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FOOTBALL’S BIG NIGHT

(L-R) Junior and senior footballer Rai Mariette and Sheldon Emmanuel vying for top honours (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

Gala Awards Event At Palm Haven Hotel.

(L-R) Junior and senior footballer Rai Mariette and Sheldon Emmanuel vying for top honours (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Junior and senior footballer Rai Mariette and Sheldon Emmanuel vying for top honours (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

THE Palm Haven Hotel Conference Room in Rodney Bay will this evening host the St. Lucia Football Association’s most prestigious event on their calendar dubbed “Football Gala Awards”.

According to the SLFA well over one hundred individuals are expected to attend the function as they will recognize a number of players, clubs, administrators and media personnel who stood out in 2015. President of the SLFA Lyndon Cooper will be in attendance and he will address the gathering. So too will the Director for Youth Development and Sports Jim Xavier.

The presidents of the various Football Leagues and other invited guests and sponsors will also be in attendance, while congratulatory messages from FIFA, CFU and CONCACAF will be presented.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of awards to the junior / senior male and female “Footballer of the Year”.

For prestigious awards the individuals should have represented their countries with distinction performing at the national, regional or international levels and espouse pure sportsmanship.

(L-R) President Gros Islet Football League Shane Paul and National Coach Cassim St. Croix all set for the judges decision. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) President Gros Islet Football League Shane Paul and National Coach Cassim St. Croix all set for the judges decision. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

Vying for the Senior Female Footballer of the Year will be Elissa Marquis of Dennery and Janella of Soufriere. In the Junior Female Footballer of the Year category Shanet Joseph of Soufriere, Lyla Lionel representing Vieux Fort South and Jaya Bennett from Marchand will do battle for the top award.

A record eight Junior male footballers have been short listed for the top spot: Zachrinus Simon of Soufriere, Rai Mariette of Micoud, Riquelme Sylvester of Soufriere, Nyron Winter of Vieux Fort South, Oneil Edward of Babonneau, Lael Cherry of Castries, Yveslyn Eugene of Mabouya League and Jordan St. Ange of Marchand.

In the Senior Male category Sheldon Emmanuel from Vieux Fort North, Lester Joseph of Soufriere, Jeremy Abraham of Babonneau, Shawnan Evans of Micoud and Valdez Maximin – Marchand will be the countenders.

For the Administrator of the Year category, that individual must be a current member of the respective football entity and have served for at least one year continuously. Vying for that title will be Deaver Melius of Castries, Shayne Paul of Gros Islet, Emmanuel Bellas of Vieux Fort South, Dean Descartes of Micoud and Cassius Glasgow of Marchand.

Following what has been a successful year for the sport the leagues vying for that award must have a functioning football league that have created opportunities for the district at large to engage in district and National Football. The two leagues that will do battle for the League of the Year title are Vieux Fort South and Gros Islet Football League.

Who will it be for Football Referee of the Year. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
Who will it be for Football Referee of the Year. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

The honours for club of the year will be contested by Northern United All Stars Sports of Gros Islet, Survivals FC of Mabouya Valley and Big Players FC of Marchand the. Three dominated their respective leagues throughout 2015.

Based on the criteria football coaches who have over a minimum period of one year, produced outstanding footballers or teams that have achieved at the national or international level will be considered. Uranus Jn Baptiste and Cassim St. Croix will vie for the title of “Coach of The Year.

For the Team of the Year title, vying for top honours are Micoud Senior Men Team, Northern United All Star Sports of Gros Islet and the Marchand Under -13 team.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy... Read full bio...

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