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Full house for Hon Fraser League opening

- West Gunners see off Splash Brothers in opening Senior Division encounter
A packed crowd at the Save the Seed Energy Centre witnessing the opening game in the Senior Division between defending champs West Gunners and Splash Brothers. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Head of Business Solutions at Digicel BVI, Mr Kevin Carragher presents D'Moi M. Hodge of West Gunners his Championship Ring. Also in photo are League Directors Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), 2nd from left, and Bishop John I. Cline. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Head of Business Solutions at Digicel BVI, Mr Kevin Carragher presents D'Moi M. Hodge of West Gunners his Championship Ring. Also in photo are League Directors Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), 2nd from left, and Bishop John I. Cline. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Co-Director Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) gives his remarks at the opening ceremony of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre on August 20, 2016. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Co-Director Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) gives his remarks at the opening ceremony of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre on August 20, 2016. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Young Stars (yellow tops) were defeated by High Speed, 27-29. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Young Stars (yellow tops) were defeated by High Speed, 27-29. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Malaki A. Smith takes the ball up court for Young Stars against High Speed. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Malaki A. Smith takes the ball up court for Young Stars against High Speed. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Defending champs West Gunners saw off a tenacious challenge from Splash Brothers, 93-86. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Defending champs West Gunners saw off a tenacious challenge from Splash Brothers, 93-86. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – A packed Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom witnessed the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Annual Julian Fraser/Save the Seed Basketball League last night, Saturday August 20, 2016.

With almost every seat taken and with all the teams represented, pretty much, with the mandatory minimum of five players, the League Directors Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Bishop John I. Cline addressed the fans and players with reminders of the need for discipline and respect.

“The league is picking up new sponsors and so the interest is there,” noted Hon Fraser.

“This league has quickly become the top basketball league and is privately owned and funded, which is why we have been so concerned with the discipline within the league. We have spoken to the referees to make sure they understand what we want and to make sure they enforce the rules. There will be no compromise on playing with your shirt tucked into their pants, once a referee warns you twice, third time you out, and we don’t want to see coaches or anyone sitting on the benches with little children in their arms, that’s a serious violation because we can’t afford to have that child hurt.”

NBA players for next year’s league opening?

Bishop Cline welcomed the crowd, saying it was to be an exciting year and concurred with Mr Fraser’s words regarding the vision and integrity of the league.

“I am exciting to see all of you, the fans, and all the players from the Junior and Senior teams. It is an exciting time to see this continued growth and to see the vision come together. If we are around next year we hope to have some NBA players to come up for the opening of the league and continue to build the hype of this league and what it is doing. Two words I want to leave with you are manners and respect, so please have respect for yourselves, coaches, team mates and everything else that goes into making this league. We will enforce the rules so if you can’t show respect and have good manners, we will move to discipline and apply the rules.”

Rings presented

The presentation of awards from the 2015 league followed the Opening Ceremony and was diluted by a lack of recipients in attendance and a few of the 2015 Champions as the West Gunners were unable to be present to collect their Digicel Sponsored Rings.

However, Sean “Chino” Woods swept almost all the senior awards as did K’ntaney Maduro for the juniors. Malaki A. Smith also copped a couple of awards and the Junior Swaggas got their hands on the Junior Trophy as 2015 Champs, but all the crowd really wanted to see by then was some on court action.

The first game saw the Young Stars falling to High Speed, 27-29 and then the defending Champs, the West Gunners saw off a tenacious challenge from the Splash Brothers, 93-86.

Play continues today, August 21, 2016 at the same venue and all teams are asked to be on time for an early start, bearing in mind that electricity is scheduled to be off at 10: 30 P.M.

The 2016 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League is sponsored by Bishop John I. Cline, Honourable Julian Fraser, RA, Nanny Cay Marina & Hotel, Botanic Service Station, National Bank of the Virgin Islands, De Castro Marking Products Ltd, Sol BVI, Delta Petroleum, Digicel (BVI) Limited, Tropical Car Rental, First Caribbean International Bank, Walkers, Hannah Fresh Water, International Motors, James Todman Construction, Skelton Group of Companies, Nagico Insurances, T Shirt Genius and Virgin Islands News Online.

Sunday August 21, 2016 Schedule
 
5:00 P.M. Thunders vs Ghut Boyz (Junior Division)
6:30 P.M. Red Zone vs Starz
8:00 P.M. Bayside Blazers vs We Dem Boyz

12 Responses to “Full house for Hon Fraser League opening”

  • BVIslander (21/08/2016, 11:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    west gunners fighting hard mehson
  • the rock (21/08/2016, 12:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    A place small as that gym is very easy to fill, but I want to know what's going on with the town league, Hon Vanterpool you are going to have to step inn, that gym in town is to beautiful for the sport of basketball to go private!
    • @ the rock (21/08/2016, 12:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      you aint making no sense bossie
    • boy oh boy (21/08/2016, 16:51) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      The gym in town is not in his district. For god sake give the rep for that district some respect. You think we in town can ever trust that individual with anything again after the pier park fiasco. The gym and the festival village are in the fifth district.
      • the rock (21/08/2016, 20:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        the gym in town is inn the 5th, lol, lol i never heard that before, but u keep off Hon Vanterpool, with out him, district 5 will have nothing like how with out him the league in town gone to the dogs!
  • wize up (21/08/2016, 14:58) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nice platform to begin a campaign???!!!!
  • holdup (22/08/2016, 06:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy oh boy, hold off Mark with accusations. No commission found him guilty of any wrongdoing at the Park. Until proven they remain your allegations. More to study. Find it.
    • @ holdup (22/08/2016, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      the story is about basketball and Fraser's successful league stop bogging piss and keep to the matter at hand!
  • i from here (22/08/2016, 08:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Town league had more people. Put this crowd town and only behind the players have people.

    Is the players from each team made in there look full.
  • Full to capacity (22/08/2016, 09:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Obviously, none of you all were at the opening, yet you all have so much to say. For your information, there were people all outside the gym as well as in the stairways for how full it was. Therefore, the turnout was still better than last year.
  • Warwick (22/08/2016, 20:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the house was full the house was full. Only haters could find argument there. And how old is the town league again! This League is only 3 years old, and what's bothering you haters is that it's getting better every year. The Gymnasium is like none anywhere else, it's privately owned, the League answers to two Directors who are independent from outside pressures, and that's all good.

    Instead of here hating, you people should try and get other Districts to improve their recreation facilities and development sporting activities in the District.



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