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are just three
title of the
The Army/Coast Guard
combination lead the standing
with 60 points, four points in front
rivals Guaya United (56) and six ahead
of third Tobago FC Phoenix 1976. Guaya
United, though, has a match in hand but could
only reduce the gap to one point if both teams can
play unbeaten to the end.
The Army are eager to continue their winning
streak although they suffered a minor hiccup on
Sunday when match officials failed to turn up for
their encounter with WASA in St Joseph. The Army
will next face action in this rescheduled match on
Valentine s Day---February 14.
In spite of this, Guaya United got goals from
Sherlon Campbell in the 50th minute and Jody
Allsop in the 88th to pip Matura Re United 2-1
and recover from their disappointing loss to Tobago
Phoenix last week.
Guaya United will hope that the Army are beaten
if they are to have a realistic shot at the title.
In another match on Sunday, fifth place Siparia
Spurs shut out Bethel United 2-0 and seventh
position Marabella Family Crisis Centre edged
Petrotrin Palo Seco 2-1. The Spurs cruised into
the lead from a 56th minute item from Daniel Diaz
and later sealed the win with Jamal John s strike
in the 72nd. This was in stark contrast to the Mara-
bella Family Crisis/Petrotrin match which saw the
southerners having to come from a goal down to
Petrotrin Palo Seco grabbed the lead in the 51st
minute from Akeem Grant. But the Marabella men
stormed back, equalising in the 79th from Dwayne
Edwards before Renefor Martin steered in the win-
ner in the 89th. Bottom of the standings Stokely
Vale FC faces relegation after playing to a 1-1 draw
with La Horquetta Soccer Academy.
The bottom two teams will be relegated while
the top two teams will earn automatic promotion
to the premiership. The bottom two teams in the
championship division will return to their respective
regional association competitions.
The top four premiership and championship
division teams are expected to benefit from CNG s
input of over $1 million in prizes. Apart from the
$240,000 winner s cheque in the premiership divi-
sion, the runner-up will take home $120,000 while
third and fourth will collect $100,000 and $80,000
The top five players will each be given $2,500
while the Most Valuable Player will get $5,000.
In the championship division, Queen s Park,
which have already won the title, will cash in a
cheque for $140,000. Second place Prisons will
receive $100,000 while third and fourth will walk
away with $80,000 and $60,000 respectively.
Vilma Holder is excited about the oppor-
tunity given to her, to help lift netball
back to its former glory.
Holder was elected unop-
posed as president of the Port-
of-Spain Netball League on
Friday at the annual general
meeting (AGM) held at
SWWTU Hall, Wrightson
and she feels that the
change must happen at
ground level first.
She will be equipped
with a new executive
which includes Althea
McCollin as first vice
Thomas as second vice
Coreen David, assistant
secretary Beverly Alleyne,
treasurer Allison Sylvester and
Lynette Duncan, who remains as
the Public Relations Officer (PRO).
The new executive is scheduled to meet next
week with the goal of revamping the league which
has produced a huge number of national and inter-
national players and caters for netballers from beginners
to elite stage.
"The first thing we will be focused on is how best
we can have better netball played, basically raise the
level of the game," said Holder yesterday.
"We are playing walking netball which not up to
international standard. My hope is that we can change
the pace of the game."
Holder has served in almost all positions of the
executive, the latest being as secretary of the league
for a number of years with former president Debbie-
Ann Francois, who opted not to stand for re-election.
She aims to form committees to explore all avenues
of, not only reigniting the league but also helping clubs
to produce players at a high level.
Committee members are Tricia Roberts, Shenelle
Denny, Geovanni Keith, Monica Maule, Catherine John
and Crystal Noel. They along with Holder s staff will
be tasked with a number of responsibilities including
development, fund-raising and increased participa-
Holder knows its not a one person job and has noted
that the league needs to be restructured. With the
support of trustees former international umpire Anne-
Marie Dickson-Lewis and former national player Char-
maine Lord, Holder is positive the new executive can
accomplish what the league had set out to be some
76 years when it held its first netball competition.
He said: "When we meet next week, I am expecting
people to come with ideas and innovations to lift the
league and in doing so lift the level of play within the
league and overall.
"We have a lot of work to do to get to that point."
Ever ran a 5k in a costume? Well local running
enthusiasts can experience just that at the first
annual Vitamalt Carnival 5K Fun Run at 4 pm on
Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Park in St Clair.
Not your average 5K, the event which is being
hosted by Vitamalt and Micon Marketing Ltd, will
feature runners competing in everything from tra-
ditional running attire to full Carnival costumes as
they vie to win one of the four mountain bikes on
offer as prizes.
All participants will receive a free t-shirt and cap
to be used at the event.
Registration, which starts at 2 pm at the Park, is
free. There is online registration at vitamaltcarnival-
to head PoSNL
Vitamalt run on Sunday
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