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Defence Force will be hoping to shake
off its 4-2 Digicel Charity Shield loss to
DirecTV W Connection when it kicks off
its T&T Pro League title defence versus
Central FC in the first match of a double-
header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva
from 6pm today.
Two hours later, Police will also look to
jump start its campaign on a winning note
when it comes up against league newcomers,
Point Fortin Civic Centre.
Tomorrow (Saturday) at the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium, Mucurapo, St Ann s Rangers,
coached by newcomer Gilbert Bateau, hosts
W Connection from 5 pm, followed by a
7pm clash between Neal & Massy Caledonia
AIA and North East Stars.
San Juan Jabloteh, the ninth club in this
year s and four-time league champions, is
on a bye having made a return to compe-
tition after a one year absence.
However, all eyes will be on the "Teteron
Boys" and coach Ross Russell, who will start
this season s campaign without prolific strik-
er Devorn Jorsling, who is on a promotion
training course towards the rank of Lance
Corporal while defender Curtis Gonzales,
returned home with the Soca Warriors from
Saudi Arabia and is not expected to feature
as they seek a third crown in four seasons
and a record 22nd national title.
The regulars who feaurured in the loss
to W Connection on Friday last included
long-serving captain and defender Corey
Rivers Devin Jordan, Marvin Jones, Rodell
Elcock, Glynn Franklyn, Aklie Edwards, Jer-
wyn Balthazar, Josimar Belgrave, Kerry
Joseph, Sean Narcis, Ross Russell Jr and
attackers Kevon Carter, 2011-12 T&T Pro
League/Toyota Player of the Year in striker
Richard Roy and newcomer Adrian Welch,
who made his senior team debut at the end
of last season.
While Defence Force has not added many
new faces to its squad, Central FC, under
the supervision of former England inter-
national and Jabloteh coach, Terry Fenwick,
was busy in the transfer market and added
defender Elton John, Akeem Benjamin, Keon
Trim and Jamaican midfielder, Toric Robin-
son as well as national goalkeeper Jan-
Michael Williams to its squad which ended
fifth on debut last season.
Fenwick s pre-season acquisitions also
also include Nicholas Dillon, Kevon Goddard,
Dwight Pope, Javon Sample, former Jabloteh
and St Ann s Rangers defender Jamal Jack,
25, and midfielders Shem Alexander, 23,
and Julio Noel, 20, also from the St. Ann s
The regular faces who will feature are
veteran midfielder Marvin Oliver, Darryl
Trim, Carey Harris, Keion Goodridge, Run-
dell Winchester, Omar Charles, Darren
Mitchell and Dario Holmes, Jason Marcano,
Johan Peltier and Hector Sam.
Commenting on the opener Fenwick was
quick to brush off his opponents loss to W
Connection and expects a tough battle.
He said, "That was a one off game, and
I m sure Coach Russell had his eye firmly
fixed on the teams first game defending
their crown. I m certain that we won t enjoy
the same level of sloppy defending that we
witnessed on Friday.
"I know Ross Russell would have had
them working hard on correcting the errors
they made against W Connection." said the
former England international.
Looking ahead to the new season which
will feature a top prize of $1,000,000, a
gigantic leap from the previous $350,000
in seasons gone by, Carter said all teams
will be fired up to come at Defence Force.
"I think it s going to be a very challenging
season not only because of the trophy, but
because of the prize (money involved)," said
veteran winger Carter .
A lot of attention will also be on the sec-
ond match, particularly Pt Fortin which is
coached by former Soca Warriors and W
Connection midfielder, Reynold Carring-
The squad from the oil-rich "deep south",
boasts the likes of current Soca Warriors
players in goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and
Marcus Joseph and former W Connection
players Andrei Pacheco, Nickcolson Thomas,
Matthew Bartholomew and Kelvin Modeste,
who captains the team.
Ex-nationals Lyndon Diaz, Andre Tou-
ssaint and goalkeeper Akini Adams are also
in the Point Fortin squad along with former
T&TEC FC players Wesley John, Andre Etti-
enne, Bevon Bass, Keron Neptune, Brenton
De Leon, Glen Sutton, Akeem Redhead,
Sylvester Teesdale, Kelvin Hernandez, Akeem
Parris, Andre Matthew, Kevin Rouse Andre
Alexis and Kestor Cornwall.
While the team maybe a new entity, for-
mer T&T striker in the 1960s and 1970s
Steve David, Pt Fortin s techincal director
said teams can expect a competitive game
from his squad.
He added. "You can expect good players
...you can expect everything you should get
out of football. And we have the best coach
in the league in Reynold Carrington. We
have the best player and captain in league
in Kelvin "Super" Modeste, and we have
the best manager in the league, Ken Mc
Cree. And I m the best supporter."
"David also stressed that his club really
appreciates everybody giving us their sup-
port... the effort for Pt Fortin to be in this
Pro League. It s a chance for us because of
what we are going through right now and
trying to make the best of it and hopefully
we will win that million dollars and next
year will be much better,"
He added: Our organisation is trying to
make Point Fortin a community club,
belonging to Point Fortin, and hopes that
the people of Point Fortin buy into it.
"We have a lot of history ...we have a lot
of great players...we have a lot of background
and if we build it the right way, we think
it can be successful and that s why we are
here. We want to be here but we just don t
the growth process and part of the group
that would make this Pro league success-
On the otherhand, Police and its coach
Richard Hood will be keen to build on its
best ever finish in the Pro League, sixth last
year and with its core of players inclusive
of captain Todd Ryan, Karlon Murray, Anton
Hutchinson, Clevon McFee, Trent Noel,
Kareem Perry, Kerry Frederick, Noel
Williams, Jameel Perry, Christon Thomas,
Elijah Belgrave and Kemron Purcell all
returning, it should make for exciting times
from the lawmen. Admission is $30 and
children under-12 are free.
Out-of-favour Soca Warrior winger Kevon
Carter of the defending Digicel Pro League cham-
pions, Defence Force, says he is aware of the
new the challenges for the upcoming 2013-2014
season, but pledges that his side has standards
Carter said that it s going to be a very challenging
season, not only because of the league title at
stake, but because of the $1,000,000 winners
prize money this season.
And that s not all.
Defence Force stands without the services of
ace striker and last season s top goalscorer Devorn
Jorsling, presently on a promotional course towards
the rank of Army lance corporal, during the month
of September---a blow for coach Ross Russell, who
didn t have any major additions to his roster this
"This season will be a much tougher season,"
"We don t really have many newcomers because
we can t bring in any outsiders like the DirecTV
W Connection or the North East Stars. We are
going to be total local outfit with one or two
youngsters that will be in the fray."
Under-21 players Adrian Welch, scorer against
W Connection in a 4-2 defeat last Friday in the
Digicel Charity Shield, Samuel Delice and Curtly
Dodds are the new faces around the team this
The two-time (2010-11 & 2012-13) Pro League
champs and 21-times national league winners
begin their title defence today y against the Terry
Fenwick coached-Central FC from 6pm at the
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva followed by an 8pm
contest between newcomers Point Fortin Civic
Football Club from 8pm in Round One Match Day
"We are just coming to put our best foot forward
in the Digicel Pro League," added Carter, who
welcomed the challenges of Point Fortin and
returning San Juan Jabloteh. "It s an honour to be
back in the Pro League again this (season). I think
we have standards to uphold being the defending
champs. We are back as a disciplined unit once
more. We come to improve this (season) because
last (season) we only got the League title, and we
are throwing our hands at all the other trophies."
Carter and his teammates, just as last season
failed to get off to a winning start with the Charity
Shield, but went on to lift the league title.
W Connection boasting a roster equipped with
number of imports proved the better team against
the soldiers at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo, a week ago.
Defence Force kicks off
Pro League defence
New boys....Ken McCrea, left, manager of Digicel T&T Pro League newcomers, Pt Fortin FC
captain Kevin Modeste, coach Reynold Carrington and technical director Steve David show
off the team's new kit to the audience at the launch of the 2013/2014 season which was
held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, VIP Lounge, Mucurapo on Wednesday. PHOTO:
Defence Force's Kevon Carter and Carey Harris in
an aerial battle for the ball during a 2012/2013
Digicel T&T Pro League match at the Ato Boldon
Stadium, Couva. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS.
Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva:
Central F.C. vs Defence Force 6 pm
Police F.C. vs Point Fortin Civic Centre 8pm
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo:
St Ann's Rangers vs W Connection, 5 pm,
Caledonia AIA vs North East Stars, 7 pm
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