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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #150 on: November 22, 2017, 06:54:07 AM »
WATCH: Pleasantville Secondary captured the Secondary Schools Football League Girls Big 5 crown with a 2-1 win over St. Augustine Secondary

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #151 on: November 23, 2017, 03:23:42 AM »
San Juan North recapture East Zone InterCol crown
By Jonathon Matouk (Guardian).


San Juan North Secondary School won its second consecutive CocaCola InterCol East Zone title, following a 2 nil win against Valencia Secondary, yesterday at the Larry Gomes stadium in Arima.

The victory ensured the boys from Bourg Mulatresse underscored their dominance of the teams in the zone in recent years. From the start of the game it was clear to see that San Juan North was the hungrier team, and understandably so, as a regular member of the cast of Premiership teams, coming up against Valencia which will only get a taste of the top flight from next season.

Chance after chance fell to the San Juan North strike partnership of Renaldo Boyce and Brandon Semper before the half, but Valencia keeper Hezron Dabro came to the rescue of his team with at least six great saves.

The 0-0 half-time score meant it was anyone’s game after the break, which set the match up for an entertaining finish. San Juan North coach Jerry Moe altered his tactics, opting for the team to play a higher line and put more pressure on Valencia, however, the change in tactic almost backfired for the coach.

Valencia put the ball in the back of the net in the 49th minute, but the fourth official came to the rescue of San Juan North, as he rightfully called the goal offside.

That decision led to a lapse of concentration on the other end and San Juan North took advantage. A long ball forward to Semper, was dispatched into the back of the net in the 50th minute. The prolific Boyce then sealed the win for the “Bourg boys” in the 79th minute after rounding Dabro and slotting in to an open net.

Once the result was all but confirmed, San Juan North dominated the rest of the proceedings as Valencia failed to inspire a comeback. Moe was proud of his team and has high hopes for his team as they move on to the national competition, saying: “We have the commitment of the players, myself, the staff, and also the faculty of the school, everyone is on a high right now and we want to go all the way again, we want to be here until December,” Moe said.

San Juan North will face either St. Mary’s College or Signal Hill Secondary in the national semi-final after a winner between those two teams is decided next Monday.

Today will signify the conclusion of the zonal finals in what will be a mouth-watering encounter between Shiva Boys Hindu College and Naparima College for the InterCol South Zone title.

The match will kick off at 3:30 pm at the Manny Ramjohn stadium in San Fernando.

Results

San Juan North 2 (Brandon Semper 51, Renaldo Boyce 79) v Valencia Secondary 0 at Larry Gomes Stadium.

(Teams - by Wired868.com)

Valencia Secondary (4-2-3-1): 1.Hezron D’Abreau (GK); 9.Kerron Kelly, 4.Jacob Wilson (5.Ronaldo Edwards 78), 15.Nathaniel De Silva, 3.Giovanni Lewis; 11.Kerdel Deverteuil, 8.Daniel La Croix (captain); 7.Andre Robinson (19.Akil Skeete 58), 10.Keegan Faria, 17.Jeremy Adolphus; 14.Remy Butler (12.Ansil Elcock 68).

Unused Substitutes: 2.Arkim Phillip, 13.Kerwin Deverteuil, 16.Kern Fraser, 22.Keiyon Henry.

Coach: Roland Clarke

San Juan North (4-4-2): 1.Shawndell Byer (GK); 20.Isaiah Chase, 7.Josiah Beard, 21.Kyle Thomas, 17.Kareem John; 8.Lukeman Brooks (19.Sherwin Williams 71), 22.Nathaniel Perouse, 3.Elair Brewster, 2.Tyrell Cameron (10.Josiah Phillip 90+2); 6.Brandon Semper (4.Kareem Grant 90), 9.Renaldo Boyce (captain).

Unused Substitutes: 30.Emmanuel Clarke (GK), 5.Keon McPherson, 16.Obadele Dickson, 26.Kellon Murrien.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Referee: Nicholas Murray

Wired868 Man-of-the-Match: Brandon Semper

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San Juan North retained their Coca Cola Intercol East Zone crown yesterday, after a 2-0 victory over Valencia in the final at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.

In the process, San Juan North joined Carapichaima East, Signal Hill and St Mary’s as the teams who have qualified for the National Intercol competition which will run from November 27 to December 4.

Forwards Brandon Semper and Renaldo Boyce were the goal-getters for San Juan North in the second half.

It was not an easy task for the San Juan North strike pair as the duo missed a litany of chances in the first half – shots were either sent wide of the mark or were thwarted by the brilliant work of Valencia goalkeeper Hezron D’Abreau.

Semper opened the scoring in the 50th minute, as he received a long ball from the left, went between a pair of defenders and slotted his right-footed shot beyond D’Abreau’s reach.

And with 11 minutes of regulation time remaining, Boyce ran past defender Andre Gabriel, rounded the advancing keeper and placed his left-footed shot into the open net.

San Juan North coach Jerry Moe, in a post-game interview, said, “It feels good. It’s what we worked for all season. We want to go all the way again.”

Valencia qualified for the 2018 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division season and their coach, Roland Clarke, promised “good football, a very tactical team and that we can compete in the Premiership.”

The last of the Zonal finals will be contested today with Naparima opposing Shiva Boys, in the South decider, at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. Kick-off time is 3.30 pm.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #152 on: November 23, 2017, 04:22:56 AM »
Anyone knows who are the South Zone Girls SSFL champs?

And the Girls Big 5 tournament, is that a tournament where the tops 5 teams from each Zones (East, Central, North, South and Tobago) battle it out, if that's the case, then I would also need the Central Champs?

I know that Tranquility Secondary (N), St Augustine (E) and Signal Hill (Tobago) won their respected Zones.

Thanx in advance.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #153 on: November 23, 2017, 09:31:04 AM »
WATCH: San Juan North Secondary retain their East Zone Intercol title after a 2-0 win over Valencia Secondary.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #154 on: November 23, 2017, 11:56:02 AM »
Anyone knows who are the South Zone Girls SSFL champs?

And the Girls Big 5 tournament, is that a tournament where the tops 5 teams from each Zones (East, Central, North, South and Tobago) battle it out, if that's the case, then I would also need the Central Champs?

I know that Tranquility Secondary (N), St Augustine (E) and Signal Hill (Tobago) won their respected Zones.

Thanx in advance.

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Pleasantville Secondary won the South Zone Girls Championship Division and Carapichaima East Secondary won the Central Zone Girls  Championship Division.

Yes, the Big 5 involves the winning team from each zone.
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #155 on: November 23, 2017, 12:20:00 PM »
Anyone knows who are the South Zone Girls SSFL champs?

And the Girls Big 5 tournament, is that a tournament where the tops 5 teams from each Zones (East, Central, North, South and Tobago) battle it out, if that's the case, then I would also need the Central Champs?

I know that Tranquility Secondary (N), St Augustine (E) and Signal Hill (Tobago) won their respected Zones.

Thanx in advance.

FULL STATS



Pleasantville Secondary won the South Zone Girls Championship Division and Carapichaima East Secondary won the Central Zone Girls  Championship Division.

Yes, the Big 5 involves the winning team from each zone.

Thanx

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #156 on: November 24, 2017, 07:14:16 AM »
Pleasantville capture Girls’ South Zone crown.
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The girls from Pleasantville Secondary can add the CocaCola InterCol South Zone title to the Big 5 title they won on Monday, following a 3 nil win against Penal Secondary yesterday, at the Mannie Ramjohn stadium in Marabella.

Jasandra Joseph, Aalyeh Pascal, and Kimberly Stewart were all on the score sheet for the team from Coconut Boulevard, San Fernando.

Joseph opened the scoring, following a great individual show of skill and composure, and continued the onslaught for her team just four minutes later when she won a penalty after being brought down in the box by Penal’s captain, Jhaney Simon.

Aaliyah Pascal, who secured the Big 5 title for the team on Monday, stepped up to convert the ensuing spot kick, firing a shot past the hopeless Jamilla St. Clair.

Pascal would then register an assist, as she whipped in a corner, St Clair spilled, and the ball fell kindly to Kimberly Stewart who sent a strike into the back of the net.

Elsewhere, Bishop Anstey defeated Tranquility 2-0 in the CocaCola InterCol North Zone Final, which took place at the Fatima grounds.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #157 on: November 24, 2017, 07:19:28 AM »
Shiva Boys take South Inter-Col title.
By Vinode Mamchan (Guardian).


Shiva Boys won the Coca Cola Secondary Schools South InterCol title with a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Naparima College at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella yesterday afternoon.

The Penal Boys deserved the victory after outplaying the boys from Paradise Hill in San Fernando. Naps just did not show up on the day and Shiva Boys showed just how well organised they were dominating from the onset.

Two excellent strikes by Judah Garcia and Yohannes Richardson were enough to send the fans wild, as Shiva Boys got some silverware after a tough season off the field.

The plan was clear for Naps as they decided to absorb the pressure from the more fluent Shiva outfit. Shiva came close to scoring on the half hour mark but the woodwork was in the way.

Naps made a few solitary runs at the Shiva goal, but try as hard as they did, they just couldn’t break the deadlock. The game was played primarily in the Naps half of the field goalkeeper Levi Hernandez was made to work very hard. The young man showed great skills between the uprights and this was the only factor that kept the Naps faithful going. The teams went into the looker room goalless.

Shiva continued to dominate on the resumption and the Naps defence came under real pressure. Hernandez had to make a number of saves but in the 70th minute he was left spread eagled on the ground as Garcia running down the left of them penalty area slotted home on the far side. This sparked massive celebrations from the Shiva supporters.

Richardson then killed the contest in the 83rd minute as Richardson scored that goal from about 30 yards outside the penalty area on the right side of the field.

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Garcia and Yohannes screamers silence Naps, as Shiva Boys win South title.
By Roneil Walcott (Wired868).


Retribution? Justice? Call it what you like but embattled 2016 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division champions Shiva Boys’ Hindu College are the 2017 Coca Cola South Zone Intercol kings.

Before a crowd of just over 3,000 persons at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, Shiva Boys were almost at their irresistible best, defeating Naparima College 2-0 on the day.

Sweetly taken second-half items by skipper Judah Garcia and utility player Yohannes Richardson did the trick for Shiva Boys who were able to get the sweet taste of victory back in their mouths. They had endured a tumultuous Premier Division season, which saw them relegated as a direct consequence of registration issues with midfielder Kierron Mason and left-back Matthew Beal.

Naparima finished second in the 2017 Premier Division league season after memorably grabbing three points from Shiva Boys in the SSFL boardroom—they had protested the latter school’s use of Mason, a former Naparima student, in the season’s curtain raiser.

Assistant coach Corey Browne said last week that the “Penal Princes” had a score to settle with “Naps” although Shiva Boys’ head coach Hayden Ryan tried to play down the revenge theme.

“We came prepared to play this game today and it had nothing to do with the past,” Ryan told Wired868. “We [defeated] this team three times straight now. But having beaten them two times straight did not guarantee that we would win today…”

The tone was set at the back for Shiva Boys, where Richardson and Jabari Graham dominated nearly everything in the air. Meanwhile, on the left flank, Beal was rattling up the mileage, consistently presenting Shiva with an extra option in attack.

Beal’s enthusiasm going forward seemed to free up speedy winger Quinn Rodney, who terrorised Naparima right-back Jeron Pantor. He rarely seemed to know whether to shunt Rodney towards the inside or to allow him space down the wing.

Despite Rodney’s early menace, Shiva Boys’ first real chance came almost out of nothing in the 27th minute when, with the aid of a deflection, Garcia left Naparima goalkeeper Levi Fernandez flat-footed and without a prayer but his left-footed shot cannoned safely off the base of the post.

It was not be the last Fernandez would see of Garcia.

At the other end, just two minutes later, Shiva Boys custodian Denzil Smith had to be alert to fend away a low shot from Naparima’s Judah St Louis who pounced on a poor clearance from opposing defender Rodney Charles.

It was a rare sight at goal for St Louis, though, as he and Naps’ midfield workhorse Rushawn Murphy saw little of the ball and spent most of their time trying to harass Shiva Boys’ midfield trio of Garcia, Mason and Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel.

Naparima coach Angus Eve knew that his charges were up against it and must have ground his teeth when lanky attacker Ronaldo McIntosh headed straight at Smith in the 41st minute after meeting a Mark Ramdeen cross. It was probably the only time that McIntosh escaped the attentions of Graham and Richardson.

“The two [Shiva Boys] stoppers were just too strong for our striker,” Eve said. “We are lacking a bit of pace up front and every time the ball went up to him [and] there were good opportunities to attack, we didn’t make the most of it.

“Ramdeen was kinda cutting in a lil bit too much so we basically didn’t take advantage of the counter-attacks.”

In the 65th minute, Ramdeen was played in behind Charles and had the chance to run at Richardson. However, he opted to try a pass instead and Graham intercepted.

The Princes sprang into action and, in two blinks of an eye, Garcia found himself in space and in possession atop the Naparima box. This time he arrowed his left-footed shot beyond a hapless Fernandez and the post did not come to his rescue.

A few Naparima players buried their faces in their tee-shirts.

“We were coming up against a team who had a little more experience than us and had a little more in the tank quality-wise,” said Eve. “I thought it was a good game and a good final. It was a good spectacle for the fans and it was a clean game, unlike what [some commenters] tried to promote on Wired868 [by saying] it was going to be a war.”

Shiva Boys fans would have no complaints about the spectacle. Midway through the second half, they cheered raucously when Asson nutmegged St Louis near the sidelines.

There was another interesting sight as rugged utility player Simeon De Bough prepared to enter the field as a replacement for the injured Charles in the 73rd minute.

“Pappy” and Richardson rushed over to Ryan and appeared to disagree. So the coach introduced attacker Tyrell “Sexyman” Baptiste instead.

After the match, Ryan told Wired868, that he had had a change of heart after consulting with his technical staff.

Sexyman nearly rewarded his teammates for their faith when, within seconds of his entrance, he eluded two Naparima players with lovely skill and slipped in Asson. However, Naparima left-back Andre Raymond put in a magnificent goal-saving block.

There was no stopping Richardson’s 83rd minute blast, though.

It was as close a replica as you are likely to find of the thunderbolt from Soca Warriors right-back Alvin Jones that flattened the USA in the final Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier last month. Richardson took aim from some 35 metres out and his wicked right-footed shot left Fernandez flapping at air.

Although Ryan was unhappy that Richardson whipped off his tee-shirt and picked up a booking for his celebration, the coach was pleased with everything else his reliable utility player did today.

“[Yohannes] scored an excellent goal [and] he played strong and played with character,” Ryan said. “He is a leader of this team and I hope that God blesses him and he does something good for his life.”

Richardson was not the only one to receive plaudits, Ryan commending his entire team on a professional display.

“I am glad they played with that [style] because that’s how we play right through,” said Ryan. “To come here and do something else I would have been very much disappointed. They played strong, they showed character.

“And even when the game was a bit balanced and it looked like it could go anywhere, they stood up and every man was counted.”

Eve conceded that his charges lost to the better team.

“Credit to Shiva. They played a great game but I commend my guys because they stuck to it even when we went down to 2-0,” Eve said. “They were still pushing and trying to make opportunities so I’m very proud of the guys.”

After some regrettable mistakes off the football pitch, Shiva Boys can take some consolation from possession of the South Intercol trophy. For now, Ryan is not looking at their National Intercol semi-final battle with Carapichaima East Secondary on 30 November.

“We are humbly going forward one game at a time and one foot at a time,” said Ryan, “trusting in the Almighty to bless this team.”

If next week Shiva Boys’ Hindu College play like they did today, Theophilus Bourne and the “Caps” crew had better watch out.

Results

Naparima College 0, Shiva Boys HC 2 (Judah Garcia 65, Yohannes Richardson 83) at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

(Teams)

Naparima College (4-2-3-1): 1.Levi Fernandez (GK); 13.Jeron Pantor, 5.Rondell Payne (captain), 2.Tyrike Andrews, 19.Andre Raymond; 9.Rushawn Murphy, 8.Kodel Frontin; 10.Mark Ramdeen (7.Isa Bramble 78), 6.Judah St Louis (17.Shoaib Khan 85), 16.Decklan Marcelle (15.Shadeon Arthur 78); 18.Ronaldo McIntosh.

Unused Substitutes: 30.Enrique Changiah (GK), 3.Akil Johnson,  14.Ezekiel Kesar, 27.Chakim Guy.

Coach: Angus Eve

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College (4-2-3-1) : 22.Denzil Smith (GK); 32.Ronald Charles (9.Tyrell Baptiste 73), 19.Yohannes Richardson, 3.Jabari Graham, 14.Matthew Beal; 6.Tyrel Emmanuel (8.Jude Phillip 86), 15.Kierron Mason; 17.Ronaldo Edwards (5.Anderson Peters 78), 10.Judah Garcia (captain), 7.Quinn Rodney; 11.Junior Asson.

Unused Substitutes: 24.Dejon Blondell (GK), 16.Simeon De Bourgh, 21.Aaron Rodney, 23.Jeremy Williams.

Coach: Hayden Ryan

Referee: Joel Cox

Wired868 Man-of-the-Match: Yohannes Richardson

Upcoming Intercol fixtures

(Monday 27 November)

Signal Hill v St Mary’s College, National quarterfinals, TBA;

(Thursday 30 November)

San Juan North v Signal Hill/St Mary’s College, 3.30pm, National semifinals, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Shiva Boys HC v Carapichaima East, 5.30pm, National semifinals, Ato Boldon Stadium;

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #158 on: November 24, 2017, 08:02:19 AM »
WATCH: Shiva Boys claim the 2017 South Zone Intercol title with a 2-0 win over Naparima College

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #159 on: November 26, 2017, 10:16:59 AM »
Ah went to two Shiva Boys games this season, them fellas could beat any Pro League team if they want.

That team playing some real good ball sah.

Yohannes Richardson, Matthew Beal, Tyrel Emmanuel, Jude Phillip, Jabari Graham, Kierron Mason, Judah Garcia and Quinn Rodney real good sah.

Matthew Beal does play left back and he real nice.

Quinn Rodney does make some real good passes.

Levi brother Judah Garcia good, football run in them blood boy.

Richardson could hit that ball hard.

Graham solid in defence.

Mason is a baller...

They coach have them fellas playing a good brand, maybe he should replace Latapy as youth coach.

They win de South Intercol and if they win de entire Intercol they should not get demoted, the SSFL didn't demote San Juan North last year, so why them eh do de same for Shiva.

Shiva to good to play in de SSFL, imagine when they go Championship league next year.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #160 on: November 28, 2017, 04:16:42 AM »
One-on-One with Kishon Hackshaw: Trinity East Blue Hawk aims to soar.
By Chanelle Seymour (Wired868).


At 17, Kishon Hackshaw is not just your typical teenage schoolboy with dreams of making it big one day but with no interest in putting out the blood, sweat and tears that success often demands.

The Trinity College East student is a hardworking student with a genuine enthusiasm for football who is prepared to put in the extra hours to service his plan—it’s much more than a dream—to make himself into a successful scholar, pro footballer and/or business owner.

Hackshaw boasts a productive and enterprising spirit and has the good fortune to possess a high level of skill on the field, enhanced by his speed on and off the ball and his ability to use both feet equally well,

His long-term goals in the sporting arena are based on short-term success in the academic sphere; Hackshaw has not the slightest doubt that his football future is linked to his performance in the classroom and he has the drive and the determination and the clear-sightedness not to neglect either and service them both consistently

Unselfish enough to be well aware of the plight of his peers, Hackshaw laments that youth development is sorely neglected in T&T football and one of his big regrets is that no special attention is given to this critical area of local sport. If there was one thing he could change about local football, he says, it would be that.

As far as football outside of T&T is concerned, Hackshaw has his eyes on two professional football players who both have qualities that he admires; the first is the Brazilian Robinho who played for Real Madrid and Manchester City and the second is Philippe Coutinho, who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League.

Do you have a nickname you want to share?

I don’t really have a nickname, but I’m usually called “Derrick,” which is my middle name, or “Kish” or “Hackey.”

What is your date of birth?

26 February 2000.

What is one thing most people do not know about you?

Everybody mostly knows everything about me; I’m an open book.

How would you describe yourself as a person?

I’m a kind, funny, hardworking person.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy playing video games and chatting with people.

What do you hope to do when you finish school?

When I finish school, I’d like to establish my own business, [earn] a scholarship or play professional football.

What kinds of business ventures interest you?

Clothing and sporting equipment.

What would be success for you as a player?

I want to get people to see my performance so that I can get a scholarship or get a professional coach to see me and sign me up for his club.

Do you play with any clubs currently?

Yes. North East Stars.

Who was/were your most important coach/coaches and why?

That would be Dale Toney at [T&TAYSO].  I started off at [T&TAYSO]. He was the coach who helped me develop my technique and the basic fundamentals of football [such as] passing and controlling [the ball].

What makes you stand out as a player?

I would say [my] speed and ability to use both feet.

Who is you favourite player, local or foreign, and why?

I have two favourite players.  [I like] Robinho because he is a very skillful player and he is very confident when he is on the ball, and Philippe Coutinho because he’s very technical and has the ability to shoot from far.  [Also], his dribbling and pace is high.

What has been your best moment in football so far?

[My best moment was] in 2015 when we played against Naparima in the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium. I picked up the ball from our half, dribbled through the team and scored.

And your worst?

[My worst moment] was recently, [while] playing Valencia Secondary [in the Coca Cola Intercol East Zone final]. I took the first penalty kick and missed.

How do you feel about local football?

I find local football to be a bit slow and [there is a] need to focus more on youth development. Many of the local teams like to encourage and engage in minor leagues [without] really focusing on youth development. We don’t have proper facilities and infrastructure to allow the youth to develop and become better footballers.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #161 on: November 28, 2017, 04:18:35 AM »
One-on-One with Akil Frank: Frankly speaking…
By Shunella Wilkinson (Wired868).


If there is just one thing you can say for certain about Akil Frank, it is that he is determined to make it big on the international football scene. And the 19-year-old Signal Hill Secondary School football captain looks like he does have a very promising future in football.

Avid for success both academically and professionally, Frank, now an Upper Sixth Business student, remains very passionate about the game. And now that he is almost ready to leave the secondary school football arena behind him, he is more determined than ever to continue to improve himself and his skill level.

Frank was only 10 when he left Trinidad, along with his mother and his two sisters, to make his home in Tobago. He attended the St Patrick’s Anglican Primary School and joined the 1976 Phoenix Academy. He had played a little football in Trinidad but it was only when he came to Tobago and joined Phoenix that he really began to take the game seriously.

Frank says that he gets much of his inspiration from two local footballers, Darren ‘Chucky’ Mitchell and Andel Brown, but it was at the Academy that the motivation to become the player that he is today was spawned.

It was there too that he first learned to maximise his assets. One of the first things you notice about his game is his speed. But not only is he quick but he has great control over the ball, his ability to dribble the ball at pace being truly remarkable.

Frank’s enthusiasm for and love of the beautiful game, which he combines with admirable self-discipline, is so great that it would be a major surprise if he failed to make the career for himself that he seems confident of making.

Here are some more things that you may not know about Akil:

Name: Akil Andwele Frank
Nicknames: Most people just call me by my last name.
Date of birth: 19 May 1998
Hometown: Cumuto
Position: Striker
Number: 10
School: Signal Hill Secondary School
Favourite food: Pizza

What is one thing most people do not know about you?

I am really into a lot of music; I like dancehall and hip hop the most.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Liming and playing video games.

What do you hope to do when you finish school?

I want to further my career in football and if that doesn’t work out for me I have a plan B; I would like to attend college and study business.

How would you describe yourself as a person?

I am passionate, romantic (lol) I am trustworthy and, if you take the time to know me, I can be very funny.

Who is your favourite player, local or foreign?

Kylian Mbappé. He did what I want to do, make it big at a young age. He is a great goal-scorer and he reminds me of how I play.

What is your favourite football team, local or foreign?

Manchester United.

What makes you stand out as a player?

My leadership skills would make me stand out and I have a strong passion for the game.

What would be success for you as a player?

Winning, scoring goals, leading my team to victory and bringing home the trophies

Who was your most important coach/coaches and why?

Coach Terry Williams. When I came to Tobago, he got me into the football from the grassroots. He has me where I am in football today.

What was your best moment in football so far? And your worst?

It was a semi-final game [against Pentecostal Light and Life in 2013] and we were down 3-2. But in the last seconds of the game, I scored a magnificent header to keep my team in the Intercol and gave us a chance to advance to the finals. That goal brought tears to my eyes. It was indeed my best moment.

And your worst?

My worst was a 4-0 loss to Shiva Boys [Hindu College on 25 October 2017].

What is your major goal for the season?

To at least end the season with the Tobago Zone Intercol trophy and, if we can, to take the National Intercol title too.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #162 on: November 28, 2017, 04:21:02 AM »
Signal Hill through to semis.
By Jonathon Matouk (Guardian).


Signal Hill Secondary advanced to the Coca-Cola National Inter-Col semi-finals yesterday, following a 1 nil victory over St Mary’s College (C.I.C) at the Plymouth Recreational Ground in Plymouth, Tobago.

A lone item from Jelanie James in the late stages of the second half proved the difference on the day, as it assured the Tobago Zone InterCol winner passage into Thursday’s semifinal against San Juan North Secondary.

It was as lacklustre a quarterfinal match-up as a football fan could imagine in recent years, as neither team registered a noteworthy opportunity on goal until the late stages of the second half.

However, in the 82nd minute, Jelanie James played hero for a second consecutive week to give the Tobago team a 1 nil lead.

The ball fell kindly to James, who headed into an open net, after Jabari Francis’ shot was spilled by “Saints” goalkeeper Regaleo Holder.

Signal Hill comfortably held on to the lead for the rest of proceedings as C.I.C failed to muster a single opportunity on goal.

The team was in high spirits after the match, and head coach Nigel de Souza believes his team has what it takes to win the title.

“We got demoted, but at the same time we have our spirits up and we are trying to bring home the title,” the Signal Hill coach stated after the conclusion of the game.

As for C.I.C, they can take solace in what was a successful season as the team placed 6th in the Premier Division standings and captured the North Zone InterCol for the first time in ten years, upsetting St.

Anthony’s College in the final.

“Difficult one to take, but I think the boys gave all that they had, Signal Hill settled better, and had the edge on us today,” C.I.C’s head coach Ryan Shim uttered at the end of the match.

Signal Hill will play San Juan North, who were East Zone InterCol champion, at 3:30 pm in the first National InterCol semi-final at 3:30 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

The later match of the round will see South Zone winner’s Shiva Boys Hindu College take on Carapichaima East at 5:30pm at the same venue.

(Teams - by Wired868.com)

Signal Hill Secondary (4-2-3-1): 25.Duvaugn Daniel (GK); 13.Giovani Sebro, 15.Darion Stewart, 6.Jokiah Leacock, 20.Jabari George; 22.Jabarry Francis (11.Kedar Combie 90+2), 7.Akiel Holdford; 10.Akil Frank (captain), 5.Tareek Richards (14.Nicholas Alfred 62), 8.Jalanie James; 9.Ronaldo Samuel (4.Jabari McMillan 79).

Unused Substitutes: 1.Isaiah Campbell (GK), 12.Dexter Cossou, 18.Keishon Small, 19.Omari Edwards.

Coach: Nigel De Souza

St Mary’s College (4-2 3-1): 30.Regaleo Holder (GK); 21.Justin Gibbon (22.Augustine Nkemakolam 85), 4.Schileon Phillip, 8.Matthaeus Granger, 12.Kevon Alonzo; 6.Justin Keith, 11.Gabriel Nanton (captain); 7.Terran Winner, 10.Michel Poon-Angeron,16.Tyrese Spicer; 19.Trey La Motte (27.Devon Charles 68).

Unused Substitutes: 1.Jordan Bidaisee (GK), 14.Elijah Bain Hares,  18.Kyle Carrington, 23.Brendon Lewis, 26.Jed Rigsby.

Coach: Ryan Shim

Referee: Keon Yorke

Wired868 Man-of-the-Match: Jokiah Leacock

Coca Cola National Intercol quarterfinals

(Monday 27 November)

Signal Hill Secondary 1 (Jalanie James 82) v St Mary’s College 0 at Plymouth;

Upcoming National Intercol Fixtures

(Thursday 30 November)

San Juan North Secondary v Signal Hill Secondary, 3.30pm, National semifinals, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College v Carapichaima East Secondary, 5.30pm, National semifinals, Ato Boldon Stadium;


St Mary’s Trey La Motte controls the ball ahead of Signal Hill’s Jelani James (#8) during the Intercol National Quarterfinal yesterday at Plymouth Recreational Grounds, Tobago.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #163 on: November 29, 2017, 05:05:59 AM »
One-on-One with Signal Hill’s Akiel Holdford: Motoring towards footballing success
By Shunella Wilkinson (Wired868).


Signal Hill Secondary midfielder Akiel Holdford is a humble, easy-going young man who aspires to one day be a mechanical engineer or, if he has to settle for less, a motor mechanic. But he is emphatically not the kind of young man who will easily settle for less.

Holdford is an excellent player who always brings his A game. He sees himself as doing much more than he has so far done in the football arena, including, with luck, helping his team to success in this year’s Tobago Zone Intercol.

Win, lose or draw, however, in that ongoing competition, he hopes to play well enough to make a really good impression and eventually earn a football scholarship. That, he says, will help him to make a better life for himself and his family.

For Holdford, ‘family’ includes just his father and his sister, with whom he lives in Tobago. But there is also the larger ‘family’ that is the St Clair Coaching School, where he first learned continues to learn the game and to improve on his God-given talent.

“I love football,” he told Wired868. “Football is my sport. When I come out to play football, I come with a mind-set to win. I don’t come to lose, I put in my everything.”

Those who have seen him on the field of play this season don’t have to be told about his leave-it-all-on-the-field attitude; they already know only too well—as do most of those against whom he has so far played.

Here are some more things that you may not know about Akiel:

Name: Akiel Holdford
Nicknames: Tacky (that’s what they call my dad)
Date of birth: 27 July, 1999
Hometown: Bethel
Position: Midfielder
Number: 7
School: Signal Hill Secondary School
Favourite food: Dumpling and chicken

What is one thing most people do not know about you?

I have no family in Tobago. It’s just me, my pops and my sister.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Listening to music and going to the beach.

What do you hope to do when you finish school?

I hope to play hard enough so that I can get a scholarship to play abroad.

What would be success for you as a player?

Winning every game that I play.

How would you describe yourself as a person?

I am friendly and easy to talk to but I have a bit of a temper which I know how to control.

Who was your most important coach/coaches and why

Urinton Samuel. I started playing football under him at St Clair Coaching School.

What makes you stand out as a player?

I love the sport and I can play it well. When I come out to play I leave my all on the field. I put my best into the sport and I am disciplined.

Who is your favourite player?

Cristiano Ronaldo.

What is your favourite football team?

Manchester United. Love to see them play football and how they knock the ball.

What was your best moment in football so far?

My best would have been when we qualified to play in [the Premier Division in] Trinidad.

And your worst?

My worst would be when I threw away a penalty in an Intercol semi-final game against Presentation (San Fernando).

What is your major goal for the season?

We would have worked hard in the SSFL but we were demoted but I want to win the Tobago Zone of the Intercol and I will work hard and put my all towards that. Go to Trinidad and see if we can qualify again. Just to do my best.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #164 on: November 29, 2017, 04:41:24 PM »
St Mary’s College (4-2 3-1): 30.Regaleo Holder (GK); 21.Justin Gibbon (22.Augustine Nkemakolam 85), 4.Schileon Phillip, 8.Matthaeus Granger, 12.Kevon Alonzo; 6.Justin Keith, 11.Gabriel Nanton (captain); 7.Terran Winner, 10.Michel Poon-Angeron,16.Tyrese Spicer; 19.Trey La Motte (27.Devon Charles 68).

Unused Substitutes: 1.Jordan Bidaisee (GK), 14 Elijah Bain Hares,  18.Kyle Carrington, 23.Brendon Lewis, 26.Jed Rigsby.


14 Elijah Bain Hares. I think this kid is the grandson of Ian Bain, former Saints, TT and Howard University standout. Can anyone verify ?

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #165 on: November 30, 2017, 04:24:55 AM »
San Juan gets Signal Hill test.
T&T Guardian Reports.


P’ville awaits winner of Bishop’s derby.

Pleasantville Secondary School’s girls football team yesterday booked its spot in the 2017 Coca Cola National Intercol Girls’ Final and await an opponent from today’s second semi-final between Bishop Anstey High School East and Bishop Anstey High School of Port-of-Spain.

Yesterday, Pleasantville defeated Carapichaima East Secondary 2-1 at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella, in a match which had to be brought forward by a day to accommodate the Carapichaima coaching staff’s involvement with the school’s boys team that is involved in today’s critical semi-final match-up against Shiva Boys Hindu College.

Pleasantville’s goals came from Aaliyah Pascal in the sixth minute and Jasandra Joseph in the 20th before Carapichaima cut the deficit through Afiyah Cornwall in the 26th, to see her team trailing 2-1 at the break.

Neither team could find the net again in the second half resulting in a win for Pleasantville and a trip to Monday’s final against the winner of today’s Bishop’s derby, which takes place at St Augustine Secondary School grounds from 3:30pm.

Meanwhile, the full line-up for the Boys’ InterCol finals will be decided this afternoon at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, the new home for football. The first match of a double-header brings together defending national champion school, San Juan North Secondary against Tobago Zone winners Signal Hill Secondary from 3:30 pm.

Two hours later, South Zone champion, Shiva Boys and Central Zone winners Carapichaima East will do battle.

San Juan North is aiming to become the first team in the Premier Division era to win back-to-back titles, while Signal Hill can become the first Tobago-based team to advance to the National InterCol final since the Premier Division began four years ago.

The boys from Bourg Mulatresse have been relentless in their pursuit to defend the national crown, scoring 11 goals with none against after - 6-0, 3-0, and 2-0 wins against El Dorado East, St. Augustine Secondary, and Valencia Secondary respectively.

Their strike-partnership of Renaldo Boyce and Brandon Semper will need to be firing on all cylinders, as the pair has accounted for almost 75% of the team’s goals in the tournament.

Signal Hill was relegated from the Premier Division at the end of a disappointing League campaign, placing 14th overall on the 15-team standings. However, the Tobago team should not be taken lightly, as it has also been in formidable knock-out competition form, scoring eight times without giving up any in the four matches it contested, including a shock 1-0 defeat of St. Mary’s College in the quarter-final meeting.

In contrast to the first match, the later kick-off will feature two teams that have never won the title.

Shiva Boys College is still on the march to redemption and it appears that the South Zone champs have put aside their unfortunate and embarrassing relegation league season from the Premier Division, scoring 14 goals and none against in its march to the semi-finals.

The South champions have dominated that zone behind 11-0, 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Moruga Secondary, Premier Division champions and last year’s national Intercol losing finalists Presentation College, San Fernando, and Naparima College respectively.

Carapichaima, on the other hand, will be the underdog team, coming from the weaker, Central Zone. On its way to today’s final-four it defeated Presentation College, Chaguanas 5-0, and Chaguanas North 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 regulation time score.

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Mama mia! Jasandra propels Pleasantville past Cornwall’s “Caps” and into final.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Carapichaima East Secondary, powered by talented Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team attacker Afiyah Cornwall, gave Big Five champions Pleasantville Secondary a scare today in the Coca Cola Girls National Intercol semifinals at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

But, in the end, Jasandra “Mama” Joseph’s 20th minute item proved to be the winner as Pleasantville triumphed 2-1 and booked their spot in next Monday’s National Intercol final, which kicks off from 3pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

“P’ville” will face the winner of tomorrow’s 3pm showdown between Bishop Anstey (Port of Spain) and Bishop Anstey East at the St Augustine Secondary ground.

No matter which Bishops show up at Couva on Monday, they face a devilishly difficult time against a balanced Pleasantville outfit which is chasing their fourth title this season, having already lifted the South Zone Championship, National Big Five and South Zone Intercol trophies.

“I have to give them credit,” Carapichaima East coach Christopher Pugh told Wired868. “I think they were very focused and organised and they were competitive. They were a little more competitive than us.”

Pleasantville had a strong spine with a wily and physically imposing midfield trio of Lorall Romaine, Kimberly Stewart and Joseph just behind clever forward Aaliyah Pascall. Together, they pushed high into opposing territory and rocked “Caps” back on their heels.

At the other end, Carapichaima goalkeeper Shanice Lazarus did not take her own goal kicks while central defender and team captain Leah Massiah could barely get her own clearances to about 30 yards from her own goal.

It spelled trouble for the Central Zone champions. Pascall took advantage of a sustained period of pressure with a close-range finish in the sixth minute while “Mama” doubled Pleasantville’s lead in the 20th minute, dancing around Massiah before stroking past Lazarus.

In between, Romain struck the bar with a thumping effort from 25 metres as Pleasantville looked set to run amok.

Carapichaima had something better than a prayer to hang on to, though; they had Cornwall.

In the 26th minute, Caps forward Angel Simon dropped off to collect the ball between the lines and Pleasantville were slow to spot the danger. In a flash, Simon played a lofted pass into Cornwall’s path and it was too late for Pleasantville to find a remedy.

Cornwall outpaced their defence and neatly steered to the right of their custodian Celine Hypolite to halve their advantage.

“Before the game, we told our team that Afiyah is the player they are going to look for,” said Pleasantville coach Joel Maloney. “[…] We knew we had to do some adjustments [to keep her quiet but] the person who was man-marking her drifted off in her own world and [Cornwall] got the ball and scored.”

It is important to understand the make-up of a girls’ school team to appreciate the bizarre unpredictability of any particular passage of play—and Pugh probably summed it up best when he said his team has three levels.

Carapichaima, for instance, had Cornwall and winger Kya Edwards with international experience for the National Under-17 Team. Then, there were midfielder Shenice Maynard and left-back Celine James, who displayed decent football IQ.

Around them, though, were a few teammates with barely a year’s experience in the game while one substitute only got her first taste of organised football in September.

Unsurprisingly, Pugh’s young ladies were always going to lean heavily on individual talent to see them through.

“We didn’t start training until the third week of September and there were setbacks pertaining to the health of some of our players,” said Pugh, who is in his first season as school coach. “We have six players with asthma and two [Cornwall and Edwards] with low blood count. So I believe we did very well when you take that into account.”

Pleasantville were a far more prepared outfit.

“Before the season started, I went to the principal [Philip Allard] and asked for players to be brought in,” said Maloney, “because we lost four starters and three subs [from last season]. So we got four players in from different schools [including Joseph] to come and work with what we have.”

By half-time, Pleasantville knew what they had to do to get to the Intercol final: stop Cornwall!

“I let them know that if someone leaves her, someone else has to take up that responsibility and we did it better in the second half,” said Maloney. “If she was on one side, Lorall [Romain] would watch her and if she switched to the other side Jasandra [Joseph] would pick her up. So we always had a body on her.”

“Mama” Joseph stayed so close to Cornwall at the start of the second half that it seemed as though they were wearing the same shirt at times. And, on at least one occasion, the Caps attacker pleaded with referee Alloy George to keep an eye open for the unnecessary physical contact that came her way.

Incidentally, Pugh also thought that Mama was dangerous enough to merit a man-marker and it made for a touch of farce, which brought a chuckle from the Carapichaima coach after the final whistle.

“It was funny,” said Pugh, “because while ‘Mama’ was trying to man-mark Ayifah, I had [Narsha Jaichan] man-marking her.”

Carapichaima were fortunate not to concede a penalty in the 51st minute as Massiah clattered into Pascall, with the contact coming after the Pleasantville attacker had lost control of the ball. George, leniently, pointed for a goal kick.

At the other end, Cornwall slipped her marker down the left flank in the 58th minute and, with Simon waiting unmarked near the penalty spot, chose to go for goal herself. Her effort beat Hypolite but rolled agonisingly wide of the far post as well.

In the 66th minute, Pascall was at it again as she twisted Massiah inside out but failed to hit the target.

“Mama” seemed in total control of the midfield area now as Maynard, having forgotten to walk with her nebuliser, faded badly in the later stages of the game. But the Pleasantville playmaker’s attempts to conjure an insurance goal for her team did leave some openings for Cornwall on the counter- attack.

In the 69th minute, Cornwall gave another reminder of her ability to wreak havoc as she ran on to a bouncing ball in her own half and neatly flicked it over the head of Pleasantville defender Latifha Prescott before knocking it around the latter’s partner, Shawnelle Rose.

Rose had the presence of mind to cynically tug Cornwall back. It earned the defender a yellow card but probably spared her team an equaliser.

“That too easy ‘Tifa!” yelled a Pleasantville supporter at the embarrassed defender. “That too easy!”

As if she could could do any better against the Central princess!

Cornwall then took the free kick herself and watched in horror as her dipping effort came off the bar; it was as close as Carapichaima would come to level terms on the evening.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Cornwall received the ball, looked at Joseph in front of her and opted to hand over responsibility to Jaichan instead. Fittingly, George promptly blew off the match. Carapichaima had nothing left.

“Hopefully next year we can start earlier,” said Pugh, “because this is my first year with the team and, with what we have here, I think we are heading in the right direction.

“[…] We have work to do but, with the proper structure, we will get somewhere. All in all, I can’t complain. I think the better team won.”

Pleasantville have a fourth title to contest now and Maloney said he will watch the clash of Bishops with assistant coach Brian London tomorrow, before they settling on the details of a training session on Friday to prepare for the National Intercol final.

“We beat [Carapichaima East] already this season and, […] after winning the national title in the Big Five competition, I think we came out overconfident today,” said Maloney. “It was good that it happened today so we can humble ourselves and come out and work hard in the final.”

If Mama is given license to roam on Monday, it will take some doing to stop Pleasantville.

Results

Pleasantville Secondary 2 (Aaliyah Pascall 6, Jasandra Joseph 20), Carapichaima East 1 (Afiyah Cornwall 26) at Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

(Teams)

Pleasantville Secondary (4-3-3): 20.Celine Hypolite (GK); 15.Ariel Stoute, 6.Shawnelle Rose, 7.Latifha Pascall, 14.Curissa Joseph; 9.Lorall Romain, 8.Jasandra Joseph, 11.Kimberly Stewart (captain) (17.Dinesha Williams 31); 13.Kimberly Sambochan (4.Zahara Mitchell 79), 10.Aaliyah Pascall, 18.Kayla Maillard (16.Kalita Francis 79).

Unused substitutes: 22.Gabriel Greene (GK), 2.Corysa Joseph, 12.Anissa Henry.

Coach: Joel Maloney

Carapichaima East Secondary (4-3-3): 1.Shanice Lazarus (GK); 10.Cynara Smith (20.Jada-Marie Joe), 11.Leah Massiah (captain), 21.Daniella Collier, 6.Celine James; 12.Annalicia Williams, 17.Shenice Maynard, 8.Narsha Jaichan; 13.Kya Edwards, 7.Afiyah Cornwall, 23.Angel Simon.

Unused substitutes: 5.Nicole Honore, 9.Andy-Ann Rowley, 16.Khristie Joseph, 30.Lana Harry.

Coach: Christopher Pugh

Referee: Alloy George

TODAY’S MATCHES - Coca Cola National - InterCol semi-finals:

Boys

San Juan North Secondary v Signal Hill Secondary – 3.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium

Shiva Boys Hindu College v Carapichaima East – 5.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium

Girls

Bishop Anstey East v Bishop Anstey POS – 3:30pm, St Augustine Secondary Grounds

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« Reply #166 on: December 01, 2017, 08:17:43 AM »
San Juan, Shiva Boys set up Inter-Col showdown.
By Walter Albey (Guardian).


San Juan North Secondary stormed into the final of the Coca Cola National InterCol tournament where it will meet Shiva Boys Hindu College on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva at 5 pm.

San Juan, the title holders, got a single goal from the boot of captain Renaldo Boyce in a 1-0 victory over a 10-man Signal Hill in the opening game of a double header, while Shiva Boys needed kicks from the penalty spot to deny Carapichaima East 3-2 after the game ended 1-1 at the end of regulation time at the same venue.

Signal Hill, a six-time winner of the tournament, could have taken the lead when Akile Frank gallopped clear from a Jabari George through-ball in the 15th minute but struck a weak shot that failed to trouble goalkeeper Stephon Byer. Thereafter San Juan took control of the game and had only itself to blame for not taking the lead early.

In the 33rd striker Renaldo Boyce blew past his marker inside the penalty area, and with only keeper Devon Daniel to beat, Boyce's attempt struck the out-stretched legs of Daniel and flew over. Later speedy winger Tyrell Cameron had the San Juan crowd on its feet when he stormed down the left flank and delivered a pin-point cross for Brandon Semper to turn nicely in the area, but his powerful left footer flew into the side nettings, as both teams went to the break with the score at nil.

The Tobagonians were hard-hit after the resumption when steady defender Jokiah Leacock received marching orders for his second bookable offence of the match, a reckless challenge on Boyce in full glare of the referee in the 47th minute.

Signal Hill were immediately affected when defender Giovanni Sebro raced from a wide position to fumble a routine clearance in the 54th minute, and Boyce tucked it into the vacant right corner for the lead.

A minute later Brandon Semper sought to seal the win with a curling effort from a free-kick on top the box but it was denied by a diving save by Daniel.

And in the 63rd minute Boyce got the opportunity to put the game beyond reach, turning clear in the box before blazing over the crossbar.

In the second game, Carapichaima forged ahead when Kevon Williams dribbled past his marker and split the Shiva defence with a diagonal pass to Elijah King in the 23rd minute. The talented Carapichaima striker picked his spot and fired the ball past the goalkeeper for the lead.

But after a series of relentless Shiva pressure the equalizer came after MasonÕs right side centre was tucked in by Junior Assoon in the 86th minute. From the penalty spot Shiva goalie Denzil Smith kept out three attempts to spearhead the victory.

Shiva, relegated from the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League, were determined to seal a final berth but were bugged down by a dogged Carapichaima defence and goalkeeper. In 35th minute Kerron MasonÕs fierce drive was parried by Aaron Best in the Carapichaima goal before being cleared.

And in the 70th Judah Garcia delivered a pin-point cross which Quin Rodney met sweetly on the head, but Best pushed it over.

Coca Cola Intercol results

(Thursday 30 November)

San Juan North Secondary 1 (Renaldo Boyce 54), Signal Hill Secondary 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College 1 (Junior Asson 84), Carapichaima East Secondary 1 (Elijah King 23) at Ato Boldon Stadium;
*—Shiva Boys won 3-2 on kicks from the penalty spot

Bishop’s Anstey East 0, Bishop’s Anstey (POS) 1 (Kiana Alexander 67) at St Augustine Secondary.

(Teams - by wired868.com)

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College (4-3-3): 22.Denzil Smith (GK); 32.Ronald Charles (5.Anderson Peters 79), 19.Yohannes Richardson, 3.Jabari Graham, 14.Matthew Beal;  15.Kierron Mason, 6.Tyrel Emmanuel, 10.Judah Garcia (captain); 17.Ronado Edwards (9.Tyrell Baptiste 54), 11.Junior Asson, 7.Quinn Rodney.

Unused Substitutes: 24.Dejon Blondell (GK), 8.Jude Phillip, 20.Adica Ash, 21.Aaron Rodney, 23.Jeremy Williams.

Coach: Hayden Ryan

Carapichaima East Secondary (1-4-3-2): 1.Aaron Best (GK); 4.Brandon St Clair; 6.Josiah King, 2.Colin Wheeler, 18.Akeil Vesprey, 3.Symron Wiseman; 9.Kevon Williams (22.Luke Charles), 12.Kirk Torres, 17.Mecaheil Alexander (captain); 8.Theophilus Bourne, 20.Elijah King (10.Daniel Pascal 65).

Unused Substitutes: 25.Aarion St Clair (GK), 7.Yohance Brereton,  11.Keilon Burnett, 16.Liju James, 23.Ivan Santos.

Coach: Randolph Boyce

Referee: Nicholai Nyron

Wired868 Man-of-the-Match: Denzil Smith (Shiva Boys’ Hindu College)

Upcoming fixtures

(Monday 4 December)

Pleasantville Secondary v Bishop’s Anstey (POS), 3pm, National Girls Intercol final, Ato Boldon Stadium;

San Juan North v Shiva Boys’ Hindu College, National Boys Intercol final, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.

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« Reply #167 on: December 02, 2017, 05:06:09 AM »
Girls, Boys Inter-Col on SportsMax.
By Ian Prescott (Express).


Sponsors announce goodies for fans ahead of Monday’s finals

For the very first time, the national Girls’ InterCol final will be broadcast live throughout the Caribbean on Sportsmax television, alongside the Boys’ final.

This was revealed at a media launch yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium VIP Lounge.

The 2017 Secondary Schools Football League Inter-Col finals will be played on Monday at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, where Port of Spain-based Bishop's Anstey face South champions Pleasantville in the schoolgirls’ final from 3 p.m., while at 5.30, champions San Juan North Secondary will defend their boys title against Shiva Boys Hindu College.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #168 on: December 02, 2017, 05:07:27 AM »
Wallace promises incident-free 2018 SSFL.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


President wof the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), William Wallace, has promised an incident-free 2018 season after the 2017 edition was plagued with issues regarding the registration of players.

Shiva Boys, the 2016 Premier Division winners, were deducted 17 points by the SSFL for the improper registration of two players – a decision which saw them relegated for the 2018 season.

Fyzabad Secondary were expelled from the competition after two players were deemed to be illegally registered as students, resulting in the police getting involved.

During a media briefing yesterday, at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, Wallace said, “We had a couple issues this year and we have taken steps (to rectify them). The decisive steps were to deal with the issues and, of course we are not just leaving it there.”

Wallace added, “There are some things that we absolutely try to make sure that they do not occur.

We are working closely with the Ministry of Education in that aspect. Yes (we’re hoping) we’ll have an incident-free 2018.”

The SSFL boss continued, “Over the years, perhaps we may have been doing things wrong in that schools were registering in a particular way and this year we decided to make sure that we follow our guidelines. We have a secretariat in place, we are doing a database on players, and that’s supposed to be completed before next (season).”

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #169 on: December 03, 2017, 04:29:14 AM »
Alexander brings the pain as Bishop POS kayo their East counterparts.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868)


Bishop Anstey High School (Port of Spain) booked their maiden appearance in a Coca Cola Girls National Intercol final this afternoon, as they edged namesake Bishop Anstey High School East 1-0 in a bruising affair at the St Augustine Secondary school ground.

Forward Kiana Alexander got the decisive goal for the Port-on-Spain outfit in the 67th minute, as she squeezed a shot past East goalkeeper Malaika Dedier from close range before being promptly flattened for her troubles.

Alexander had to be helped to the sidelines by the team medic and never made it back on to the field. Arguably, it summed up the semi-final contest that might have been the fiercest battle between siblings since Cain and Abel.

“The two teams put out a good fight,” Bishop East coach Dwayne Davis told Wired868. “I guess the team that wanted it a little more came out victorious in the end.”

Bishop Port-of-Spain will now meet Pleasantville Secondary in the National Intercol final from 3.30pm on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Pleasantville head coach Joel Maloney and assistant coach Brian London were both in the stands at St Augustine this afternoon. And although Bishop Port-of-Spain do not possess an offensive weapon of the calibre of Carapichaima East Secondary attacker Afiyah Cornwall—who gave “P-ville” a fright before eventually being subdued in Wednesday’s semi-final contest—the North Zone champions have their own strengths.

Between the uprights, lanky Bishop Port-of-Spain custodian K’lil Keshwar looked virtually flawless, ably supported as she was by her central defensive pairing of Brittney Williams and Tracey Pollard and the hard-working midfield duo of Ranae Ward and Selene Smart.

Bishop East flanker Tyanna Williams can attest to the rugged nature of the opposing back four, as she huffed and puffed without ever getting a clear sight of goal, before a strong challenge from opposing midfielder Thrissa Romany ended her on-the-field afternoon.

On the sidelines, the tears flowed freely down Tyanna’s face as she suffered the double whammy of the agony of defeat and the foot.

“The girls really came out strong for this game,” said Bishop Port-of-Spain head coach Brian Smith. “We called this game ‘BOB’—which was best of Bishops—and for us, it was really a fight. This is the first time we are getting the opportunity to play in a National Intercol final after we got to the semi-final last year; so it is a progression for us.”

Whereas Wednesday’s semi-final contest was illuminated by the individual ability of the Pleasantville pairing of Jasandra “Mama” Joseph and Aaliyah Pascall and the Carapichaima duo of Cornwall and Kya Edwards, today’s affair was more notable for solid organisation and stubborn defending.

Tyanna threatened down both flanks while Christi-Ann Wood and Jalene Sobers showed their quality in central midfield for the East Zone outfit. But, with striker Lillian Selvon missing through injury, Bishop East just could not engineer a way past the stubborn Pollard or the perceptive Williams.

At the other end, Ward looked a bright prospect in central midfield for Bishop Port-of-Spain while forward Chantal Thurrell buzzed cleverly between the lines. But the East back four, protected by the deep-lying Wood, was not easily breached either.

Eventually a brief period of sustained pressure and a rare defensive lapse made the difference.

In the 66th minute, Dedier showed sharp reflexes, producing a double save to thwart Ward from close quarters. The subsequent corner was partially cleared too. But just seconds later, Jovannah Williams—converted from central defender owing to another East injury—failed to cut out a right-side cross from Leah Dos Santos and Alexander pounced, controlling the ball quickly before poking it beyond the opposing goalkeeper.

Dedier’s momentum took her into Alexander, though, and as the Bishop Port-of-Spain players pranced in celebration, the goal-scorer remained on the ground, hurt.

On the day, Alexander could not continue. But her school will progress in the National Intercol competition.

At the final whistle, Bishop Port-of-Spain players sang in unison:

“B-I-S-H-O-P-S… Bishops, Bishops, we’re the best!

“Call the linesman, call the ref; tell them that we come to sweat!”

As the Pleasantville coaches and a few of their players headed for the exit, a Bishop East player hobbled over to have a word with one of the southern visitors.

“I hope allyuh beat them,” she said, in a hushed, clipped tone.

There might be a need for additional medical staff for the next Best of Bishops derby.

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Bishop Anstey High School (POS) (4-4-2): 1.K’lil Keshwar (GK); 2.Anna Blake, 18.Brittney Williams, 6.Tracey Pollard, 11.Maia Salandy; 7.Leah Dos Santos (captain), 10.Ranae Ward, 17.Selene Smart, 8.Thrissa Romany; 14.Chantal Thurrell, 9.Kiana Alexander (16.Joanna Kennedy 70).

Unused substitutes: 22.Kesi Bennett (GK), 21.Brittney Panteau, 19.Nia Thomas Brown, 4.Tianna Aming, 15.Raesa Ali, 12.Anais Ferguson.

Coach: Brian Smith

Bishop Anstey High School East (4-2-3-1): 1.Malaika Dedier (GK); 18.Shaian Balliram, 9.Jovanah Williams, 12.Glennel Hyacenth, 4.Alexandria Douglas; 14.Christi-Anne Wood, 19.Jalene Sobers; 11.Victoria Williams, 16.Sarah Guyadeen, 10.Tyanna Williams (3.Joleen Noreiga 75); 21.Sheridan Pollonais (8.Akia Morris 66).

Unused substitutes: 2.Latoya Paul, 13.Dalia Wilson, 17.Asianya Bruce, 20.Tinille Matthews, 23.Khaleeqa Garrett.

Coach: Dwayne Davis

Referee: Oswald Samuel

Wired868 Player-of-the-Match: Tracey Pollard (Bishop Anstey POS)

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #170 on: December 03, 2017, 04:29:49 AM »
Provisional All-Star teams

South:

Goalkeepers:

Jabari Gray (Presentation College [San F’do]) Levi Fernandez, (Naparima College), Denzil Smith (Shiva Boys’ Hindu College).

Defenders:

Daquon Foster, Mickel Revello (St Benedict’s College), Mylz Barrington (Presentation College [San F’do]), Tyrike Andrews, Rondell Payne (Naparima College), Jabari Graham, Yohannes Richardson (Shiva Boys’ Hindu College), Symron Wiseman (Carapichaima East Secondary).

Midfielders:

Darnell Hospedales, Jerrin Jackie, Ackeel Jacob, Jordan Riley (Presentation College [San F’do]), Tyrel Emmanuel, Judah Garcia, Quinn Rodney (Shiva Boys’ Hindu College), Theophilus Bourne (Carapichaima East Secondary), Jeron Pantor, Judah St Louis (Naparima College).

Forwards:

Josiah King (Carapichaima East Secondary) Omri Baird (Presentation College [San F’do]), Isa Bramble (Naparima College) Reuel Tyson (St Benedict’s College), Junior Asson, Tyrell Baptiste (Shiva Boys’ Hindu College).

Coach: Shawn Cooper

North:

Goalkeepers:

Hezron D’Abreau (Valencia Secondary), Regaleo Holder (St Mary’s College), Emmanuel John (Trinity College East)

Defenders:

Joshua Araujo-Wilson (Fatima College), Matthaeus Granger (St Mary’s College), Derron John, Jesse Williams (St Anthony’s College), Giovanni Lewis (Valencia Secondary), Anfernee Stokes (QRC), Kyle Thomas (San Juan North Secondary).

Midfielders:

Tyrese Bailey, Haile Beckles, Che Benny (St Anthony’s College), Saleem Henry (Trinity College Moka), Gabriel Nanton, Tyrese Spicer (both St Mary’s College), Nathaniel Perouse (San Juan North Secondary), Anthony Samuel (St Augustine Secondary).

Forwards:

Justin Wilson-Araujo (Fatima College), Renaldo Boyce, Brandon Semper (San Juan North Secondary) Devon Charles (St Mary’s College), Akil Frank (Signal Hill Secondary), Kishon Hackshaw (Trinity College East), Kerri Mc Donald (Speyside High School).

Coach: Ronald Daniel

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #171 on: December 04, 2017, 05:34:27 AM »
San Juan North eyes National Intercol repeat.
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).


San Juan North Secondary, the defending National Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Boys’ InterCol champion will go after a second straight national title when it faces Shiva Boys’ Hindu College at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, from 5pm today.

Prior to the Boys’ final, the National Girls’ InterCol decider between Bishop Anstey High School (Port-of-Spain) and Pleasantville Secondary will take place from 3pm.

However, all eyes will be on the clash between the Jerry Moe-coached San Juan North, which edged another South team, Presentation College of San Fernando 1-0 in last year’s decider, and Shiva Boys.

Last week at the same venue in the semi-finals, San Juan North got a strike from Renaldo Boyce, his sixth of the competition to edge Signal Hill Secondary 1-0 while coach Hayden Ryan had national Under-20 goalkeeper Denzil James to thank after he made three saves in the penalty-kicks shoot-out to earn Shiva Boys a 3-2 win over Carapichaima East Secondary after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Should San Juan North, which ended a ten-year drought by lifting the crown last year, take home the title today for a third time in the school’s history, it will become the first team since St Anthony’s College in 2011 and 2012 to win back-to-back national InterCol crowns, and also the first school to achieve the same feat since the Premier Division was introduced in 2014. It is that history which captain Renaldo Boyce hopes will get them over the line but he indicated that winning must start from within.

“The main concern for our team is really controlling our thoughts and emotions. It will be a very emotional game because we could make history by winning the InterCol back to back. “The hard work our team puts out is with motivation and the aim of winning it back to back.”

Shiva Boys meanwhile, are hoping to end a season which promised so much, but ended in chaos and demotion due to administrative mix-ups on their part by lifting a first national InterCol crown to add to their maiden Premier Division title triumph from last year.

Their captain, Judah Garcia said his team had to dig deep in that semi final but should continue to find motivation to win it all on Monday to redeem his team’s season. “I want to say thanks to the guys for putting this behind us.

This InterCol means a lot to us because losing the league in the protest room and not on the field the guys are sure to tell you that we are going out to come out with nothing less than a victory,” he said.

Spectators at today’s match will also have a chance to win door prizes inclusive of two Play Station 4 consoles, and an iPhone 8 while reigning two-time Soca Monarch champion Voice will perform live.


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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #172 on: December 04, 2017, 10:40:04 AM »
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« Reply #173 on: December 04, 2017, 06:55:07 PM »
Bishop's Anstey 6 vs Pleasantville 0
Shiva 2 vs San Juan 2

Intercol Champions 2017

Girls - Bishop's Anstey
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« Reply #174 on: December 04, 2017, 07:32:24 PM »
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« Reply #175 on: December 04, 2017, 08:38:07 PM »
Bishop Anstey win Intercol in style
By Stephon Nicholas (T&T Newsday)


Ranae Ward netted a hat-trick while Brittney Williams added two as Bishop Anstey humiliated Pleasantville 6-0 today, at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, to claim the Coca-Cola National Girls Intercol title.

Pleasantville entered the game as favourites, but they were second best from start to finish to a Bishop team spurred on by a lively and vocal group of students and staff members. Bishop were clearly the better team and banged in goals from all directions past Celine Hypolite in the Pleasantville goal who was in tears before the final whistle sounded.

Ward, a diminutive central midfielder, opened the floodgates in the third minute through a freekick, which looped over the wall, struck the right post, and nestled to the back of Hypolite’s goal.

Hypolite’s nightmare afternoon between the sticks got even worse in the 23rd minute when Ward converted a penalty, after referee Cecile Hinds ruled for a hand-ball by defender Shawnelle Rose.

In a rare opportunity for Pleasantville, captain Latifha Pascall tried her luck with a freekick which was safely held by the impressive Bishop Anstey goalkeeper Klil Keshwar.

The game was virtually over as a contest in the 50th when defender Williams blasted home a penalty, after her skipper Leah Dos Santos was taken down in the box by Hypolite.

Ward played a crucial role in Bishop Anstey fourth goal in the 64th, surging down the right past a number of flat-footed defenders, before she squared the ball to the path of Chantal Murrell. The striker, inside the penalty box, controlled the ball and shot against the back of defender Dinesha Williams and into the goal.

A pair of audacious long-range efforts, from 35 metres out, ended Pleasantville’s misery.

In the 69th, Williams caught Hypolite unawares with a successful effort, which embarrassed the 'keeper to such an extent that she needed the support of teammate Jasandra Joseph as well as a a word from referee Hinds to continue.

And a similar occurrence took place in the 77th, after Ward’s speculative right-footed effort bounced past her for a deserved hat-trick.

Results

Bishop Anstey POS 6 (Ranae Ward 9, 26 pen, 72, Brittney Williams 45 pen, 64, Kiana Alexander 61), Pleasantville Secondary 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

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Pleasantville Secondary (4-2-3-1): 20.Celine Hypolite (GK); 15.Ariel Stoute (11.Kimberley Stewart), 7.Latifha Pascall (captain) (2.Corysa Joseph), 14.Curissa Joseph, 17.Dinesha Williams; 8.Jasandra Joseph, 6.Shawnelle Rose; 10.Aaliyah Pascall, 9.Lorall Romain, 13.Kimberley Samboochan (18.Kayla Maillard 34); 5.Teamica Barron.

Unused substitutes: 22.Gabriel Greene (GK), 21.Zahara Mitchell, 12.Anissa Henry, 16.Shackema Buntin, 19.Kalifa Francis.

Coach: Joel Maloney

Bishop Anstey High School (POS) (4-4-2): 1.K’lil Keshwar (GK); 2.Anna Blake, 18.Brittney Williams, 6.Tracey Pollard, 11.Maia Salandy; 7.Leah Dos Santos (captain), 10.Ranae Ward, 17.Selene Smart (15.Raesa Ali), 8.Thrissa Romany (16.Joanna Kennedy); 14.Chantal Thurrell, 9.Kiana Alexander (21.Brittney Panteau).

Unused substitutes: 22.Kesi Bennett (GK), 4.Tianna Aming, 13.Brianna Ferguson,19.Nia Thomas Brown.

Coach: Brian Smith

Referee: Cecile Hinds

MVP: Renae Ward (Bishop Anstey POS)

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #176 on: December 05, 2017, 04:08:48 AM »
Shiva Boys Inter-Col kings.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


A double strike by Shiva Boys Hindu College’s Tyrel ‘Pappy’ Emmanuel in the 71st and 78th minutes guided his team to its first ever Coca Cola National InterCol title, prevailing 2-0 over the defending champions San Juan North Secondary in the final yesterday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The in-form Quin Rodney threatened to break the tension early when his cross from the left flank was gobbled up by goalkeeper Shaundel Byer before it could reach a sliding Judah Garcia midway in the half. But it had set the stage for the victory the Penal boys desired after their season in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) ended in relegation and disgrace.

Emmanuel who was later voted Man of the Match said the victory was one for the whole of the south area after their season was hampered by a series of off-the-field decisions.

“Pappy” as he is affectionately called by his fans, later tormented the San Juan defenders in the 35th minute before delivering perfect cross for Assoon, but the midfielder under pressure from an opposing defender, could not direct his header on target.

During the run of play, however, San Juan almost got the break-through it wanted. Kyle Thomas found himself at the end of a long pass by Kareem John, but after his initial header was blocked by the goalkeeper in the 37th minute, Thomas got another bite of the cherry when Renaldo Boyce centred for him from the rebound. But with the goal at his mercy, he blazed over with his team-mates already calling it a goal.

In the fluctuating affair, Emmanuel thought he had given his team the first goal when his stinging left footed drive from on top the 18 yards box was pushed on to the crossbar by Byer before going over. And with the half-time interval approaching San Juan got a golden opportunity to take the lead. Renaldo Boyce raced clear from a through ball and after going past Thomas and the goalkeeper, he then lifted the ball into the hands of the custodian with the goal gaping open.

Byer, However could do nothing when Thomas was stripped of the ball in defence by Rodney in the 71st minute before his cheeky pass to Emmanuel was slotted into an open net.

Thereafter, the southerners enjoyed a period of control, passing the ball around to its players with a show of confidence, before they drilled the dagger into the heart of the San Juan boys. Kerron Mason, the architect sent Emmanuel through on the right side and with his marker attempting to chauffeur him down the flank, the talented Emmanuel instead cut inside to beat Byer with a fierce low left footer in the 78th minute.

Emmanuel who along with Rodney had dominated the proceedings all night long, was denied the opportunity at his hat-trick when he was set free down the right side in the 82nd, but his effort was blocked by the timely intervention of Byer.

After the game Shiva coach Hayden Ryan said he always knew the trophy was headed down to Penal. He praised his players for the grit shown in the game and promised his school will be back next year.

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Dance, Pappy, dance! Tyrel magic lifts Shiva Boys past San Juan North.
By Roneil Walcott (Wired868).


A super double strike from Shiva Boys’ Hindu College midfield general Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel settled the 2017 Coca Cola National Intercol final this evening, the “Penal Princes” downing defending champions San Juan North Secondary 2-0 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

It meant a maiden National Intercol title for Shiva Boys, whose Premier Division title challenge was derailed by backroom mismanagement after errors in the registration of midfielder Kierron Mason and left-back Matthew Beal.

Shiva Boys will compete in the second tier Championship Division next season and, remarkably, this evening’s contest was the third time in four years that a relegation-bound team lifted the Intercol trophy. Mucurapo East Secondary did it in 2014 and San Juan North in 2016—although the latter team managed to stay up thanks to boardroom manoeuvring.

Today, before another 3,000-strong crowd in Couva, San Juan rarely looked like repeating their feat from last year and mostly troubled Shiva from set pieces. Last year’s National Intercol final match-winner Brandon Semper cut a frustrating figure for most of the contest, and time and time again, he and his attacking partner Renaldo Boyce were made to tough it out against the Shiva backline.

Although on Friday Boyce had emphatically stated that the National Intercol trophy would be heading to the East with the boys from Bourg Mulatresse, today proved to be Shiva’s date with destiny.

Last Thursday, the Penal Princes took their fans through a roller-coaster of emotions when they battled back from a one-goal deficit to get past Carapichaima East Secondary on penalty kicks. And while some extra palpitations would have been caused by Quinn Rodney’s dazzling runs down the left flank and a 38th minute Pappy effort that crashed off the bar after a fingertip save by San Juan keeper Shawndell Byer, today’s contest was easier to stomach for the faint-hearted among the Shiva contingent.

Pappy saw to that in the second half, producing two clinical left-footed strikes in the 68th and 79th minutes to settle the outcome.

Shiva coach Hayden Ryan could not be a happier man.

“It’s a feeling of jubilation right now and I can’t finish expressing that enough,” Ryan said. “I told the boys in the room that one team will be crying after the last whistle and I knew that it would not be us because we were ready for this game and we showed Trinidad and Tobago and the world that we were ready for this game.”

The first golden swing of Pappy’s left boot came after substitute Tyrell Baptiste dispossessed a San Juan defender just outside the area before passing to the speedy Rodney. And while San Juan coach Jerry Moe suggested that his players shot themselves in the foot with the defensive error, a gleeful Pappy made no mistake, receiving Rodney’s accurate square pass from the left before kissing his shot off the base of the post and into the back of the net.

“The first goal was as a result of a mistake and we were chasing the game for the second goal so that didn’t really matter,” Moe told Wired868. “But the first goal was the turning point in the game.”

As Ryan put it, his gifted midfielder was able “to seize the moment” when two glorious opportunities came his way. San Juan, however, tellingly, were unable to capitalise on their half-chances.

“I think today we didn’t do enough in their 18-yard box [to win the game],” Moe said. “That final pass was lacking and [we didn’t get] those shots on target. Kudos to Shiva Boys’ because they did better than us inside their 18-yard box.”

With the game still goalless in the 43rd minute, Boyce, who had scored in every Intercol round up until today, sent a left-footed shot straight at Shiva goalie Denzil Smith—albeit from a tight—after skipping past a wild Ronald Charles challenge and initially rounding the custodian.

And after a goal-bound Boyce was stopped dead in his tracks by a brilliant Yohannes Richardson tackle in the 47th minute, Moe looked on in agony as, mere moments later, a sweet right-footed volley by midfielder Lukeman Brooks sailed just over the bar.

In a game where chances were few and far between for the defending National Intercol champions, chances like those had to count.

The 2016 Premier Division champions were intent on ensuring that their opponents could find no way back into the contest, though, and after Rodney sent a close-range volley well over the bar in the 57th minute, Pappy stepped up.

Not satisfied with his first item, Pappy notched his brace in the 79th minute after receiving a well-disguised pass from Mason. He checked inside defender Isaiah Chase and stylishly stroked past Byer.

It was all part of the plan for Ryan and Shiva.

“I think we made some adjustments at half-time that put the team in a stronger position to dominate the game,” Ryan said. “I think one or two of the midfielders were going too high and we needed to bring them back to hold the midfield. And allowing those guys to play football and pushing Pappy higher up brought the result.”

With no time to bother about having had to pick the ball out of his net, Byer saved brilliantly with his feet to deny Shiva striker Junior Asson in the 83rd minute. Meanwhile, Semper’s search for a consolation item on the other end came up short when his 35-metre free kick just sailed over Smith’s crossbar.

At the blast of referee Rodphin Harris’ final whistle, some San Juan players sprawled out on the turf, left inconsolable by the final result.

But Moe suggested that his charges should take this loss on the chin.

“When I win, I don’t get carried away and when I lose I don’t get carried away,” Moe said. “This is just a football game; life goes on. We just have to wheel and come again. Basically, it’s to let the players keep their heads up because there are more important things in life than football.”

And while the truth of Moe’s comments should not be underestimated, his message may resonate with Boyce and company this evening. They will be acutely aware that they made the trek from Bourg Mulatresse and played their part in an exciting final today but they had no answer for “Pappy” as his second-half goals allowed Shiva Boys to end 2017 with broad smiles and an even bigger trophy.

Ryan and his Shiva charges were able to pull off a major victory on the field of play and exorcise some demons which spawned by their own off-the-field mismanagement. The newly-crowned National Intercol champs are set for Championship action next year but Ryan is looking forward to the task with great zest.

“Of course I’ll be here. As long as they bring me back, I’ll be here,” said Ryan. “This is my team. I love it. I love to support the Penal-based grassroots teams. The grassroots team arrived tonight.”

Can fans expect players such as Pappy, Smith and skipper Judah Garcia to turn out in the Championship Division next year too?

“The nucleus of the team will be back for next year,” said a beaming Ryan. “Anywhere this team goes, they will go. This is their team.”

In about ten months’ time, the SSFL followers will see if Shiva really remains a potent force. For now, the Penal Princes will simply bask in the glory of winning their maiden National Intercol title.

Results

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College 2 (Tyrel Emmanuel 68, 79), San Juan North Secondary 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

(Teams)

Shiva Boys’ Hindu College (4-3-3): 22.Denzil Smith (GK); 32.Ronald Charles, 19.Yohannes Richardson,3.Jabari Graham, 14.Matthew Beal; 15.Kierron Mason, 6.Tyrel Emmanuel, 10.Judah Garcia (captain); 17.Ronado Edwards (9.Tyrell Baptiste 63), 11.Junior Asson, 7.Quinn Rodney.

Unused Substitutes: 1.Jasse Aguillera (GK), 5.Anderson Peters, 8.Jude Phillip, 20.Adica Ash, 21.Aaron Rodney, 23.Jeremy Williams.

Coach: Hayden Ryan

San Juan North (4-4-1-1): 1.Shawndell Byer (GK); 20.Isaiah Chase, 7.Josiah Beard, 21.Kyle Thomas, 17.Kareem John; 8.Lukeman Brooks (16.Obadele Dickson 80), 22.Nathaniel Perouse, 3.Elair Brewster, 2.Tyrell Cameron (4.Kareem Grant 80); 6.Brandon Semper; 9.Renaldo Boyce (captain).

Unused Substitutes: 30.Emmanuel Clarke (GK), 5.Keon McPherson, 13.Marcus Berot, 15.Jordan Britto, 19.Sherwin Williams.

Coach: Jerry Moe

Referee: Rodphin Harris

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WATCH: Coca Cola National Intercol 2017--Coronation Day! Shiva Boys' Hindu College and Bishop Anstey High School (POS) are crowned champions in a thrilling final day of action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 4 December 2017

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Salute Shiva Boys — An exceptional unit
« Reply #178 on: December 07, 2017, 06:33:51 PM »
Salute Shiva Boys — An exceptional unit
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


Shiva Boys Hindu College waltzed away with the Coca Cola National Intercol title for the first time in their history. They were given no favours as they did it the hard way with a tough draw having to beat Presentation College San Fernando and Naparima College, before moving on to the national semi-final where they had to crack a tough Carapichaima East Secondary School (Caps). Their victorious journey ended when they got the better of San Juan North Secondary in the final.

I wrote a few weeks ago after the fifth round of the League that I thought Shiva Boys were hard to beat and they were always big favourites to have won the League. Unfortunately, I did not cater for their maladministration and they lost points off the field, much to the chagrin of the players that worked so hard to put the College on the footballing map of T&T.

Shiva Boys are a well-rounded, well-drilled and talented offensive unit. They possess excellent players throughout their team and most of them seem comfortable in playing in more than one position. They have the best goalkeeper in the League in Denzil Smith — he commands his box well and if he continues to work hard, it won’t be long before he is called up to the senior men’s squad.

Defensively, they have some tough men at the back. Yohannes Richardson is extremely talented and reads the game superbly. Jabari Graham is a tough tackler, while the wing backs Matthew Beal and Ronald Charles work the line well with Beal especially dangerous on the left side.

Kierron Mason plays the defensive midfielder in the team. He is a good tackler and wins the ball back for his team. When he learns to use the ball better and make more purposeful passes, his skill level will improve. Judah Garcia and Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel are similar players; very creative and they both kick the ball with both feet. “Pappy” in particular is a very intelligent player.

Quinn Rodney is a ball of fire. He is superb with the ball at his feet, quick, and uses both feet well. He has to start to learn to finish better and get his cross ball with more accuracy.

Ronaldo Edwards plays the right side but is more of an orthodox type wide midfielder and is not as gifted as Rodney but he works hard. Junior Assoon up front is a tricky customer who can score goals if given the opportunity and Tyrel Baptiste coming from the bench is quick and can score goals.

All-in-all, Shiva Boys offer a delightful game of football. They move the ball around well, defend in numbers and attack with precision. They are easily the best unit in the SSFL—a shame that they will not be next season’s SSFL Premier division.

I hope those responsible have absolutely nothing to do with football again at the school.

Shiva Boys in the Premier division is a great advert for the SSFL and it would be welcomed if the General Council of the League implement a new rule allowing the National Intercol winners a place in the Premier League should they not qualify through their zone or if they are relegated. For example, in Europe, Manchester United did not qualify for the Champions League because they finished outside of the top four of the English Premier League. However, because they won the Europa League, they were automatically granted a place in the Champions League. Think about it - we want the best playing with the best, and it would be great incentive for future Intercol winners.
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #179 on: December 07, 2017, 06:53:47 PM »
Shiva Boys in the Premier division is a great advert for the SSFL and it would be welcomed if the General Council of the League implement a new rule allowing the National Intercol winners a place in the Premier League should they not qualify through their zone or if they are relegated.

pro league or super league? which one?