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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Goal-shooter Althea McCollin came
good once again for Bermudez in the
Retro Division, helping them cop the
league title with a clean slate in the
Courts All Sectors Netball League.
McCollin scored 18 goals off 27
attempts on Monday evening at the East-
ern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in
Tacarigua, to narrowly guide unbeaten
Bermudez past Harlem, 27-24. It was
the best game Harlem played for the sea-
son but the last-placed team still suffered
another loss to end the season winless.
Goal-shooter Denise Rose, who topped
all scorers with 20 goals from 30 attempts,
had Harlem on top for much of the
match, leading for the first time this sea-
son in all three quarters.
Another first for Harlem, which
remained winless in the two round of
matches in the four-team competition,
was that it crossed 20 goals after averaging
only 13.8 for the season.
In the opening stanza, Harlem was
ahead 9-6 and battled through the second
period to hold a 14-12 advantage at the
half. Despite a run led by McCollin,
Bermudez still trailed by one (19-18) in
McCollin and her partner Sharda
Thomas, who hit four in six, carried
Bermudez for most of the encounter.
Later Sharon Wilson 4/9 and Peggy Cas-
tanada, were introduced in the shooting
circle. Wilson added four from nine and
Castanada one in three as Bermudez
found its rhythm and went on to outscore
Harlem, 9-5 in the final quarter and
breathed a sigh of relief for the three-
In the other match of the evening,
second-placed TSTT defeated Les
Enfants, 20-14 in a low-scoring affair
despite the latter having far more oppor-
tunities at the goal, 40 compared to 25.
Olivia Le Platte topscored for the win-
ner with 14 in 17 while her goal-attack
Camille Aubin was good for six off eight.
Goal-attack Aylene Tinto was respon-
sible for most of Les Enfants wastage,
connecting a meagre nine goals from 23
tries. On Monday, all four teams will go
into battle seeking the knockout title.
A call is now being made
for all clubs in the regional
football associations - East-
ern Football Association
(EFA), Northern Football
Association (NFA), South-
ern Football Association
(SFA), Central Football
Association (CFA), Tobago
Football Association (TFA)
and the Eastern Counties
Football Union (ECFU) to be given
financial assistance by government.
Alvin Corneal, owner of East football
campaigners Malta Carib Alcons said he
believes government through the Min-
istry of Sports, has set a bad precedence
by providing financial help to clubs in
the T&T Pro League and not other teams.
He pointed out that while he supports
the subventions being given to pro league
teams, there were other clubs that provide
players to the national teams and not
only those in the pro league.
According to the ex-national foot-
baller and coach, teams in the six
regional associations put out huge sums
of money each year and receive nothing
in return. Only last year Alcons won
the $15,000 first prize for the League
as well as the Premier Division award
which carried a cash prize of $20,000,
but are yet to receive these prizes. Like
the pro league teams, regional associ-
ation clubs also have to fork out money
for uniforms, transport and other mis-
Presently eight out of the ten pro
league clubs - W Connec-
tion, San Juan Jabloteh,
North East Stars, Point Fortin
Civic Centre, Club Sando,
Central FC, Morvant Cale-
donia United and St Ann s
Rangers received funding
from government totalling
"It s not only the ten pro
league teams that provide
teams to the national teams.
The government has been
setting a bad example by giving one
and not all because clubs in the regional
associations also have expenses too and
are deserving of help if other clubs are
getting" Corneal explained.
Corneal added that government s
decision to pay clubs is equivalent to
paying for players chosen by private
investors. He believes the focus should
not only be placed on the end product
but critically at the development of the
players, which is what happens at the
regional association level.
Teams in the regional associations
receive an average of $15,000 for the
league and $20,000 for the premier
division which Corneal feels are insuf-
ficient when you take into consideration
the expenses that teams have to pay.
Alcons successes to date have earned
them a place in the Super League which
carried a first prize of $240,000 for the
However, Corneal said they have
asked for this promotion to be put on
hold as his team needed sufficient time
Corneal: Give regional
Associations $$$ help
McCollin helps pilot Bermudez
to ASNL Retro title
Bermudez 27 (Althea McCollin 18/27,
Sharda Thomas 4/6, Sharon Wilson 4/9,
Peggy Castanada 1/3) vs Harlem 24 (Denise
Rose 20/30, Mona Thomas 4/6). Quarter
scores: 9-6, 14-12, 19-18 (Harlem).
Les Enfants 14 (Cindy Merrick 1/5, Aylene
Tinto 9/23, Joanne Payne 4/12) vs TSTT 20
(Olivia Le Platte 14/17, Camille Aubin 6/8).
Quarter scores: 6-1, 11-4, 17-9 (TSTT).
Retro Division Final Standings
1 Bermudez 66 00163112 12
2 TSTT 6420160111 8
3 LesEnfants62 40134130 4
4 Harlem 606093197 0
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