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High controversy as Jr Skillful Ballers handed victory in 2021 District League

- Jr VG Bayside Blazers refused to take to the court in protest of Skillful Ballers dictating who should referee game
Jr Skillful Ballers have been handed the BVI Basketball Federation's National District Basketball League under controversial circumstances this evening, October 9, 2021. Photo: VINO
Kyron Walwyn was named Most Valuable Player after the championship was handed to Jr Skillful Ballers after Jr Bayside Blazers refused to play under terms dictated by their opponents. Photo: VINO
Kyron Walwyn was named Most Valuable Player after the championship was handed to Jr Skillful Ballers after Jr Bayside Blazers refused to play under terms dictated by their opponents. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – High controversy is brewing over the 2021 victory for Jr Skillful Ballers against Jr Bayside Blazers in the BVI Basketball Federation’s (BVIBF) 2021 District League finals of the Junior Division.

In a deciding game for the Jr District League Championship tonight, October 9, 2021, at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, sources told Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) that the head coach of the Jr Skillful Ballers, Ronald Simmonds aka 'Gola', had staged a protest over who should referee the finals. 

Following the protest, the management of the Jr Bayside Blazers reportedly objected to the propositions by Simmonds, calling it ‘unfair,’ given the Jr VG Bayside Blazers did not have an opportunity to decide on a referee nor did they agree with the idea of teams deciding on referees.  

Jr Bayside Blazers opt to forfeit game 

While some media houses reported that the Bayside Blazers had quit the game, sources familiar with the situation told our news centre that it was the management of Bayside Blazers who got frustrated with the situation, and reportedly decided to forfeit the game, and opting to return to Virgin Gorda. 

Bayside Blazers Team Manager, Hon Julian Willock, speaking to VINO on the sidelines of the match said, ‘It is unfair for coaches and players to determine who referees a game. Our job is to come here and play ball and win!” 

It is our understanding that coach ‘Gola’ on Wednesday, had also written a letter to the Federation demanding that he did not want two specific referees, including respected FIBA referee Norval A. Young, in the game tonight.

VINO is working on more details to this story.

23 Responses to “High controversy as Jr Skillful Ballers handed victory in 2021 District League”

  • I want back my money (09/10/2021, 23:43) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    dats y I will neva ever sponsor a team again.
    • wise up (10/10/2021, 13:08) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      The amount of bad call they called against the A's i don't give Golah wrong.
  • please please (09/10/2021, 23:44) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can me and my family get back our entrance fee that we paid last night ????????
  • Mystic Man (09/10/2021, 23:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo down deh in tola fulla phu(&
  • Island boy (10/10/2021, 00:20) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    That VG team was going to put a lashing on Tola last night. Unfortunately, low mindedness & shadiness from the Tola team coaches made a lot of people missed out on a good game. Sad......
  • Corruption (10/10/2021, 03:36) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even sport has now become victim of the corruption in the BVI
  • the rock (10/10/2021, 06:12) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is slot of bull, if what I'm reading here is true that the coach had a say inn who referee the game that shows how weak the assoculiston is, matter of fact that game was suppose to play in vg, but it's sad how grown adults continue to destroy the minds of our youths in all sports
  • jack (10/10/2021, 06:26) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Gola knew he could not win so he pull that
  • Sports car (10/10/2021, 07:27) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    If mr.young knew he was'nt on that game from wednesday why did he show up to ref the game last night and on a next note it was only one game to play last night and it had 5 refs for one game something aint adding up
  • Drink up (10/10/2021, 07:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think i heard them say Mr.Youmg is the that asigns the refs on the games so guess he got about the next for i saw last night before he did his self hmmmm.
    • Well Well (10/10/2021, 13:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Drink up
      I think you need to stop drinking before you start talking
  • Sports car (10/10/2021, 08:16) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Maybe you right Jack cause if you was watching the games every game Mr.Yoimg ref when anyone of V.G teams played the other teams got blow out look at the last games Skillful ballers and A's last games they lost to Vg teams Mr.Young was on both of them they was blow out games now look at the once vg teams lost he was'nt to anyone of them and no one got blow out
    • Real Talk (10/10/2021, 10:34) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      You all are idiots.
      How much can one referee cheat when there are more referees on the floor . Stupidness. When we loose we accept without problems . We can do our own thing up here . We definitely don’t need to be a part of the
      Foolishness .
  • BviBuz (10/10/2021, 08:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with the esteemed coaches cannot decide who referee your game that is a bad bad way for basketball Derrick not looking good yall
  • @Corruption (10/10/2021, 08:54) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    You couldn't have said it any better when one intend to compromise their position that is corruption and the air needs to be clear on it and I hope the President will do so, since they want to throw the referees under the moving bus.
  • The watchdog (10/10/2021, 09:38) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    They steal the game from vg this is a low for basketball
    • Real Talk (10/10/2021, 10:40) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply

      I am so surprised with Boss there in his glory but he announcing winners . Shame on him he suppose to be a leader. “Weak A%$” . I respected him but no more y’all corrupt. VG can survive without ya”lll we always did.
      We are better than this “bull sh**” ayo dealing with.

  • neutral (10/10/2021, 14:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was there expecting to see a very exciting game with VG would 've not allowed the previous night to repeat.VG did not protest the prev.night refs.they took it all instride..GOOD SPORTMANSHIP.Last evening I listen to VG players &I must say very disciple kids determine to impress.Now who is a coach to determine who is to ref.a game very unsportman like.Worse part scenario on my way out with my family I witness Mr.B'ball president in a very heated argument with VG coaches using sooo much profanity in the kids presence very rude unprofessional. That's why Iove to go VG when their is on
    As far as I'm concern.VG should 've rec d tje our tolla team is the.instigator.of this situation.Never once VG protest about anything during this series but I guess we in Tola think it's tooo much for.VG to 've both championships which they honestly deserve
    Now U can chew ME up but love VG.BLAZERS JUNIOR-SENIOR

  • I'm Tola (10/10/2021, 14:52) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I respect VG boys very discipline U guys are the true champs.Don't accept nothing on a platter from Tola league.We said it's tola.league but to me that game.was to be played in VG.Big up to discipline
  • Idol (10/10/2021, 21:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Looking at the interviews west saying one the then boss saying another wah really happen I think the president needs to step in and do.something about this even hold a grudge match against the 2 teams

  • @ I’m Tola (10/10/2021, 22:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s very bias to have Gola or whatever the hell his name is on the federation & also coaching a team. To me that’s not right, he’s liable to do exactly what he caused last night. I’m from Tola & I know those VG boys would’ve swept the court with that Tola team. Like it or not!!!!!!
  • My Take (11/10/2021, 06:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The association has some explaining to do.

    No coach or team president should dictate who referees a basketball game or any other type of sports competition.
    Gola should be ashamed of himself, in fact all involved in this horrible decision making should be ashamed of themselves.
    I think the president of the association should have stepped in, cancel and reschedule the game after ironing out the differences with the respective teams. This is a big fail on the association.
  • TINO (11/10/2021, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh Well, I bet that Skilful does not enjoy that win. They screwed up everything to get he win but not it is not enjoyable.

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