The Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) 2010/2011 season opened with a march past and presentation ceremony for the 2009/2010 season.
Forty-one teams marched from Country Pond to Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) where they were addressed by President Everton “Batow” Gonsalves and parliamentary representative for All Saints East & St Luke, Chester Hughes, who represented Minister of Sports Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, who is away on state business.
During the awards ceremony, Premier, First, Second, U-16 and U-13 teams received trophies for last season’s accomplishments.
Virgin Holidays Rockersville Fort Road received the Second Division championship trophy, while Kraft Bargain Centre Young Warriors and Guydadli Travellers received first and second runners-up trophies, respectively.
Sea View Farm copped the First Division championship trophy, while Empire and Bullets received first and second place runners-up trophies, respectively.
Bassa received the Premier Division championship trophy, while Old Road and All Saints United received first and second runners-up trophies.
Bassa also took home the FA Cup championship trophy. A&R Plumbing Smitty, formally Goldsmitty, received the FA Cup runner-up trophy.
In the U-16 division, Ottos Rangers claimed the championship trophy while Parham took the runner-up trophy.
In the U-13 competition, Liberta took the championship and Bullets received the runner-up trophy.
The most disciplined team for the 2009/10 season was Golden Grove which captured the Fair Play trophy.
The Golden Boot award went to Roger Hurst of Young Warriors who scored 25 goals in Second Division, while Kelly Frederick of Champion Footwear Greenbay Hoppers scored 15 goals.
The Player of the Year award was a toss up between three players – Akeem Michael of Fort Road, Kemoy Alexander of Swetes and Randolph “Etty” Burton of Bassa. Burton emerged the winner.
During the march past, English Harbour were voted the Best Turned Out team.
In the football match following the opening ceremony, last year’s First Division champions Sea View Farm played against Second Division winners Fort Road. But the match turned out to be lopsided and very disappointing for the fans. Sea View Farm spanked Fort Road, 7 goals to nil.
Kemoy Alexander opened the floodgates in the second minute from the penalty spot. Andre Robinson then made it 2-nil just two minutes later.
Rodney Andrew assisted Sea View Farm with an own goal in the 32nd minute. Adrian Baron added to the scoreline two minutes later and again struck in the 71st and 90th minutes.