The year in Sports for Nevis, 2017, proved to be exciting for the most part.
There were some excellent performances recorded and some athletes continued to impress in their particular filed of endeavour.
However, certain beloved sporting activities on the island, have apparently been placed on the back burner….hopefully, not permanently.
The Nevis Archery Association continues to work on its stated goal of generating interest for the sport and developing youthful Archers.
There was one major tournament on Nevis and several training sessions during the year.
- Thomas’ Primary does it again as Interprimary Champions
It was Wednesday 5th April, the much anticipated day of the annual Interprimary schools’ track meet, on Nevis-otherwise known as the MINI-OLYMPICS. It was held under the distinguished patronage of former Olympic sprint queen, Meritzer Williams, who was immaculately attired and made a fashion statement of her own.
The ultimate stars of the day, were the athletes. They came out to excel and to entertain and that is exactly what they did.
They competed in the 800 meters; 200; 400; 1200; 60; 100; 4X100 and 4X400 meters events and on several occasions, the photo finish experts had to be called to adjudicate.
The athletes appeared to be well oiled and well-tuned and definitely came out to give it their all.
Of course, there were some athletes who stood out more than others and for that very reason, the medals were shared around nicely. The two least populated schools in St. James’ and VOJN, collected gold medals as well and that would have served to stagger some of the points away from some of the more populated schools.
At one point, the St. Thomas’ Primary school was so well challenged by the Ivor Walters Primary, that they were tied on points. However, critically, St. Thomas’ came out a lot better in the 100 meter events and the 4X400 relay events, and that was the ultimate decider.
Soon it was The Ivor Walters team, attempting to tug away from the Jocelyn Liburd Primary school, for second place and the Jocelyn Liburd Primary prevailed in the end, to beat them by a mere two points.
Immediately after the meet, the medal presentation ceremony was held and the top athletes received their medals. However, it was announced that the individual champion trophies will be presented at the respective schools on Thursday and that the announcement of the Victor and Victrix Ludorum, will be revealed in the not too distant future.
The revelation of the top schools, was also made:
St. Thomas’ Primary-champions-191 points
Jocelyn Liburd Primary-2nd-161 points
Elizabeth Pemberton-6 peat champions-125 points
Maude Cross Preparatory school-second-42 points
1st and Champions- St. Thomas’ Primary-191 points
2nd JLPS-161 points
3rd IWPS-159 points
4th CPS-139 points
5th EPPS -125 points
6th Maude Cross Preparatory-42 points
7th –VOJN-32 points
St. James’ -27 points
Tejarie represents Federation team
Meanwhile, Tejarie Arthurton was included in the Federation’s Team for Under 18 championships which were held in Nairobi, Kenya from July 12th to July 16th 2017.
He competed in the sprint double, 100m and 200m and from all reports performed creditably.
St. John’s Cops under 20 Championship
The St. John’s under 20 Parish Basketball team, is the 2017 champion for the under 20 parish league, hosted by the Nevis Amateur Basketball Association (NABA).
The two teams competing in the best of three finals, were the St. Paul’s team and the St. John’s team and both teams were tied one game-all, in the best of three final series.
The third and final game was played on the evening of Tuesday 18th April, at the Brown Hill hard court.
The game was keenly contested and the scores were very close throughout, except for the third quarter, when the St. Paul’s team apparently went to sleep and only scored 7 points to St. John’s 17.
However, up to the final quarter they were within shooting range of equalizing but in the final three minutes of the game, some crucial blunders on their part, were decisive to the eventual outcome, as the St. John’s players capitalized, to sink a few crucial two pointers.
Final score: St. John’s Parish 45 St. Paul’s Parish 39
St. Johns Parish 45 St. Paul’s Parish 39
This year, the annual Nevis league was not held. However, the Malcolm Guishard league, sponsored by the Hon. Mark Brantley proved to be very competitive.
CG Rebels Takes Championship Honours Yet Again
The final game of the 2017 edition of the Malcolm Guishard Basketball league, was played at the Church Ground hard court, on Tuesday 21st November.
A fair sized crowd was on hand to witness the final encounter in the best of three series between defending champions, CG Massives and former champions, CG Rebels.
Each team would have won one game each, to set up the intriguing finale and much was expected of this final game.
The first quarter gave an indication that it would be another thriller, with the score poised at 18 to 15, in favour of the CG Rebels.
However, the experienced CG Rebels players, utilized a strategy of playing their trusted and tried, five old guards, all the way through the entire match, with the CG Massives on the other hand, utilizing a strategy of regular substitutions, ensuring that there were always fresh legs on the court.
However, the experienced CG Rebels players started pulling away in the second quarter and continued with the dominance into the second half of the game.
In the final moments of the last quarter, the CG Rebels team, recognizing the fact that they were holding a healthy lead, brought on some of their young players, for the first time in the game.
At that precise moment, Coach Gene Amory sent for the champagne from his vehicle.
When the final whistle was blown, the score line was an imposing 86 to 56 in favour of the CG Rebels.
It was truly an emphatic win and one which Coach Amory indicated that he will treasure immensely, because he was not sure how much longer his old guards would be able to continue and with Jenerson BUJU France, hinting that he would retire after this game, it may well be the end of the dominant CG Rebels era.
Captain Kirt Herbert stated that his team sat out last year and CG Massives won and they had ‘too much chat,’ so this year, his team came back for what was rightfully theirs.
Final score: CG Rebels 86 CG Massives 56
Meanwhile, in the High schools championships: There was a lot of pre-tournament chatter and both teams in the revived High Schools Basketball championship on Nevis, in the Charlestown Secondary School (CSS) and the Gingerland Secondary School (GSS), appeared confident of victory.
The GSS team blew away CSS in game one and the CSS team vowed to return the favour in game two.
On Monday 11th December, the two teams again faced off, but this time at the home court of the CSS team, at the Grell Hull-Stevens Netball Complex.
The CSS team was supported by a huge fan base and had home court advantage in their favour.
They commenced the game with some intensity and put the first points on the board and dominated the early exchanges.
However, the GSS players soon found their footing and once they got their first set of points on the board, they were off and running.
As the first quarter closed out, they were trailing by a mere two points.
Into the second quarter, GSS edged into the lead and when the final whistle was blown, it was Coach Evroy Liburd and his team from Gingerland who were celebrating.
Final score: GSS 47 CSS 39
A brief presentation ceremony was held immediately after the game. Director of Sports, Mr. Jamir Claxton, officially handed over the winner’s trophy to the GSS team, as they would have won two games of the best of three series.
Now to my big play of the year:
A very intriguing friendly Basketball game was played at the Church ground hard court, on the evening of Saturday 16th December.
The Nevis Amateur Basketball Association, in collaboration with the SKABA officials, had arranged a friendly encounter between the JAY HAWKS out of St. Kitts and the CG Massives, out of Nevis.
This saw a three pointer by Mathew Harding and the play of the game and maybe of the year—a superb and emphatic dunk, by the big man-Kelvin Bramble.
Major Bodybuilding Event Cancelled
Mr. Vail Sheldon Seebaran, General Secretary of the Central American and Caribbean Body Building and Fitness Federation, informed that the 45th edition of the CAC championships, previously slated for Mexico from 29th September to 2nd October, had been cancelled.
He stated that the decision was made in consultation with the president of the IFBB (international Federation of Body Builders). Thereafter, consideration was given to the current tragic situation in the region, with the passage of the two recent hurricanes, and the potential danger due to ongoing seismic activity in Mexico.
He noted that the safety of all concerned is a priority to the Body building federation.
He also indicated that a future communique will indicate the way forward in regards to the competition.
The St. Kitts-Nevis representative team was preparing assiduously for the competition and it was a huge disappointment for local muscle man, Colin Lazarus, who had journeyed overseas to enhance his training efforts.
Bull’s Gym Announces Customer Appreciation Month
The month of December was an extra special one for the regulars at Bull’s Gym, located at Old Manor in Gingerland.
The management of the gym declared December as Customer Appreciation Month.
What this meant effectively, was that all of the regular patrons of the gym, were able to utilize the facility, free of cost, for the entire month of December.
Sadly however, one of the members of the gym and Masters’ cricketer, Eustace BROTHER Wallace, passed away, towards the end of the year.
From the NTV Sport page, condolences to the family.
Charlestown Primary-2017 TDC/Runako Morton Primary School Champs
It was billed to be an exciting contest. After all, the Charlestown Primary School (CPS) and the Ivor Walters Primary School (IWPS) had both made it through the preliminary rounds and semifinals, unscathed.
So, Friday 7th July 2017, was the battle of the giants at the ET Willett Park.
A sizeable and vociferous crowd was on hand, to witness the encounter.
The IWPS team won the toss and elected to insert the CPS team.
Summarized scores: CPS 71 all out in 11 overs: Theo Queeley 28; Tishawn Newton 7
Stevens 4; Demari Mitchell 4; Lite Browne 2; IWPS 58 all out in 11 overs: D. Walters 18; J. Marshall; Shamrell Xavier 5*
Amory 5; Theo Queeley 4 and J. Tyson 1
Immediately after the match, the closing ceremony was held.
The following awards were delivered:
Best wicketkeeper-Demari Mitchell
Bowler with the most wickets-15-Ovanje Amory
Batsman with the most runs-151-Theo Queeley
MVP of the tournament –Theo Queeley
Most improved team for 2017-Jocelyn Liburd Primary
Second placed team-Ivor Walters Primary
Champion team-Charlestown Primary
Pennyless All Stars –T-20 champs for Second consecutive year
The Pennyless All-stars team of Nevis, established themselves as the real club champions of cricket in the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on Sunday 17th December.
This feat was accomplished as they soundly whipped the Newtown team, in the grand finals of the Keith Arthurton T-20 tournament, at the Conaree grounds.
The Newtown team batted first and scored a competitive 153 in their allotted 20 overs.
However, the Pennyless All-stars team, made light work of the target, by overhauling the total, without the loss of a single wicket.
Two of Nevis’ finest youth cricketers, in Ross Powell and Jamie Cornelius, literally took the bowling by the ‘scruff of its neck.’
The former was 74 not out and the latter, 73 not out, at the end.
It means therefore, that the Pennyless All-stars team, are the winners of the prestigious tournament, for the second consecutive year.
A proud Stuart Williams was quick to point out that the feat was accomplished without the involvement of star paceman, Kian Pemberton, who actually took a five-fer, in last year’s finals, to lead his team to victory.
However, as the year closed out, the Pennyless All-stars team lost to Empire in the grand finals of the Development Bank T-20 tournament.
Kian Gets Rousing Send Off
It was a three in one get together, or better put a ‘party’.
It was an evening of food and drink in galore, lots of music and a mingling of top local cricketers, their friends and family members.
It all happened at Arlene’s (the mother of Stuart Williams) shop, on Sunday 24th December.
Well, the Pennyless All-stars team was in effect, celebrating another glorious, victorious year, having virtually established themselves as the top cricket club in the federation.
After all, they had only recently completed back to back wins in the Keith Arthurton T-20 tournament, having convincingly won over Newtown in the grand finals; Youthful speedster, Kian Pemberton, was set to leave the island this week, with his under 19 Windies team mates, en route to New Zealand and the third reason?
Well, it was Christmas and no better time to celebrate achievements.
Kian’s mom and dad were among the specially invited guests and the young man received sound advice and best wishes from all present, as he steps out into the unknown in the under 19 Cricket Youth World Cup 2018.
Willett Bestowed With MBE
Elquemedo Tonito Willett, the first man from Nevis and the Leeward Islands, to make it into the West Indies senior Cricket team, was on Wednesday 14th June, bestowed with the signal honour of MBE (member of the most excellent order of the British Empire).
The prestigious award was presented by Governor General of St.Kitts-Nevis, His Excellency Sir S. W Tapley Seaton GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, at his official residence.
One other individual, Ms. Vanta Archibald, also received MBE honours, while six other deserving individuals, received other special awards.
Willett’s impressive profile was read by Mrs. Sherise Dolphin-Gumbs who indicated that he played five test matches all told, with best bowling figures of 3 for 33.
Later he was further lauded by Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Shawn Richards, who delivered the feature address at the function.
Willett was accompanied by his elegantly attired wife, Sandra.
St.Thomas Secures Masters Championship on Home Turf.
It’s official. The St. Thomas Masters cricket team is the 2017 champions of the Leeward Islands Masters tournament.
The tournament was hosted for the first time this year in St. Thomas and commenced on Thursday 25th May, with an impressive opening/reception ceremony, during which all of the teams’ reps indicated with confidence that they would be taking the big trophy home.
An intense series of preliminary matches were played on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May with Antigua and Barbuda winning all three matches; St. Thomas winning their three matches as well; Nevis winning over Anguilla and St.Maarten but losing to Antigua and Barbuda and St.Kitts losing all of their three matches. Defending champs St. Croix won two matches but lost to St. Thomas, while Tortola lost two matches but won over St.Kitts and Anguilla won over St.Maarten who lost all three matches.
So it came down to the semi-final matches on Sunday 28th May, with St. Croix taking on Antigua & Barbuda at Red Hook and Nevis engaging host St. Thomas, at the main ground in town.
The grand finals was PLAYED BETWEEN Antigua and Barbuda and St. Thomas
Antigua & Barbuda -97 for 3 in 15 overs:
A ROXY Joseph 35*; Dean Williams 26*; Elroy Francis 16
Richard Brazier 2 for 16; Ivan Nicholas 1 for 7
St.Thomas-98 for 2 In 12 overs:
Earl Waldron 49; Neils Lewis 22; Collins Joseph 19
Dean Williams 1 for 14; Vinzroy Smith 1 for 19
St. Thomas won by 8 wickets
During the closing ceremony which was held immediately after the match, the following awards were made, with trophies presented complements of Senator Mervin Blyden
Best wicketkeeper-Ipa POT Spencer-Antigua & Barbuda
Best Fielder-Tony Grant-Nevis
MVP of the final-Earl Waldron
MVP of the tournament-Terrence Webbe-St. Thomas
Best bowler (still to be tabulated)
Best batsman-Terrence Webbe
2nd place—Antigua & Barbuda
1st place-champions-St. Thomas
St. Thomas and Antigua & Barbuda also collected cash prizes
An exciting bikathon and walkathon is being planned for Saturday 25th November. This as a part of international Men’s day activities that are being held on Nevis.
Pastor Wayne Maynard of the Gender Affairs Division, noted that even though the day’s activity is labeled as a ‘father/son’ feature, all other family members are welcomed to come along and participate.
The interested persons will gather at the Villa grounds in time for a 6 am start.
The walkers will proceed up the Charlestown Secondary school’s drive; into Stoney grove; on to Pump Road; on to the Stuart Williams road; down the bypass road and then on to Pinneys.
The bikers on the other hand, will leave sometime after the walkers and will travel along the island’s main road; on to the Samuel Hunkins Drive and will circle that drive twice, before proceeding through Old Hospital Road; on to Jessups (for the stronger ones) and will all assemble at the proposed Pinney’s Park.
At Pinney’s, the athletes will get involved in some fun activities, which will include:
Bike races and walking races.
The Gender affairs Division, would have the privilege of having well known Nevisian Triathlete, Reggie Douglas, coordinate the event
Huge Crowd Attend Culturama Drag Race Event
A huge crowd was on hand to witness the 2017 edition of the Culturama Drag race, which was held on Sunday 6th August, at the St. James’ raceway.
The top results were as follows:
Winfes Drag Race Event Attracts Huge Crowd
There was a huge crowd present at the St. James’ raceway on Sunday 4th June, as the Win Fes committee, hosted its annual Drag racing event.
The popular sport has been on virtual pause for some months now, as renovative work was carried out at the facility.
However, for the Win Fes event, the Drag racing fans showed up in huge numbers.
The local fan base was also complemented by a boat load of individuals who sailed in from nearby Montserrat.
At the end of the event, the Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams presented trophies to the top performers as follows:
14 seconds—Dylan Smithen-Nevis
13 seconds-Samuel Matthew-Nevis
12 seconds Tamra Wade-Montserrat
11 seconds-Andy Maloney-St. Kitts
10 seconds-Keith Barzey-Montserrat
2nd place winners
14 seconds-Annelise Leibbrandt
13 seconds-Adam Sam-Nevis
12 seconds-Mackie Jeffers-Nevis
11 seconds-Raynaldo Chiverton-Nevis
10 seconds-Livingstone Manners-Nevis
Open (Blackbird)-Clifford Parry-Nevis
Champions Taken Down a Notch
Defending champions, SL Horsfords Highlights, were taken down a notch on the evening of Sunday 10th December, 2017 when they were convincingly beaten by the Youths of The Future, who are playing like the adults of the present.
This action continued in the local Football league.
The Youths scored very early in the game, but the die-hard Highlights fans were convinced that it would have been shortly be rectified.
However, things became more complicated, as the Youths, working up a string of dynamic plays, again breached the Highlights’ defense and sunk another goal home.
The defending champions pulled out all of the stops in the final half but the more youthful and fleet footed team, seemed even more energized and as the Highlights team wilted under the pressure, they put in yet another goal for good measure, to leave the Highlights fan base flabbergasted.
Final score: Youths of the Future 3 SL Horsfords Highlights nil
CONCACAF D-License Course Underway
A CONCACAF D- license course, commenced at the ET Willett park pavilion, on Monday 20th November.
At the brief opening ceremony, Director of Sports, Mr. Jamir Claxton referred to the course as an opportunity for the potential coaches to become a part of the SKNFA overall set up and may even be given the opportunity to coach some of the federation’s representative youth teams.
One of the facilitators, Jeffrey PEDRO Lewis, was happy to point out that the course was being facilitated by persons from the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, which is not usually the case, as facilitators are normally flown in from overseas.
He asked the participants to take the sessions seriously and learn as much as they could.
Orel Hughes, the other facilitator, for his part noted that in the quest to make sure that the federation goes forward in the world of Football, that it did not make sense that one half goes without the other—hence the focus on Nevis. He stated that Nevisian referees have already excelled and it is now time for the coaches to also be a part of the development process.
He stressed on the fact that the course was a challenging one and emphasized the necessity for punctuality and regularity in attendance, for persons to successfully complete it.
He indicated that the course was being conducted in order to develop competent coaches who will in turn seek to train youngsters in the game of Football.
The course concluded on Sunday 26th November.
Kimbell Ward Included In Seven for Referee of the Year Award
Well known FIFA Referees’ Assessor, Malcolm Ramsey of Nevis, confirmed in a recent interview, that Kimbell Ward of Nevis has been short listed among the top seven referees in CONCACAF, from which the referee of the year will soon be selected.
Ramsey in analyzing the magnitude of the achievement, indicated that of the many countries under the supervision of CONCACAF, which include Mexico; Honduras; Panama; the United States and the entire Caribbean region, there are over 2,000 referees for starters and from that list, Ward has made it into the top seven.
The voting commenced on October 17th of this year and featured the opinions of players; Technical staff; technical directors; GMs; coaches and a select group of national and international media personnel.
Each group representing one third of the vote total, had until Monday 23rd October, to submit their votes.
Ramsey spoke with pride about the work ethics and humility of Ward and Assistant referee from Nevis as well, Mario Parry, who were his first two students, after he qualified as a Referees’ Assessor and started to share his knowledge, during some locally held classes.
He further explained that whiter or not Ward is selected as the top referee, he would also be on the short list of referees to be selected for world cup 2022.
He only has to maintain his fitness levels and maintain a high standard of officiating.
Among his many achievements, Ward has so far been in charge of officiating five world cup qualifiers.
Congratulations are extended to Kimbell Ward, from the entire federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
St. Thomas’ Primary –2017 Football Champs On Nevis
Last year, some of their players wept bitterly and openly but this year, the players for the St. Thomas’ Primary school’s Football team, were all smiles as they raised the winner’s trophy, having effectively defeated defending champions Ivor Walters Primary, in the grand finals held on Friday 17th November, 2017.
The grand finale of the annual Primary schools’ football league, was staged at the ET Willett Park and a huge crowd of supporters for the two top teams, showed up to witness the encounter.
After some intense early exchanges in the first half, one of the St. Thomas’ players broke free on the right flank and peeled off a right booter, which was superbly stopped by the IWPS’ goalie. However, the rebound was quickly latched on to and slammed home, while he was still sprawling on the turf.
The St. Thomas’ fan base was ecstatic.
Ivor Walters Primary missed out on a few opportunities in the second half but the St. Thomas’ defense held its own, right up to the final whistle.
Final score: St. Thomas’ Primary 1 Ivor Walters Primary nil.
The St. Thomas’ Primary school is therefore the 2017 champions of Primary School Football on Nevis.
Unfortunately there was absolutely no Horse racing events on the island this year.
There was no local Netball tournament this year. ‘However, the Charlestown Secondary School team, participated in the Federation High schools’ Netball tournament and won one match
Tennis and Golf
First Ever Nevis Open A Success
The first ever Nevis open, hosted by the Four Seasons resort on Nevis, has been coded as a huge success.
Chief coordinator of the tournament and Tennis pro at the resort, David Wilson, indicated on Sunday, that he was pleased with the number of persons who not only registered for, but participated in the novel event.
A few locals participated, along with a contingent of players from St. Kitts and also some of the current guests at the hotel.
The tournament commenced on Saturday 4th November and featured the men’s singles; ladies’ singles and the men’s seniors.
Sunday was the day for the grand finale and that day featured the men’s and ladies doubles and the mixed doubles.
A fair sized crowd gathered at center court of Sunday to witness the men’s doubles finals.
This featured Mackee France, who is incidentally the Director of Guests Communications at the resort, teaming up with Dwight Wood and they came up against Sudhir Ambati and Selwyn Delpeche.
France was the ultimate star and he was impeccable at the nets. He utilized every opportunity to consistently slam home points for his team. His placement was remarkable.
At the closing ceremony however, he gave his winnings to his opponents in what he described as ‘an executive decision.’
Prizes included dinners for two at some of the popular Four Seasons and other restaurants within the federation.
The overall results were as follows:
Winner Dexter Ward
Runner up Paul Trotman
Winner Hedda Wienpahl
Runner up Terri Andrews
Winners Dwight Wood & Mackee France
Runners up Selwyn Delpeche & Sudhir Ambati
Winners Hedda Wienpahl & Laura Beard
Runners up Carol Cochrane & Barbara Gosling
Winner Laura Beard & Wayne Tyson
Runner up Hedda Wienpahl & Paul Trotman
Winner Paul Trotman
Runner up Dan Jensen
Table Tennis Gear Handed Over-Coaches Certified
A brief ceremony was held at the ET Willett Park’s main pavilion on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
It was held to conclude a two week training session for Coaches in Table Tennis.
The local coaches received their certificates and Coach George Silversmith handed over well needed equipment to Mr. Kelvin Bramble of the youth and Sports Department.
The equipment includes two Table Tennis boards; a number of rackets and a number of balls.
Bramble thanked Mr. Silversmith for the kind donations, on behalf of his department and noted that the newly qualified coaches will be teaching the sport in the schools and the communities.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Curtis Morton jr.
Tennis and Golf Camps Close At Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Resort was the venue for the closing ceremony of the one week camps which catered for the teaching of the sports of Tennis and Golf to youngsters aged 6 to 16.
The two camps which ran daily, with Golf in the morning and Tennis in the afternoon, ran for the period Monday 10th to Friday 14th July and were coordinated by the Department of Youth and Sports and ably assisted by the prestigious Four Seasons Resort, which loaned its coaches and facilities for the entire week.
The ceremony was chaired by Tennis Pro, David Wilson who noted that it was a pleasure for him to be a part of the sessions and stated that generally the children were well behaved.
Director of Guest Communications, MacKay France, added his voice to the proceedings and congratulated Golf Coach, Robert Byron, for his sacrifice and hard work and extended similar sentiments towards David Wilson, the Tennis coach.
In addition, he saluted the efforts of Anthony Webbe, who has assisted the coaches over the years in
Mr. France further committed the Hotel’s continued support to the program for many more years to come.
Speaking on behalf of the Youth and Sports department, was Mr. Kelvin Bramble, who thanked the Four Seasons Resort, Mr. France and all of the coaches, including his team of coaches from the department, who assisted with the programs.
This year would have to be considered a moderate year for Sports in Nevis and there is certainly room for improvement.
There seems to be a lackadaisical attitude coming from some athletes but is hoped that there will be a new zeal and drive for 2018.
There is a lot of money and scholarships in store for top athletes and we hope that our Nevisian athletes will strive for top honours in their respective sport of choice.