Protest number five! St Anthony’s lodge new challenge over Shiva Boys’ use of Mason

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Even as Shiva Boys Hindu College await adjudication over their use of 19-year-old midfielder Kierron Mason for seven Secondary School Football League (SSFL) Premier Division matches in September, another protest was lodged today with the SSFL executive over the former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team utility player.

This time, St Anthony’s College are the challengers and the SSFL Disciplinary Committee will have to return to their constitution again.

Photo: Naparima College midfielder Decklan Marcelle (left) challenges St Anthony’s College defender Derron John for the ball during SSFL action at Westmoorings on 20 September 2017.
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Last Friday, Fatima College and Queen’s Royal College (QRC) demanded action against Shiva Boys for using Mason throughout the month of September although he did not receive clearance for a Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) outing with Marabella Family Crisis Centre—after the SSFL cut-off date—until 6 October.

The penalty for that infraction, according to the SSFL constitution, is: “Loss of points or even suspension from further participation in the League for the remainder of the season, as the Disciplinary Committee may decide.”

St Anthony’s query is related but different. The “Westmoorings Tigers” hosted Shiva Boys on Saturday 7 October when the two teams played to a 2-2 draw.

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And, according to article 16 subsection two of the SSFL constitution: “The registration of a player with the League must be made in writing at least seventy-two hours before the start of the match in which that player is to take part. This registration must be made with the General Secretary or Zone Secretary.”

The penalty for breaching that rule is: “Loss of game by the offending team.”

Photo: Shiva Boys Hindu College midfielder Kierron Mason in action against Fatima College during SSFL action at Mucurapo Road on 30 September 2017.
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“Seventy two hours must pass before he can play,” a St Anthony’s official told Wired868. “In my head, we played 24 hours later. So I think it is straightforward…”

If the Disciplinary Committee agrees with St Anthony’s—and there is precedent—the SSFL leadership will change hands with just two games remaining in the season.

Naparima are two points clear of the Tigers at the top of the standings with a goal difference of +17. If St Anthony’s win in the protest room, they will join the South Zone bigwigs on 29 points but with a superior differential of +22.

Ironically, Naparima got in the pole position via the protest route themselves.

On Friday 8 September, Shiva Boys defeated Naparima 2-1 on the opening day of the season with Mason featuring as a second half substitute. ‘Naps’ successfully protested that Mason—who had only become a student that Wednesday—could not have been registered 72 hours before kick off.

It turned out to be the first of many remarkable off-field decisions as the SSFL executive struggled to keep up with the lawbreakers in its ranks.

Photo: The Fyzabad Secondary team pose before kick off against Trinity College East on 20 September at Trincity.
Maurice Dick (bottom row, far left) and Dez Jones (top row, far right) were both in the starting line-up.
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Fyzabad Secondary were next as they were first docked points and subsequently ejected for using two players, Maurice Dick and Dez Zones, who were registered with fraudulent examination certificates.

Shiva Boys were then stripped of the right to play at their Lachoos Road ground in Penal, after complaints about the security and state of the dressing room there. The “Penal Princes” subsequently moved to the Morne Diablo Recreation Ground after agreeing to play one of their home matches at Trinity College East in Trincity—due to time constraints—which they lost 3-1 for their only defeat on the field of play this season.

Then came Fatima College’s call for a probe into Mason’s TTSL appearance for Marabella FCC on 2 September, which was two days after the SSFL’s cut-off date for appearing in a TTFA affiliated competition outside of the school’s league.

Fatima raised the question on 3 October at the SSFL general council meeting and were told the matter was under review. Three days later, Shiva Boys—who admitted to the oversight—completed the paperwork that finally ensured Mason was properly registered.

Photo: Shiva Boys Hindu College midfielder Kierron Mason (background) converts his penalty kick past Fatima College goalkeeper Jacob Camacho during SSFL action at Mucurapo Road on 30 September 2017.
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On Monday 16 October, a two-man disciplinary committee—consisting of SSFL general secretary Azaad Khan and North Zone secretary Roger Martin—opted to “warn” Shiva Boys about their administrative error but not to deduct points.

The decision was not communicated to the general council.

Four days later, Fatima principal Father Gregory Augustine and QRC principal David Simon relayed their concern to the SSFL in a letter:

“It has been brought to our attention that a matter concerning the eligibility of Kerron [sic] Mason of Shiva Boys Hindu College is under review. Our understanding is that this stems from his having played in the TTSL (Trinidad and Tobago Super League) on 2 September 2017.

“We take this opportunity to direct you to Rule 16.4(a) and 16.4(b) of the SSFL constitution and the penalty assigned for boys registered in or taking part in TTFA affiliated competitions after the 31 August date.

“We await a speedy resolution to this matter and expect that your judgment would be in accordance with the constitution.”

Photo: Fatima College coach Wayne Sheppard (centre) passes on instructions while player Andrew-Peter Abraham takes a water break during SSFL action against Shiva Boys Hindu College at Mucurapo Road on 30 September 2017.
(Courtesy Annalisa Caruth/Wired868)

The SSFL disciplinary committee, headed today by SSFL first vice-president Phillip Fraser, invited Fatima, QRC and Shiva Boys to discuss the matter at Carapichaima East only to point out that the letter from the former two schools did not meet the criteria of a formal appeal.

Fatima and QRC retorted that they could not appeal when the initial decision was not properly communicated to them in the first place. And the meeting ended in stalemate with the SSFL committee vowing to officially relay its pardon of Shiva Boys to the general membership.

Wired868 was unable to reach SSFL president William Wallace for comment on the affair.

But, even as the Disciplinary Committee grappled with the protest from Fatima and QRC, St Anthony’s put another pot on the fire this morning as principal Maurice Inniss handed in a fresh complaint to the schools governing body.

“They took my information and said they would send it forward,” said the St Anthony’s official, “and that I would get a response soon… They did not tell me when.”

It is the fourth protest against Shiva Boys in eight weeks and the fifth major dispute put before a SSFL committee this season.

Photo: Shiva Boys Hindu College coach Hayden Ryan (centre) poses with school supporters after their 3-0 SSFL Premier Division win over St Mary’s College at Lachoo Road on 19 October 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

If the defending champions lose them both, they could end up bottom of the table—with four games in hand—and fighting to avoid relegation.

But for their administrative errors, Shiva Boys would now be third with 23 points. Crucially, though, they would have had two games in hand while trailing St Anthony’s by just four points; and in line to become the first Premier Division repeat champions since Naparima in 2014 and 2015.

One way or the other, the 2017 season is likely to be a watershed moment for the administration of not only Shiva Boys but the entire local school fraternity.

Upcoming SSFL fixtures

(Wednesday 25 October)

St Anthony’s College v Presentation College, 3.40pm, St Anthony’s;

QRC v Naparima College, 3.40pm, QRC;

Trinity College Moka v Carapichaima East, 3.40pm, Moka;

Fatima College v St Benedict’s College, 3.40pm, Fatima;

Shiva Boys HC v Signal Hill, 3.40pm, Morne Diablo;

Trinity College East v St Mary’s College, 3.40pm, Serpentine Road, St Clair;

San Juan North v St Augustine Secondary, 3.40pm, San Juan;

Speyside High are on a bye.

Current SSFL Standings

(Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

  1. Naparima            12-9-2-1-28-11-29
  2. St Anthony’s       12-8-3-1-38-19-27
  3. Presentation       10-7-1-2-22-11-22
  4. Shiva Boys HC    10-6-2-2-26-13-20
  5. San Juan N          12-4-6-2-25-1318
  6. Trinity East          10-5-1-4-19-11-16
  7. St Mary’s             11-4-3-4-26-25-15
  8. Fatima                 10-6-0-4-14-13-18
  9. Carapichaima E  12-4-2-5-19-20-14
  10. St Augustine       11-4-1-6-22-24-13
  11. QRC                     13-4-2-7-21-28-14
  12. St Benedict’s       11-2-3-6-16-25-9
  13. Signal Hill            11-2-2-7-11-21-8
  14. Trinity Moka        10-2-1-7-13-30-7
  15. Speyside High     13-2-1-10-7437
Photo: Fatima College attacker Jean-Heim Mc Fee (right) tries to escape the attention of St Mary’s College defender Shiloh Galera during SSFL action at Serpentine Road in St Clair on 21 October 2017.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

Adjusted SSFL Standings if Fatima College AND St Anthony’s College win protests

(Played-Won-Drew-Lost-Goals For-Goals Against-Points)

  1. St Anthony’s       12-9-2-1-39-17-29
  2. Naparima            12-9-2-1-28-11-29 
  3. Presentation       10-7-1-2-22-11-22
  4. Fatima                 10-7-0-3-16-9-21 
  5. San Juan N         12-5-5-2-28-13-20
  6. QRC                    13-5-2-6-23-23-17
  7. Trinity East         10-5-1-4-19-10-16
  8. St Mary’s            11-4-3-4-26-25-15
  9. Carapichaima E 12-4-2-5-19-20-14 
  10. St Augustine       11-4-1-6-22-24-13
  11. Trinity Moka        10-3-1-6-16-28-10
  12. Speyside High     13-3-1-9-103810 
  13. St Benedict’s       11-2-3-6-16-25-
  14. Signal Hill            11-2-2-7-11-21-8
  15. Shiva Boys HC    10-2-0-8-7-27-
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    They said there going to have referees from different Caribbean lies lies lies

  2. All these years watching Shiva is the most set of thief’s against them referees I see Mason or no mason

  3. What’s d problem, because Shiva boys cutting ass, ppl vex. Go an b counted

  4. Imagine NAPS giving St Anthony’s the title and no south school may not win the title.
    Btw a warning was given to Mason.

  5. Something is very fishy in this year’s school needs an the administrators!!

  6. Just one slip by nap,pres and st Anthony and they title will remain ours…

  7. Basically all the schools do it, its only now reaching the public domain

  8. Is it not Naps that lodged the first protest against a South school?

  9. Selling Out


    For the

    League cup

  10. Editor’s Note: Trinity College East vs St Mary’s College has been moved to St Mary’s College ground on Serpentine Road, St Clair due to heavy field conditions at Trincity. Kick off is 3.45pm today.

  11. Just do the right thing…follow the rules…good things will follow.

  12. could wired868 launce a protest against the SSFL?

  13. Criminal, school football in such disarray, the entire administration should be removed forthwith

  14. So don’t use the SSFL to attack the TTFA which ultimately is your primary target… lol smh

  15. But Dion Sosa isn’t it the responsibility of the school and not the SSFL to ensure the student/player grades are up to at least the minimum requirement?? As a school principal from what I recalled when managing at Fatima, the principal had the final say if a student gets back into the school to “PLAY FOOTBALL BASED ON HIS GRADES” … So the school ultimately determines the players eligibility and whether they choose to register him to play “for the school” NOT THE SSFL!!!! Just like the Principal of Fyzabad took, in my view the irresponsible decision to ban football on all levels in the school…

  16. Something is wrong with Secondary School Football in T&T

  17. Seems more football being played off the field than on it. Is it that some don’t like the dominance of the south schools in this new format of competition? Protests flying in from everywhere… I was even shocked that while the presentation coll vs qrc game was being played at the guaracara park on Sat Oct 7th an member from qrc’s bench made an attempt to sway the match official that ‘adults’ were purchasing alcohol from the petrotrin sports club and consuming during the game. Coincidentally qrc took the lead during his plea and he quickly made his way back to the bench. Is this really the level the league and it’s representatives are willing to stoop to??? Once documents in order and legit LET THE YOUTHS PLAY!

  18. 2018 should be a smooth one for tha SSFL, preperation should already be on the way. Collection of original birth and exam certificates, transcripts etc for verification to avoid all these issues. The tallying of overtime to be played by officials must also be a concern.

  19. It’s been destroyed at a rate by next year the sponsors will want nothing to do with any football in Trinidad. All this for a trophy that means nothing the football at best is mediocre.

  20. SSFL its d worst ,,but any way #Shivafever

  21. Them on real shit yes
    I hear Man-U have a protest line up to and Mourinho say he not playing with the SSFL this one looking serious boi ….

  22. Guess That’s the only way they can get 3 points against Shiva Boys cuz they definitely cannot beat them on the field..

  23. The people in the ssfl just like them jackasses in ttfa spending money time and resources on one player when there is so much more important issues going on with schools football focus your dumb assess on making sure kids get subjects and learn something in school more than oooh normal and yeah

  24. It seems as every teeam heading down the protest rioad and winning it then the lesgue should be hauted and the guilty teams danned the big five teams should replace the dishonest teams

  25. Everyday is sm against Shiva boys like really ,seriously

  26. Isn’t there something called double jeopardy.. how many time can the same matter be tried.. smdh

  27. Malona Thick Darkie Samuel ayeeeee

  28. Look @ it this way naps wanna win so does the saints am seeing both teams destroy themselves in d process

  29. Just cancel the whole damn league this season and play recreational matches for the rest. Nothing at stake

  30. Smh south team topping the charts so teams in north look for way to get ahead smh play the game and beat ppl he is only one youth its11 v 11

  31. Wdh happen to these ppl boy well I tell u monkey c monkey do

  32. Pay attention to the schools protesting… Antonia Christchild Johnson

  33. This article has me confused, Shiva Boys played ” tigers ” on the Saturday 7th September and ” naps ” on Friday 8th September.

  34. SSFL motto for 2018 – Mo Money Mo Problems

  35. Keep it coming.
    I hope followers of this group know of karma or Newton’s 3rd law of motion.

  36. If schools lose points for registration issues, then administrators should lose their position as well. This is beyond absurd.

  37. This season cannot end fast enough

  38. Ok ok I know rules is rules but come on……those who live in glass houses or he is without sin. Allyuh the ssfl brand suffering smh

  39. St. Anthony’s is protesting the result of a game seven weeks ago? There’s no time frame limit for protests following a match?

  40. They have no shame st Anthony’s FC protesting now that’s like kettle calling the black hole black

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