Despite the mid-day heat players soon adapted and the pace and commitment on show was an amazing spectacle as the teams played at the ferocious pace expected at this level of football.
Carlos Septus, at his third World Cup for the BVI, was equally impressed with what unfolded on the 3g artificial surface of a similar high quality to the one at East End/Long Look.
“I’m enormously proud to represent my nation and it’s not something that is easy,” he said.
Septus added, “There is big player out there who got skill and talent that haven’t had that chance.”
Septus went onto to say that the coaches and the younger players had blended very well and when the games started the players came out hard, not to just play like babies, but like big men and even the hot sun could not stop did not affect things.
“I liked the intensity and I believe that we will give the other teams in our group a good game. Those, like Guatemala and St Vincent, will be surprised by our quality and they will get what they don’t expect,” Septus stated.
Coach Clinton “Tinnie” Percival was seeing the entire squad working together for the first time and was excited by what he saw.
“The focus and intensity were great to see and exactly what we are looking for. If we can keep reproducing those levels, then we will be in an exceptionally good position. At the end of the day, it is eleven against eleven, so even though our opponents may be more seasoned than us, so if we do our best then I see no reason why we can’t get a positive result.”
Practice resumed on Saturday with a tactical analysis session and then back out onto the field to run through some passages of play and transitions, which will take place at the same time frame as the actual games to further acclimatize the players.
Full Squad: Phillip Jules, Daniel Gilford, William Butler, Kristian Javier, Giovanni Grant, Miguel Marshall, Jerry Wiltshire, T’Sharne Gallimore, Jamie Wilson, Joshua Bertie, Carlos Septus, Robbie Green, Tyler Forbes, Justin Smith, Luka Chalwell, Luca Reich, Liam Blok, Kevin Fisher-Daniel, Ikyjah Williams, Jahmal Prentice and Charles Medway.
Head Coach: Dan Neville
Asst Coaches: Clinton Percival and John Reilly
Fitness Coach: Javon Carty
Goalkeeping Coach: Morris Mark
Coach: Richie Morton
Manager: Wendel Nichols
Physio: Sheldon Harry