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Dream Team crush Eastern Police 10-3
« Reply #120 on: August 14, 2019, 01:06:06 PM »
Dream Team crush Eastern Police 10-3
By Narissa Fraser (T&T Newsday)


Dream Team showed Eastern Division Police what they can do, with a ruthless 10-3 drubbing in the 2019 Fishing Pond League on Sunday, at the North Oropouche Recreation Ground.

Dream Team, a former league winner, showed no mercy to the newcomers in a Group B clash.

In Group A, North Oropouche FC made a winning start on their home ground, securing a 2-0 result against Fishing Pond Youths, with goals from Ravi Gayasingh and Immanuel Russell.

On Saturday, All Stars were outshone 5-3 by the Manzanilla Challengers in Group B, at the Manzanilla Recreational Ground. Javon La Foucade, Shelaard Greaux, Dwayne Baptiste and Salem Lloydie, with a double, got their names on the scoresheet for the Challengers. All Stars had a double from Jordan Hernandez and a solitary strike from Kwesi Fisher but still slipped to their second straight defeat. Action continues this weekend with doubleheaders at the Manzanilla Recreation Ground and North Oropouche Ground.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday: G Madrid vs Block One United (5.15pm); Gremio vs Manzan United (7pm, Manzan Ground)

Sunday: Manzan Challengers vs Pinto United (6pm); Boys Town vs Eastern Division police (8pm, North Oropouche Ground)
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Re: Minor League Thread.
« Reply #121 on: August 24, 2019, 02:09:05 PM »
Seed of Greatness, Pinto win in Fishing Pond
By Stephon Nicholas (T&T Newsday)


SEED of Greatness handed Block One United another defeat as action continued in the Fishing Pond Football League,on Saturday, at the Manzanilla Recreation Ground. Goals from Keron James and Tyreke Agard put Seed of Greatness in front, with Deion Robinson pulling one back for Block One United before the break. However, Ronaldo Ragoo put the result beyond doubt with a second half strike for Seed of Greatness.

Also, on Saturday, Manzan United continued their red-hot start with a 3-1 victory over defending champions Gremio. The 2018 winners were smashed by Seed of Greatness in their opening match and have now slumped to their second straight defeat.

On Sunday, at North Oropouche Ground, Pinto United snatched a last-gasp winner over former champs Dream Team courtesy Sean Bernard. A vicious long range strike from Noel Charles had given Pinto the lead in the first half but Daniel Baptiste restored parity before the halftime interval. With both teams battling for the go-ahead goal, a draw looked the likely outcome when Bernard struck late to give Pinto the win.

In the second match of the doubleheader, last year's losing finalist Boys Town pummelled Eastern Division Police 7-2.

Teams are vying for a $20,000 first prize.

Weekend fixtures:

Saturday - Fishing Pond vs Manzan United (6pm), SP Boys vs Manzan Challengers (8pm)

Sunday - Boys Town vs All Stars (6pm), Block One United vs North Oropouche (8pm)

Venue: North Oropouche Ground
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Big Yard whips 13 Posse in Kayo final
« Reply #122 on: October 06, 2019, 09:04:56 AM »
Big Yard whips 13 Posse in Kayo final
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


Three dif­fer­ent play­ers were on tar­get to earn Big Yard a 3-1 tri­umph over ri­vals 13 Posse in the Stan­ley Gomez Knock­out fi­nal of the 2019 BPTT Care­nage All-Star Foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion at the Haig Street Recre­ation Ground, Care­nage on Wednes­day night.

Kadeem Hutchin­son put Big Yard ahead in the $12,000 fi­nal, but Josi­mar Bel­grave drew 13 Posse lev­el.

For­mer na­tion­al youth play­er Che Ben­ny then re­stored Big Yard's nar­row lead be­fore Glen Walk­er fired in the third item to seal the vic­to­ry and the $7,000 first prize, while 13 Posse earned them­selves $5,000 for the sec­ond spot.

In the semi­fi­nals on Sun­day last, Ben­ny scored the lone goal to earn Big Yard a 1-0 win over T&T De­fence Force 1st En­gi­neer­ing Bat­tal­ion while Josi­mar Bel­grave, his broth­er Eli­jah Bel­grave and Levi Ser­ries were all on tar­get for 13 Posse a 3-2 win over Emer­ald FC.

Ster­ling O’Brien and Ri­car­do Ben­nett got a goal each in the loss for Emer­ald.

When the two quar­ter­fi­nal match­es con­test­ed 13 Posse held off Mt Pleas­ant 4-3, and Emer­ald FC got the bet­ter of One Unit­ed 7-6 on sud­den-death penal­ty-kicks af­ter a 1-1 full-time score.

A week ear­li­er when the knock­out be­gan there was no short­age of goals as Big Yard, Emer­ald FC, 13 Posse and T&T De­fence Force 1st En­gi­neer­ing Bat­tal­ion won their match­es.

On Wednes­day, Emer­ald FC trounced Care­nage Role Mod­els 3-0, 13 Posse spanked Ra­zor Edge 5-1, Big Yard pound­ed Green Pas­tures 8-0 and 1st En­gi­neer­ing Bat­tal­ion si­lenced Scor­pi­on FC 3-1.

Tonight (Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 5), Scor­pi­on FC and 1st En­gi­neer­ing Bat­tal­ion will do bat­tle in the $23,000 ‘Big-Eight’ League fi­nal from 7 pm with $15,000 on of­fer for the cham­pi­ons, and $8,000 for the sec­ond.

Ear­li­er this month in the semi­fi­nals, Scor­pi­on used a dou­ble from Ty­rone Charles, and one from Shaquille Long to get past One Unit­ed 3-2, with Corneal Thomas and Jameel Nep­tune on tar­get for the lat­ter while Kevin Ca­pri­eta net­ted the lone item to earn 1st En­gi­neer­ing Bat­tal­ion a 1-0 tri­umph against Emer­ald FC. One Unit­ed de­feat­ed Emer­ald 2-0 for third place in the league.
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Dream Team, Pinto clash for $20k today
« Reply #123 on: November 24, 2019, 11:53:12 AM »
Dream Team, Pinto clash for $20k today
By Stephon Nicholas (T&T Newsday)


DREAM TEAM will face Pinto United today with $20,000 up for grabs in the final of the Fishing Pond Football League at the Manzanilla Recreation Ground. The match kicks off at 6.30pm. The losers will take home $5,000.

Pinto United, coming off a battling 2-1 victory over Boys Town in the semi-finals are confident of winning their first Fishing Pond title, even without their injured star Brian Sequa. The attacker damaged his knee in the semi-finals and will not be fit in time for today’s match-up.

Pinto captain Clint Mark told Newsday Sequa’s absence will be felt but he believes they can overcome.

“We have back-up players, he will surely be missed but we have players capable,” he said.

Dream Team coach Hayden Diaz said it would be interesting to see how Pinto cope without Sequa’s attacking brilliance.

“Technically, since that team playing they don't have a long bench. That is a very good player they lose so it should affect them. In the last game they replaced him with an over-40 player but against them youths, it go be tough,” he said.

Mark said the team is drawing inspiration from their win over Boys Town which saw them rally from a goal down and the loss of Sequa, to hit back with two goals.

“That gave us a lot of confidence. We showed we can win without him,” Mark declared.

Today’s final will be the second meeting between Dream Team and Pinto for the season. Pinto won a close encounter 2-1 in the round robin phase but Mark feels Dream Team are an even tougher opponent now.

“We defeated them 2-1. We learned some lessons. We know they have a strong attack so our defence has to be strong too. It was a last minute goal. It was a tough game but we were on the luckier side with a last minute strike. I believe they a bit stronger right now.”

Known for their vociferous band of travelling supporters, Mark is hoping they will show up again to give the team that extra boost.

Diaz, looking to win his second Fishing Pond crown, said this Dream Team is very different in personnel from the team that won in 2013.

“It's a young generation, not the same team. More youths so it's the first final with them for Dream Team.”

Diaz said for several team members it will be their first final at the youth level and he is hoping the experienced players, such as skipper Kern Diaz and defender Markie Sylvester, keep the younger players calm.

Wary of the opponent’s strengths, Diaz urged his players to seize the initiative in the match.

“Stay focused, stay compact in first 20 minutes. They (Pinto) are a team with a little bit of luck in them. If they get the upper hand it will be difficult. We have to be on top of our game at all times.”
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Caution FC crowned Mayaro double champs
« Reply #124 on: November 29, 2019, 04:07:16 PM »
Caution FC crowned Mayaro double champs
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Cau­tion Foot­ball Club was crowned dou­ble cham­pi­ons of the BPTT Raza­ck Jan Memo­r­i­al Ma­yaro Foot­ball League when it cap­tured the knock­out tro­phy to add to their league ti­tle in a keen­ly-con­test­ed fi­nal at the Or­toire Recre­ation Ground last Sat­ur­day.

Trail­ing 2-0 to a ram­pant Maguaya Unit­ed FC in the first half, Cau­tion FC dom­i­nat­ed the sec­ond pe­ri­od to score three unan­swered goals to cap­ture the Knock­out crown and cash prize of $5,000.

Ar­chi­tects of Cau­tion FC’s stel­lar sea­son, man­ag­er/play­er Dami­an Williams and coach/play­er Edean­ho Pierre, both cred­it­ed the team’s suc­cess to hard work and per­son­al sac­ri­fices by the play­ers.

"We have been im­prov­ing as a team since we joined the league about five years ago. It has been hard work and sac­ri­fice and we are now reap­ing the re­wards as a club. As part of this league, we are very grate­ful for the sup­port by BPTT in pro­vid­ing this av­enue for the youths," said Pierre, Williams nod­ding in agree­ment.

Cau­tion FC who cap­tured the league ti­tle ear­li­er in the month took home the cham­pi­onship tro­phy and a fur­ther $10,000 at the prize dis­tri­b­u­tion cer­e­mo­ny which fol­lowed the knock­out fi­nal.

Maguaya Unit­ed dom­i­nat­ed the youth di­vi­sions, cap­tur­ing both the Un­der-15 and U-17 ti­tles, tak­ing home cheques of $5,000 for each vic­to­ry. They were run­ners-up in both the knock­out and league com­pe­ti­tions in the se­nior di­vi­sion. The club al­so field­ed three teams in the U-13 di­vi­sion where all five teams were award­ed $1,000 each from a de­vel­op­ment fund.

The BPTT Ma­yaro Foot­ball League, named af­ter late sports ad­min­is­tra­tor and com­mu­ni­ty work­er Raza­ck Jan, is fa­cil­i­tat­ed by the All-Ma­yaro Sports Foun­da­tion (AMSF) and ad­min­is­tered by Il­lu­sions In­ter­na­tion­al Sports Club. The league is run in four di­vi­sions: U-13, U-15, U-17 and Se­nior.

Matthew Pierre, Com­mu­ni­ty Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer, BPTT, thanked the or­gan­is­ers for com­plet­ing a suc­cess­ful sea­son with a to­tal of 20 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing.

"We are very hap­py that this league can boast of three youth di­vi­sions, which au­gurs well for the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of foot­ball in Ma­yaro," Pierre said.

AMSF pres­i­dent Bartholomew Lynch said com­pe­ti­tion in the var­i­ous di­vi­sions was very keen with a high stan­dard of play.

"This league is a nurs­ery for sev­er­al of our na­tion­al play­ers and our part­ner­ship with BPTT is pro­vid­ing a cat­a­lyst for the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in the south-east­ern com­mu­ni­ties, not for­get­ting the build­ing of com­mu­ni­ty spir­it among the peo­ple," Lynch point­ed out.

Ho­n­our roll


Se­nior Di­vi­sion

League: 1 Cau­tion FC, 2 Maguaya Unit­ed, 3 Seed of Great­ness FC

Knock-Out: 1 Cau­tion FC, 2 Maguaya Unit­ed

MVP: Vic­tor Wait­he

Best Goal­keep­er: Ja­marie War­rick

Play­er with Most As­sists: Der­rick Ali

Most Goals: Deron Lewis

Most Dis­ci­plined Team: RL­RA Des­tiny Youths


U-17 Di­vi­sion

League: 1 Maguaya Unit­ed, 2 SP Boyz, 3 New­lands War­riors

MVP: Mick­el Morales

Best Goal­keep­er: Quin­dell Lazar

Play­er with Most As­sists: Nathaniel Bel­con

Most Goals: Mar­cus Green­way


U-15 Di­vi­sion

League: 1 Maguaya Unit­ed, 2 Ste Madeleine Strik­ers FC, 3 SP Boys FC

MVP: Kyrise Fron­tin

Best Goal­keep­er: Mekkel Phillip

Play­er with Most As­sists: Tevin Pan­tor

Most Goals: Omarie Camp­bell


U-13 Di­vi­sion

De­vel­op­ment Fund Award Re­cip­i­ents: Mafek­ing Unit­ed, Maguaya Unit­ed A, Maguaya Unit­ed B, Maguaya Unit­ed C, SP Boyz.
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Re: Minor League Thread.
« Reply #125 on: February 18, 2020, 05:50:22 PM »
MaGuaya United were crowned as inaugural champions of the U-19 Community Invitational Tournament Championship on Sunday as they defeated Deportivo PF Youths 3-2 in the maiden final of the competition on Sunday at the Mayaro Recreation Ground.

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Re: Minor League Thread.
« Reply #126 on: February 18, 2020, 08:03:35 PM »
MaGuaya United are the 2019-2020 NLCL U-19 Community Invitational Tournament Champions
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The packed Mayaro Recreation Ground witnessed two keenly contested games on Sunday. MaGuaya United defeated Deportivo P.F. Youths 3-2 to win the Next Level Consulting, Limited U19 Community Invitational Tournament Championship final, in the second game of the top four doubleheader. Before that, Gasparillo Youths were able to edge D.C.S./Dass Trace by a similar 3-2 scoreline, to take third place, in the first game of the doubleheader.

MaGuaya got their goals from Akeal Pierre, Kyrise Frontin, and talisman, Isa Bramble, while Ezekiel Kesar and the ever-consistent Jaiye Sheppard, scored for Deportivo. The newly crowned champions were coached to the title by Joseph Weekes, Leston Paul and Ryan “Fry” Stewart and featured current and former Naparima College standouts, Chakim Guy, Reynaldo McIntosh, and goalscorer, Bramble.

From the beginning of the tournament in December 2019 until the Championship game on Sunday, MaGuaya went undefeated, and were able to narrowly convert home field advantage in front of a large contingent of their supporters. Even so, the plucky Deportivo team from Point Fortin, proved worthy challengers and could consider themselves unlucky to come up short in a topsy turvy game.

The winners will enjoy the Next Level Consulting (NLC), Limited sponsored, five thousand dollar ($5,000.00) first prize, as well as, the Championship trophy and medals sponsored by Ramsingh Sportsworld.

Tournament Chairman, and owner of Next Level Consulting, Limited, Mr. Brian Jordan said, “When we started on this journey, we wanted to make a difference in the footballing lives of these talented youngsters by providing a platform to showcase their talent and skills” 

He added, “Without our sponsors, this entire tournament would not have been possible, and we would like to thank Ramlogan and Sons (Couva and Marabella), Ramsingh Sportsworld, Maritime Insurance, the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation and National Energy Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago. We also must say thanks to the Tournament Committee (Ms. Sandra Pompey, Mr. Don Griffith, and Mrs. Germaine Jordan), all of whom worked so diligently week in, week out to ensure football and youth were the winners in this tournament. Last but not least, we also collectively wish to thank all of the families, fans, supporters, as well as, all of the teams who were able to compete this year, and look forward to another great season, starting December 2020.”

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MaGuaya Utd top NLC U-19 Invitational Tournament
BY NARISSA FRASER (NEWSDAY).



AFTER an impressive unbeaten run, MaGuaya United are the 2019/2020 Next Level Consulting (NLC) Ltd under-19 Community Invitational Tournament champions. The team defeated Deportivo Point Fortin Youths 3-2 on Sunday at the Mayaro Recreation Ground.

Akeal Pierre, Kyrise Frontin and Isa Bramble put their names on the scoresheet to lead MaGuaya to victory, while captain Ezekiel Kesar and Jaiye Sheppard scored for Deportivo. Sheppard, who attends Presentation College, San Fernando, was recently awarded SSFL (Secondary Schools’ Football League) player of the year.

The champions were coached by Joseph Weekes, former national under-17 and under-20 captain Leston Paul and Ryan “Fry” Stewart.

In addition to the championship trophy and individual medals, they were awarded a $5,000 cheque sponsored by NLC Ltd.

Weekes has been coaching for over 25 years. Speaking with Newsday, on Tuesday afternoon, he said it was a “fitting” final as both teams performed well.

“We are trying to keep the team together and see if we can get into some other competitions that are upcoming.

“The team was jubilant but as youth players, I don’t believe they really understand what their victory would have brought back to the community.”

Newsday also chatted with Deportivo head coach Selvon Francis who said the tournament went well, but added there were a few issues with officiating.

“But as I tell my players, we focus on what we have control over.

“We had a lot of missed opportunities, so even if they (MaGuaya) scored an offside goal, we had enough opportunities to cancel out those offside goals. So I’m not going to dwell on that as the reason we didn’t win. We didn’t win because we didn’t score (more).”

He said the team had a solid performance and that supporters and players from the other team came to congratulate them after the match.

Deportivo eight had four losses and one draw out of 13 matches. Francis has been coaching for 20 years but has only been with this team for two years.

He said the next step for the team is the Youth Pro League which kicks off in two weeks.

“I already know what I need to work on with them. It was a very timely tournament.”

The third-place match between Gasparillo Youths and D.C.S./Dass Trace also took place on Sunday, ending 3-2 in favour of Gasparillo.

The tournament began on December 21, 2019 and featured 10 teams in two groups. Group A featured SP Boyz, MaGuaya Unit­ed, Hearts of Mal­oney and Trend­set­ter Hawks. Group B consisted of Mas­call F.A, All Blacks FC, De­porti­vo P.F Youths, Gas­par­il­lo Youths, DCS/Dass Trace and Princes Town Achiev­ers.

Chairman of the tournament Brian Jordan said, “When we started on this journey, we wanted to make a difference in the footballing lives of these talented youngsters by providing a platform to showcase their talent and skills”

“We want to collectively wish to thank all of the families, fans, supporters as well as all of the teams who were able to compete this year, and look forward to another great season, starting December 2020.”

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Re: Minor League Thread.
« Reply #127 on: March 10, 2020, 07:12:34 AM »
Community Football League to honour ex national players DeLeon and Jones
By Narissa Fraser (T&T Newsday)


KEEPING with its slogan “Building communities through sport,” the 2020 Community Football League (CFL) is ready to kick off again. The league’s 2020 edition was officially launched, on Saturday evening, at the South-West Regional Indoor Arena, in Point Fortin.

It will feature a total of 14 teams – four more than in 2019 – in two groups. The top four teams from each group will then move on to the knock-out stage, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The new additions include teams from Palo Seco, Fyzabad, Erin and Egypt Village. The groups were named after two retired professional T&T footballers, who the CFL will also be honouring this year – Leroy DeLeon and Philbert Jones.

DeLeon’s prime was in the 70s as he was part of the national team and played in the US for teams like the New York Generals, the Washington Darts and the Miami Gatos. He was also inducted into the First Citizens Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jones was a striker for the national team when it was known as the Strike Squad. He was also the assistant coach of T&T Pro League team United Petrotrin and is the uncle of former national captain Kenwyne Jones. Last year, the league honoured former players Larry Joseph and Russell Monroe.

This year’s winners will receive the championship trophy and $20,000. CFL chairman Reynold Carrington told the players not to lose focus on what the league is trying to achieve.

“You are not just representing yourself, you are not only representing football. You are representing your communities.

“Play hard, play fair and play to win. I don’t want you going out there to give away no points.”

In the Jones group are the defending champions – Guapo, Point Ligoure, New Village, La Brea, Fanny Village, Erin, and Vance River.

And in the DeLeon group are Techier, Mahaica, Lake View, Cedros, Fyzabad, Palo Seco and Egypt.

CFL vice-chairman Sean Eastman said last year, the team did not expect the “overwhelming response” the league got and that he is very thankful.

“When we did our analysis, we thought we would not have seen that type of growth until the next three years and we were surprised by the way everybody gravitated.

“The communities were overwhelming. They supported in every aspect.”

He said the 2019 season was a successful one and he’s looking forward to the continued support this year.

“Not just because we had great football on the field, excellent talent, excellent skill, excellent display, but we also saw the connection of the community and that’s one of the aspects that was very important for us.”

The first two games kick off on Friday as Cedros takes on Palo Seco at 6 pm and New Village will face Guapo. Both games will be played at the Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin.

Other weekend fixtures

(all matches to be held at the Mahaica Oval):

Saturday

Point Ligoure v Vance River – 6 pm

Mahaica v Lake View - 8 pm

Sunday

La Brea vs Fanny Village – 6 pm

Fyzabad v Techier – 8 pm
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Crown Trace complete double at Carapichaima Youth League
« Reply #128 on: March 13, 2020, 08:07:28 PM »
Crown Trace complete double at Carapichaima Youth League
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


CROWN TRACE FC completed the double, with victories in the Under-18 and Under-16 round-robin categories, at the 20th annual Carapichaima Youth Football Super League.

Action continued on Saturday last, at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Crown Trace’s Under-18 team humiliated Cap Off Youths B 12-0 with Malik Robinson (seventh, 39th and 58th minutes) and Isaiah Samuel (10th, 40th and 53rd) each scoring hat-tricks.

Isack Lynch (16th and 35th) contributed a pair, while Terron Miller (19th), Reasean Britto (31st), Marcus Peters (33rd) and Mckeil Alexander (55th) got one each.

There was another Under-18 fixture staged on Saturday, with Anderson Gibson scoring in the 60th minute as Cap Off Youths A edged W Connection 1-0.

Crown Trace secured their Under-16 crown after defeating Trincity Nationals 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Nickosi Martin, after 51 minutes.

St Madeline Strikers pipped Cap Off Youths 3-2 in the day’s other Under-16 contest. Josiah Cooper (fourth and 44th) and Jabari Forbes (ninth) were the goal-getters for St Madeline Strikers, while Anthony Mohammed (20th) and Anderson Gibson (34th) responded for Cap Off Youths.
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Re: Minor League Thread.
« Reply #129 on: June 29, 2020, 03:58:36 AM »
COVID-19 forces QPCC to let go CEO, staff.
By Vinode Mamchan (Guardian).


The nation's wealthiest and most renowned cricket club Queen's Park has been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that started in March and as a result, the club was forced to make drastic changes brought on by force majeure.

A force majeure event refers to the occurrence of an event that is outside the reasonable control of a party and which prevents that party from performing its obligations under a contract. Queen's Park would have lost a lot of revenue from rentals of space at the Oval and also from contracts that would have been signed for international events.

With the advent of Covid-19, there is no recourse in terms of recouping the lost revenue and as such, the club has had to make changes to its structure to survive these turbulent financial times.

Speaking to Guardian Media Sports on Tuesday Ruthven Jack, the club's treasurer said: "We saw the closure of the restaurants All Out and Jaffa during the Covid-19 lockdown. These are our tenants so we would not have collected revenue from them for this period. We also had to close the Pavilion which is another revenue stream that went dry. The South African team was scheduled to come to Trinidad and Tobago to play at the Oval which is another lost opportunity to gain revenue. If CPL plays here there will be no crowds so we might just break even with the rental fees we will get. We have loans, we have overdrafts to take care of and with no money coming in it has been difficult. We have had to draw a line and cut a clean slate to move forward."

The management of the Queen's Park Cricket Club has sent home their Chief Executive officer (CEO) Allan Clayton, as well as several of what Jack termed staff that is considered variable expenses. The 124-year old club has kept administrative staff which falls under fixed expenses.

Jack explained: "We hope to survive, our year-end comes at the end of June and we have been taking it month by month." Going forward the club is expected to use a new staff structure to improve their bottom line and stay afloat. We have sent home the workers we see as variable expenses. By this, I mean those that are there for events. It makes no sense to keep a full staff when there are no events to make money. It just does not make any sense. What we will do is to make use of the staff we are letting go when we have an event. So they will come in and work the event. However, we cannot afford to keep them on fulltime as the revenue for that is just not there anymore. Times are uncertain and we had to make this decision to keep the club going. The administrative staff is still there and they have been doing a good job of keeping this moving. We intend with the new structure in terms of the staff to run the club successfully."

Jack said that it takes a huge amount of money to keep such a vast sporting arena in top shape. He used the club's electricity bill as an example. "Let me just say that the maintenance alone on this facility is very costly. The electricity bill comes in around $100,000 a month. This is very costly and we have to keep those lights on because if we had switched it off during the Covid-19 we would have incurred further loss as they may have become unfunctional.

He said: "Even those panels on the electrical scoreboard. Just last week we took a look at it and there are panels that need repairs. We then have to rent equipment to get up there to find out what is the problem and then keep it there until the problem is fixed. This is just an example of the kind of expense that pops up. We have kept most of the ground staff because if we don't tend to the outfield it will deteriorate to an extent that may see us having to spend $4M to replay the turf and outfield which we did a little while ago."

He continued to show just how difficult it is to keep the local cricketing Mecca alive and well. "If there are CPL games we will charge a rental fee. The club is a private one, so I can't reveal the figures, however, we might just break even under the new guidelines.

"There will be no crowd, so revenue will be lost, as we cannot rent the huskers and other tenants who normally sell at the venue. However, we will still have all the expenses as if there was a crowd on hand. This is the tough part for us because we will still have to pay for security, we will still need a bomb sweep before the players arrive. More than that we will still have to sanitize the Oval before games. And given the new protocols, we will be sanitizing areas a lot more. So our bills will continue to mount.

"We have good management in place and we are confident that we will get through these difficult times and all will be well at the Oval."

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West Fort, TTMA team up to stay covid19 free.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


RECENTLY-FORMED local football team Real West Fort United are trying to protect its players from the covid19 pandemic as the club have formed a partnership with the TT Manufacturers Association (TTMA).

The TTMA has given sanitisation stations to the club, which would be used at training sessions and matches.

West Fort United were one of the first teams to begin training after the relaxing of covid19 regulations by the Government and the club have also led the way in ensuring that sanitisation protocols have been followed.

In a media release, West Fort United’s technical director Ron La Forest said, "I am very happy to receive the sanitisation stations as we seek to stay covid free as a responsible organisation. The health and wellness of our players and staff is top priority."

Shurland Hartley, the team’s general secretary, echoed the sentiments of La Forest.

"This is a very important partnership for us as we go forward because the health of all our stakeholders is of the utmost importance. The sanitisation station coupled with the strict following of social distancing etcetera puts us to the head of the class, a position we will like to be in, in all of our endeavours.”

West Fort United are also fighting the effects of covid19 off the field with hamper distributions.

Real West Fort United continue to prepare for the Ascension League, tentatively carded to start on August 14.

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Frustration as Manzan football tourney incomplete after 1 year.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (Newsday).


THE semifinalists in the 2019 Manzanilla Football Competition have expressed concern that organisers of the tournament have reneged on an agreement and refused to pay prize money for the tournament until all matches are completed. The tournament, which kicked off in October last year, was originally scheduled to be held over a two-month period but to date, the semi-final round and final are yet to be played.

The teams in the semi-finals are Take That and Cool It, Dream Team, Manzanilla Block 3 and Eastern Police.

Competing teams paid $1,000 registration with approximately 18 players per team. The tournament was held at North Manzanilla Grounds.

Since the completion of the quarter-final stage last year, the four advancing teams were told a date would be set for the remaining matches. However, according to Take That and Cool It manager Sherwin Joseph, the organisers kept delaying the tourney’s resumption.

When the covid19 pandemic hit TT in March, all sporting facilities were closed and team sports banned to prevent the spread of the virus. During this time, organisers told teams that the final two stages would be completed as soon as the restrictions were lifted.

On June 22, the Prime Minister allowed lifted some team sports restrictions as covid19 cases were under control.

Joseph said attempts were made to contact organisers for an update but no new information was forthcoming.

The four team managers allegedly visited the home of one of the tournament’s organisers an agreed that the cash rewards for the top-three teams ($15,000, $7,500 and $3,000) would be combined and divided among them on August 19.

Joseph said a former MP for Toco/Sangre Grande was also made aware of the situation and sought to assure the teams the money would be paid.

“When that day came (August 19), plans changed and organisers decided they wanted to play the remaining matches. However, the covid19 restrictions were re-implemented so no football could get under way.

“That entire week we kept trying to contact the organisers and nobody answered. It leaves us with nothing now,” Joseph complained.

Newsday also spoke to an Eastern Police representative, who reiterated Joseph’s claims.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the Eastern Police representative said, “They kept giving us the run around until the covid19 excuse came up. They made empty promises. They keep telling us they have the funds but nothing has been done since. Up to today (Friday) I tried to call (former MP). I’m trying to be as professional and transparent as possible.”

Unsuccessful PNM candidate in the 2019 local government election Nigel Safe, whose name was on the flyer promoting the competition, on Friday acknowledged speaking to the teams when they had proposed dividing the prize money. He said he was okay with that but when he approached the organising committee with that arrangement, they refused to accept it.

He said committee members said the tournament was held to build community spirit and just disbursing the prize money would defeat the purpose of the competition.

Safe assured the semifinalists that the money is there to pay the prizes. He said when team sports can resume the remaining matches will be advertised and the community will be given “a proper football closing.”

Newsday spoke to another member of the organising committee who said, “They have to wait for the Prime Minister to say when football can resume. Everybody will play and they will get their prizes.”

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