Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 23rd 2014 Contents A48
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Marabella Family Crisis Centre was
crowned champions of the Southern
Football Association Petrotrin Premier
Division Super League "Big-Six"
crown after battling to a 1-1 draw in
their final round against title hopefuls,
Barrackpore United FC at Barrackpore
Barrackpore, playing before its home
crowd entered the match on a high,
having defeated Moruga FC 2-1 ihe
League Cup final three days earlier at
the same venue, and needed a victory
to take the Premier Division title.
However, Marabella which started
the day ahead of its opponent on goal-
difference with both teams on ten
points, only needed to avoid defeat and
drew first blood as early as the eight
minute through Yohance Alexander.
That lead lasted until the half-hour
mark before Keion La Rode got Bar-
rackpore back in the contest and a goal
away from its second title inside a week.
But try and they did both teams failed
to find the back of the net for remaining
60 minutes of the match, and in the
end Marabella was the one celebrating
its maiden SFA league triumph.
With the point earned, Marabella
and Barrackpore both ended with 11
from five matches, but Marabella won
due to a superior goal-difference of
plus-ten to the the host plus-five.
Marabella, also now joins Cunupia
FC (Central Football Association),
Sidey s (Tobago Football Association)
and Police FC (Northern Football Asso-
ciation) as qualifiers to the T&T Football
Association "Champion of Champions"
competition, which serves as a qualifier
to the National Super League.
The remaining teams for the "CoC"
competition will come from the Eastern
Football Association (EFA) and the East-
ern Counties Football Union (ECFU)
which will be determined next month.
In the day s other match, Neil
Maharaj and Marcus John netted for
visiting Moruga FC to blank Pt Fortin
Civic 2-0 at Techeir Ground and
cement third spot with ten points, while
Giants won by default from University
T&T s Marc-Anthony Honore and
SL Benfica kept up their winning
form in the Portugal Volleyball Fed-
eration Men s A-1 Premier Division
with another straigh sets victory on
Benfica brushed aside SC Caldas
25-20, 25-16, 25-13 to go into the
Christmas break on a high, but despite
yet another win, it remained second
on the table with an 11-1 record and
34 poinnts, one adrift of AJF Bastardo
which is 12-0 with 35 points after 25-
13, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17 defeat of
Leixoes SC on Saturday.
Third placed CA Madalena (30
points) imrpoved to 10-3 with a 26-
24, 25-20, 25-20 win over Esmoriz
also on Saturday.
Two days earlier, SL Benfica hosted
Serbia s Partizan Belgrade in the sec-
ond-leg of the CEV Challenge Cup
round of 32 fixture and advanced vi
a 17-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 victory
after winning an the first-leg on the
road 29-31, 25-16, 26-24, 25-21.
Over in the Danish VolleyLigaen,
national player, Akeem Bushe s Mid-
delfart Volleyball Club was stopped in
the Landspokal Cup semifinal by Gen-
tofte 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25 on
Saturday to go into the Christmas
break on a low while Marienlyst
blanked Hvidovre 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.
And in the final a day later, Gentofte
rolled over Marienlyst 25-18, 29-27,
Middelfat blanked Grondal 25-16,
25-20, 25-15 in the last-16 and eased
past Arhus 25-16, 25-21, 27-25 in the
In the Premier League, Bushe and
his team-mates head into the break
with a 6-1 record from seven match-
es for 16 points, the same as
Over in the Russia Women s Super
League, T&T s senior women s team
blocker, Sinead Jack and her Uralochka
NTMK go into the Christmas-break
on the back of a loss, 20-25, 21-25,
17-25 against Zarechie Odintsovo.
RUN, RUN, RUNS!
Keston Lewis, left, accepts the award for most runs in the Toyota T20 Competition from former club
manager Stuart Gopaul at the club end of year awards held at the president's Box at the Queen's Park
Oval in Port-of-Spain on Friday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
SFA league title
Saturday's SFA Petrotrin Super League Bix-Six results:
Moruga FC 2 (Neil Maharaj, Marcus John) vs Pt Fortin Civic 0
Giants 3 vs UTT 0 - By Default
Barrackpore United FC 1 (Keion La Rode 30th) vs Marabella Family CC 1
(Yohance Alexander 8th)
Final SFA Big-Six standings
SFA League Cup winners
Barrackpore United FC players
celebrate their 2-1 win over
Moruga FC 2-1 in the Southern
Football Association League
Cup final at Barrackpore
Recreation Ground on
Honore's Benfica keeps winning
in Men's Portugese volleyball
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