Schedule set for high school soccer nationals
The line-up is all set for the first day of competition of the 2019 Samuel P. Haven Jr. High School Soccer National Championships.
The mini tournament will feature the top two teams out of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA), the top two teams out of the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS), and the top two teams out of the Grand Bahama Secondary Schools Sports Association (GBSSSA), in each gender.
On the first day of competition, Tuesday May 7, the senior girls champions in the government school sector, the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves will take on the runner-up from the private schools sector, the St. Andrew’s Hurricanes. That game will open play at 4:30 p.m. Following that game at 5:40 p.m., the senior boys champions in the government schools, the Government High School (GHS) Magic will take on the runner-up from the private schools sector, the Aquinas College Aces. In the third game of the day, at 6:30 p.m., the senior girls runner-up in the government schools, the C.R. Walker Knights, will challenge the senior girls runner-up from Grand Bahama, the Sunland Baptist Stingers. Finally, at 7:40 p.m., the senior boys runner-up from Grand Bahama, Lucayan International, will battle the senior boys runner-up in the government schools, the Knights.
The top seeds in both boys and girls, Tabernacle Baptist Academy and Lyford Cay, will each receive a bye into the second day of competition.
All of the games will be played at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
According to tournament organizers, all of the teams are excited and ready to go, as high school footballers seek to claim the titles of the best senior boys and girls teams in The Bahamas. School pride will be on display in both genders.
The defending national high school champions are the Lyford Cay Dragons in the boys division and Lucayan International in the girls division.
Students of the respective schools, soccer fans and sports fans in general are encouraged to come out and support high school soccer at its best in The Bahamas.
Senior Education Officer at the Ministry of Education Evon Wisdom is thanking all stakeholders on behalf of the minister and the director for what he expects to be a productive and successful high school soccer nationals.