Defending Digicel Pro League champions DirecTV W Connection and 2012 Digicel Pro Bowl winners Defence Force will lift the curtain on the 2012/13 domestic top flight season today when they battle from 5 pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella for the Digicel Charity Shield.
Today’s winner will be awarded $10,000, which will be forwarded to a charitable cause of its choosing. An unspecified portion of the gate receipts will also go to a school within the club’s community as part of a “Read to Rise” primary literacy programme.
Otherwise, the Charity Shield exhibition gives both teams a chance to fine-tune for the upcoming season.
Defence Force coach Ross Russell has welcomed his former hitman Devorn Jorsling back into the squad, after a stint with US A’ League team Orlando and Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA, and his strike partnership with last season’s top scorer, Richard Roy, should be of great interest to spectators and concern to opponents.
Connection has already enjoyed competitive games this term thanks to its participation in the CONCACAF Champions League. The “Savonetta Boys” were last in action on 29 August 2012 when they were on the wrong side of a 4-0 score summary away to Mexican outfit Chivas de Guadelajara.
Coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s man would be anxious to put that result behind them while the youthful strike trio of Hasim Arcia, Shahdon Winchester and new 20-year-old Surinamese recruit Stefano Rijssel will look to show tangible evidence of their development.
Patrons pay $20 for admission while children 12-years-old and under are free. There will be a bouncy castle for young spectators and giveaways of copybooks as well as face painting.