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SportsFeva crowns tennis, soccer champions

Published:Saturday | March 5, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Gabrielle Steele from Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory gets ready to play a shot during the TennisFeva competition at SportsFeva, which was held at AISK last Friday.

Tennis and soccer took centre stage last Friday and Saturday on the grounds of the American International School of Kingston (AISK).

The schools' Liguanea campus was host to the first weekend of the 2016 AISK SportsFeva tournament. The event is spread over two weekends and features more than 290 student athletes from Aruba, Cayman, CuraÁao and of course Jamaica.

"SportsFeva 2016 has been going great so far. We had some hiccups with the rain on Saturday as it postponed the U12 TennisFeva finals, but that is to be expected as we deal with Mother Nature and a growing event. In the long run, however, the event continues to deliver for these young athletes and that's what we are focused on," said Shirley Davis, AISK's Head of School.

"We had TennisFeva and SoccerFeva last weekend and the turnout was great. Seeing our young athletes, and by 'our' I mean the region, compete and grow as athletes. Many of the competitors have been here more than once, and they have formed great bonds and friendships with each other," added Bradley Ransom, who heads AISK's athletics department.

TennisFeva 2016 started with U-10s competing hard for bragging rights amongst their peers. A number of exciting moments kept on-lookers fully engaged in the rallies on court. In the end, Hillel Preparatory came out on top with the AISK "A" and AISK "B" teams taking second and third place respectively.

The Immaculate Conception Preparatory School was recognised for being the most disciplined team and nine-year-old Tomas Bordeau from AISK was identified as the competition's best sportsman.

Hillel was not to be left out of the individual awards, as their nine-year-old Matthew James was named the most valuable player.

On the U-12s side, St Peter and Paul Preparatory edged out Hopefield Preparatory for first place as Hillel "A" finished in third.

Eleven-year-old Nathan Chin of St Peter and Paul was named the most valuable player, while Hillel Academy's Xander Bicknell was named best sportsperson. Wolmer's Preparatory was recognised as this year's most disciplined team.

The excitement of SoccerFeva could not be contained. The football tournament began on Friday with group rounds.

Big winners in Friday's group qualifiers were defending SoccerFeva Cup boys champions Jamaica College, who trumped AISK 5-0 and Campion College with their 4-2 win over Cayman Prep.

In Saturday's knock-out finals, Jamaica College defended their hold on the SoccerCup with a decisive 3-0 win over CuraÁao in the finals. JC earlier beat Hillel 1-0 to make it to the finals, while CuraÁao overcame Campion's semi-final challenge with a 4-1 win.

Competition was no less intense for the female footballers, as Cayman Prep overcoming AISK 1-0 to claim the girls title. Cayman Prep beat the American International School of Cayman 3-1 in penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semi-finals.

AISK had turn back Campion College in the semis with a 3-1 win in penalties after a 1-1 draw.

AISK SportsFeva 2016 ends tomorrow with ClayFeva, a clay-shooting competition, at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore. The excitement begins at 8 a.m.