Wales take top prizes at BFA Awards
Zico Edmee won the Most Goals Award and was also the division’s Most Valuable Player.
Neighbourhood Care Weymouth Wales captured the majority of the awards in the 2017 edition of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Award Ceremony, held at the BFA headquarters last Friday night.
The Carrington Village outfit dominated domestic football last season when they secured the Digicel Premier League and the Stag Champions Cup.
Due to their unprecedented feat, Wales won four of the five individual awards in the Cup competition and two in the Premier League category.
Recent national team selectee Zico Edmee was the cream of the Premiership crop as his lethal and predatory instinct saw him win the Most Goals award, along with being the division’s Most Valuable Player.
In Division One, the promoted three of Empire SC, Porey Spring F.C and Silver Sands, shared the individual accolades, with Porey Spring’s captain and talisman Shaquille Stuart, winning the competition’s Most Goals and Most Valuable Player awards.
Division Two winners Deacons F.C and runners-up Potential Ballers shared the awards in this division, with Potential Ballers’ Lloyd Wilkinson being the most outstanding player in Division Two last season.
Police SC displayed dominance and consistency in wrapping up Davison Three, while claiming four individual awards.
Combermere student and captain of their successful League Two team Rivaldo Graham, was adjudged the division’s Best Midfielder and Most Valuable Player.
In the Women’s Premier League, recently crowned champions the University of the West Indies (UWI) dominated the individual category as they did the league, with teenage midfielder Rianna Cyrus crowned as the league’s Best Midfielder and Most Valuable Player.
There was some innovation in this year’s awards, with the emergence of new ones.
St. Leonard’s Boys’ School forward Dishon “Eto’o” Howell was adjudged as the inaugural Best Male Youth Player, while the female recipient of this award was Cyrus.
Dishon Howell (left), with the Barbados National Junior Football team's coach, Renaldo Gilkes (right).
Wales scored a double in the management category, as Alphonso Lewis and David Ward were awarded the Manager of the Year and Coach of the Year honours.
Edwin Adams received the award for the Senior Referee of the Year, while understudy and impressive junior Kevon Clarke was judged the 2017 Junior Referee of the Year.
The inaugural President’s Award went to Porey Spring's manager Chadain Greaves, for his commitment and hard work, which has seen his team promoted into the Premier League for the 2018 season.
Digicel Premier League Individual Awards
Best Goalkeeper – Omari Eastmond – Weymouth Wales
Best Defender – Shane Codrington – BDF Sports Programme
Best Midfielder – Hadan Holligan – Weymouth Wales
Most Goals – Zeco Edmee – Notre Dame
Stag Champions Cup Individual Awards
Best Goalkeeper – Omari Eastmond - Weymouth Wales
Best Defender – Kemar Bartlett - Weymouth Wales
Best Midfielder – Ackeel Applewaite - Paradise
Most Goals – Riviere Williams - Weymouth Wales
Most Valuable Player - Riviere Williams - Weymouth Wales
Division One Individual Awards
Best Goalkeeper – Gabriel Layne – Silver Sands
Best Defender – Shonia Evans – Empire Club
Best Midfielder – Omando McLeod – Empire Club
Most Goals – Shaquille Stewart – Porey Spring FC
Most Valuable Player – Shaquille Stewart – Porey Spring FC
Division Two Individual Awards presented
Best Goalkeeper – Jamar Harewood - Potential Ballers
Best Defender – Danico Watson – Deacons FC
Best Midfielder – Ridon Pilgrim-Ramsay – Deacons FC
Most Goals – Lloyd Wilkinson - Potential Ballers
Most Valuable Player - Lloyd Wilkinson - Potential Ballers
Division Three Individual Awards
Best Goalkeeper – Terry Graham - Police Sports Club
Best Defender – Antonio Graham - Police Sports Club
Best Midfielder – Rivaldo Graham - Police Sports Club
Most Goals – Biko Holloway – Emmerton FC
Most Valuable Player – Rivaldo Graham - Police Sports Club