What a few months it has been at Cedar when it comes to Football!

BDO Afterschool League – Cedar pulls off wins in U12 and U7 categories in front of hundreds of cheering supporters and onlookers.

U12s – It was terrific to see both our U12 teams make the semifinals. Unfortunately the standings meant that the two teams would play each other in the semis. It would be Cedar U12 Greens that would come away with a close win 2-0. It was an extremely competitive and physical match that was well worth of a final noted one spectator. Cedar U12s Green would go on to win the U12 championship with a tight 1-0 win over a determined and well coached Bregado Flax team. Championship team members included K’Launi Williams, Darci Reich, Ariel Mohammed, Alex Salter, Ryan Lettsome, Sebby Santos, Nici Haycraft, Dylan Sorrentino, Oliver Henderson, Azarni Callwood and Jack Morris. Congrats to the whole team! Well done also to Nici (Finals MVP), Azarni (golden boot), Ryan (tournament MVP) and Oliver (golden gloves) for picking up individual awards.

U7s – Considered a bit of an upset on the back of a 6 nil loss during the regular season against their championship game opponent – Cedar U7s managed to win a squeaker over a determined Montessori team. The game ended 0-0 after regulation time and it was Ethan Mohamed, Ethan Singh and Joshua Noblett-Diaz who would step up to the spot and very German-like dispatch their penalty kicks for goals. Aden DeAngelis, the winning goalkeeper would come up big in goal during the penalties to force one of the kicks wide for the win! The rest of the squad which included Elsie Ormond, Zac Richards, Zarah Macdonald, Sam Sorrentino, Mateo Baa and Alexander McKenzie played brilliantly. Calmness, coolness, composure written over all the kids faces as they played their game in front of hundreds of on-lookers and screaming supporters at AO Shirley Ground. Their improbable journey to the championship included a nail-biting 1-0 win over another favored team in First Impressions. The kids were focused and attended all the training arranged by Coach John, Alessandro and Walter and ultimately deserved the winning trophy! Well done.

Other very notable mentions include:
One of our two U9 teams made it to the semis but bowed out in a hard fought semi-final match 3-0.
Our Open Girls Cedar team did us proud by coming in second to Bregado Flax in an extremely hard fought league. Cedar Open Girls had girls from aged 11 through to 17 playing on the team whereas many of the other teams had girls at the older end of the bracket (15 to 17 years old). A special mention to Lily Pierce for picking up the golden boot trophy for the league.
Our U15 Boys Cedar team came in second in their league. Both Cedar Open Girls and Cedar U15 boys picked up trophies for their efforts.

Puerto Rico – GPS Caribbean Showcase Football Tournament.
A number of Cedar students (boys and girls) were selected to represent Team BVI (sponsored by the BVIFA) at the various age groups at this high level tournament. The tryouts (territory wide) and practices were intense. With too many Cedar football players to mention we congratulate all those who tried out, those who made the team and those that played their hearts out in Puerto Rico. Special thanks to shirt sponsors Appleby, National Bank and PwC.

Flow Ultimate Football Competition
Over 30 boys and girls aged 13 to 16 competed in the Flow Ultimate Football Experience held at AO Shirley on Saturday, March 18th . The competition included tests in speed, dribbling, ball juggling and shooting. Two winners would win the right to progress to the Regional Final to be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago on May 6th/7th. Several Cedar students, led by Cedar’s UEFA A Football Coach John Reilly registered for the competition including Luka Chalwell, Alessandro Santos, Lily Pierce and Luca Reich. Everyone did great remarked Coach John. Congrats to Luca Reich who won one of the coveted two spots and travelled to Trinidad with Coach John on May 6th/7th where Manchester United Soccer School coaches were on hand along with other regional coaches to determine the grand winners of the T&T based regional part of the competition. The two grand winners in T&T will win the grand prize of a trip to watch a Premiership League game featuring Manchester United. Luca did well and even got to meet Manchester United legend Dwight York while Coach John got some great coaching tips from the Man U academy coaches.

Caribbean Alliance Football Club
As some parents may be aware, Cedar International School, on the football side of the equation continues to collaborate with Lyford Cay International School of Bahamas. The grand idea is to create a pathway for kids who are passionate about football so that they can meet other like-minded kids and play together in state-side tournaments. Back on November 12th/13th, Giovanni Grant, Lawton Green and Luca Reich were the guinea pigs that attended the first ever Caribbean Alliance FC football camp in Fort Lauderdale. Over this recent Easter, this group grew to 12 strong with Giovanni and Luca joined by Alejandro Santos, Luka Chalwell, Nathan Haycraft, Michael Palladino, Alex Salter, Ryan Lettsome, Tai Thomas and girl power represented by Tinia Van Zoost, Ariel Mohamed and Darci Reich. The kids had a blast in Fort Lauderdale and mixed in seamlessly with the 50 strong Bahamian group. The social part of the camp is just as important as all the football that is being played noted Chaperone/Coach Jose Santos. The kids (playing in their respective age groups) had a chance to practice with Fort Lauderdale’s Select teams, play in an indoor 5-a-side futsal arena, practice and play games each evening during their 5 day camp. The girls Yr 2005 (including Ariel and Darci), 2006 boys (including Alex, Ryan and Tai) and 2003 boys (including Michael, Luka, Luca and Alejandro) did extremely well in the 5-a-side Nova Southeastern University tournament by winning all their games. A special congrats to Ryan Lettsome and Luka Chalwell for picking up individual MVP awards from the Caribbean Alliance FC coaches that included our very own Coach Reilly. The next camp unfortunately falls during the last week of Cedar’s school year – stay tuned!

Virgin Gorda/Sea Cows Bay Manatees Boys U12 Friendly Match – May 14, 2017
As many of you know, Cedar is firmly committed to supporting the Saturday Morning Football Program which has run for over 10 years each Saturday morning. Led by Cedar’s very own athletic director John Reilly and supported by various Cedar parents, the program has been successful at introducing and developing youth soccer skills across Tortola. The program continues to grow and on occasion boasts over 100 kids during the 2 hour training session. On Saturday May 14th, Coaches Jose Santos and Levi James brought over 13 talented kids from both the Saturday morning program and Cedar’s afterschool program to play against the VG Select U12 team. It was the first time many of the kids had played a 9v9 format, for over 60 minutes on a full (and slanted) pitch. The game would end 2 nil for VG but our kids did great (especially when going downhill). Team members from Cedar included Oliver and Danny Henderson, Dylan Sorrentino, Nici Haycraft, Sebby Santos, Tai Thomas, Joannes Blok, Rush Broderick, Jacob DeAngelis, and K’Launi Williams.

Future football events to keep a look out for:

1. St. Martin tournament for the BVI National U15s in early June. Luka Chalwell, Alejendo Santos and Luca Reich have been practicing hard with the rest of the National Team.
2. International Friendly game for the girls with game organized against the girls from St. Thomas. Most likely mid June.
3. Friday Night under the Lights. We hope to arrange a few games under the lights for the various age groups including some for the younger kids after school.
4. Caribbean Alliance FC Football Camp in Fort Lauderdale during the last week of August.
5. AFC Bournemouth 4 day football camp organized by the BVIFA scheduled to take place on Tortola from July 3rd to July 6th. Mark your dates on this one. Further details to follow.
6. Cedar Cup. Due to all the events happening, this always fun fundraising tournament will likely be played in October 2017.
7. November 2017 – Bahamas Football Tournament where Cedar School looks to defend its’ well-earned boys’ title and the girls look to improve on last year’s 3rd place finish. With so many talented boys entering “highschool” next year we may have to consider sending two boys teams for the first time along with a girls team.