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Oil In De Coil; Southern students star in Wired868’s 2015 SSFL All Star XI

The 2015 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) season wrapped up on Monday evening with Naparima College securing a National double and sweeping all possible titles—Premier Division, South Zone Intercol and National Intercol—for the school season.

Several players from coach Angus Eve’s two-time Premier Division winning team caught Wired868’s lens this season but there were many others who were worth a second glance as well.

Photo: Naparima College forward Isaiah Hudson leaps into the air to celebrate his goal against Presentation College (San Fernando) in the South Zone Intercol final at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Naparima College forward Isaiah Hudson leaps into the air to celebrate his goal against Presentation College (San Fernando) in the South Zone Intercol final at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Is it really “de oil in de coil?”

Have a look at Wired868’s All Star XI and see which players caught our eye during the 2015 SSFL season:

Denzil Smith (Shiva Boys HC): Goalkeeper

Shiva faded away towards the end of the season but that was no fault of Smith’s. The Shiva shot-stopper might be undersized, but what he lacks in height and brawn he certainly makes up with heart and bravery, not to mention cat-like reflexes. He is a beast between the sticks.

Joshua Marshall (St Augustine Secondary): Centre back

The no-nonsense St Augustine captain has aspirations of joining the Army and it is clear to see that he is more than halfway there. He blends discipline and toughness superbly and leads his team from the back with his echoing shouts. He is a born leader!

Photo: St Augustine Secondary captain Joshua Marshall (left) tries to nick possession away from Naparima College attacker Akinola Gregory (second from left) while Isaiah Hudson (centre) and Ainsworth Grant look on during 2015 National Intercol semifinals. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary captain Joshua Marshall (left) tries to nick possession away from Naparima College attacker Akinola Gregory (second from left) while Isaiah Hudson (centre) and Ainsworth Grant look on during 2015 National Intercol semifinals.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Stephon Smith (Naparima College): Centre back

A big part of Naparima’s success this season was the partnership formed at the centre of their defence with Smith and Anderson Toussaint. Smith is an excellent reader of the game and he is also very assured and comfortable when in possession.

Keston Julien (Presentation College San F’do): Left-wing back

This stylish left-footed player is comfortable at left-back or left wing and his crosses from the flank are usually spot-on. With CONCACAF Champions League experience already under his belt with W Connection, there is no telling how far this confident youngster can go.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago left back Keston Julien celebrates his goal against Guatemala in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. Julien made his senior competitive debut for Connection at just 16 years old. (Courtesy MexSport/CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago left back Keston Julien celebrates his goal against Guatemala in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Julien made his senior competitive debut for Connection at just 16 years old.
(Courtesy MexSport/CONCACAF)

Rondell Payne (Naparima College): Right back

Payne’s former school, St Benedict’s College, were on the losing end of last year’s National Intercol final and the feisty defender played through a niggling injury to ensure that he got a winners medal this time around. He is hard in the tackle and never afraid to bomb up and down the flank too.

Jesse Joseph (St Augustine Secondary): Midfielder

If you concede a free kick 25 to 30 yards away from goal against St Augustine, chances are your goalie would be picking the ball out of his net. The slender Joseph has a dead eye from set pieces and is fond of the spectacular as well. His passing ability, coupled with long legs, also make him a difficult opponent in the middle of the park.

Photo: QRC midfielder Joash Williams (left) tries to outrun St Augustine Secondary midfielder Jesse Joseph during 2015 SSFL action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: QRC midfielder Joash Williams (left) tries to outrun St Augustine Secondary midfielder Jesse Joseph during 2015 SSFL action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Kareem Riley (Presentation College San F’do): Midfielder

If there was an award for persistence in the SSFL, Riley would be the runaway winner. The national Under-17 midfielder shoots, shoots and shoots again before he bulges the back of the net. When his persistence pays off, the outcome is usually spectacular.

Shane Sandy (Naparima College): Midfielder

The Plymouth-born Sandy is as tough as they come in the SSFL, and he was a key figure in Naparima’s clean sweep this season. He is assured in possession, rarely gets flustered, and has a thunderous right-footed shot.

Photo: Naparima College playmaker Shane Sandy (right) tries to wriggle away from a QRC opponent during 2015 SSFL Premier Division action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Naparima College playmaker Shane Sandy (right) tries to wriggle away from a QRC opponent during 2015 SSFL Premier Division action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Quinn Rodney (Shiva Boys HC): Attacker

Perhaps, the most feared winger in the SSFL, Rodney is speed, trickery and grit all wrapped up in one. You do not want to get in a foot race with this guy. It’s better to take him out at half line.

Isaiah Hudson (Naparima College): Striker

Naparima coach Angus Eve moved the lanky 15 year-old into the striking position midway through the Premier Division season, and nearly everything he touched thereafter turned into goals. He is a clever player who makes very intelligent off the ball runs, which gifts him more space than other strikers may have in the penalty area. Although he did not sizzle in the National Intercol final, this youngster can keep his head held high. He is our Wired868 SSFL Player of the Year!

Photo: Naparima College striker Isaiah Hudson (left) turns on St Anthony's College defender Nicholas Moyou during the 2015 National Intercol final in Marabella. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Naparima College striker Isaiah Hudson (left) turns on St Anthony’s College defender Nicholas Moyou during the 2015 National Intercol final in Marabella.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Jarred Dass (Naparima College): Attacker

Naps’ Mr Consistent! Dass started off the season as the focal point of Angus Eve’s attack and finished the National Intercol final at right-back. He was shifted to the wing during the season to accommodate the red-hot Isaiah Hudson but the willing runner never complained.

Instead, the selfless Dass found himself in the penalty area to clinch Naps’ National double with a double of his own.

We were also impressed by these players:

Jadel Poon-Lewis (QRC): Goalkeeper

Jadel probably has a Manuel Neuer poster in his house somewhere. His calm with the ball at his feet is definitely not something one would associate with a secondary school goalkeeper.

Photo: QRC goalkeeper Jardel Poon-Lewis (right) makes a fine save to deny Naparima College striker Shobal Celestine during a previous SSFL contest. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: QRC goalkeeper Jardel Poon-Lewis (right) makes a fine save to deny Naparima College striker Shobal Celestine during a previous SSFL contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Taryll Coutou (St Benedict’s College): Defender

The Benedict’s skipper is a heavyweight and he is never afraid to show it. He packs a mean punch from a free kick too.

Anderson Toussaint (Naparima College): Defender

One half of Naparima’s impressive centre-back pairing. Reading the game is what he does best.

Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel (Shiva Boys HC): Midfielder

Pass, pass, pass, repeat! You get the picture. This young playmaker has the “Vision 2020” that Patrick Manning once proposed.

Photo: Shiva Boys HC star Tyrel "Pappy" Emmanuel (centre) drives towards goal while St Mary's College midfielder Nathan Harte (airborne) makes a vain attempt at a block. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Shiva Boys HC star Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel (centre) drives towards goal while St Mary’s College midfielder Nathan Harte (airborne) makes a vain attempt at a block.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Michael Basdeo (Naparima College): Midfielder

The Naps skipper goes about his business without much flair, but he is a perceptive and very efficient midfield organiser, not to mention a good exemplar.

Shem Clauzel (St Anthony’s): Midfielder

This pint-sized midfield playmaker is sure to catch your eye. He is smooth and assured when in possession.

Kathon St Hillaire: St Anthony’s College (Attacker)

This lively winger seems to come to life when the Intercol’s bright lights are switched on. On his day he is a terrifying proposition for any wing back. Unfortunately for St Hillaire, he was unable to lift the National Intercol crown like he did with Mucurapo East Secondary last year.

Photo: St Anthony's College winger Kathon St Hillaire charges at the St Mary's College defence on the way to scoring his team's third goal in the 2015 North Zone Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: St Anthony’s College winger Kathon St Hillaire charges at the St Mary’s College defence on the way to scoring his team’s third goal in the 2015 North Zone Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

Nion Lammy (Presentation College San F’do): Attacker

He is quick, loves a dribble and has an eye for goal.

Brent Sam (San Juan North): Striker

San Juan goes as Brent Sam goes. When the Bourg boys were flirting with first place early in the season, Sam was the player who carried them there. His goals were not enough to take San Juan to the “Promised Land” this season though.

Photo: San Juan North star Brent Sam (right) keeps the ball away from Fatima playmaker Sebastien Camacho (centre) during a 2015 SSFL contest. (Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan North star Brent Sam (right) keeps the ball away from Fatima playmaker Sebastien Camacho (centre) during a 2015 SSFL contest.
(Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)

Editor’s note: Did we miss out anyone? Have your say, and bite nice!

About R.Walcott

R.Walcott
Roneil Walcott is a Journalism and Public Relations student at COSTAATT and a freelancer at Wired868. Walcott is an avid sports fan and former Harvard Cricket Clinic member and ex-St. Mary’s College cricket player.

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41 comments

  1. Taryl Coutou the St Benedicts centrr back is by farrrrrrrr the best central defender in the league, Shemar Ravello on his day can unlock any defence and Mathew Joseph is the best utility player in Trindad he can literally play anywhere, have a chat with Coaches about their players so as to get that broader picture Lisana

  2. Lik tobago not important…but congrats to who made it

  3. Johnpaul missing … He was consistant in all his matches

  4. Well done Shane Sandy I am so proud of you☺☺☺

  5. Saw someone said Riley bagged 10 goals from defensive midfield. That is astonishing to say the least.
    Lasana, How many players scored 10 goals and more?

  6. I actually thought there was room for rochford but in terms of consistency and goals Sandy was better and well Riley is just on a different level in terms of effiency. He can literally win you a game.

  7. Yohannes, as well Shaquille John, impressed me with Shiva this season. But there was some very stiff competition in the midfield area of the pitch

  8. What about Yohannes Richardson from Shiva Boys

    • Not everyone can get in. Roneil K Walcott has seen more games than me. But I saw Shiva play about three times.
      I think Yohannes is an effective player. But I don’t think I would have selected him either ahead of players like Shane Sandy, Riley and Pappy.

    • Riley is a good player, in fact he was my player of the season along with Naps captain Basdeo but against Naps he disappeared when needed. Richardson was always there for Shiva

  9. Joshua Marshall well done bro (y)

  10. I believe the following should be mentioned, Shemar Ravello – St. Benedict’s utility player, John-Paul Rochford – QRC midfielder & Levi Fernandes – Naps goalkeeper

  11. Hudson was tremendous on a very strong team. Riley was a handful i loved watching him play. Its between both of those guys tbh. In terms of consistency.

  12. Very respectable list Lasana Liburd. On point as always.

  13. In terms of effiency my award goes to Riley. He rallied pres with his leadership and crucial goals

  14. Kareem riley bagged 10 goals this season from defensive midfield. He has a thunderbolt.

  15. Lasana -No place for my nephew from St. Augustine – Isaiah Lee? I think you need ah redo?

  16. Great list but Shane Sandy both feet are powerful

  17. I’m a lil bit shocked we finished second and coutou only got an honorable mention but naps had a great year

  18. Unfortunate to see Brent Sam’s name on that list. What he still doing dey? SMH.

  19. Pappy gets an honorable mention?… With his exploits I would have thought he would have made the starting 11… Also not to be biased, but Poon Lewis is the most composed SSFL keeper I’ve seen for sometime, it’s like QRC has 2 last stoppers. He is also very brave. What about Ethan Shim?… Yuh is d editor Lasana, yuh didnt write the article, but yuh have d final say… yuh eh make space fuh a CIC man dey! lol