As the International football community still savors the excitement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the stage is set for an exciting and challenging football season in Bermuda. Although, we all may have been routing for different teams during the World Cup, the sport of football is a magnificent example of humanity, sportsmanship, in which to refocus our efforts to instill dignity, respect and friendships that exist among us all.
The Bermuda Football Association officially kicked off its 2018-2019 football season during the Labor Day weekend. A true ‘cut & razor’ match between defending Premier Division Champions PHC Zebras and defending FA Cup champions Robin Hood set the tone for what’s to come this football season. This ongoing ‘clash of the titans’ match was held on Sunday, September 2nd at Bernard’ Park between the two football powerhouses. Fans enjoyed watching the Zebras march to victory in a 2-1 defeat over Robin Hood. Cecoy Robinson was exemplary for PHC as he scored both goals with strikes in the 12th and 79th minute driving the PHC fans to delirious enthusiasm. Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, Tomeiko Goater of Robin Hood displayed a furious determination to resist surrender by scoring their only goal in the 30th minute of play.
In a further “mouthwatering” encounter, the Dudley Eve Trophy Competition was a gladiatorial showcase of strength, strategy and skill between Group “A” rivals North Village Rams and Dandy Town Hornets and in Group B Somerset Trojans contested against the consistent Devonshire Cougars. In Group A play, Terryn Fray in a continuation of his remarkable form from the Cricket season, disabled Dandy Town early in the match leaving them unable to recover from the 1-0 deficit. In Group “B” play; in a highly contested encounter both teams drew red cards during play. However, Somerset dominated the match with the first strike by D’Andre Wainwright in the 18th minute, with Damon Swan’s converted penalty strike in the 68th minute leaving the Cougars with a 2-0 defeat.
In what promises to be more enticing football this season, the First Division is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, September 9 with the first match between Young Men’s Social Club and St. David’s at NSC North Field at 12:30pm with all remaining First Division matches kicking off at 3:00pm. Match Day 2 of the Dudley Eve Cup competition resumes on Thursday, September 13that 7:00 p.m. with Group “A” rivals Dandy Town and PHC and Group “B” at 9:00 p.m. with Robin Hood taking on Somerset Trojans at GGF. The Premier Division will begin play on Saturday, September 15that 9:00 p.m. with a duel between Robin Hood and Devonshire Rec at GGF.
One thing is for sure, fans will have plenty of exciting football to support this season. Who will be crowned champion? Let the ball keep rolling until the end of the Season!