It’s another active weekend for sports in Saint Lucia likewise the Jazz festival which shift into high gear; Saint Lucians and visitors from all walks of life will converge at various venues on island to take in the best of sports and entertainment.
Starting things off is the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA). They will commence their 50 Overs Senior Cricket competition today at four different sporting facilities here in Saint Lucia from 10:00 a.m.
Mabouya Valley will travel to the north of the island to play Gros Islet at the Gros Islet Playing Field. In an all Castries derby, Central Castries takes on South Castries at the Mindoo Phillip Park Phillip, while Mon Repos will travel to the Phillip Marcellin Ground to play Vieux Fort. Choiseul and Soufriere face each other at the Piaye Playing Field.The Babonneau Football League in collaboration with the Parliamentary Representative for the District Ezekiel Joseph will stage the final of its football tournament this evening from 8:00 p.m., but before the grand finale, Bogius FC will play Allied Forces/RSLPF for the third place silverware at 6:00 p.m.
Contesting the final will be New Generation FC and Bright FC. The two teams made it to the finals after defeating their opponents 3-2 (New Generation 3 versus Bogius FC 2) and 4-1 (Bright FC 4 versus Allied Forces/ RSLPF 1) respectively.
Bright FC: Tristan Pierre, Nehemiah Wilfred, Kimeon Wilfred, Baggio Desir, Kissinger Anthony, John Dubois, Alloysious Sydney, Curtly Housen, Warner Sydney, Broadney Peter, Shervin Wilfred, Marvin Volney, Nelson Nelson and Makay Bridgette.
New Generation FC: Miguel St. Phore, Jaruis Blasse, A. Lionel, S. Lionel, Levi Edward, Raheem Lionel, Lee Edward, Stavone Gabriel, Donel Edward, Yanic Noel, Shakim Hunte, Dillan Edward, Kidanney Joseph, Daryl St. Phore, and Daniel Sonson.
The finals of the Saint Lucia Football Association Under-11 and Under -13 takes place tomorrow (Sunday 5th) at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds. At 10:00 a.m. in the U-11 age group the 2019 finals will feature Shamballa Shilloh from Vieux Fort South coming up against Black Panthers from Soufriere.
Black Panthers (Soufriere) also booked a spot in the U13 finals, where they will face Uptown Rebels from Vieux Fort South.
Sandals Cup: It’s a repeat of last year’s final between Gros Islet and Babonneau. This time the two teams will lock horns at the Daren Sammy, Cricket Ground with the first ball scheduled to bowl from 10.00 a.m.
By all indications, Babonneau will certainly want to wash away the memories of the opening round game against Gros Islet and come out firing at the defending champions.
Stacked behind the captaincy of West Indies Under-19 and B Team player Kimani Melius, the Gros Islet team also features Lee Solomon, Garvin Serieux, Simeon Gerson, Dominic Auguste, Tyrel Chicot, Udel Preville, Bolton Sayers, Zidane Arthur, Rene Montoute and Ryan Goodman.
Babonneau’s truly talented team is made up of Ephron Charles, Caleb Thomas, Stephen Abraham, Rasheed Gaston, Amari Venner, Zayee Antoine, Anslem Gittens and Naheem Rosemond.
The Mindoo Phillip Park will come alive from 10.00 a.m. when the Elite Track and Field Club will stage its 6th edition of the Elite Invitational Track and Field championship. Close to 350 athletes from a number of schools and clubs will compete in various events including the much talked about Commercial House 4×100 metre relay race.