WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The CR Walker Lady Knights (above) and Government High School Magic (top) both picked up championship wins for the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association soccer championships on Wednesday at the Roscow A L Davies national soccer field. Both senior teams will now turn their attention to the Samuel P Haven Jr High Schools Nationals semifinals today where they will look to capitalise on this week’s momentum.
Photos: Tenajh Sweeting
By TENAJH SWEETING
This week has been an active one at the Roscow A L Davies national soccer field. Since Tuesday, various matchups have gotten underway between the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) and Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) teams in the return of the Samuel P Haven Jr High Schools Soccer Nationals.
After three successful days of competitive soccer action beginning in Grand Bahama, the teams will now fight to be crowned victorious on Saturday.
Today at the national soccer field, the semi-finals will get underway.
Game one will feature the girls of the Bishop Michael Eldon (BMES) Warriors matching up against the Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) Dragons.
The Warriors secured their spot in the semi-finals after defeating the girls of the Patrick J Bethel Mighty Marlins.
Meanwhile, the Dragons punched their ticket to today’s showdown after toppling the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves 5-0 on Tuesday.
The senior girls of the CR Walker Knights will look to carry this week’s momentum into today’s matchup against the Queen’s College Comets.
The undefeated Lady Knights claimed the 2023 GSSSA soccer hardware on Wednesday behind a masterclass performance from Valtinique Simmons to defeat the RM Bailey Pacers.
Also, the team solidified their semi-finals spot just one day before after ousting the Big Red Machine 3-0.
Simmons pulled off a hat trick in back-to-back games and will look to be in top form as the team is on a mission.
The Comets also took down the Pacers after capping off the team 1-0 in their match on Tuesday evening. With the Knights as poised as ever and the Comets as the reigning 2023 BAISS soccer champions this matchup will be one for the books for the senior girls. The always exciting matchups between the boys will feature the Dragons versus the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves. The senior boys of the Dragons cashed in on their spot at the semifinals after taking down the CR Walker Knights. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves took care of business against the St Andrew’s International School Hurricanes on Monday.
In the day’s most anticipated semifinals, the Government High School Magic will face off against Grand Bahama’s Lucaya International School Buccaneers.
Similar to the Lady Knights, the Magic are reeling from the high of just winning the 2023 GSSSA soccer championship. They repeated as champions following their victory in 2019 which was the last time GSSSA soccer was played. The Magic upset the CR Walker Knights on Wednesday after coming from behind to win the championship matchup 2-1. Additionally, the team shut down the St Anne’s Blue Waves on Monday to book their ticket for today’s showdown. However, the Buccaneers were slotted in for today’s semi finals after shutting out the boys of the Mighty Marlins.
With all teams eager to advance to Saturday’s finals, they will surely look to leave it all on the Roscow A L Davies national soccer field today at 4:30pm.