Local trio savour glory at Jefferson Cup
Alexander Rymon Lipinski, Xhavi DeRoza and Nile Bean enjoyed success at the Jefferson Cup Boys Showcase in Richmond, Virginia, at the weekend.
The local trio were members of the 2007 New England Surf State Navy team that won the Under-15 Platinum Division title after edging Richmond Strikers 07 Elite 2-1 in the championship match.
Warwick Archers pair Rymon-Lipinski and DeRoza were both on target for the victors.
Bean also played an integral part in the team’s success having netted the vital goal required to propel them to the championship match, despite losing 3-1 in their final group match against previously winless Progressive Youth 07 from New York.
“I am ecstatic for both Alexander and Xhavi and am sure that the memory of the experience will remain with them for some time to come,” Richard Todd, the Warwick Archers Programme Manager, commented.
“The Warwick Archers and Robin Hood FC football family are proud that they have represented our programme and indeed Bermuda with distinction at this event.
“They have captured the attention of coaches and players at the tournament during the course of the weekend and I am confident this will lead to future opportunities for them and others to have similar experiences.
“It was also pleasing to learn that there was another Bermudian player on the team and that Nile Bean was the scorer of the key goal to take the team to the final.”
DeRoza and Rymon-Lipinski were invited to join the New England Surf Club Under-15 State Select through a partnership between Warwick Archers and the International Development Academy.
“At Surf and IDA we’re all about playing opportunities,” Tommaso Trevisan, the New England Surf and IDA general manager, said. “We love to collaborate with the Warwick Archers to provide additional overseas exposure for Bermudian players interested in collegiate and professional football pathways.
“There will be another player from the Warwick Archers joining Surf at the Easter Cup tournament in Orlando, Florida, which takes place April 12 to 16.”