Lee and J’Eleisha get MVP honours, as SSFL fetes its 2022 standouts

St Benedict’s College captain Tarik Lee and Scarborough Secondary forward J’Eleisha Alexander were awarded the two most prestigious individual accolades today, as the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) feted its top teams and players for the 2022 season at its annual award ceremony at Naparima College.

Lee, a pacy, versatile centre forward, led Benedict’s to their first Premier Division title as well as the South Zone Intercol crown while Alexander helped Scarborough to the Girls Big 5 trophy.

St Benedict’s College forward Tarik Lee (left) takes on Fatima College midfielder Justin Alcantara during the Big 4 final in Couva on 26 October 2022.
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The SSFL’s five boys standouts for 2022 were adjudged to be Lee and Benedict’s teammate Josiah Ochoa, San Juan North Secondary forward Larry Noel, Trinity College East attacker Jaheim Faustin and gifted Fatima College goalkeeper Tristan Edwards.

St Benedict’s had six selections on the all-star team, which was the most by any boys team.


Outside of Lee, and Ochoa, goalkeeper Ja-ir Buckmire, defenders Joshua Demas and Lyshawn Morris, and midfielder Ephraim Brown also numbered among the Premier Division’s top players.

Fatima College, the National Intercol champs, had five all-star nominations, which were: Edwards, full backs Jesse Hospedales and Alijah Nunes, flanker and captain Christian Bailey, and forward Michael Chaves.

San Juan North Secondary had three picks with Noel joined by playmaker Lindell Sween and defender Desailly Lewis.

Scarborough Secondary forward J’Eleisha Alexander was the 2022 SSFL Girls MVP.
(via SSFL)

The SSFL’s top five girls players in 2022 were: Alexander (Scarborough Secondary), Five Rivers Secondary midfielder Lu Ann Craig and attackers Jillianda Salandy (Miracle Ministries PHS), Leia-Marie Balfour (Signal Hill Secondary), and Orielle Martin (Bishop High School East).

Signal Hill, Girls National Intercol winners, were deemed to have the most individual standouts with four all-star picks. Apart from Balfour, defender Dominique Scott and midfielders Twinkle Thomas and Madison Campbell also made the illustrious cast.

Miracle Ministries Pentecostal High School, Scarborough Secondary and Five Rivers Secondary had three all-star picks each.

The respective SSFL 2022 All Stars are:

(Boys)

Goalkeepers: Brandon Dalrymple (Trinity College East), Ja-ir Buckmire (St Benedict’s College), Tristan Edwards (Fatima College),

Fatima College goalkeeper Tristan Edwards.
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Defenders: Jesse Hospedales, Alijah Nunes (both Fatima College), Desailly Lewis (San Juan North Secondary), Joshua Demas, Lyshawn Morris (both St Benedict’s College),

Midfielders: Aaron Raymond (Chaguanas North Secondary), Christian Bailey (Fatima College), Ephraim Brown, Josiah Ochoa (St Benedict’s College), Lindell Sween (San Juan North Secondary),

Forwards: Jaheim Faustin (Trinity College East), Kanye Francis (Naparima College), Larry Noel (San Juan North Secondary), Michael Chaves (Fatima College), Tarik Lee (St Benedict’s College).

San Juan North captain and forward Larry Noel (right) beats Trinity College East defender Andre Providence to the ball during SSFL Premier Division action in Trincity on 28 September 2022.
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(Girls)

Goalkeepers: Kimberlynn Rampersad (Miracle Ministries PHS), Mercedes Balthazar (Five Rivers Secondary), Shivelle Williams (Scarborough Secondary),

Defenders: Calypso Ayoung (Holy Name Convent, POS), Dominique Scott (Signal Hill Secondary), Kanika Rodriguez (St Augustine Secondary), Jordanne Antoine (Miracle Ministries PHS), Shadea Andrews (Scarborough Secondary),

Midfielders: Lu Ann Craig (Five Rivers Secondary), Twinkle Thomas, Madison Campbell (both Signal Hill Secondary), Nikita Gosine (Pleasantville Secondary), Trishell Charles (Five Rivers Secondary),

Adrenaline FA attacker Lu Ann Craig (left) takes on the Febeau Government Primary defence during RBNYL Under-11 action at Constantine Park in Macoya on 6 May 2017.
Craig, a Five Rivers Secondary student, was named one of the top five girls players in the 2022 SSFL season.
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Forwards: Jillianda Salandy (Miracle Ministries PHS), Janella Walcott (Five Rivers Secondary), J’Eleisha Alexander (Scarborough Secondary), Leia-Marie Balfour (Signal Hill Secondary), Orielle Martin (Bishop High School East).

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5 comments

  1. Yes you are correct Huey….it would have been nice to have a picture of SSFL MVP Female SSFL 2022 season J’ ELeisha Alexander ( Scarborough Secondary. ) Actually we do have pics of her so it would have been rather easy to get one of her to use in this well written story by Lasana…..but hopefully in the future.

  2. It would have been nice to have a picture of the young lady who was the top female player.

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