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Stewart optimistic underdogs will prevail

CedarBridge Academy cannot wait to have another crack at Berkeley Institute in the senior boys final of the Bermuda Schools Sports Federation Knock Out tournament.

The two sides have played twice before this season, with Berkeley coming out on top both times, winning 2-1 in close games.

Collin Stewart, the CedarBridge head coach, said his side were “craving the opportunity to rewrite the script” at the National Stadium tomorrow.

With both schools being given permission by the Ministry of Education for their pupils to attend the game, there is more than just a cup at stake, school pride and bragging rights for the year are also on the line.

“The team has been playing a good brand of football all season, and we are optimistic going in to the final knowing we have a very good chance of winning,” Stewart said.

Despite having a young team, CedarBridge have plenty of talent in their ranks, with the likes of Nathan Rego, Mazhye Burchall and Jahkari Furbert all starting in senior football for their clubs sides.

Burchall, in particular, made a name for himself when he scored for PHC against Robin Hood in the final of the Dudley Eve Trophy in November. Rego, meanwhile, has impressed at Somerset Eagles, while Furbert is part of Kenny Thompson's improving BAA side.

Both schools will also contest the senior girls final on Thursday, and with Fresh TV filming the matches to be shown on Digicel SportsMax, and plenty of support expected, the occasion will be one of the bigger occasions the players have appeared in.

Dean Minors, the former Bermuda wicketkeeper and head of the CedarBridge athletic department, knows a thing or two about appearing in high-pressure situations, and said he will talk to both of his school's teams before they play.

“I am extremely excited and proud for our school to have this opportunity,” he said. “I want to congratulate all our teams for advancing to the finals and we have every confidence that our teams will perform well.

“I will have a word with both girls and boys team, as it is important to not only play the game in good spirit, but show the kind of sports etiquette that we see at the highest level that people enjoy watching. So, I will definitely discuss the do's and don'ts.

“But, I will give my own special advice which is to enjoy every moment and show the world how good you are.”

Talented bunch: Burchall will run out for CedarBridge Academy tomorrow (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published December 16, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm)

Stewart optimistic underdogs will prevail

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