THE much-anticipated Digicel-sponsored “City Masters Cup” with the tag line “Small Boy, Who You Calling Ole” continues on Sunday 30th September 2018 at the Sab Sporting Facility with four exciting matches on the card.
From 7.30 a.m. Flow Lancers FC versus Behind the College All Stars; Prophets and Kings will play Gros Islet Veterans at 8.30 a.m.; VSADC will take on Labowie Connexions at 9.30 a.m. following which there will be a 1 hour break, after which the showpiece will resume with the final game at 11.30 a.m. between Marchand and the All Stars team (Wild Card).
At an official opening ceremony which took place on Tuesday 25th September at the Sab Sporting Facility, Event Coordinator, Trevor Daniel said, “I want to ensure all the participants that my priority is you the participants. I want to give you an avenue to stay healthy”.
He continued, “This event was driven by a campaign to promote wellness, health and physical literacy. Individuals who have passed the age of 35 years tend to not exercise or move less, which led to ailments and sicknesses in their latter years”.
Daniel said, “We must set examples for the generation to follow; if they have nothing to emulate, then where will they go, what direction they will follow? As yesteryear players we must set the examples by our behaviour on and off the field, our competiveness, we must play to win, we must be friends. Show the spirit in which football should be played”. noted Daniel.
Digicel Marketing representative for Saint Lucia/Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamisha Wright, said, “ We have a lot in store, 2018 and early 2019 are very exciting times for Digicel. The primary objective for the City Masters Cup is to promote health and wellness. It is important we have a healthy Saint Lucia to benefit from what we have in store”.
Wright took the time out to congratulate the other sponsors who saw it fit to come on board and be part of this worthwhile venture.
She went on to top up the prizes when she made the pronouncement that the MVP/ Player of the tournament will get a brand new Samsung Galaxy smart phone.
In the questions and answer segment, Wright was asked, why sponsor a Veteran’s Tournament and not a Youth Football Tournament, You know of all the social ills in our society and Castries is no exception, will you consider a youth component to complement the Veterans, Wright response was, “We will not discriminate against persons who are older/ younger, we have an ideal balance of our support. Here we are in the month of September, we touched children in over 20 schools across Saint Lucia, and yes we are giving back to the youth. Not necessarily in sports at the moment, but we are contributing to the youth”.
“We went into the schools, we equiped them with back packs, pencils cases, note books, printers, we actually had breakfast with them. Yes we are also giving back to the youth, maybe not in sports at the moment, but it’s not something that we will not consider”.
Peter and Company Distribution, Brand Manager for Mackeson, Ed Mathurin who is no stranger to events like these, especially Veteran’s football said, “Throughout all of our press launches when it comes to football, Mackeson always support the sporting venture, because a lot of cries were going out to the private sector within our capacity. Mackeson though being an alcoholic beverage we have to limit the sporting activities that we associate with and also age will be a factor”.
“Having veterans and seeing the old boys back on the pitch, scoring goals against each other, it is great seeing that kind of passion coming from the various players. Hats off to Trevor Daniel for organizing this tournament, rest assured Mackeson and PCD by extension, our other brands like Stag, Carib, and our nonalcoholic brand like Smalta will be on board in full force”.
Results in matches played on Sunday 23rd, Game 1, Marchand won by default thus claiming all three points as Prophets and Kings did not have enough players.
Game 2, Flow Lancers defeated VSADC 1-0, the goal scorer Claudius Amedee.
In Game 3, Labowie Connexions enjoyed a 2-0 win over Behind the College All Stars (BTC); both goals scored by Aide Yarde.
Game 4, Gros Islet and All Stars (Wildcard), played to a 1-1 draw. At the end of the first half, the All Stars team led 1-0; then former national player Rafferty Noelien made it 1-1 in the second half as both teams shared the points.
According to the organizers, at the halftime show free Digicel credit, sims, balls, t-shirts and great prizes will be won by spectators scoring a penalty. Spectators attending all game-days each stand to win a case of Mackeson or a case of Stag, so sign-in at the admin table every Sunday.
Trevor Daniel took the time out to thank the following sponsors:- Digicel, PCD, Mackeson, Stag Beer, Oasis, Carib Beer, Flow-Trevor Daniel FDP, Blazing FM, Day 2 Day Soccer-USA, Recreational Center of Saint Lucia.