Schools’ All-Stars steal weekend spotlight
Bermuda's next generation of footballers will do battle in the annual Bermuda Schools Sports Federation (BSSF) All-Star weekend at the National Sports Centre (NSC) today.
The matches start at 1 p.m. with the Primary School boys game followed by the Middle School boys at 2.30 p.m., the Middle School boys at 4 p.m., the Senior School Girls at 5.30 p.m. and the Senior School Boys at 7 p.m.
Last week's two knock-out cup finalists will join forces in the Senior Boys game with CedarBridge and Saltus putting all rivalries aside in the hopes of dispatching the West.
The West will undoubtedly be glad to hear that a few of the influential players in last week's match were underclassmen and will not feature in the All-Star showcase, but the East will still boast Somerset Eagles and Saltus pair Daniel Andrade and Rakeem Deshields, St. David's and CedarBridge main striker Duante Albouy along with his classmate and Dandy Town player Rico Wells.
They will also be joined by Trojan and home schooled Jahmeko Outerbridge.
In the Senior Girls match, the West will be favoured with Warwick Academy's undefeated squad leading the way.
The side will be led by Warwick's Keunna Dill, Teara Thomas, Khylah Brangman, and BHS' Akeyla Furbert and Berkeley's Rayni Maybury and Precious Smith.
The East will counter with pesky hardworking defenders Saltus' Kacee Morton-Simons and Eden Smith from CedarBridge Academy. Cleshaunay Darrel-Virgil of CedarBridge and Seirra Fisher of Saltus will lead the East midfield.
The Middle School Boys game should be as tight as the league was, with four schools finishing the league undefeated and both teams look to be well balanced.
The East will feature MSA's Paul Doglas and Dellwood's David Jones, while the West features Warwick's Amar Lewis and Delray Rawlins, Sandys' Diondre Dowling and Bermuda Institute's Cole Hall and Antoine Seaman.
The Middle School Girls game also promises to be a thrilling encounter with both teams showcasing some bright young talent.
Clearwater's Jasmine Spence and Whitney's goalscoring duo, Maya Palacio and Kshaela Burch Waldron, will spearhead the East.
The West will be led by Dazhja Greaves from Sandy's, Warwick's Sideya Dill and Saltus' pair Eva Frazzoni and Kennesha Nannette.
In the Primary School match, the West are the defending champions.
Last weekend's BSSF knock-out competition at the NSC saw CedarBridge Academy and Saltus meet in the final. CedarBridge won the game 2-1 with two goals from Shenouda Outerbridge, while Bermuda Hogges defender Rakeem DeShields was on target for Saltus.
There were also wins for Dellwood Middle School who beat Bermuda Institute 2-0 thanks to goals from Oneko Lowe and Ajai Daniels and Warwick Academy senior girls team were victorious over Saltus with strikes from Kerri Furbert and Keunna Dill.
In last Saturday's other games, Whitney beat Sandys 3-1 in the Middle Schools girls match courtesy of a Kshaela Burch Waldron hat-trick, while Jomei Bean-Lindo also scored to give the Whitney Middle School boys a 1-0 win over the same opponents. Cedarbridge's Under-16s also came away with a victory, beating Berkeley 2-1 with goals from Quintinio Lema and Jahquan Smith-DeShields.
Admission for today's All-Star games is $10 for adults and free for students.