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Champions crowned at Pro Shottas Independence tournament


AFTER rain had forced the postponement of the scheduled final day of the Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) under 14 and under 16 youth teams carried off the championships at the Proshottas Independence youth tournament in the respective division.

Playing at Banks Grounds over the weekend, the BSA under 14 youth team in the semi-final match, easily defeated Checker Hill 6 goals to 1. Goal Scorers for the BSA were Carl Hinkson, T-Shane Lorde and Dinnico Crichlow who scored two goals each.

In the championship match against Gall Hill the game was very much competitive, and it was Gall Hill who scored first in the 12 minute of the game. However BSA came from behind and scored in the final five minutes forcing the game to go to extra time. In extra time it ended 1-1 and went down to penalty kicks.

BSA win in penalty kicks three goals and Gall Hill two. The BSA ended undefeated in Division 14. BSA Kadeem Clarke and Carl Hinkson where awarded the best goalkeeper and most goals respectively in the under 14 age group.

The under 16 semi-final match between BSA and Proshottas A team, was billed as the biggest match-up of the tournament. Both teams fought brilliantly from the start to the finish, but the BSA was able to pull of a victory that went into penalty after 0-0 at full time. The game went into extra time with no goals being scored from either team. But in the penalty kicks, the BSA won the game from three goals to two, from penalties from Keon Harding, Stafon Ifill and Diquan Marshall. It was goalkeeper Keon Harding of the BSA, who made two brilliant saves from the first penalty kickers of the Proshottas team that made a contribution to him being awarded the best goalie award in the under 16 division. The BSA easily defeating Empire 3 -1, by goals from Shane Mottley who netted two and Shakille Bell one.

In the Under 18 division championship match, the BSA lost to Proshottas 1- 0 after a very tough battle from both teams. With the absent of Diquan Adamson, Mark Bushell, Josiah Maximillien and Josimar Skinner.

Jabez (jack) Bovell, Chief Executive Officer of the BSA said that it must also be noted that in the last three years (2009, 2010, 2011) of the Barbados Football Association youth tournaments, 2009 and 2011 Proshottas biannual tournaments, and this year Kick Start inaugural tournament that all three teams reached the finals in each respective age group. The BSA will now have to defend the respective divisions of under 13, 15, and under 17 in the 2012 upcoming BFA youth league.

Bovell further said that the academy is focusing on competing strategically on the international stage to position its players to create opportunities in the global market. The BSA will be looking forward to doing a competitive analysis or “reverse engineering” from a technical position on overseas teams from the upcoming international overseas tournaments.

The BSA under 11, 13 and under 15 youth teams are travelling to Aurora, Ontario, Canada in July to participate in the Aurora International Youth Tournament, while the Under 16, 18, and under 21 youth teams will be participating in an International Tournament and Showcase in April next year. Bovell also said the nine players that were selected for trials at the Houston Dynamo (MLS) Club.

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