Players from 'Seed of Greatness' lived up to their name by copping the lion's share of awards at the 2018 BPTT Razack Jan Memorial Mayaro Football League held on Saturday at the Mayaro Resource Centre.
In addition to the Senior Team Championship title, the team also won all the major individual awards on offer, in only its first time in the League.
The team received $13,000 and the championship trophy for their achievement, while striker Shawn Outar got the awards for Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Most Goals, having scored 10 times in the tournament, which included two hat-tricks.
Meanwhile, Aaron Ali has also voted the division’s Best Goalkeeper, which added to the team's trophy haul on the day.
Organised by Illusions International Sports Club, the BPTT Razack Jan Memorial Mayaro Football League has been ongoing for the past 20 years, and has received major support from the All-Mayaro Sports Foundation, a community-based NGO, charged by BPTT with the responsibility of facilitating and guiding sports development in the wider Mayaro region.
Maguaya won the Under-16 crown, taking home $5,000 and the championship trophy while Chivas emerged victorious in the Under-14 Division, and also received a cheque for $5,000 and a trophy. However, there were no winners in the Under-12 Division, as all four teams were given an incentive of $1,000 each for participation.
Renice Didier, the Seed of Greatness coach/manager attributed the team’s performance to hard work, preparation and a determination to live their name. “The boys put in a lot of hard work before the season began and we made a pledge to live up to the team’s name. This is the first year we competed in Mayaro and we intend to retain our crown next year,” Didier said.
Pledging BPTT’s continuing support for football in the south-east region, Rachael Caines, corporate social responsibility advisor, said the league engaged communities in a worthwhile activity, in the process improving community health and well-being and pride. “BPTT acknowledges the importance of sport in the development of communities and there is the added value of unearthing and nurturing the sporting talent in this region. We are also fortunate to be associated with strong and competent community-based organisations like All-Mayaro Sports Foundation and Illusions International Sports Club.”
Patrice Charles, Acting Director of Physical Education and Sports, Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, commended BPTT for its partnership with the league for 20 years and encouraged other corporate entities to get involved in sporting and other community programmes, not only in Mayaro but in other parts of the country.
“Initiatives like these, along with a treasured sponsor like BPTT, are vital for the development of young men and women,” Charles pointed out.
Seed of Greatness; Runners-Up: Guaya Ballerz; 3rd: Caution FC; 4th: SP Boyz
Shawn Outar; Most Goals: Shawn Outar (10); Most Assists: Keston McLeod;
Aaron Ali: Most Disciplined Team: SP Boyz
Under-16 Division Champions: Maguaya; Runners-Up: Rio Claro FC; 3rd: Chivas; 4th: Mafeking United
Josiah Modeste; Most Goals: Jassiel Lovelace (6); Most Assists: Stephen Persad;
Justin Warrick; Most Disciplined Team: Mayguaya
Champions - Chivas
Third: Mafeking United
Fourth: St Peter & St. Paul RC Church
Aaron Dujon; Most Goals: Akeem Adolphus (6); Mosts Assists: Akeemv Adolphus;
Rondell Mendez; Most Disciplined Team: Chivas.