Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 2nd 2013 Contents DIRECTV W Connection are the Toyota
Classic champions for a third time in tour-
nament s nine-year history.
On Saturday, forward Hashim Arcia scored
one and set up another as Connection held
off Super League leaders Club Sando 2-0
in the Final of the 2013 Toyota Classic to
be crowned proud champions.
But that didn't silence the chanting of
hundreds of Sando supporters---many of
whom were clad in supporter's jerseys---
that made the journey to the Ato Boldon
Stadium in Couva.
"I give (my players) real credit," said Club
Sando head coach Anthony Streete proudly,
despite losing the Final.
"I'm going to the dressing room now and
really applaud them, because to reach (the
Final), we became the first Super League
team to reach the Toyota Classic [Final] and
that's a proud moment for me and the sup-
Last weekend Sando became the first ever
Super League outfit to reach the Final of
the Classic, by defeating Defence Force 3-
2 in the semi-final round, while Connection
ousted Guaya United 3-0.
"I give all credit to all the supporters,"
continued Streete. "I thank them for sticking
behind the team, and I ask them to con-
Arcia netted his third goal of the tour-
nament to hand Connection a 1-0 lead in
as early as the 11th minute after he collected
a Neil Benjamin Jr pass on the right and
sent a perfect strike into goalkeeper Andre
Marchan's far netting.
The lanky forward, who sent a strike just
wide of the upright three minutes into the
match, also played the pass to second half
substitute Jomal Williams for Connection's
second item in the 79th minute.
Jomal, who replaced Colombian midfielder
Yefer Lozano in the 66th minute, executed
a superb strike from 24 yards out to beat
former club-mate, goalkeeper Marchan in
the upper corner for a 2-0 Connection cush-
"A lot of people had the strange thought
that a Super League team can beat us, so
we put our feet on the ground and went
for (the victory)," said Arcia.
Connection head coach Stuart Charles
Fevrier also thought it was important to
prove that the Super League wasn't better
than the Pro League, although many of Club
Sando's players and even its coach, Streete,
are all former members of the professional
"It was important for us to win for many
reasons," said Fevrier who led Connection
to the inaugural Toyota Classic title in 2005
and again in 2011.
"Today we had to defend professional
football as well. To me that was an important
reason. We won because we were the only
professional team left in the competition
and we felt that the onus was on us to
defend local professional football."
Three minutes after the Arcia item, Con-
nection had a great opportunity to find the
back of the net again, however Joevin Jones
disappointingly guided Benjamin's cross
high and wide with Marchan at his mercy
within the six yard area.
Benjamin had an opening himself after
making a steal in the 29th minute but curled
his intended effort towards the far post, too
Former W Connection player Kern Cupid
was very ambitious for Sando in the 20th
minute with a strike overbar from 22 yards
out. And from a similar position in the 34th
minute Ryan Fredericks also struck overbar
as Sando looked for the equaliser.
Sando had a decent buildup on a coun-
terattack in the 39th minute but lost their
patience by the final third and only won
themselves a wide effort from 26 yards out
by Devon Modeste.
The former St. Ann's Rangers attacker
then won his side a free-kick in the 42nd
minute but Kemuel Rivers' take was also
wide of the Connection goal.
In the 45th minute Rivers, another former
Connection player, dribbled his way into
the area and squared a cross which was
inches to high for the liking of Modeste
inside the six yard area as Sando again failed
to find the back of the net.
Two minutes inside the second period
Sando were unlucky in front of goal after
Connection goalkeeper Julani Archibald
spilled Cupid's cross which was headed up
by defender Russell. Teba McKnight, another
former Connection player, hooked the spilled
ball across the area to find teammate Kerron
Smith who wasted just wide of the far
Mc Knight was limited in a match dom-
inated by the presence of Connection skipper
and defensive midfielder Gerard Williams,
who was by far the MVP of the Final. Even
Arcia was overlooked for the award.
Instead it was Sando's Cupid that mem-
bers of the tournament sponsor -- Toyota
Trinidad and Tobago -- selected as their
MVP of the Final.
But the humble St. Kitts/Nevis interna-
tional was simply elated to lead Connection
to the title as captain.
"This isn't my first (title with W Con-
nection," said G.Williams. "But it's my first
(title) as captain. So I feel great tonight.
"I was motivated for the game. I wanted
to win the trophy for the team as captain
for the first time. I'm thankful that we
played as a team and we deserve it in the
"Sometimes it is difficult being captain,
but with the responsibilities, you have to
just work had and try your best so everybody
can look up to you and see you as a better
leader," ended the 25 year-old.
W Connection survived an indirect free-
kick two yards inside the area in the 63rd
minute and in the 74th minute needed bril-
liant save out of Archibald to deny Rivers
from a free-kick just outside the area.
Connection later doubled their advantage,
but were lucky not to concede in the 86th
minute thanks to back-to-back saves by
First the St. Kitts/Nevis international
goalie kept out a Rivers' strike, then the fol-
low-up header by McKnight before the sec-
ond rebound was hit just wide of the far
upper corner by former Connection mid-
fielder Devon Drayton.
And in the 90th minute Cupid's strike
from distance earned him applause after it
swooshed just wide of the far upright.
It was the total opposite reaction from
the Sando fans towards referee Neil Brizan
though. The official, who once stopped the
match for fan-interruption was booed by
angry Sando fans.
Nevertheless an entertaining tournament
and final prevailed.
"I think the game was a good game," said
"W Connection showed their experience
and dominance in the football. I told my
players before the match to just go out and
enjoy themselves and have a good game
because we did good to reach (the final).
"We reached (the final) and yes we wanted
to win but we knew we were coming up
against a good team, a better team in the
sense of maturity. But I think my players
stood up to the task and gave a good per-
Members of the W Connection team celebrate their victory in the Toyota Classic on
Saturday night. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Keith Clement, tournament director, Mackeson
Super 10 Basketball League, as he outlines the
youth focus of the event as envisioned by Gold
Medal Sports Company.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, December 2, 2013
The introduction of two youth divisions in
the Mackeson Super 10 Basketball League during
the 2013-2014 season is not where initiatives by
the outfit to create purpose driven and mean-
ingful avenues for youth expression and positive
growth in society end, says tournament director
With news that the League now has an 15 and
Under division--to be known as the Bertram Doyle
Youth Division in honour of the former president
of the T&T Basketball Federation who died in
September---as well as the category for athletes
ages 16-21, the Super 10 has assigned itself the
task to reach out to at least three children's home
along the east-west corridor.
"Two things we are going to do this year: We
are going to trying to make a positive change to
some of the young people in need by targeting
three children's homes---St Michael Boys, St Mary's
Children's and St Dominic's Home in Belmont.
We are going to find a way to make some kind
of contribution through our teams. There is a
programme that started recently where basketball
is part of what they are trying to instil in the kids.
And they are struggling for coaches. We have
given the commitment from an administrative
point of view that Super 10 will be part of that
and we will identify three or four coaches who
will give at least one hour of their time per month,
so that those kids can understand and enjoy playing
basketball and what playing basketball is all about,"
Clement added: "We have a strong emphasis
on the youth. We will continue to do that. We
started off this year saying that unless the senior
teams have a junior team, they will not participate
in the Super 10. At the same time, it was the first
year that we were introducing that rule. We under-
stand we cannot be too hard and fast on it. While
we still have 13 teams--16 to 21--and eight junior
teams, it will be compulsory next season for teams
to participate in Super 10. You want to play in
Super 10? You must have a junior feeder."
Since the inception of the Mackeson Super 10
Basketball League in 1987, the tournament has
never been about the administration, but the
teams, said Clement.
The criteria for playing in the League, has always
been tough and all teams desirous of participation
understood that. This will remain unchanged said
Clement in order for the tournament to remains
attractive to T&T and provide guaranteed spaces
on the court for future athletes deserving of being
in the spotlight.
W Connection takes Toyota Classic
Super Ten more
Club Sando 0 -- W Connection 2
(Hashim Arcia 11', Jomal Williams 79')
CLUB SANDO: 1. Andre Marchan, 11. Teba
McKnight (capt.), 4. Anthony Parris, 5. Devon
Drayton (Yellow Card), 6. Kemuel Rivers
(Yellow Card), 8. Kerron Smith (9. Jesse
Downing 77th), 13. Kern Cupid, 19. Ryan
Fredericks, 20. Dwayne Charles, 22. Corneal
Thomas, 24. Devon Modeste (Yellow Card)
Unused substitutes: 33. Alexei Julian (GK),
10. Andy London, 21. Randy Britto, 18. Andre
Phillip, 25. Odelle Armstrong. Coach: Anthony
W CONNECTION: 18. Jelani Archibald, 3.
Gerard Williams (capt.), 15. Mekeil Williams,
10. Joevin Jones, 14. Hashim Arcia, 7. Silvio
Spann (6. Celio Da Silva Santos 83rd), 19.
Leslie Joel Russell, 24. Joao Ananias Jordao Jr.,
27. Yefer Lozano (40. Jomal Williams 66th),
65. Neil Benjamin Jr. (29. Mickaeel Gem
Gordon 74th) 2. Kurt Frederick (Yellow Card)
Unused substitutes: 22. Aquelius Sylvester
(GK), 25. Christian Viveros, 39. Alvin Jones, 28.
Jhon Stiven Reyes Lopez. Coach: Stuart
Charles Fevrier (ttproleague.com)
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