaz Ratteray-Smith (SCC), Ian Simmons (BAA), Julien Carpenter (Paget)
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