The Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux-Fort have seen the first ever matches in the tournament’s history played at that venue, with the results being painful for home fans.
Now the 2015 Blackheart/SLFA Knockout Football Tournament moves to the Soufriere Mini-stadium this weekend, with two days of action including the first two quarter-finals clashes.
The tournament has always attracted the curious, the diehard, and those who have nothing else to do and want a lime, to use the local vernacular.
Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau Alvina Reynolds who attended the second day of action in the tournament on Sunday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, had high praise for the organizers of the tournament.
“I must commend ‘Shakes’ (David Christopher) and the whole team for a great organization. From the time I entered in terms of getting to your seats, security, behavior right through the stands. I think it is a wonderful initiative at that level and the whole country looks forward to Blackheart.
“They ask what month and it is the excitement and young players looking forward to that opportunity to play at that level. But not only that but it shows you the best of the best from the various communities for it gives the motivation at the community level.
“It gives the coaches and others the opportunity to display their skill, in terms of coaching, managing so as the old ones leave the young ones come up and they get a chance to play at Blackheart.
Reynolds who is the Parliamentary representative for Babonneau indicated that she hopes the competition can continue for many years to come, had more praise for the organizer.
“I really want to commend ‘Shakes’ (David Christopher) for coming through year after year with the Blackheart competition, and I pray that it continues to happen.
The fans they come out, they get a place it is a wonderful ambience, wonderful environment, and people get sold right where they are seated and they enjoy the game.
There is good competition amongst the players in terms of talks … who is throwing talks to each other. It is a wonderful initiative I think all for the good of the game; so all good…well done. (Brian MacDonald/Robertson S. Henry)