A hectic sports weekend
What to watch, where to play. Not so much a case of there being nothing on, but of Bermuda’s sports fans and players being spoilt for choice this weekend.
A full slate of football fixtures, both Bermuda Football Association and Corona League, collides with a weekend of cricket that includes the Lindos Twenty20 finals and the MCC’s first game against Bermuda; the start of rugby’s domestic league season; the Island’s cyclists flying around Harrington Sound for the latest race in their criterium series; plus a host of other events.
For the majority the focus will be upon the start of the football season and the climax of a Twenty20 competition that has largely been ignored over the summer.
Southampton Rangers are just one club that have a foot in both camps.
The Premier Division side take on Leg Trappers in the first of two Twenty20 semi-finals on Saturday, and if successful will play a final on Sunday which is due to end less than an hour before their football team open their season against St George’s at Wellington Oval.
Leg Trappers have already had the Bermuda Cricket Board switch their semi-final to Saturday morning at 11am because several of their players are committed to playing rugby that day for the likes of Police and Mariners.
St David’s, meanwhile, are also in action and the defending Twenty20 champions’ weekend looks like being just as busy as that of Rangers.
The Premier Division champions face newly-relegated PHC in the second T20 semi-final on Saturday afternoon, and the likes of Landro Minors, Loren Marshall and Fiqre Crockwell could then be on duty when the football team take on Robin Hood on Saturday night.
Crockwell, though, is a member of the Bermuda squad that will be facing the MCC in several games over the next couple of weeks and Bermuda head coach David Moore hasn’t changed his stance towards his players participating in other sports during a tour.
“Nothing has changed since last year,” said Moore, “if you want to play international cricket then your first obligation is to international cricket. I don’t mind if guys are playing football but they can’t be playing football before they are playing for Bermuda.
“When I get a chance to talk to all of them I will be telling them exactly the same thing. Then, once again, it’s up to them, they can choose. I’m not forcing anyone to play for Bermuda, I still expect it to be an honour.”
Moore’s policy won’t just affect Crockwell. Damali Bell (Robin Hood), Kevin Hurdle (Dandy Town) and Somerset Trojans duo Malachi Jones and Dion Stovell could all miss their club’s opening games of the season.
The side that Moore selects for the first game could also be affected by which two teams make Sunday’s final, especially if that’s St David’s and Rangers, who both have several national players in their squads.
“I’d still like to get some of the best players out, if possible,” said Moore. “It will just depend, I’ll talk to the players but there are a lot of games coming up, although it would be nice to start well against the MCC it depends if the players can handle it.”