SSFL 2022: Bishop’s v Scarborough postponed; Siparia West, CIC and Arima near zonal titles

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Today’s scheduled top of the table Tobago Boys Championship Division match between Bishop’s High School and Scarborough Secondary is now the second game of the 2022 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) season to be postponed due to a Covid-19 scare.

A release from the SSFL today revealed that the fixture will be moved to “a date to be determined […] due to the fact that students are exhibiting Covid-19 related symptoms.”

Photo: Doctors swab a patient as part of the test for Covid-19.

At present, Bishop’s lead the Tobago Zone with 10 points from four matches while Scarborough have nine points. Defending zonal champions, Signal Hill Secondary, are third with eight points.

Elsewhere in the South Zone, Siparia West Secondary moved to within one result of the SSFL Big 5 competition after a 4-2 win over Ste Madeleine Secondary.

Siparia West, coached by former Strike Squad standout Dexter “Peck” Francis, are unbeaten this season after six wins and one draw and lead second place Point Fortin East Secondary by eight points.

The SSFL Big 5 competition, with winners from each Championship zone, starts on Saturday 22 October with the top second tier schools all competing for three spots in the 2023 SSFL Premier Division.

St Mary’s College are almost there too, as the “Saints” moved to within two points of the North Zone title following an emphatic 3-0 win over Trinity College (Moka) yesterday. 

The “Saints” are also unbeaten this season with 19 points from a possible 21, while second placed Trinity Moka trail by eight points.

Photo: St Mary’s College supporters celebrate their triumph over Trinity College East on 9 September 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/ Wired868)

In the East Zone, defending champions Arima North Secondary are also unbeaten and the “Dial Dynamos” stretched their lead to eight points yesterday—courtesy of a 4-1 win over Five Rivers Secondary on the Arima Old Road.

Darion Marfan, Mark Thomas, Devin Seales and captain Jadon Durity scored a goal apiece for the hosts while substitute Elijah Diaz got a consolation item for Five Rivers.

Second place El Dorado East Secondary have a game in hand, due to a postponed fixture with Valencia Secondary, and can still run Arima North close for another week—if both teams keep winning.

Photo: Arima North Secondary forward Mark Thomas (right) tries to escape from Five Rivers Secondary defender Omari George during East Zone Championship Division action at the Arima Old Road on 7 October 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Arima Araucans Academy)

The Tobago Zone has two matches at 3.40pm today as struggling Pentecostal Light & Life face Roxborough Secondary at Shaw Park while cellar placed Goodwood Secondary hosts Mason Hall Secondary at the Cyd Gray Complex. Neither Light & Life nor Goodwood Secondary have tallied a point for the season thus far.

In the SSFL Premier Division, there are crucial relegation contests in both groups. St Augustine Secondary and Pleasantville Secondary, who are bottom and second from bottom respectively in Group A, square off from 4pm in St Augustine. Neither school has a point this season to date.

And in group B, table proppers Moruga Secondary (one point) desperately need a win when they travel to African Grounds in Enterprise to face second from bottom Chaguanas Secondary (four points) from 3.30pm.

Photo: St Augustine Secondary midfielder Elijah Baptiste tries to initiate an attack for his team during SSFL Premier Division action against Naparima at Gordon Street on 14 September 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

Today’s Premier Division matches

(Sat 8 October)

Group A

St Augustine Secondary vs Pleasantville Secondary, 4pm, St Augustine.

Group B

Chaguanas North vs Moruga Secondary, 3.30pm, African Grounds, Enterprise;

QRC vs Presentation (San F’do), 3.30pm, QRC;

East Mucurapo vs Trinity College East, 3.40pm, Fatima;

Malick Secondary vs San Juan North, 3.40pm, Serpentine Road.

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