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BFA to enter team in 2013 Island Games

A national football team will compete in the 2013 Island Games which are to be hosted in Bermuda.

Bermuda Football Association (BFA) player development committee chairman, Mark Wade, confirmed yesterday that the sport would be represented at the biennial event in two years' time.

“The president (Larry Mussenden) has decreed that we will be entering a team in the 2013 Island Games and we will be looking to do well in it,” he said.

A Bermuda national football team first competed at the Games in 2007 when a men's under-23 side, coached by Kenny Thompson, reached the semi-finals in Rhodes.

The BFA decided against sending a side to the 2009 Games in Aaland and will not have a team at this year's competition in the Isle of Wight.

Earlier this week John Beard (pictured), chairman of Bermuda's Island Games committee, said he believed the BFA would be “daft” not to enter a team when the Island hosts the event in 2013.

“It would be a good idea for us to have a team in 2013,” said Beard. “We would be pretty daft not to consider it, it's on local soil and we have the facilities to play the games.

“It would be an ideal opportunity for experience. Look at Faroe Island for example, who used to be apart of these Games and are now playing in the European Championships.

“They were minnows on the big stage and are now coming along quite nicely and are currently trying to qualify for the next edition of the European Championships, so it is a good idea.”

Bermuda will send a whopping 128 athletes to this year's Island Games in June.

One of the largest contingents to leave the Island in recent times, Bermuda will be represented by some 17 teams in 13 different sports at the event on the Isle of Wight.

Also making the trek will be representatives from each of the sports to gain some insight into the running of the event as Bermuda prepare to host the Games in 2013.

n Bermuda striker Reggie Lambe helped Ipswich Town reserves defeat rivals Norwich City reserves 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road yesterday.

Ronan Murray netted twice for Town before half-time.

Lambe, 19, has made four first team appearances for Town this season. He was one of six youngsters handed contract extensions last May after scoring eight goals for Town's reserve team last season.

John Beard

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Published March 04, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 04, 2011 at 9:03 am)

BFA to enter team in 2013 Island Games

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