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Football is Back in Dennery Under Lights

Finally footballers and football enthusiasts in the Dennery Village have something to smile about – a village which has on three occasions won the Blackheart Football Tournament has now joined their neighbours Mabouya Valley (La Ressource) and Micoud, but they are one step ahead with quality lights (LEDs)  

By all indications after an extended period of time the Village has been starving from lack of sports. These are the words coming from the President of the Dennery Football League Stephen Regis. Regis spoke to the VOICE during a Football Soccer Rama this past weekend on the Dennery Playing Field.

He said, “This Soccer Rama is a clear indication that we are back in business, although the playing surface is not at its best, but rather than having the young people to remain idle, the best thing is to engage them in the Dennery Super Cup”.

“We are hoping it’s going to be a good start for Dennery in terms of football, as well as the representatives doing what they are supposed to do by giving us the facilities that we need. As president, I have a responsibility to provide for our sports persons.”

In terms of the lights, Regis said, “The lights are very much welcome. In the past, persons had challenges in getting time off to play in the afternoon, and with the lighting system in place now it is a very positive thing for the community.”

The new lighting system in Dennery is the second of its kind in the region and according to Regis, “Moving forward, the government and football are certainly heading in the right direction”.

(L-R) Hill Top Ballers; Seria FC. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Tournament wise, the Dennery Super Cup will be played in a round robin format and is scheduled to kick off on Monday 6th May 2019 with one game on the cards. DCYO plays Piton Travel Young Stars, and the following day, 18 Plus takes on Seria Sports Club. On Wednesday 8th, Hill Top Ballers will come up against On The Rock Strikers. All matches start at 6.30 p.m.

Eight teams are participating in the tournament including All Blacks Dennery (Veterans), On the Rocks Strikers, White House Sports Club, D.C.Y.O., Seria Sports Club, 18 Plus, Hill Top Ballers and Piton Travel Sports Club.

Following the finals, the winning team will receive EC$2500 and the championship trophy, the second place team EC$1200, the third place team EC$600 and the fourth place team EC$300.

Other awards include Most Outstanding Defender, Most Outstanding Goalkeeper, Most Outstanding Midfielder, Most Outstanding Striker, Most Goals, MVP of the Tournament and Fair Play Team.

Results in the soccer rama were as follows: Piton Travel Young Stars defeated All Blacks Dennery (Veterans) 3-2 on penalties; On The Rock Strikers defeated Hill Top Ballers 3-2 on penalties; Piton Travel All Stars defeated Seria Sports Club 3-2 on penalties; On the Rock Strikers defeated DCYO 1-0 a goal scored by Litus Jn Baptiste; Seria Sports Club defeated All Blacks Veterans 3-2 on penalties and Hill Top Ballers defeated DCYO 1-0.

In the first semifinal, On the Rock Strikers won by default, as Seria Sports Club walked off in the second half. In semifinal No. 2, Hill Top Ballers defeated Piton Travel Young Stars 3-2 on penalties, while in the final, On the Rock Strikers won 1-0 over Hill Top Ballers, the goal scored by Rudel Mathurin.

Meanwhile, the organizer has made it abundantly clear, it will not be business as usual as every club shall be responsible for ensuring that its officials, players and all persons purporting to be supporters or followers conduct themselves in an orderly fashion and refrain from violent, threating, abusive, obscene or provocative behaviour, conduct or language whilst attending matches.

They further went to state that every club shall be responsible for ensuring that no spectator or unauthorized person is permitted to encroach onto the pitch to throw missiles, bottles or other potentially harmful or dangerous objects at or on the pitch.

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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