Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 13th 2015 Contents A42
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Four times Juvenile Champion, Cougars Track and
Field club, will be going all out to defend their title
today and tomorrow, when the NAAA host the Juve-
nile Championship at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
beginning at 9:00am.
There will be fifty-one events on the two-day pro-
gramme and former Champions Memphis, Port Fortin
New Jets, Abilene and Simplex will be seeking to
dethrone the champions.
Last year at the Championships, the seven-year-old
club amassed 360 points to be well clear of nearest
pursuers Point Fortin New Jets, Zenith, Memphis Pio-
neers and D Abadie Progressive (205).
The team in green, black and white is expected to
start the meeting with a bang when through Under 10
athlete Tyrell Springer who has raced unbeaten through-
out the season. However, the competition is expected
to be keen with compatriot Khaliff Danglade waiting
in his slip-stream.
The under 10 girls looks like being bossed by Seirra
Joseph of Simplex.
In the Under 12 category Jovan Westfield of Cougars
looks to one to catch but Adriel Bruce of (Simplex)
and Tyreese James of Silver Bullets will make life difficult
In the girls division Pont Fortin New jets stand-out
Natasha Fox looks the one to beat but Vanessa Stephens
of Silver Bullets and Reneisha Andrews of Cougars will
let her know that she is in a race.
In the Under 14 Girls Category - Caliyah Wallace
who ran faster then the Under 18 last week at the Junior
Championship is expected tp win bith the 100 metres
and the 200 metres events while Ayela Joseph of Map
is expected to do the double on the boys side.
The complexion changes in the 400 metres event
when Ethan Forde of Cougars is expected to win and
Patrice Richard will take the girls version. However,
Avindale Smith of Abilene and Devin Augustine of
Point Fortin New Jets are expected to roar.
A big crowd is expected on hand to witness the
future of T&T athletes. But the question remains, "Can
Any Club Stop Cougars?"
NAAA JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP
Cougars chases fifth
Caliyah Wallace, right, of Cougars Track and Field club.
Striker Kaydion "Drogba" Gabriel
was named the Player of the Year at
Banker s Insurance Central FC 2014-
2015 End of Season Awards presen-
tation ceremony held at the SIS Audi-
torium, Rivulet Road, Brechin Castle,
Couva on Tuesday evening.
The top-tier Morvant-based athlete
and newest addition to the national
senior men s football team clinched
the coveted award on the night of hon-
ours. But that was not the only major
prize he received.
His teammates bestowed him with
the Players Player of the Year Award.
He was then called back to the spotlight
to accept the Golden Boot Award. The
latter accolade was for his outstanding
feat during the Digicel Pro-League
during which he emerged as the top
The award for Goal of the Season
went to defender Jamal Jack.
Meanwhile, midfielder Sean de Silva
was the favourite among sport jour-
nalists and took home the Sport Media
Player of the Year Award. The Bankers
Insurance Player of the Year Award
went to forward Willis Plaza whose
return to the team back in January
added to Central FC s magic.
Club director George Romano, who
was on the mend having suffered a
stroke back in February, received a spe-
cial recognition award.
But on the night of celebration, Kevin
Harrison, operations director at club
appealed to players who have openly
stated their intent to leave the club at
the end of the season, to reconsider.
In local football culture, he said
where teams reached their pinnacle,
become static and ultimately disbands,
Harrison declared that would not be
the fate of Central FC.
The team, its technical staff and
management, he said, envisioned a
more prosperous and exciting future
for all its stakeholders and key to that
was keeping the existing squad well-
knit, while clinching victory at the end
of every season.
"It s been a long season and I know
that the management and board never
dreamed it would have been as suc-
cessful as it has been. We have reached
the turning point, really, after three
years. We have big decisions to make.
We can do like many other clubs and
play in the Champions League and
maybe not play again for six or seven
years or we consistently aim at being
in Champions League year after year.
It s a big decision, because it means
we have to look at our staffing and
how we are funded. Personally, now
that we have had a taste of it, I want
to keep us in the Champions league
every year. Why shoot for anything
less? he asked
Harrison recalled travelling to Miami,
USA for the Champions League draw
and being amazed that leading football
administrators from around the world
knew of Central FC s accomplishments.
He said, "That to me, after three
years, is amazing. Then the football
director from LA Galaxy came over
and introduced himself. We have seen
Jan Michael (Williams) saving penalties.
We have seen the best goals. We have
seen the performances. We have seen
the awards. But really at the end of
the day, what you all have achieved
this year is amazing. I do believe that
when people look back, this team that
we put together this season, it would
be remembered as one of the best
Central FC picks
Gabriel as top player
Kaydion Gabriel, left, Central FC
Player of the Year accepts his award
from the club's head coach Terry
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