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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #60 on: October 20, 2017, 03:24:55 AM »
‘Tigers’ jump to 2nd spot.
By Nigel Simon (Guardian).


St Anthony’s College climbed to the second place on the Shell/First Citizens Secondary Schools Football League 16-team Premier Division standings after a feisty 3-2 win over San Juan North Secondary at San Juan North Ground, Bourg Mulatresse, San Juan yesterday.

With leaders Naparima College (26 points) on a bye and second placed Presentation College of San Fernando (22) and fourth placed defending champions Shiva Boys Hindu College (20), having their matches postponed due to unplayable conditions at Fatima and Morne Diablo grounds respectively, the ‘Westmooring Tigers’ were gifted a chance to move up the table.

At the end of the 90-minute contest at San Juan North, they did just that in a very physical contest which saw the expulsion of three players in the dying seconds of the clash.

Jesse Williams of St Anthony’s, Kyle Thomas of San Juan and Kareem John were all given their marching orders for off the ball incidents. Referee Hasely Colette gave John his marching orders after a straight red card in the 90th minute, while Thomas and Williams were sent off after their second bookings each, which were recorded in the 90th-minute of the contest.

Earlier in the match, former national youth player Jaydon Powell converted a penalty to put St Anthony’s ahead, but within four minutes Tyrell Cameron replied for the host, only for N’Kosi Salandy to restore the visitors lead, seven minutes later.

Che Benny, another national youth team member on the ‘Tigers” roster then extended his team’s advantage in the 63rd minute, but San Juan North quickly claw its back into the contest with a Ronaldo Boyce goal in the 66th minute.

The visitors then held on to the narrow lead, with the match ending on sour note for both teams with the dismissals.

With the win, St Anthony’s moved to 24 points from 11 matches and three left to play, two behind Naparima followed by Presentation (22) and Shiva Boys (20), with the latter two having a match in hand each.

Prior to the kick off of matches yesterday, the standings was re-adjusted after the SSFL Executive met and decided to suspend Fyzabad Secondary due to the wrongful use of players Dez Jones and Maurice Dick.

At the bottom end of the standings, Queen’s Royal College and St Benedict’s College picked up crucial wins over fellow strugglers Signal Hill 4-2 and Trinity College Moka 3-2 respectively, to enhance their chances of surviving the relegation drop.

Also, Trinity East got a double from Romario Williams and one from Jarved Elcock in a 3-0 blanking of St Augustine Secondary a at Trincity while Carapichaima East also won 3-0 at Speyside.

Yesterday’s Results

St Benedict’s 3 (Zion Broadbelt 16th, Reuel Tyson 60th, Jabari Jones 77th) vs Trinity Moka 2 (Joshua Fraser 86th, Saleem Henry 94th Pen)

Trinity East 3 (Romaro Williams 2, Jarved Elcock) vs St Augustine 0

Carapichaima East 3 (Mecaheil Alexander, Theophilus Bourne, Elijah King) vs Speyside 0

QRC 4 (Kalev Keil 2, Miguel Williams, Randy Harris) vs Signal Hill 2 (Jabari Mc Millian, own goal)

St Anthony’s 3 (Jaydon Powell 30th pen, N’Kosi Salandy 41st, Che Benny 63rd) vs San Juan North 2 (Tyrell Cameron 34th, Ronaldo Boyce 66th)

Yesterday’s postponed matches

Fatima vs Presentation @ Fatima Ground, Mucurapo Road

Shiva Boys vs St Mary’s @ Morne Diablo

Upcoming SSFL fixtures

(Saturday 21 October)

St Augustine Secondary v St Anthony’s College, 3.40pm, St Augustine;

Naparima College v Speyside High, 3.40pm, Lewis Street;

Presentation College v Trinity College East, 3.40pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

Carapichaima East v QRC, 3.40pm, Carapichaima;

St Mary’s College v Fatima College, 3.40pm, St Mary’s;

Signal Hill v Trinity College Moka, 3.40pm, Signal Hill;

St Benedict’s College v Shiva Boys HC, 3.40pm, Barrackpore;

Fyzabad Secondary v San Juan North, 3.40pm, Fyzabad.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #61 on: October 20, 2017, 06:14:16 PM »
SSFL Zonal U19 Division Winners:

Central: Chaguanas North Secondary School
East: Valencia Secondary School
North: East Mucurapo Secondary School
South: Moruga Secondary School
Tobago: Bishop's High School (1st Zonal title SSFL ever. SSFL came to Tobago in 1980)

Tuesday 24th Oct
BHS vs CNSS
VSS vs MSS

Friday 27th Oct
CNSS vs VSS
EMSS vs MSS

Sunday 29th Oct
MSS vs BHS
EMSS vs VSS

Tuesday 31st Oct
VSS vs BHS
CNSS vs EMSS

Friday 3rd Nov
MSS vs CNSS
BHS vs EMSS
Trinidad and Tobago 1st
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #62 on: October 21, 2017, 05:16:13 AM »
Garcia disturbed by Fyzabad football fiasco, launches investigation.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


Minister of Education, Anthony Garcia, said the controversy involving the Fyzabad Secondary football team is embarrassing and disturbing for the Ministry, and promised a thorough investigation into the fiasco.

On Thursday, Fyzabad Secondary were kicked out of the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) after fielding two ineligible players.

The two players were accepted into Lower Six and permitted to play SSFL as it was believed they had at least four CSEC passes. But according to SSFL general secretary Azaad Mohammed-Khan, rumours began to surface which prompted them to make some enquiries.

Their investigations revealed the footballers did not have the necessary qualifications and their documents to gain admission into Lower Six were fraudulent.

In a press release on Thursday, the SSFL revealed they have forwarded all documents to the Ministry of Education.

Garcia, speaking about the situation yesterday, said, “The news is very disturbing to us at the Ministry of Education. Our Chief Education Officer (Heeralal Seecharan), in a meeting with me this morning, told me that he asked the examination section of the Ministry to get information with respect to the performance of the students at the CSEC exam.

He told me as a result of that investigation, it was found that those two boys did not write the June exam. He has instructed the line supervisor of the school to conduct a thorough investigation into this whole issue as to how those two students could be enrolled as players without meeting the established criteria.”

The SSFL press release on Thursday stated the players’ January 2017 examination results were falsified while Garcia indicated they did not write any examinations in June either.

Garcia said the principals of the various schools have the responsibility to ensure these situations don’t happen.

“It is a league that is supposed to be administered by the principals.

“Of course, the principals have delegated that responsibility to either the games master or somebody else in authority, but essentially it is a principal’s league and as a result it falls directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. Therefore, an infraction like this will do nothing but embarrass the Ministry of Education.”

Garcia said after more investigations are done, more action may be taken on the guilty parties. “This is why we are calling for a full investigation to find out who is culpable, and if there is action to be taken, the Ministry of Education will take the necessary action based on our findings.”

The Minister is calling on those involved to be an example for the younger generation. “Remember we teach children, and in everything that we do, we must have uppermost in our minds the fact it is children who we teach.

“In teaching children, we must teach them the proper values, we must teach them honesty, we must teach them everything that will benefit and uplift them.”

Garcia stressed that the footballers must meet the necessary academic qualifications. “Of course (they must meet the criteria).

We encourage our schools to take part in sporting activities and therefore schools where sport is played, it must not be a football school or a cricket school it must be a school where sport is played.”

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #63 on: October 22, 2017, 01:40:27 AM »
Fyzabad principal suspends all football.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


PRINCIPAL of Fyzabad Secondary Troy Jebodhsingh is taking a no-nonsense approach to the football fiasco that is surrounding his school, as all footballers at the school are now being punished for the unfortunate situation faced by the Premier Division team.

The Fyzabad Premier Division team were kicked out of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) on Thursday. Two players on the team, despite not writing any CSEC examinations, were accepted into Lower Six in September. The SSFL made the decision to throw the Premier Division team out of the SSFL and pass all documents to the Ministry of Education to conduct further investigations. Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, confirmed with Newsday on Friday that a thorough investigation will be done.

President of the SSFL William Wallace did not punish the other football teams at the school, but the Fyzabad prinicipal made the decision to suspend all the other football teams.

Wallace said, "We (SSFL) did not penalise those teams so they were free to play in those divisions - Girls, Under-14 and Under-16 - but we received a letter however from the principal yesterday (Friday), saying that he has suspended all football in his school. He is doing an internal investigation."

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #64 on: October 22, 2017, 01:43:07 AM »
Naparima crush Speyside 5-0 in SSFL.
By Jelani Beckles (Newsday).


NAPARIMA College stayed on top of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division with a convincing display in Round 13 action at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima, yesterday.

Naparima remained two points clear at the top of the standings with a 5-0 win over last-placed Speyside High School. Everybody wanted to score for Naparima on the day as five different players found the back of the net.

Judah St Louis opened the scoring in the 17th minute, a lead Naparima took to halftime. The floodgates opened in the second half with Nikel Rawlins and Ronaldo McIntosh scoring in the 51st and 59th minutes respectively. Two late goals from Tyrike Andrews (84th) and Isa Bramble (90th) rounded off the scoring for Naps.

Second placed St Anthony’s College stayed in contention for the title with a 4-2 victory over St Augustine Secondary at the latter’s school ground. St Anthony’s also shared the goals with Jadon Powell, Che Benny, Jodel Brown and Haile Beckles all getting their names on the scoresheet. Nykoaea James and Jerell Maloney netted consolation items for St Augustine.

At St Mary’s College Ground, the home team suffered a 5-1 defeat to fellow North-based team Fatima College. After no goals in the first half, the goals flowed in the second half as Jean-Hein McFee and Joshua Araujo-Wilson scored two goals apiece. Zachary Welch was not left off the scoresheet for Fatima, while St Mary’s got a consolation goal from the penalty spot.

In the other match played yesterday, Queen’s Royal College moved further from the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory over Carapichaima East at the latter’s school ground.

The St Benedict’s-Shiva Boys contest and the Presentation San Fernando-Trinity East match were postponed due to rain, while the Signal Hill-Trinity contest did not kick off as Trinity could not get a flight to Tobago. San Juan North were on a bye as Fyzabad Secondary were thrown out of the league on Thursday after fielding two ineligible players.

SSFL Results

Naparima College 5 (Judah St Louis 17 pen, Nikel Rawlins 49, Ronaldo McIntosh 59, Tyrike Andrews 84, Isa Bramble 90+2), Speyside High 0 at Larry Gomes Stadium;

St Mary’s College 1 (Trey La Motte 72 pen), Fatima College 5 (Joshua Araujo-Wilson 60, 69, Jaheim McFee 70, 75, Zachary Welch 90) at St Mary’s;

St Augustine Secondary 2 (Nykoaba James 24, Jirel Maloney 24), St Anthony’s College 4 (Jaydon Prowell 12, Che Benny 16, Kishorn Alexander 65, Haile Beckles 77) at St Augustine;

Carapichaima East 1, QRC 2 at Carapichaima.

(Teams - by wired868.com)

Naparima College (4-2-3-1): 1.Levi Fernandez (GK); 15.Shadeon Arthur (11.Nikel Rawlins), 5.Rondell Payne (captain), 2.Tyrike Andrews, 19.Andre Raymond; 9.Rushawn Murphy, 13.Jeron Pantor; 16.Decklan Marcelle, 6.Judah St Louis (7.Isa Bramble 72), 10.Mark Ramdeen; 18.Ronaldo McIntosh (23.Kern Cedeno 82).

Unused Substitutes: 30.Enrique Changiah (GK), 3.Akil Johnson, 4.Asukile Christopher, 14.Ezekiel Kesar.

Coach: Angus Eve

Speyside High (4-4-1-1): 1.Kellis Coker (GK); 2.Renaldo Alleyne, 18.Dario Melville, 24.Jonathan Thomas (17.Da-quon Guy 64), 13.Jaden Henry; 9.Stephon Antoine (23.Ammaniki Richards 66), 14.Tyreek Mahabal, 15.Julien Thomas (16.Deandre St Hillaire 78), 20.C’el Toppin; 11.Shaffie McKenzie (captain); 10.Kerri McDonald.

Unused Substitutes: 25.Prince Sobers (GK), 19.Darion James.

Referee: Quincy Williams

Wired868 Man-of-the-Match: Judah St Louis (Naparima College)

Upcoming Fixtures

(Wednesday 25 October)

St Anthony’s College v Presentation College, 3.40pm, St Anthony’s;

QRC v Naparima College, 3.40pm, QRC;

Trinity College Moka v Carapichaima East, 3.40pm, Moka;

Fatima College v St Benedict’s College, 3.40pm, Fatima;

Shiva Boys HC v Signal Hill, 3.40pm, Morne Diablo;

Trinity College East v St Mary’s College, 3.40pm, Trincity;

San Juan North v St Augustine Secondary, 3.40pm, San Juan.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #65 on: October 23, 2017, 01:40:37 AM »
Brian Williams calls for SSFL clean up.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Brian Williams, the former Fyzabad Secondary School football coach has called on stakeholders, including Secondary School Football League (SSFL) executives, teachers, players, principals and other key stakeholders to address the issues with players’ ineligibility to compete in the competition in the coming years.

His call comes in the wake of the ongoing issue which has seen Fyzabad Secondary suspended from further participation in the League after it was discovered that falsified documents were submitted in the registration of two of its players, mid-fielders Dez Jones and Maurice Dick.

Upon completion of an investigation by the SSFL and the subsequent decision by the league to debar Fyzabad from further participation in the League for the rest of the season, the school also took a decision to withdraw all its teams, including the girls team, boys under-14 and under-16 from participation in SSFL competitions for the rest of the season.

The issue has since been taken up by the Ministry of Education while the players have both maintained their innocence.

Williams, an ex-T&T defender and member of the famous Strike Squad in 1989, and who has worked specifically on youth development for many years, believes the situation needs to be ironed out at all levels as a matter of urgency, saying “I believe that there are other players in the system who are in school illegally and have been playing football”.

Williams who resigned as coach of the school when the issue was revealed said “Before I took up the job at Fyzabad, I heard about situations where players didn’t have required qualifications at schools to participate in the Colleges League. I also witnessed one day a player coming from the workplace and represented his school at a school game, and this baffled me. This means attendance at school was not taking place.”

Williams, who had spent only two months and two weeks in his job at Fyzabad, said the recent development is an act of dishonesty which has now become a reflection of the society we live in, and he is pleading to our elders and leaders to set a better example for our young people to follow.

“Children learn what they see. Being dishonest and corrupt have become a norm, so much so, it is about who is caught. We see it happening at the workplace, in politics and in almost every corner in society.

This is absolutely no encouragement for young people today who are in need of positive role models”

According to Williams the SSFL’s Credentials Committee, teachers and principal, as well as Supervisors at the Ministry of Education should do more in-depth checks when the players’ certificates come before them.

“The time has come for us to check the original certificates of students, even if it means delaying the start of football” Williams said.

He calls on teachers and administrators to be honest with students and steer them in the right direction, as it will be their nurturing and advice that could make the difference between a successful child and one who could go astray in the future.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #66 on: October 23, 2017, 03:53:06 AM »
That has been going on for years.

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« Reply #67 on: October 23, 2017, 07:26:39 PM »
Ironic this Fyzabad bacchanal got revealed around the same time as Clive Pantin’s passing.
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #68 on: October 24, 2017, 08:12:33 PM »
SSFL Championship Playoffs

SSFL Zonal U19 Division Winners:

Central: Chaguanas North Secondary School
East: Valencia Secondary School
North: East Mucurapo Secondary School
South: Moruga Secondary School
Tobago: Bishop's High School (1st Zonal title SSFL ever. SSFL came to Tobago in 1980)

Tuesday 24th Oct
2 BHS vs CNSS 0
4 VSS vs MSS 2

Friday 27th Oct
CNSS vs VSS
EMSS vs MSS

Sunday 29th Oct
MSS vs BHS
EMSS vs VSS

Tuesday 31st Oct
VSS vs BHS
CNSS vs EMSS

Friday 3rd Nov
MSS vs CNSS
BHS vs EMSS
Trinidad and Tobago 1st
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #69 on: October 25, 2017, 01:40:42 AM »
Tranquil, Signal Hill, Gustine claim zonal girls titles.
By Rachael Thomspon-King (Guardian).


Tranquility Secondary, St Augustine and Signal Hill, on the weekend, were crowned champion of the North, East and Tobago zones, respectively, in the Girls Championship Division in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).

On Sunday afternoon, the three teams scored shut-out victories with Tranquility topping Success Laventille, 5-0, Signal Hill making light work of Scarborough Secondary beating them 4-0 and St Augustine defeating Bishop Anstey East, 5-0.

Led by Shania Lewis and Selecia King, who sank a double each and one from Iysha Lewis, the Tranquility unit which dropped only one match for this season claimed the North Zone title comfortably, with 27 points from its 10 matches. Second-place Bishop closed with eight wins, a draw and a loss.

Tranquil’s success brought happiness to coach Curtis Johnson-Brereton, who was thrilled about his team’s performance.

“I feel very proud of winning the North Zone,” said Brereton. “This is the best group of girls I have ever trained and won a title as a coach. Previously I have won with St Francois Girls as their trainer but is my first win as a coach.”

He thanked the team’s manager Anastasia Griffith for her contribution thus far this season saying: “Anastasia is the best manager I have ever worked with. We sit and plan what the players have to do for each game and approach it through their strengths.”

Brereton and his staff have already stepped up its training eyeing the “Big Four” title.

“The aim is to try to win the Intercol and the Big Four to make the school proud,” he said.

To achieve this, Tranquility will have to take down Tobago powerhouse Signal Hill in the Big Four semifinal on Sunday.

Signal Hill sealed the Tobago zonal crown with a competent win over Scarborough Secondary, to remain unbeaten after 10 matches for a full 30 points. The win was masterminded by Jelese Alexander and Celine Loraine who poured in a pair of goals each.

East champion St Augustine, which also played undefeated this season winning all eight matches, awaits the winner of the South Zone which is yet to be completed due to persistent bad weather conditions over the past week.

The matches carded in the South Zone last weekend, Point Fortin East versus San Fernando East and Penal Secondary against St Joseph Convent, did not play because of inclement weather.

Fyzabad team will no longer play any part of this year’s school league after Principal Troy Jebodhsingh suspended all the other football teams at the school for the unfortunate situation that unravelled last week concerning the Boys’ Premier Division team.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Tobago zone

Signal Hill 4 (Jelese Alexander 2, Celine Loraine 2) vs Scarborough Secondary 0

Goodwood Secondary 2 (Tyra Meyers 2) vs Speyside High 4

North zone

Tranquility Secondary 5 (Shania Lewis 2, Selecia King 2, Iysha Lewis) vs Success Laventille 0

San Francois Girls 0 vs St Joseph Convent 3

Bishops Anstey POS 3 vs Diego Martin Central 0

East zone

Bishop Anstey East 0 vs St Augustine 5

Valencia vs San Juan North Secondary, did not play

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #70 on: October 26, 2017, 12:45:47 AM »
Tigers keep on Naps heel.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Naparima College remained ahead in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) despite being held to a 2-2 draw by Queen's Royal College (QRC) at St Clair yesterday. The result could well favour the southerners as they face third from bottom Trinity College Moka in their final match on Saturday at their Lewis Street San Fernando home.

Naparima jumped out in front as early as the first minute when the dangerous Judah St Louis found the net. With relegation to the Championship Division next year at risk, the Royalians found themselves in more trouble when St Louis fired in his second goal of the match to take his team comfortably in the lead at the half time interval.

But QRC's never-say-die attitude which came to the fore in their last three matches, again was the deciding factory. John Paul Rockford, the former national Under-15 captain made his presence felt by pulling a goal back in the 41st minute, before Marc Robertson found the equalizer in the 61st to ensure a share of the points. QRC have now gone to 15 points while the southerners moved to 30 points, two points adrift St Anthony's.

The West mooring Tigers played to a hard-fought 3-3 tie at home with Presentation College to move to 28 points in second. But Pres have now gone to 23 in fourth while Shiva Boys took third on a better goal difference.

The Penal boys thrashed Signal Hill 4-0 at home in front an appreciative crowd, but it could all be in vain if the Disciplinary Committee of the SSFL rules that they use influential midfielder Kierron Mason in their matches although he was not transferred from his T&T Super League club Marabella Family Crisis Centre.

Burdened by issues of protests over their head, Shiva striker Junior Asson sought to bring some relief by scoring a hat-trick of goals in the 34th, 55th and 57th while Tyrell Baptiste added another in the 70th.

At West moorings however the home team got a double from Highley Beckles and another from Jodel Brown, while Pres goals came from Darnell Hospedales in the 2nd, Jordan Riley in the 60th and Jaiye Sheppard in the 83rd.

RESULTS:

QRC- 2 (John Paul Rockford 41st, Marc Robertson 61st) vs Naparima-2 (Judah St Louis 1st, 9th)

Pres- 3 (Darnell Hospedales 2nd, Jordan Riley 60th, Jaiye Sheppard 83rd) vs St Anthony's- 3 (Highley Beckles 2, Jodsel Brown)

Carapichaima- 0 vs Trinity Moka- 0

Fatima- 1 (Joshua Wilson 34th) vs St Benedict's- 2 (Jabari Jones 65th, Keon Boney 90th)

Shiva Boys- 4 (Junior Asson, 34th, 55th, 57th, Tyrell Baptiste 70th) vs Signal Hill- 0

Trinity East- 1 (Keshorn Hackshaw 94th) vs CIC- 1 (Terron Winner 35th)

San Juan North- 4 (Isaiah Chase, Renaldo Boyce, Sherwin Williams, Tigana O’Brien) vs St Augustine- 2

Upcoming fixtures

(Saturday 28 October)

Presentation College v St Augustine Secondary, 3.40pm, Guaracara Park;

St Mary’s College v St Anthony’s College, 3.40pm, St Mary’s;

Naparima College v Trinity College Moka, 3.40pm, Lewis Street;

St Benedict’s College v Trinity College East, 3.40pm, Barrackpore;

Carapichaima East v Shiva Boys HC, 3.40pm, Carapichaima;

Signal Hill v Fatima College, 3.40pm, Signal Hill;

San Juan North v Speyside High, 3.40pm, San Juan;

QRC are on a bye

Rescheduled matches

(Monday 30 October)

Trinity College East v Fatima College, 3.40pm, Trincity;

St Augustine Secondary v Trinity College Moka, 3.40pm, St Augustine;

Shiva Boys HC v St Mary’s College, 3.40pm, Morne Diablo;

(Thursday 2 November)

Signal Hill v Trinity College Moka, 3.40pm, Signal Hill;

Presentation College v Trinity College East, 3.40pm, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium;

(Saturday 4 November)

Fatima College v Presentation College, 3.40pm, Fatima;

St Benedict’s College v Shiva Boys HC, 3.40pm, Barrackpore.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #71 on: October 26, 2017, 12:46:17 AM »
Shiva Boys, Mason decision today.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Shiva Boys Hindu College will know whether its midfielder Kierron Mason and team, will be given an opportunity at winning the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) by lunchtime today, Laurence Seepersad, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee said yesterday.

The school has been the subject of protest regarding an illegal transfer of Mason from T&T Super League club Marabella Family Crisis Centre in September, which is said to be outside the stipulated date of August 31 to be eligible to play in the SSFL. Though the matter had been public knowledge, St Anthony’s College, known popularly as ‘The Tigers’ lodged an official appeal on Tuesday and were lucky to have the issue addressed on that same day.

But Seepersad said the matter was still pending, as committee members await the transfer certificate of the player from the club. The certificate is expected to clearly spell out the time the transfer took place, as well as shed light on the matter relative to the law regarding transfers of players from clubs, which according to Seepersad states that players involved in any T&T Football Association-affiliated tournament, must have played his last game by August 31 or supply a transfer certificate from the club to the school.

Mason was seen playing for the Marabella FCC on September 2, but stopped, said Sheldon Maharaj, the Shiva Boys manager yesterday. He is contending that when Mason played for his club, he was not a member of any school, which should render the matter null and void.

Maharaj said he was shocked at circulating rumours that the committee had ruled in favour of St Anthony’s College, mere hours after the protest was lodged. “I was not sanctioned to any meeting of the SSFL, neither did we receive any letter from the SSFL informing us that a decision was reached, “ Maharaj said.

His opposite number Maurice Inniss, the St Anthony’s College manager and Principal said they too did not receive any correspondence that a decision was made yesterday. He made it clear also that the school did not receive any documentation on the matter.

A top SSFL executive who spoke on conditions of anonymity told Guardian Media Sports that the law is quite clear regarding the transfer of players and therefore it should not be a difficult decision to make once all the paper work has been examined.

Earlier in the season, Mason was also the subject of a transfer issue which Naparima College won after only the first game.

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WATCH: Chasing Goals 2017 - Naparima College

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Schools must set better example for students
« Reply #73 on: October 26, 2017, 12:05:40 PM »
Schools must set better example for students
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian)


More football confusion and bacchanal; no not quite the TTFA, their bacchanal will come later with the home of football and non-compliant clubs, but this time it’s the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).

The SSFL is dear to all of our hearts. Some would have either played in that league from the time you entered Secondary School starting from the Form 1 league, to under -14 (Giants) then to Under-16 (Colts) and then to Seniors i.e. 1st or 2nd XI.

It is indeed sad to see all the off the field antics from some of the schools in what can only be described as a ‘win at all costs’ attitude.

This has left a sour taste on what has been an exciting 2017 season. At the end of a round of matches, the standing is tabulated based on the on field results, now suddenly within the next day or two, it changes to off the field decisions from the protest room.

Trying to get your star footballers to either repeat Form 5 or have them progress into Form 6 has always been around since I’ve known the SSFL or formally the Colleges Football League. What has honestly stunned me is the level of dishonesty some schools are going to just to try to win the league. I never realised the first prize was US$ 1 million. Even if it was or more, the schools are using these students to get into the school without the proper qualifications and further, what type of example are you setting for these young men? Are they to think that to move ahead in the working world after leaving school is to get documents, falsify them and everything will be fine? This is serious fraud.

I honestly think the SSFL executive is doing a fine job but they lack control over these schools. What they have done, which is commendable, is set the criteria in which boys can play in the league providing they have the correct grades. They have set up the credentials committee but they can only look at documents that they receive from the schools so who would falsify documents? Would it be the boys? The school has to have some sort of criteria in accepting boys either from a transfer or going from Form 5 into Form 6. I also understand to earn entry into Form 6, one requires a signature from a supervisor in the Ministry of Education, therefore, it is correct to assume that the certificates of all students would be seen by the Ministry so the question arises, how did these “bogus” certificates get through? I would think you don’t need a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

Such behaviour cannot be tolerated by any school and I applaud the action by the SSFL. In addition to action being taken against the school, there must be certain individuals or individual who have to take responsibility for these deceitful actions. It is painfully obvious that this action was done to deceive the officials of the league and while I do realise that every school differs in terms of responsibility, in some cases it could just be one PE teacher who is trying his best to get his “stars” back into school; but there must be a line of authority to ensure the rules are not broken.

I understand that another matter is being looked at concerning a top school which is in the title race. The school has infringed on a rule which is clear for all to see. However, they are being tapped on the wrist thereby being let off with a warning because the school is claiming it was naïve. The school cannot be serious. “Naïve?” The rule is as clear as a sunny day at Maracas. I sincerely hope that my information is wrong and that the SSFL executive is as stern with every single school in this twin-island republic as it can be, and give no quarter to none.

It is a pity that I am not writing about some of the entertaining football that has been on show because even though some of the technical aspects of some games have not been great, we have been blessed with good goals, excitement and commitment from the players but we will have to leave on the field action for another time. To all the schools—let’s play fair and ensure the best school team in the land comes away victorious.
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #74 on: October 26, 2017, 12:43:28 PM »
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #76 on: October 27, 2017, 04:06:08 AM »
The schools have to come better than that. Maybe deduction of point and/or a 2 year suspension go straighten this bullshit. Reprimand the school official in charge. To say that they don't know the rule is a real friggin' joke. I does give the SSFL a lot of grief, but on this occasion I siding with them for now. Well, until more come to light.

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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #77 on: October 27, 2017, 04:44:38 AM »
Shiva Boys lose again in protest room.
By Keith Clement (Guardian).


The Disciplinary Committee of the Secondary School Football League (SSFL) ruled on Tuesday that Shiva Boys Hindu College has lost a protest brought by St Anthony’s College with regards to the legality of midfield player Kierron Mason.

In a release yesterday, the SSFL wrote, “Please be informed that the game St Anthony’s College vs Shiva Boys Hindu College played on 7th October 2017 the three (3) points and 3-0 margin has been awarded to St Anthony’s College. The Disciplinary Committee which met on 24th October 2017 ruled that Kierron Mason was not a registered player. He received his transfer certificate from the Super League on 6th October 2017.”

St Anthony’s protested that Mason was an illegal transfer from T&T Super League club Marabella Family Crisis Centre in September. The school contended that the player was not eligible to play against it because his transfer was outside the stipulated date of August 31 to be eligible to play in the SSFL.

Mason was seen playing for the Marabella FCC on September 2, but stopped, said Sheldon Maharaj, the Shiva Boys team manager on Wednesday when Guardian Media Sports spoke to him. On that day he said that when Mason played for his club, he was not a member of any school, which should render the matter null and void.

However, according to the release, “The SSFL Constitution: 16 Criteria for Registration states that “the registration of a player with the League must be made in writing at least seventy-two (72) hours before the start of the match in which the player is to take part .” Hence the decision made.

The decision means that Shiva Boys drop from third to fourth on the 15-team standing.

When contacted following the SSFL decision Dexter Sakal, the principal of Shiva Boys Hindu College told us, “This evening I received an email saying that St Anthony’s had a protest against us and they were awarded the points in the game. I am a bit surprised because I am unaware that St Anthony’s had any protest against us. I read it in the news, but I was never informed that there was any protest against us and I never attended any meeting in which this matter was discussed. So I am really surprised to know how the league could just award points without even consulting me. Tomorrow, I will look at it and see what I can do to address that situation.”

When pressed further on the decision Sakal said, “In the Keirron Mason matter, the Disciplinary Committee had already looked at it and told me that they wouldn’t be penalising me on that issue, so this ruling is a real surprise to me.”

Earlier in the season, Mason was also the subject of a transfer issue protest by Naparima College and the former champions won after only the first game of the season.

TEAMS P W L D F A GD PTS
1. St Anthony’s 13 9 1 3 41 22 +18 30
2. Naps 13 9 1 3 30 13 +17 30
3. Pres 11 7 2 2 25 14 +11 23
4. Shiva Boys 11 7 3 2 30 13 +17 22
5. San Juan 13 5 2 6 29 15 +10 21
6. Fatima 11 6 5 0 15 15 0 18
7. Trinity East 11 5 4 2 20 12 +8 17
8. CIC 12 4 4 4 27 26 +1 16
9. Carapichaima 13 4 6 3 19 20 -1 15
10. QRC 14 4 7 3 23 30 -7 15
11. St Augustine 12 4 7 1 24 27 -3 13
12. St Benedict’s 12 3 6 3 18 26 -8 12
13. Signal Hill 12 2 7 3 11 25 -14 8
14. Trinity Moka 11 2 7 2 13 30 -17 8
15. Speyside 13 2 10 1 7 43 -36 7
16. Fyzabad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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East Mucurapo registers first win
« Reply #78 on: October 28, 2017, 08:11:23 AM »
East Mucurapo registers first win
By Jonathon Matouk (T&T Guardian)


Yesterday, the second round of matches in the Secondary School’s Football League (SSFL) Championship Division Boys Big Five kicked off.

In the battle of North versus South, coming off of a bye week, East Mucurapo Secondary got its first win of the competition as it beat Moruga Secondary 2-0 at Fatima grounds in Port-of-Spain.

In what was a tight fixture in the early goings of the match, East Mucurapo left it late as goals from Kidane Lewis in the 85th minute and Kevon Edwards in the 87th gave the team it’s first victory.

In the other match of the day, Chaguanas North Secondary and Valencia Secondary shared the spoils in the Central versus East encounter as second half goals from each team assured the teams played out to a 1-1 draw at the Queen’s Royal College (QRC) grounds.

In the third round of matches, scheduled for tomorrow, Moruga will be hoping to grab its first win of the tournament, when the team from the South plays against Tobago representative Bishop’s High School.

In the other match of the round, East Mucurapo will try to get its second win of the tournament when the team from the North plays against East Zone representative Valencia Secondary. Chaguanas North Secondary will have the weekend off, as the team will be on a bye.

RESULTS
East Mucurapo Secondary 2 (Kidane Lewis 85, Kevon Edwards 87) 0 Moruga Secondary
Chaguanas North Secondary 1 (Zidan Martin) 1 Valencia Secondary

MATCHES
Moruga Secondary vs Bishop’s High School, Mannie Ramjohn Stadium training field
East Mucurapo Secondary vs Valencia Secondary, Queen’s Royal College.
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Sakal: We need to protect innocent Mason
« Reply #79 on: October 28, 2017, 08:32:40 AM »
Sakal: We need to protect innocent Mason
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


Out of a genuine desire to protect his player and student Kierron Mason, Shiva Boys Hindu College principal Dexter Sakal said yesterday his school will not pursue legal action or launch an appeal against the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the Secondary Schools Football League on Thursday to award St Anthony’s College three points and as many goals for the use of the midfielder in a match against the Tigers on October 7.

Sakal said he was unsure of why they lost the points and goals against their northern rivals as the initial protest was about the legitimacy of Mason’s transfer from Marabella Family Crisis Centre in September. A release on Thursday pointed to the SSFL’s criteria for registration which explained “The registration of a player with the League must be made in writing at least 72 hours before the start of the match in which the player is to take part.”

Following Mason’s official registration with the league on October 6, the player took the field a day after in the feature clash with the Tigers. Sakal, who along with team manager Sheldon Maharaj had been contemplating court action on Wednesday and Thursday, made a complete turn-around in the interest of protecting their student and player Mason, who they believe has been innocent in this year’s developments.

However, the Shiva principal pointed out that due process was not followed by the league’s disciplinary committee in awarding St Anthony’s victory in the protest room. “The way it looks is although the decision was made to hand St Anthony’s the title. We were never called to a meeting of the disciplinary committee which was a standard procedure in disciplinary matters. St Anthony’s lodged the protest on Tuesday and it was adjudicated on almost immediately and a result was given. To add, we were told that the league expedited the process.”

Shiva has since protested Naparima College use of midfielder Rushawan Murphy, but Sakal said he will cancel it on Monday, as he was fed-up with the amount of protest action and appeals for the season.

But while the Penal boys may have received a slap on the wrist from the St Anthony’s ruling, they stand to lose most of their points after Queen’s Royal College (QRC) lodged an appeal against the warning Shiva received for its use of Mason who was illegally transferred. Mason was found guilty of playing for his T&T Super League club Marabella FCC on September 2 which was in violation of the league’s rules for an SSFL player playing in a T&T Football Association- affiliated competition. He was required to provide a transfer certificate from his club to be registered. If QRC gets its way from this appeal early next week the Penal boys, winner of the south League title last year, could find itself low down the standings.

Sakal said when he realized his player was not properly transferred he went to the league’s Credential Committee. “The matter was then sent to the Disciplinary Committee and I was told that because of my honesty the school would not have been penalized, which is why we received a warning” Sakal explained.
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Fraud squad moves on Fyzabad
« Reply #80 on: October 28, 2017, 08:56:11 AM »
Fraud squad moves on Fyzabad
By Yvonne Webb (T&T Newsday)


UPDATED:

The investigation into the falsifying of documents for two students to qualify for a place in the sixth form – and on the Fyzabad Secondary School football team – took a dramatic twist yesterday, as members of the fraud squad have now become involved.

Four officers in an unmarked police vehicle went to the school yesterday morning, as the investigation into the fraudulent registration of the players who did not have the requisite qualifications to qualify to play with the Fyzo Tigers team continues.

Reports indicate that the officers, in a heavily tinted vehicle, drove past the sentry on duty and into the school compound, around mid-morning. The sentry went to the vehicle to enquire about the occupants who identified themselves as officers from the Fraud Squad.

They were led to the office of principal Troy Jebodhsing with whom they engaged in a two-hour long meeting. Details of what they spoke about remain confidential.

However, sources indicate that the dragnet in the investigation has spread, as information relating to officials at the level of the Ministry of Education involved in the falsifying of documents has surfaced – not only at the school – among other irregularities including financial donations.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia, in a telephone interview, said he was unaware of the involvement of the Fraud Squad in the football matter, but assured if any member of the ministry’s team was engaged in any kind of misdeed, they would be severely dealt with.

“I cannot confirm the Fraud Squad’s involvement. In fact, our School Supervisor III for the St Patrick District, the CEO is in contact with her and she is supposed to give us a report into the investigation. At this point (around 4.45pm yesterday), we don’t have that information because the School Supervisor III herself does not have that information.”

On the other hand, he said, “if there are any misdeeds being conducted by any school official, once those misdeeds are proven, we will take action. I am saying, once it is proven, because you know there are allegations flying left, right, and centre, I draw reference to a letter (in another daily newspaper) that while one boy was being raped, he was crying out in pain. Utter nonsense. People make all kinds of allegations and I don’t want to make a statement on the basis of allegations. If I have to make a statement it must be on the basis of what comes out of those investigations.

“The point I am making, is if on the basis of investigation, it is found anybody in the school system has conducted any falsehood or misdemeanour, then we would take action.” Garcia made it clear that the football league is a principals’ league and principals are the ones who should be in control of the league.

However, he noted that because the duties of a principal are numerous, often times such responsibilities are delegated. Nevertheless, he said, the principals must exercise closer oversight of what happens in football.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Officers of the Fraud Squad division of the TT Police Service visited Fyzabad Secondary today and spoke to its Principal Troy Jebodhsing for close two hours in a new twist to the school being kicked out the Secondary Schools Football League.

Four officers in an unmarked police vehicle, reportedly went to the school as the investigation into the fraudulent registration of the two players who did not have the requisite qualifications to qualify to play with the Fyzo Tigers team continues. It was revealed that the CSEC certificates of the two players were falsified to allow them to enter Six Form and play for the school.
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‘Pres’, Shiva Boys still eye SSFL title
« Reply #81 on: October 28, 2017, 09:44:45 AM »
‘Pres’, Shiva Boys still eye SSFL title
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday)


Presentation College San Fernando and Shiva Boys Hindu College, will aim to keep their slim chances alive of winning the Premier Division title in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) when matches continue at 3.40 pm, today.

Today was scheduled to be the last match day in the league, but a number of matches were postponed during the season because of rain.

Third-placed Presentation will need to win their remaining three matches to stay in contention for the title, as they are seven points behind joint leaders St Anthony’s College and Naparima College. St Anthony’s and Naparima only have one match remaining, but they will not be in action today as the SSFL organisers want the title decided on the final match day.

Today, ‘Pres’ will fancy their chances against relegation threatened 11th placed St Augustine Secondary at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre.

The bottom three teams in the now 15-team table will be demoted to the championship division alongside Fyzabad Secondary who have been kicked out the league. Fourth placed Shiva Boys, eight points behind the leaders, will also be favourites against ninth placed Carapichaima East at the latter’s school ground.

In the other three matches today, St Benedict’s College will play Trinity College East at the Darren Ganga Recreational Ground in Barrackpore, Signal Hill Secondary face Fatima College in Black Rock (Tobago) and San Juan North Secondary will tackle Speyside High at the San Juan North school ground. The postponed matches today are the St Anthony’s-St Mary’s contest and the Naparima-Trinity (Moka) encounter. Queen’s Royal College (QRC), originally scheduled to play Fyzabad Secondary today, will be on a bye. QRC are the only team to play all their league matches this season. Matches will also be played on Monday, before the final match day takes place on Thursday.
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SSFL title decider shifts to November 4th
« Reply #82 on: October 28, 2017, 09:47:38 AM »
SSFL title decider shifts to November 4th
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian)


It’s a two-team race to the finish in the Secondary Schools Football League’s Premier Division this year which will be decided next Saturday (November 4) instead of this weekend, as was originally scheduled.

Following a ruling that pushed St Anthony’s College to the top of the standing on goal difference over Naparima College on Thursday, the SSFL also made major changes on its fixture which will ensure that all rescheduled matches will be played before the crowning of the league winners, William Wallace, president of the SSFL said yesterday. The Tigers, with 30 points and a superior goal difference of 22 will travel to

CIC Grounds in St Clair needing a victory to maintain this position which would earn them the silverware. Naparima could change this with victory by a sizeable margin when they host second from bottom Trinity College Moka at their Lewis Street home.

In matches today, third on the standing Presentation will be up against St Augustine Secondary at Guaracara Park while St Benedict’s and Trinity College East will square off at Barrackpore in another game.

Presentation, who are on 23 points, have two more matches in hand which can earn them a possible second at the end depending on the results of the Naparima and St Anthony’s games. Also today under fire Shiva Boys Hindu College, who have been hardest hit by this season’s plethora of protest-room battles, will attempt to settle a score with Carapichaima away while in Tobago, Signal Hill will have a date with Fatima College at Blackrock.

Also today at San Juan, minnows Speyside will take on the home team- San Juan North. All matches begin at 3.40 pm.
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Re: 2017 SSFL & Inter-Col Thread.
« Reply #83 on: October 29, 2017, 01:44:57 AM »
Lewis knows how to score, 40 goals and counting.
By Rachael Thomspon-King (Guardian).


Shania Lewis definitely has the formula for scoring goals.

The 17-year-old striker of Tranquility Government Secondary School is the leading scorer in the North Zone of the Girls Championship Division and is likely one of the top scorers in the Shell/First Citizen Secondary Schools Football League, with an impressive 40 goals.

Lewis grabbed much attention in her team’s opening win of the season lighting up the nets with 10 goals to beat Deigo Martin central 13-1 on September 17 and returned in the second round against the same team and hit six more on October 5. And in between that the Lower Sixth student scored a pair of goals in a number of matches in the six-team competition.

“I scored 40 goals this season and it feels great,” said Lewis of Carenage. “With the help of my coaches Curtis Brereton and Miss Anastasia Griffith, who is behind me and inspired me to keep going and scoring goals.”

Both Brereton and Griffith have double roles on the Tranquility team, the former also serves as the trainer and Griffith, the manager. Brereton in an interview last week praised the young player, citing that she takes instructions well.

He said, “She listens to her coaches. If I tell her to aim at five goals this game or six in the other, she does that. I basically tell her to always keep your name on the scoresheet and she has done that. She will be a good player.”

Not surprising for the forward, who has fashioned her game to that of two outstanding scorers in the football world.

“My favourite local player is Kevin Molino and my favourite international player is Lionel Messi,” she said. Molino, who currently competes with Minnesota United in Major League Soccer (MLS), has 35 caps for T&T and 16 goals in the MLS and thus far this season, Messi, who plays with Barcelona in the Spanish League has netted 11 goals in 10 matches played.

“They both inspire me,” said Lewis, who was nicknamed “Yaya Toure” by her cousins. Toure is a central midfielder with Manchester City that competes in the English Premier League. In his career with the club he has scored 82 goals.

Clearly her cousins saw something special early in Tranquility’s biggest scoring threat.

Lewis’ outstanding play helped her team cop the North Zone title the previous weekend after tallying 27 points from 10 matches after two rounds of round-robin play for the 2017 regular season, winning nine matches and losing just once.

If she continues along this path, the daughter of Garth Lewis and Kathyann Seechan, will be a great prospect for T&T women’s football programme.

“My plan for the future is to play for the national team and make my country proud,” said Lewis, who has four siblings.

Her focus now though will be to lead her team to the “Big Four” title and later on hopefully, the national title.

With the guidance of her coaches and boost from her family Lewis will look to continue her scoring ways when Tranquility match skills against a tough Signal Hill team, which played undefeated to claim the Tobago Zone crown, in the Big Four semifinals on Wednesday. If successful, the North leader will meet the winner of the other semifinal between East champion St Augustine and Pleasantville Secondary, the South Zone title-holder.

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« Reply #84 on: October 29, 2017, 01:46:44 AM »
Carapichaima spanks Shiva Boys 4-1.
By Rachael Thomspon-King (Guardian).


Lukeman Brooks sank four goals to pilot host San Juan North Secondary School past Speyside High, 6-1, in the Premier Division contest of the Shell/First Citizen Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL), yesterday.

The win in its final league match, moved the previously fifth-placed San Juan up into fourth spot, bumping Shiva Boys High down one place following its 4-1 loss to Carapichaima East in Pointe-a-Pierre.

In San Juna, it was Tigana O’Brien opening the scoring for his team in the seventh minute. He was joined by Brooks on the scoresheet getting San Juan’s second goal, a minute later.

The team from Tobago managed to pull one back in the 10th thanks to Kerry McDonald but the Bourg- Mulatresse team continued to attack and was rewarded with another item from Brooks in the 39th before Renaldo Boyce put in another in the 42nd, giving San Juan a 4-1 lead at the half.

In the second session, play remained in favour of the San Juan unit with Brooks continuing where he left off scoring another goal in the 49th to increase his team’s advantage to 5-1.

Speyside, which in cellar-place on the 15-team table, managed to hold off its opponent for much of the second half but was unable to restrict Brooks, who sealed the victory with a goal in the final minute.

At Guaracara Park, the upset win by Carapichaima over Shiva also saw some movement upward for the Central-based team progressing from ninth spot to eighth. Kevon Williams and Theophilus Bourne netted a pair of goals to earn their team the much needed success.

Jabari Graham scored the lone item for Shiva in the 71st.

Fatima College also jumped two spots up into sixth place despite drawing with Signal Hill, 2-2 at Black Rock in Tobago. Jean-Heim Mc Fee and Joshua Araujo-Wilson was on target for Fatima while Ronaldo Samuel and Jokiah Leacock found the back of net for the host.

Another winner in the round of rescheduled matches was Presentation College, which topped St Augustine Secondary, 3-0 with goals coming from Omri Baird in 16th, Shakeel Louison in the 44th and Ackeel Jacob in the 85th to keep their team in third place.

The league, which have been tainted by a number of protest issues over the past few weeks, comes to an end on Saturday as two teams, St Anthony’s College and Naparima College battle for top honours.

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS

Presentation College 3 (Omri Baird 16th, Shakeel Louison 44th, Ackeel Jacob 85th) vs St Augustine 0

St Benedict’s 1 (Reuel Tyson 32nd) vs Trinity East 1 (Kerdell Sween 78th)

Carapichaima East 4 (Kevon Williams 33rd, 80th, Theophilus Bourne 85th, 90+) vs Shiva Boys 1 (Jabari Graham 71st)

Signal Hill 2 (Ronaldo Samuel 89th, Jokiah Leacock 71st) vs Fatima 2 (Jean-Heim Mc Fee 52nd, Joshua Araujo-Wilson 83rd)

San Juan North 6 (Lukeman Brooks 8th, 39th, 49th, 90th, Renaldo Boyce 42nd, Tigana O’Brien 7th) vs Speyside 1 (Kerry McDonald 10th).

STANDINGS

TEAMS P W D L F A GD PTS
1. St Anthony’s 13 9 3 1 42 20 22 30
2. Naparima 13 9 3 1 30 13 17 30
3. Presentation 12 8 2 2 28 14 14 26
4. San Juan North14 6 6 2 35 16 19 24
5. Shiva Boys HC 12 7 1 4 29 18 11 22
6. Fatima 12 6 1 5 17 17 0 19
7. Trinity East 12 5 3 4 21 13 8 18
8. Carapichaima East 14 5 3 5 23 21 2 18
9. St Mary’s 12 4 4 4 27 26 1 16
10. QRC 14 4 3 7 23 30 -7 15
11. St Augustine13 4 1 8 24 32 -8 13
12. St Benedict’s13 3 4 6 19 27 -8 13
13. Signal Hill 13 2 3 8 13 27 -14 9
14. Trinity Moka 11 2 2 7 13 30 -17 8
15. Speyside High14 2 1 11 8 49 -41 7

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Decades of breaking schools football rules
« Reply #85 on: October 29, 2017, 07:09:51 AM »
Decades of breaking schools football rules
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The 2017 edition of the Secondary Schools Football League has arguably been the most controversial ever with one team being kicked out of the league and the reigning champions Shiva Boys losing points due to fielding a player improperly registered. On Friday, the Fraud Squad visited Fyzabad Secondary as their investigations into the false CSEC passes of two of their footballers widened. The players were accepted into Form Six but did not have the required passes until their certificates were tampered with.

People who have been involved in the SSFL in some form or fashion, have told Newsday, the practice of secondary school football teams trying to get an unfair advantage is nothing new. However, they believe the situation must be resolved as the league is an integral part of the development of local football.

Former FIFA referee and ex-principal of St Augustine Secondary, Osmond Downer, said a situation such as this is not unique.

Downer used the example of two institutions in the past that tried to bend and even break the rules of the schools league. “If you take your mind back to when John Donaldson and San Fernando Technical were expelled from the Colleges League, it was because something very similar occurred,” Downer said.

He noted some school footballers in the 1980s would repeat Fifth Form to play football again. If they were not accepted into Sixth Form after repeating Fifth Form, John Donaldson and San Fernando Technical enrolled these students although some of them were already 19 years old. Downer said he once heard a rumour that a former national footballer, who played for San Fernando Technical, signed up for needlework at the institution but never attended any classes while being a member of the school team.

“They were able to play for John Donaldson and San Fernando Tech which was a great disadvantage to the other schools in the league.

These fellas were playing for four and five years and they were older than the normal schoolboy. We examined the whole thing and we removed the two institutions from the Colleges Football League.”

A handful of players who eventually played for the Strike Squad were part of the San Fernando Technical team in the 1980s. Special provisions are made for students who make a major contribution to their school through football or other extra-curricular activities. These students are accepted into Sixth Form with four passes, while other students must have five CSEC passes to be considered for Sixth Form.

Other than John D and San Fernando Tech in the past, it has become very common for schools to recruit players to strengthen their football team. It is not only done for football, as some prestige “cricket schools” have also developed the practice.

SSFL must get itself in order

Former national defender Brent Sancho said teams trying to boost their chances by the hook or by the crook has been a talking point for some time now.

Sancho said, “When I played, and even before that, you heard about a lot of stories, whether true or not, of these type of things happening or probably even worse…now you are talking about television coverage and a bit more is at stake so it is coming a little more into the light.”

Sancho, a defender for TT at the 2006 World Cup, said unfortunately the SSFL is getting a bad image in a season where the standard of football has been fairly high. “It is very unfortunate what has taken place off the pitch, because I believe the football has been at a decent level this year. You see a lot of players with potential to hopefully go on and represent the country and maybe even go on to bigger things.”

He praised the SSFL for their quick response in the matter and suggested that an Independent Committee is created to handle any future situations like the one facing Fyzabad Secondary. “I give the league credit for dealing with it, but moving forward, they have to come up with the solution so these discrepancies don’t happen again. I think they need an Independent Committee that would filter everything and have rules in place before the start of the league, to make sure that these situations don’t occur again.”

Sancho, who played schools football for Trinity College (Moka) and former powerhouse Malick Secondary between the late 1980s and the mid 1990s, believes a positive solution can be found. “The league needs to take stock in general, in everything, in all capacities. Everybody needs to sit down with that in mind and look for a positive outcome and not berate and point fingers. We have seen some potential in the league and I think the SSFL has something good going on,” Sancho said.

Footballers must not neglect academics

Downer, also a former president of the TT Referees Association, admitted he recruited players to St Augustine for football, but he ensured that the footballers were maintaining their grades. He referred to the system in USA, explaining when an athlete is given a scholarship to attend a university, they must achieve in the classroom.

Downer said, “A lot of these athletes who get American college (university) scholarships for sport, when they go, they don’t only play the sport; they have to pass in their academic pursuits, if not, they are thrown out. I wonder if the schools (in the SSFL) that recruit players make sure that their academic requirements are fulfilled. That is my big problem. I have nothing against them recruiting players, but don’t recruit them only to play football.”

Downer said when some footballers leave secondary school, they may struggle to find employment. “That is doing the students themselves harm, because when they finish at the school, they are not qualified for anything. That to me is an injustice to the players and that has happened in many cases.” National goalkeeper Adrian Foncette said it was sad to see Fyzabad kicked out of the league. He said if students are accepted in Sixth Form without the required passes, they will suffer in the long run.

“It was a little disheartening the way that Fyzabad was thrown out. If they (the footballers) were able to do that (enter Form Six just for football), after the football season was finished, what was going to happen with the students? If they came back just to play football, what is going to happen after (they leave school), because not all of them are going to pursue football (as a career). The state the country is in right now, you really need something to fall back on and education is a real important part of it.”

Foncette, who played for Fatima College from 2004 to 2008, said playing schools football allowed him to get a scholarship to study at the University of Albany in USA. “Schools football really paved the way in terms of starting to play at a more competitive level. I was able to get a scholarship and I went abroad and studied for four years.”

Foncette said the Fyzabad situation is nothing new, but believes it is more prevalent now. “You heard about those situations happening before, but not to the extent of how much it is happening now.” The national goalkeeper says the SSFL reputation may be tarnished and parents may be hesitant to allow their children to compete in the league. “It is really not looking good because people use to dream of playing schools football. It might deter some parents from allowing their children to play because you don’t know what type of negative impact it could have on them.”
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Grovy: Coaching QRC brought back youth in me.
T&T Guardian Reports.


Nigel “Grovy” Grosvenor is a stalwart of the Secondary Schools Football League’s (SSFL). Last year, the T&T Football Association (TTFA) recognised him as one of the SSFL’s top all-time coaches.

Among his accolades, he had led his former school St Anthony’s College to six national titles and countless other zonal titles.

However, last year after 34 years with the “Tigers” he chose to part ways with the school in pursuit of a change of scenery. He switched red for blue and title challenges for relegation battles when he opted to sign with Tigers’ North Zone rival Queens Royal College (QRC) in the Premier Division.

Guardian Media Sports met with “Grovy” after his team’s final match of the season, where his QRC outfit pulled off a miraculous 2-2 draw with title challenger Naparima College to go ninth in the 15-team table to survive relegation.

Jonathon Matouk went One-on-one with Grovy before his final SSFL duel in league for 2017.

Question: What was your first season as the head coach of QRC like?

Answer: “It was challenging, leaving St Anthony’s and coming to QRC and I knew it would have been a challenge. I suppose it brought back some sort of youth in me. I got revived, starting fresh and seeing what I could do so I was looking forward to it. The season was challenging but we worked on it.

When we came back from pre-season we were hit with an injury to both our starting and substitute keepers so we had to turn to our Under-15 keeper and he had no idea that he was going to play for the senior squad. This offset everything because your keeper is one of the main players in the squad.

He conceded soft goals due to inexperience and that happened throughout the season until our starting keeper returned to fitness. And we had injuries in between that to some of our other senior players.

“So I’m very satisfied that the guys stuck together despite the lack of confidence derived from the young guy between the sticks. Where we are now, I’m feeling so pleased that the boys stuck together despite all the adversaries we had and with where we are right now.”

Q: What drove you to make the initial decision to switch schools and has that decision brought you personal satisfaction?

A: “It was getting a little monotonous at St Anthony’s after coaching there for 34 years. Things were going good and I wanted to finish off my career with the school. I had a little sickness, which kept me back from coaching the team last year but I wanted to finish off my coaching career at the school.

Unfortunately, there were incidents that happened that meant I could not have done that. When I came to QRC I was really pleased to come here because QRC is an institution so it wasn’t a let down. Coming here was a step forward.”

Q: Is there a distinct difference in talent level between QRC and St Anthony’s?

A: “When I came here (to QRC), I saw that we only had about three or four quality players, the rest of the team were good but they weren’t into football like these other guys. What happened with QRC is that when the football season finishes, they’re finish. They don’t play football again until the following year. They are focused on their books, which is good but it was a challenge. When we play against teams like St Anthony’s and other title challenging teams the players for these teams play for Pro League teams when the season is finished. The QRC players do not do that.”

Q: What are the next steps for the continued development of the QRC football programme?

A: “The first goal is to stay in the Premier Division and start to build the programme after. The division is very difficult and when the season finishes 90 per cent of the other teams will have players playing for Pro League junior teams so when the season starts they are one step ahead of the school.

I had to start with the basics of football when preparation for the season starts. This makes it hard to challenge. What I am going to do is start an academy with everybody and start from the grassroots up with the Under-14s to have a foundation and start with the basics for the guys coming up next year. So when the season starts we will be on par with the other teams.”

Q: What’s next for Grovy?

A: “The principal of the school told me that he will have me coaching for the next two to three years. If they fire me or get rid of me, fine, but I am not going to leave on my own. I am a man of commitment, I came here and I like what I have experienced with the school and the kids. They are very disciplined they are concentrated and they show great commitment that’s why they stay afloat in the league. Once you have that commitment everything comes easy after that.”

LATEST SSFL STANDINGS

TEAMS P W D L F A GD PTS
1. St Anthony’s 13 9 3 1 42 20 22 30
2. Naparima 13 9 3 1 30 13 17 30
3. Presentation 12 8 2 2 28 14 14 26
4. San Juan North 14 6 6 2 35 16 19 24
5. Shiva Boys HC 12 7 1 4 29 18 11 22
6. Fatima 12 6 1 5 17 17 0 19
7. Trinity East 12 5 3 4 21 13 8 18
8. Carapichaima 14 5 3 5 3 21 2 18
9. St Mary’s 12 4 4 4 27 26 1 16
10. QRC 14 4 3 7 23 30 -7 15
11. St Augustine 13 4 1 8 24 32 -8 13
12. St Benedict’s 13 3 4 6 19 27 -8 13
13. Signal Hill 13 2 3 8 13 27 -14 9
14. Trinity Moka 11 2 2 7 13 30 -17 8
15. Speyside High 14 2 1 11 8 49 -41 7

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Rugged Tom used to talk a lot of his coach 'Grovy',  could that have been this guy family ? Anyone aware of maybe  paragon coach ?

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Chaguanas, host Mucurapo in SSFL promotion battle.
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The fourth round of matches in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Championship Division Boys Big 5 tournament will be contested today from 3.30 pm.

The feature match of the round will see Chaguanas North Secondary host league-leader East Mucurapo Secondary at the Woodford Lodge Recreational Ground in Chaguanas.

With a win in their match against Chaguanas North, East Mucurapo will gain automatic promotion to next season’s SSFL Premier Division tournament.

“We understand that we need to at least get a point in tomorrow’s game, but we will enter the game trying to get the three points,” head coach of East Mucurapo, Dale Saunders told Guardian Media Sports yesterday.

“It will be a difficult game as our opponent is in a must-win situation, but God-willing we will win tomorrow,” he added.

When asked about the mood of the team on the brink of promotion he said, “Winning brings confidence to the team, it balances the team, we won our first two matches so the mood of the team is great, but we need to get the job done against our opponent’s tomorrow first.”

Conversely, Chaguanas North is coming off a terrible run of form, the team currently sits in fourth place in the standings, following a draw and a loss in their first two games, and has only managed to score a single goal in the tournament. Today’s match is a must-win game for the team from Central.

The other match of the day’s programme will see a clash for second place on the line as Valencia Secondary School takes on Bishop’s High School at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima.

Both teams are currently level on four points in the standing, but Bishop’s has a one goal advantage going into the contest.

Bottom of the table, Moruga Secondary will be on a bye today and will hope to use its time off in an attempt to prepare as the school pushes for promotion.

On Sunday, East Mucurapo beat Valencia Secondary 1-0 to vault to the top of the table, and Moruga Secondary and Bishop’s played to a 1-1 draw.

At the conclusion of the tournament, which is scheduled for November 3, the top three teams in the standings will gain automatic promotion to next season’s SSFL Premiership Division.

LATEST STANDINGS

Team P W D L GF GA GD PTS.
1. East Mucurapo Sec 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
2. Bishop’s High School 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
3. Valencia Sec 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
4. Chaguanas North Sec 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
5. Moruga Sec 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 1

TODAY’S MATCH-UPS

Valencia v Bishop’s High at Larry Gomes Stadium, 3.30 pm
Chaguanas North v East Mucurapo at Wood Lodge Ground, 3.30 pm

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