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PHOTO of the Day: Battle between Premier & Opposition Leader spills on to basketball court!

This photo of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) being guarded by Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) during their friendly encounter at the King of the Courts Championship on Saturday June 20, 2020, is currently trending on Facebook. Photo: Dean H. Greenaway aka 'The Sportsman'
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- They have sparred many times in the House of Assembly (HoA) but on Saturday, June 20, 2020, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Opposition Leader, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) found themselves doing battle on the basketball court at the King of the Courts Championships at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

Hon Fahie was part of a team of legislators from the West, which included Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) and Opposition Member Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), against a team of legislators from the East, which included Deputy Speaker Hon Neville A. Smith (AL), Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

The team from the East edged out the West by a single point in a basketball game that had patrons in bouts of laughter.

The one-on-one friendly rivaly between the Premier and Opposition Leader during the game, as well as the inclusion of Opposition Member Hon Turnbull in the on-court battle among legislators, was also symbolic of political maturity in the Virgin Islands.

The match up was also entertaining and a photo of Hon Fahie being guarded by Hon Penn, captured by local sports journalist, Mr Dean H. Greenaway aka 'The Sportsman', is currently trending on Facebook.

On that same night, Honourable Fahie was crowned King of Celebrity Shootout after overcoming Deputy Governor, Mr David D. Archer Jr in the championships.

14 Responses to “PHOTO of the Day: Battle between Premier & Opposition Leader spills on to basketball court!”

  • lol (25/06/2020, 17:00) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
    Yup even in basketball the premier better. Penn ain’t ready in nothing with the premier. He need to go sit down
  • friend (25/06/2020, 17:04) Like (52) Dislike (1) Reply
    Despite our differences this is how we suppose to live,I salute you gentlemen.
    • @Friend (25/06/2020, 18:20) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
      I totally agree. They all did good and I was happy to see everyone putting aside there differences and coming together and having fun.
  • Hmm (25/06/2020, 18:10) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    the fourth house of assembly is the best the likes of funny man so gone, gone so you will have them getting along now
    • Correct (26/06/2020, 07:46) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
      Funny man would have ruin and dictate everything making the game boring. Everyone can now breath in peace up in HOA. We must never let funny man get in Government in the the BVI ever again. Remember, only LOCAL WOMEN shall carry the title as FIRST LADY, non other need apply.
  • The Way (25/06/2020, 18:14) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    Both of them are indigenous virgin islanders, only they should be premiers going forward
  • I like it (25/06/2020, 18:14) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like the unity between the members of the house but I had expected the team from east to win as the honarable Neville smith is a star basketball player.
  • hope hill (25/06/2020, 21:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    So is so kool there is peace in the country under the vip and our local boy smrf
  • Musa the star player (25/06/2020, 22:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He become a sheep
  • facts (26/06/2020, 00:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier school all of them.
  • mp (26/06/2020, 13:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    this should be at least a yearly event!
  • Curfew (26/06/2020, 15:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Don't let this distract you from the curfew need moving
  • Break every chain (27/06/2020, 13:25) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Say what you may Marlon and Andrew are locals and we got their back no more Antiguan in our house of assembly

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