Over 35s travelling to Miami for soccer tournament

Over 35s soccer team travelling to Miami to compete in FA Cup

As the football (soccer ) season draws to a close, Freeport Rugby Football Club’s soccer team are battling it out on two fronts as they bid to secure two titles for the season.

The weekends thumping of Insurance Management Lions ( 4- nil thank you very much) meant that the team are still in with a realistic shout of winning the Grand Bahama Football League Men’s title.

Equally importantly, however, the over 35s (which actually accounts for 80 % of their GBFL team) have also been invited to participate in the famous ( South) Florida Annual Challenge Cup during the weekend of May 12th to 14th. Consequently a squad of 15 players travel over to Miami with the intention of bringing back this prestigious trophy for the first time.

As a result of recent games between Miami United and Freeport FC, the Grand Bahamian team were invited to play in the tri-angular tournament which also includes Fort Lauderdale (over 35s). Freeport FCs Mark Hardy explained that discussions have been ongoing for a while concerning this tournament and after it was decided that it was impractical for us to join the Florida Over 35s league on an ongoing basis , all parties have decided that the Challenge Cup is the best way for teams to compete regularly . Subsequently Freeport FC take on Miami on Saturday afternoon followed by playing Fort Lauderdale on the Sunday in what is expected to be two tough games. The two Florida teams are then scheduled to play each other the following weekend.

Manager Tony Johns was confident that the team would perform in accordance with expectations over in Florida and was hoping to take an almost full strength squad. Unfortunately age and weight restrictions appear to have ruled out talisman Jimmy Fingers which will prove to be a big blow for both the team and floridean tavern owners. Late Rooney-esque injuries to Tony Lopez appear to be unfounded with manager Johns insisting he would pick Lopez for the tournament even if his involvement was limited to the latter stages.

Johns noted that the trip would also involve a team building exercise on the Saturday morning as Grand Bahamas oldest and finest had been invited to a sitdown breakfast luncheon at which the English FA Cup final was to beamed over live by satellite , followed by a question and answer session with local footballing celebrities.

Freeport Rugby Club : Easter Rugby Festival

If you are not leaving the islands for the Easter or you are returning to the island we at the club have the ideal entertainment weekend set up for you. The FRFC is resurrecting the Easter Rugby festival and to start the annual event we will be hosting the Harvard Business School Old Boys and the Nassau Conchs to a weekend of fine rugby and festivities.

The weekend schedule for the Festival is going to be:

Friday the 14th April @4pm FRFC Oldies Vs Harvard Business School Oldies followed by a cocktail party starting at 6.30pm with substantial food for the players and finger food for supporters.

Saturday is Harvard Vs Nassau Conchs @ 3pm followed by the 40th Anniversary & Festival Banquet at the Hawksbill Yacht club for all players, club members and general hangers on starting at 7.30 (ticket prices $30 available from the club or any committee member)

Sunday is FRFC vs. Nassau Conchs @ 12 (this game will be made up of anyone left standing who is still able to play, however it may be settled on the Sat night in the bar -the surroundings we all play our best game on !

English Premier League Summer Soccer Camp

Enrolment for the third in the highly-successful series of English Premier League soccer camps has already begun in earnest.

Two top class professional coaches with international playing experience will again lead the local experts who will be teaching new skills and putting the kids through their paces during the week starting July 3.

Interest will be very high not just because of the previous success of the camps but this year’s event falls in the middle of the World Cup finals which will be getting blanket TV coverage round the world.

Ever since the EPL became involved there has been a resurgence in interest in the sport on the island both among youngsters and adults.

“We have seen big increases in attendances at training sessions and it has been great to see how kids’ skill levels have risen on the island over the last couple of years. This is a great trend which not only means more youngsters having a good time but it also increases their future opportunities,” said Mark Hardy, one of the organizers and a prominent youth coach on the island.

Parents have become more aware of the fact that proficiency in the sport offers a much better chance of a US college scholarship than other sports like basketball simply because fewer young US people play soccer. Colleges have to cast their recruitment nets very wide to fill quotas.

The EPL camp has proved attractive to parents because it offers five full days of activities, including swimming as well as the actual soccer, and includes lunch each day as well as fruit during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. All those taking part get authentic, new soccer uniforms to wear during the week. It is the best summer camp bargain on the island.

Last year a group of youngsters from Abaco attended for the first time and this year it is likely there will some attendees from Nassau.

Parents who wish their child or children to be one of the 200 participants can pick up forms from the following venues: Freeport Rugby Football Club, Animale at Port Lucaya, Esquire Menswear in Downtown and Town and Country on Yellow Pine Street.

Five Star !

James ‘Five Fingers’ Ignatovich shot to GBFL glory on Sunday with a five goal haul against a plucky Chelsea team . Five Fingers rewrote the history books with his heroic efforts to join fellow legendary striker ( now stopper as he is too slow now) Ghassan Haddad as the highest goalscorer in a single game in GBFL history , ever !

Fingers’ efforts were all brilliantly taken from way inside the 6 yard box and his performance helped his team turn round a one goal deficit as the Haitian team shocked Freeport FC by taking the lead. Freeport came back with a vengence however to strike 3 times in the first half amid pouring rain with goals from Five Fingers (2) and Stefano ‘Red Bull’ Borsetto . That was only a prelude to the second half as continued great front running from Jerone Cocker led to 3 further goals from the big man James in a style reminiscent of all time great Wednesday fatbloke David Hirst. Cocker , playing his last game befoe he jets out to Jamaica for ‘business reasons’ , topped off the scoring with a fine solo effort as Freeport romper to a 7 :2 victory. Aside from James 5 goal haul , highlights of the game belonged to Cabin Boy – sorry could not resist that one !! Actually best part of the game was when Justin (attempting an audacious 30 yard through pass) stubbed his foot into the ground in a move previously thought to belong solely to Tony Johns ! After 10 seconds of unrestrained laughter and guffawing everyone actually relaised that Captain My Captain was actually pretty hurt and – even worse- the Haitians nearly scored. Oh how we all laughed afterwards.

Not by any way seeking to capitalise on his performance , James Ignatovich took time after the game to announce the family’s new boot cleaning service ( see previous post). Rumours that he has also signed deals with the website GaychoirBoysR_us .com and Anusol are still to be confirmed.

New service offered at club

Leather boots last longer and perform
better when they are kept in good
We will collect your boots from the club to
clean, polish and waterproof them after
every game or training session for only
$2.00! They will be returned to the club for
you by the next game or training session.
To contact:
Home 351-2352

PS Her dad scored five goals and generally played ‘a blinder’ on sunday after she cleaned his boots before the game !!!!!!

If you contact the website or call above number you will receive more information.