ST. THOMAS’ TWO PEATS; STPS BEATS EPPS 2-1 TO WIN PRIMARY SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Photo Caption: STPS vs EPPS at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park
By: Tito Chapman
A sizeable crowd turned out to the Elquemedo T. Willett Park on Friday afternoon to witness the Grand Finals in the Ministry of Education/Department of Sports Primary School Football Championships. Reigning champs, St. Thomas’ Primary School came up against the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School.
With both teams having their fanbase cheering them on, the youngsters executed their game plans however due to an intense battle at the end of the first half the score was nil all.
In the second half, everything changed. EPPS found the back of the net; Shawdel Mills gave his team a 1-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, St. Thomas’ rallied back into the game as a ball beat the EPPS goal keeper for to the score 1 all. With time running out, two golden oppoortunies where missed by EPPS as pressure was placed on St. Thomas’.
Leading Goal scorer, Adrian Williams given room by the EPPS defence maximised on a chance as he struck the back of the net and gave his team a 2-1 lead.
At the end of regulation time the score was 2-1. The STPS celebrated with the song ‘Champion’ by Dj Bravo playing in the background.
A prize giving ceremony followed right after the completion of the game. It was chaired by Assistant Director of Sports, Mr. Brian Dowe.
On hand to give brief remarks were Premier Mark Brantley, Minister of Sports – Hon. Eric Evelyn and Junior Minister with responsibility for Education – Hon. Troy Liburd.
The ministers congratulated both teams for their display of sportsmanship and congratulated St. Thomas’ Primary School. Premier Brantley gave high commendations to the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School for their efforts. According to Brantley, being one of the smaller schools, Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School has made strides in the right direction.
The Ministers of government presented the awards to the deserving youths.
The Awards were as follows:
Up and Coming Footballer – Treon Daniel, (MCPS)
Best Defender – Kamal Brandy, (EPPS)
Best Goal Keeper – Tesean Newton, (CPS)
Top Goal Scorer – Adrian Williams, (STPS)
Most Valuable Player – Adrian Williams, (STPS)
Fair Play Award, (VOJN)
Champions – St. Thomas’ Primary School
2nd – Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School
3rd – Ivor Walters Primary School
An all-star Team was named which reflected the top players in various positions:
Tesean Newton – Charlestown Primary School
Tyler Nisbett – St. Thomas’ primary
Anthony Archibald-Nevis Academy
Kamal Brandy-Elizabeth Pemberton
Keon Saddler – Elizabeth Pemberton
Ashley Parris – Joycelyn Liburd Primary
Jaheem Hazel – Ivor Walters Primary
Adrian Williams – St. Thomas’ Primary
N’ziah Skeete – Charlestown Primary School
The vote of thanks was given by Education Officer, Mr. Shefton Liburd.
Other high ranking officials in attendance were Permanent Secretary in Education – Kevin Barrett, Principal Education Officer – Ms. Zahnela Claxton and Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Ministry – Mr. Wakley Daniel.