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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Defending Toyota Classic champion
and Digicel Pro League (DPL) club North
East Stars will tackle loud neighbours,
Guaya United, of the Super League, in
the 2013 Toyota Classic, Round of 16, on
Sunday from 3.30pm at the Guayaguayare
Secondary School Ground, Guayagua-
This, among other Round of 16
matchups, was revealed by way of a seeded
draw during the launch of the Toyota Clas-
sic at the Hasely Crawford Stadium VIP
On Friday, the tournament, now in its
ninth edition, kicks off with double headers
in central and east Trinidad. Two-time
Toyota Classic winners and current Digicel
Pro League (DPL) leaders, DirecTV W Con-
nection, will host fifth-placed Super League
(SL) outfit Real Maracas from 6 pm at the
Ato Boldon Stadium, followed by SL leaders
Club Sando against sixth positioned DPL
outfit Police FC from 8 pm.
At the Marvin Lee Stadium on Friday,
fourth positioned SL team 1976 FC Phoenix
will tackle defending DPL champion
Defence Force from 6 pm, and from 8 pm
Caledonia AIA and St Ann s Rangers will
meet in the only DPL clash of the Round
of 16. Only last weekend Caledonia trashed
the St Ann s club 6-1 in league action and
the Toyota Classic provides Rangers an
early opportunity for revenge.
The Macoya venue will come alive again
on Saturday, with recently crowned First
Citizens Cup champions Central FC against
sixth positioned SL outfit Joe Public from
6 pm, and SL third positioned Malabar FC
against DPL San Juan Jabloteh from 8 pm.
But the action on Saturday begins a lot
earlier, when second-placed DPL club,
Point Fortin Civic hosts SL club Stokely
Vale from 3.30pm at the Mahaica Oval,
Point Fortin. "All the teams in the Super
League want to clash with the Pro League
teams," said Club Sando head coach Antho-
ny Streete during yesterday s draw.
The former St Ann s Rangers head coach
and W Connection assistant coach added,
"It augurs well for the competition because
the Pro League teams will be out for a
tough battle this time around...we guarantee
Streete said it is the ambition of Club
Sando, as well as other Super League clubs,
to join the Pro League, and the Toyota
Classic, which brings together all nine DPL
clubs and the top seven SL clubs in this
case, provides a good opportunity to show-
"It s so nice to be here because we have
been waiting for this a long...long time,"
he continued. "We want to compete with
the Pro League teams because that s the
objective of our club---to get into the Pro
League. We come here to show what Club
Sando is made of and this would be the
ideal trophy to take home to Sando.
"The people of Sando want to do good
things, and I joined the team to do good
things; and this is a good stepping stone
to showcase ourselves."
The winners prize remains at $50,000
and $20,000 to the runners-up, and
according to TT Pro League CEO, Dexter
Skeene, the Toyota Classic has been a crit-
ical part of the League s calendar.
"In addition to being a unique tourna-
ment which encompasses the Super League
clubs, it provides a gauge as to the devel-
opment of the clubs as well as offering
synergies and development of the working
relationship between the League and the
T&T Football Association," said Skeene.
He was also pleased to announce that
for the Toyota Classic, the League will be
utilising as many grounds as possible in
the communities, to take advantage of the
local crowds, to continue the momentum
which has begun during this season.
Last Thursday, following inspection visits
at the Guayaguayare Secondary School
ground and the Sangre Grande, Ojoe Road
Recreation ground, conducted by TT Pro
League officials---headed by Skeene, Guaya
United s home ground received the green
light, however the home of the defending
Toyota Classic champions didn t meet suit-
able playing and hosting standards.
The Toyota Classic competition contin-
ues throughout the month, with the quar-
ter-final round on November 16 and 17,
the semi-final round on November 22, and
the final November 29.
Defending champ Stars
meet Guaya in opener
T&T s Under-15 boy s national team secured their
second win in two matches at the Tournament of
the Americas in Cali, Colombia on Sunday.
T&T, following a 3-1 win over Sevilla a day earlier,
got a 15th minute goal from St Augustine Secondary
midfielder Jesse Joseph in their 1-0 win over Real
The victory keeps T&T in with a chance of advanc-
ing out of the group stage of the tournament which
includes twenty seven teams in the U-17 and U-16
teams, among them the Mexican national U- 17 team.
Head coach Shawn Cooper, who is assisted by
Leonson Lewis and Ross Russell, described the win
"We had to work a lot harder in the second match
for the win as compared the opening match. We
possessed the ball well and we got an early goal which
set us up nicely for the rest of the match," Cooper
said. "I would have liked for us to have scored a
couple more to take the pressure off but the opponent
continues to press as well and I thought we handled
"Overall the two games have been great experiences
for the players and has presented us with two good
challenges. We expect the games will get even tougher
as the tournament progresses but that is what we
are here for... to try and get the best possible match
practice out of this tournament," Cooper said.
U-15s win two in
a row in Colombia
For the first time in history, of the Atlantic Pri-
mary School Football League, an Under-11 national
champion will be crowned.
Over past months schools have been vying for the
the position of zonal champion while also aspiring
to be one of the eight champion schools of the Edu-
cation Districts of T&T.
From some 500 teams which competed in the
inaugural U-11 boys competition throughout T&T,
the top eight teams are now set to battle today for
Some of the top U-11 teams include Tobago s Bon
Accord Government, Victoria s San Fernando Boys
RC, Port-of-Spain s Sacred Heart Boy s RC, South
Eastern champion, Moruga Boys RC, North Eastern
victor, and Sangre Grande Government.
The new division for boys will see Bon Accord
Government at home to the champion of Victoria,
San Fernando Boys RC, at Shaw Park in Tobago,
beginning at 10 am, today.
In Port-of-Spain at the Halsey Crawford Stadium,
Sacred Heart Boys RC will play host to Moruga RC
in what is expected to be a very competitive game.
This match also begins at 10 am.
The North Eastern U-11 champion, Sangre Grande
will take on the winner of the Caroni Education Dis-
trict, Carapichaima RC at the Arima Velodrome at
10 am before the U-11 champion of St Patrick, Siparia
Boys RC, meets the winner of the East St George
Tunapuna Boys RC at 11 am.
U-11 Primary Schools
football champ to be
crowned first time
Sacred Heart Boys RC (Port of Spain) vs
Moruga RC South Eastern, Hasely Crawford
Sangre Grande Gov't (North Eastern) vs
Carapichaima RC (Caroni),10 am; Siparia Boys
RC (St Patrick) vs Tunapuna Boys RC (East St
George), 11 am, Arima Velorome
Bon Accord Gov't (Tobago) vs San Fernando
Boys RC (Victoria), Shaw Park, Tobago, 10 am.
Sean Shaffie, Marketing Officer at Toyota T&T Limited, fourth from left, and Dexter Skeene, TT Pro League CEO, both hold on to the
Championship trophy as they are flanked by players of represented clubs of the TT Pro League and the Super League.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Round of 16
Ato Boldon Stadium
W Connection vs Real Maracas, 6 pm
Club Sando vs Police FC, 8 pm
Marvin Lee Stadium
1976 FC Phoenix vs Defence Force, 6 pm
Caledonia AIA vs St. Ann's Rangers, 8 pm
Marvin Lee Stadium
Central FC vs Joe Public, 6 pm
Malabar FC vs San Juan Jabloteh, 8 pm
Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin
Point Fortin Civic vs Stokely Vale, 3.30 pm
Guayaguayare Secondary School Ground
Guaya United vs North East Stars---3.30 pm
Quarter Final Round
November 16 and 17
Semi Final Round
2013 TOYOTA CLASSIC
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