Monthly Newsletter Dec. - Jan. 2018
Plus... HVFC to represent region in Italian tournament
HVFC Internationals sign loan deals
HVFC Youths shine in presence of Man. Utd. legend
Football Fun Day Matches on Feb. 14
The close of the January transfer window saw Harbour View Football
Club add mostly attacking players to improve play in front of goal, where performance has been sub-standard all season. The return of Manning Cup’s Most Valuable Player from Jamaica College, Tyreek Magee, former senior players Rafiek Thomas and Marcelino Blackburn, and loan transfer completion of young Dushane Beckford is expected to enhance our attack. Casseam Priestley of Kingston College and goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths of Wolmers’ Boys School will add to our defense line. Defenders Javain Brown and Fabian Grant have rejoined the squad. Manning Cup and Flow Cup’s leading goalscorer, Rashawn Mackison of Kingston College, is registered to play as well. Four of the players, namely Blackburn, Thomas, Mcgee and Beckford, have already made season debuts for the team, with Blackburn and Thomas adding their names to goalscoring sheets.
HVFC Kids heading to
arbour View Football Club (HVFC) is the only club from Jamaica, the Caribbean, and outside of Europe, that has accepted the invitation to participate in the annual Bandolino Under 10 Tournament in Italy, in May 1-7, 2018. The tournament will consist of 24 clubs, the likes of : - Manchester United of England - Juventus, Roma and Milan of Italy - Real Madrid of Spain - Bayern Munich of Germany - Locomotiv Moscow of Russia - Austria Vienna of Austria. All sponsors are invited to participate as the club management, parents and friends organise our traveling group of 40 persons consisting of 14 players with 4 officials, plus additional parents, players and family members. This follows our first ever tournament appearance in Italy in September 4-9, 2000 “Giulietta e Romeo” Tournament some 17 years ago. That tournament had our thenunder17 squad travelling as guests of the same organisers, as KSAFA Minor League Under 16 Champions. It included young players such as former Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Ryan ‘Godda’ Thompson and Akeem ‘Boogie’ Priestley seated in front row with, coach Ludlow Bernard (photo attached from tournament magazine).
HVFCâ€™s Return to Mexico campaign starts well
SAFA U13 Champions Harbour View FC kicked off our 2018 JFF All-island Competition campaign on February 3rd in effort to qualify for tand return to the CONCACAF U13 Championship Tournament in Mexico in August. Our campaign started with a 3-0 victory over St. Catherine FA Champions, Windsor Lions FC at the Prison Oval. A fairly even first half ended with a slight 1-0 edge as birthday boy, Dylan Marzouka, scorched a 25yard left-footer inside the near post to celebrate his special day. The second half began sharply as the young â€œStars-of-the-Eastâ€? notched a second goal early with outstanding central defender, Tarick Ximines firing home a 37yard free kick from the right side directly into the net as three players scrambled to deflect it without success. The goal-a-match striker, Deigo McKenzie had missed a well-worked control, turn and shoot chance in the first half. This time, the stranded goalkeeper had no answer for his left-footed scud missile from just outside the box that rifled with venom to net our final goal of the encounter. A good start to the all-island campaign. HVFC is a part of group D, along with 2 other teams (Windsor Lion FC and St. Thomas Champions York United SC). 4 games will be played in our group, home and away, and the winners of the 4 groups will advance to the semi-final stage, starting on Saturday March 17th at the UWI JFF Capt. Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence. The finals will be played on Saturday, March 31st at the same venue. The winner will advance to the Scotiabank-sponsored CONCACAF U13 Championship Tournament in Mexico in August 2018. Harbour View FC represented Jamaica in the 2015 and 2016 tournaments. Last year, we lost 1 - 2 in the all-island final to Portmore United.
Manchester Utd. Legend impressed w/ local skill levels
ormer Manchester United defender Denis Irwin said that he was very impressed with the skill levels and technical ability that were on display at the staging of the FLOW Skills Ultimate Football Experience Challenge, which was held at Ballaz, Liberty Park. More than 100 of the country’s top young footballers, ages 12-16, from local football clubs and schools, competed in challenges that tested their skills in short passing, dribbling, defensive qualities, teamwork, attitude, and goalscoring. The skills are all taken from the Manchester United Soccer Schools’ programme. “I am really surprised how good a shape all the boys and girls are in. The skill levels are very high, and so that’s really good,” said Irwin, who represented Manchester United from 1990-2002. “I know that Jamaica is a cricket country and not a big football country, and so it is good to see at first hand the talent that is here,” he said. The Northern Ireland-born Irwin added that the youngsters should work hard, stay focused, and chase their dreams of becoming professional footballers. “I go back 35-years when I was their age, and I grew up in a country where football wasn’t the number-one sport there, but you have a dream, and my dream was to play in the Premier League, for anybody really, but obviously, it was better at Manchester United,” Irwin said. Brian Burkett from St George’s College and HVFC’s Ronaldo Clarke of Camperdown were champions of the challenge. Burkett won the 12-13 category where HVFC’s Kevaughn Wilson came 2nd, while Clarke took the 14-16 section, These two players, along with their coaches and a parent, will now travel to Trinidad and Tobago, where they will compete in a final weekend of skills and small-side games. The players will also compete with the finalists from 14 countries for the chance to be one of two players to win a once-in-alifetime VIP trip to Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
HVFC at Shaggy & Friends Concert HVFC Outreach Programme extended to providing V.I.P. Volunteers at Shaggy and Friends Concert 2018. Thank you ladies and gents who supported a most worthy cause benefiting the Bustamante Childrenâ€™s Hospital, ICU Ward. It was recently announced that the goal of $100,000,000 was achieved for donation. Our team at the event included Shawnette Pike, Monica Malcolm-McFarlane, Monique Williams, Donna Goodall, Renee Goodall, Treshanna Waker, Lorna Drysdale, Nickeisha Clarke, Brandt Fuller and Fitzroy Thompson, coordinated by HVFC Manager, Oneal Johnson.
Double Championship Celebration The 2-time double champion U13 & U15 teams were celebrated in a small ceremony at our stadium with proud parents and fans in attendance. Each player, coach, and manager was awarded certificates and medals, while some walked away with individual special awards. This was the 2nd consecutive year that both youth teams won the KSAFA titles, congrats again to them!
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Kevaughn Frater signs new USL deal
Congratulations to HVFC’ international midfielder, Kevaughn “Agent
Fantastic” Frater, on signing and new loan agreement with the USA-based Pheonix Rising FC in the USL. The attacking player, was offered the one year deal following his outstanding 2017 performances at The Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC under former Reggae Boyz now turned assistant Coach Wolde Harris, where he scored some 13 goals to lead the franchise. He was invited to two European trails in postseason in Belgium and Sweden. He returned to HVFC in January to make two appearances in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) before departing the island for preseason training with his new team. Wishing him another outstanding season, and keep knocking in those valuable goals, Kevaughn.
Jorginho James re-signs loan deal at USL Franchise
Congratulations, Jorginho James on signing a second year Loan Agreement at Rio Grande Valley FC in Texas.
HVFC international player, Jorginho James, re-signed on loan for a second year to the Rio Grande Valley FC (RGVFC) USL Franchise in Houston Texas after making 44 appearances in which he converted two (2) goals, until December 2018. The former HVFC Academy player starred from Under 13 right up to Premier League. He also capped as a Reggae Boyz Senior Team player under Coach Theodore Whitmore, where he scored the winning goal on debut against Cuba at age 17 while also playing for Kingston College before moving to Wolmerâ€™s Boys High. He had assembled an impressive first half of the HVFC 2015-16 Premiership season with seven (7) goals and was selected as the only player from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Combine in December 2015 to go to the Major League Soccer (MLS) Combine in January 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once again he made a positive impact at the US Combine, which was followed by an invitation for a 9-day trail in Texas, USA with newly formed USL Franchise the Rio Grande Valley FC, a secondary Division club to MLS Franchise the Houston Dynamos. We wish him all the best!
Rennico Clarke ready for 3rd year at Portland Timbers II
Congratulations to HVFC central defender, Rennico ‘Reno’ Clarke, as he enters his third and final year on loan to the Portland Timbers 2, USL team! He was elevated into the “Stars of the East” senior squad in January 2014 after doing well at Wolmer’s High in the Manning Cup and also drafted into the Reggae Boyz Under 20 squad, winning 3 caps. Reno returned to preseason training recently. Rennico ‘Reno’ Clarke, a 6’4” lanky central defender, announced himself in his first Premier League appearance a few seasons ago, when he came on late as a forward, in a KSAFA Jackie Bell Knockout game at Shortwood Teacher Training College to score a header and save the day. Reno, played in 8 games for 571 minutes and scoring once. He arose from the eastern parish of St. Thomas and was in our HVFC youth programme for a few years as he steadily made strides through the ranks, while also playing at Wolmers Boys School teams under Coach Ludlow Bernard. Coached by Andrew ‘Bowa’ Hines, himself an outstanding youth central defender, he fell into a mode that promised much, vividly illustrated by the stellar start he had in that season alongside senior Reggae Boyz stalwarts, Christopher Harvey and then-Captain Montrose Phinn both guiding him. Selected amongst the 2014 Reggae Boyz Under 23 squad, he made a push for a season of high performances in the big league. Fast on his feet, quick in thought, combative in one-on-ones and a strong contender in all air battles he challenged and made giant steps towards progress in the USL and MLS squads in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Martin Davis goes on loan to St. Andrews FC in Malta
Congratulations to HVFC attacking midfielder, Martin Davis, as he goes on loan to St. Andrews FC!
Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) has agreed terms and conditions with St. Andrews FC in the Maltese Premiership, through the influence of Mr. Craig Butler, to host attacking player Martin Davis until January 31, 2018. There he will represent the club in Europe to be exposed to scouts, agents, intermediaries and clubs for potential professional signings as a further step in his career. Martin started at age 11 at HVFC, while he attended school at St. Georgeâ€™s College playing in every division up to Manning Cup. He won the KSAFA U13 league as HVFC captain, then stepped up to U15 where he lifted the KSAFA Claro trophy. He also won the U13 award in the Scotiabanksponsored, Next Generation Valencia CF Camp at Sabina Park to travel to Spain for a 2 year football and academic journey until age 16. His family approved of his continued development when he returned and played for the Reggae Boyz Junior teams and in the local Premier League in a few games before we loaned him to Toronto FC (TF2) Academy and USL teams for two seasons until 2016. In January 2017 he joined up with Pheonix Academy and Mr. Butler prepared him for this next stage where he seeks to make the final steps towards his professional career in Europe.
HVFC Merchandise on sale at our office!
Rep your favourite team! Order placements, payments, and collection will be done at the Club Office of our stadium. Call (876) 938-7155 weekdays 9am - 4pm for more information. Local items (t-shirts, Joma jerseys, and knapsack) are expected to be ready within 1 - 4 days. Other items expected to be ready within 2 weeks. **** Online portal for overseas orders to come at a later date ****
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