Christopher Sam, the brother of former national striker Hector Sam, netted a hat-trick to lead reigning champion Police to a convincing 4-0 whipping of Nazarene in the Santa Cruz Super Cup Football League at the Brian Lara Recreation Ground, Sam Boucaud, Lower Santa Cruz on Thursday.

Hayden Jones, the son of former national defender, Kelvin Jones added the fourth item for Police, to kick off its title defence.

At the top of the group is North Coast United with five points from three matches after a win and draw in its last two matches. In Group B, Santa Cruz Touring Team improved to maximum six points, after spanking Savannah FC 3-1 with a goal each from Marc Borde and ex-national duo Gary Glasgow and Arnold Dwarika.

In Group C, former Soca Warriors striker Cornell Glen and his younger brother Cyrano Glen got a goal each to lead Real Pipiol past VFI Friends 2-0 while 13 Posse outgunned San Juan San Juan 5-4.

Sam Boucaud was the biggest winner though, 7-0 over Pt Cumana led by braces from Dexter Alleyne and Dillon Kirton. The top two teams in each of the four groups at the end round-robin series will qualify for the knockout stage.

The winner of this year’s tournament hosted by the Santa Cruz Football Organisation, will walk away with $20,000 while second gets $10,000, third $5,000, and fourth, $3,000.

Last year Police won the title beating Back Street in the final. The sponsors Turpin’s Transport, Beckles Environmental, Monteco Creations, Villa Cruz Bar, Merry Boys Recreational Bar, Baya’s Bar, The Liquor Centre and Valley Bar.

Santa Cruz Cup Groupings:
Pool A: North Coast United, Valencia, Police, La Pastora, Church of Nazarene FC.
Pool B: COSTATT, Santa Cruz Touring Team, Savannah Boys, Back Street, Carenage
Pool C: San Juan San Juan, V.F.I, Beckles Environmental, Real Pipiol, 13 Posse
Pool D: Pt Cumana, Chelsea Havanah, Cantaro United, Peace Makers, Sam Boucaud.

Group A:

North Coast 2 (Kevin Hernandez, Damian Williams) vs FC Nazarene 1

Police 4 (Christopher Sam 3, Hayden Jones) vs Nazarene 0

La Pastora 2 (Avian Mejias, A Peters) vs North Coast 2 (Orlando Reyes, Christian Thomas).

Valencia 4 (Kenzil Garcia, Derwin Lee, Leon Durity, Eldon Duvon) vs La Pastora 2 (Avian Mejias, K. Johnson).
Group B:

COSTATT 0 vs Carenage 0

Santa Cruz Touring Team 3 (Marc Borde, Gary Glasgow, Arnold Dwarika) vs Savannah FC 1 (Kevon Regault).
Group C:

Real Pipiol 2 (Cornell Glen, Cyrano Glen) vs VFI Friends 0

13 Posse 5 (Kareem Young, Christon Baptiste, Todd Ryan, Gorian Highley, Jerron Nurse) vs San Juan San Juan 4 (Jason Scotland 2, Shaton Ollivierie, Curt Danclair).
Group D:

Sam Boucaud 7 (Dexter Alleyne 2, Dillon Kirton 2, Hakim Phillip, Sheron Joseph, Mario Assoon) vs Pt Cumana 1 (Kareem Ryan).

Cantaro United 0 vs Chelsea Hannah 0.