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SSFL announces rescheduled fixtures: St Mary’s, Trinity (Moka) and St Anthony’s fare worst

St Mary’s College, Trinity College (Moka) and St Anthony’s College were the big losers yesterday as the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) executive announced dates for rescheduled Premier Division fixtures.

The three schools must play five matches within 11 days, as the SSFL squeezed games lost due to waterlogged grounds and flooding into an already packed schedule.

Photo: St Mary’s College attacker Tyrese Spicer (right) runs at Fatima College captain Joshua Evans during SSFL action at Mucurapo Road on September 29 2018.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

St Benedict’s College, East Mucurapo Secondary, Queen’s Royal College (QRC), Carapichaima East Secondary, San Juan North Secondary, Trinity College East, Naparima College, St Augustine Secondary, Valencia Secondary and defending champions Presentation College (San Fernando) have four games rostered for the same time period.

Bishop’s High School (Tobago) and Fatima College play three times in that 11-day period.

At present, East Mucurapo, Fatima, Valencia, St Mary’s and Bishop’s occupy the last five spots in the 15-team table—in descending order—with the bottom three due to be relegated at the end of the season.

Worse, the North Zone’s fifth and sixth placed Premier Division schools are rostered to open their Coca Cola Intercol campaigns on Tuesday 6 November, which is just 24 hours after their final league outing. At present, Fatima and St Mary’s occupy those positions, which means CIC are likely to play six times in 12 days.

At the Russia 2018 World Cup, the France team—comprising adult professionals with access to the best physical care—had 25 days between their first and sixth outings; and, even then coach Didier Deschamps rotated his entire squad midway through the tournament to ensure fresh legs when it counted.

Photo: France wonderboy Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates with teammate Antoine Griezmann after his decisive goal against Peru in World Cup action on 21 June 2018.
(Copyright FIFA)

The SSFL membership have considered reducing the number of games, so as to allow players more training time and less disruption to their respective school schedules. However, the only way to do so and still have the season finish with at least one week to go before the December exams would be to cut the number of teams in the top flight.

Thus far, the SSFL’s stakeholders have not voted for that change.

The rescheduled fixtures does mean that Presentation College and San Juan North, who are first and second respectively, will meet on the final match day of the season—in a clash that is likely to decide the league title.

Bishop’s, St Benedict’s and St Augustine will be inactive on the Premier Division’s final match day.

Photo: Presentation College (San Fernando) Jaiye Sheppard (right) evades Carapichaima East defender Emmanuel Correia during SSFL action at Guaracara Park on 19 September 2018.
(Copyright Nicholas Bhajan/CA-Images/Wired868)

Upcoming Premier Division fixtures

(Saturday 27 October)

Carapichaima East vs St Anthony’s College, 3:40pm, Carapichaima;

East Mucurapo vs St Augustine Secondary, 3:40pm, Mucurapo Road;

Presentation College (San F’do) vs Fatima College, 3:40pm, Presentation;

San Juan North vs Naparima College, 3:40pm, San Juan;

St Mary’s College vs Bishop’s High School, 3:40pm, Serpentine Road;

Trinity College East vs Trinity College (Moka), 3:40pm, Trincity;

Valencia Secondary vs St Benedict’s College, 3:40pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

QRC are on a bye

Photo: Naparima College’s Nathaniel Perouse (left) controls the ball while Bishops High School’s Adriel George keeps close watch during SSFL action at Lewis Street on 3 October 2018.
(Copyright Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

(Monday 29 October)

Trinity College (Moka) vs QRC, 3:40pm, Moka;

St Anthony’s College vs St Benedict’s College, 3:40pm, Westmoorings;

St Augustine Secondary vs St Mary’s College, 3:40pm, St Augustine;

(Wednesday 31 October)

Fatima College vs QRC, 3:40pm, Mucurapo Road;

Naparima College vs Presentation College (San F’do), 3:40pm, Lewis Street;

St Anthony’s College vs San Juan North, 3:40pm, Westmoorings;

St Benedict’s College vs Carapichaima East, 3:40pm, St Benedict’s;

St Mary’s College vs East Mucurapo, 3:40pm, St Mary’s;

Trinity College (Moka) vs St Augustine Secondary, 3:40pm, Moka;

Trinity College East vs Valencia Secondary, 3:40pm, Trincity;

Bishop’s High School are on a bye

Photo: San Juan North attacker Isaiah Chase (centre) tries to hold off an opponent from Valencia Secondary during 2018 SSFL Premier Division action in Macoya on 13 September 2018.
(Copyright Kerlon Orr/CA-Images/Wired868)

(Saturday 3 November)

Bishop’s High School vs East Mucurapo, 3:40pm, Plymouth Recreation Ground;

Carapichaima East vs Trinity East, 3:40pm, Carapichaima;

Naparima College vs QRC, 3:40pm, Lewis Street, San Fernando;

Presentation College (San F’do) vs St Anthony’s College, 3:40pm, Presentation;

San Juan North vs St Benedict’s College, 3:40pm, Bourg Mulatresse;

St Augustine Secondary vs Valencia Secondary, 3:40pm, St Augustine;

Trinity College (Moka) vs St Mary’s College, 3:40pm, Moka;

Fatima College are on a bye

Photo: Trinity College East attacker Terrell Wiley (right) tries to outrun East Mucurapo defender Aaron Roberts during SSFL action in Westmoorings on 6 October 2018.
(Copyright Annalacia Caruth/Wired868)

(Monday 5 November)

East Mucurapo vs St Anthony’s College, 3:40pm, Mucurapo Road;

QRC vs Carapichaima East, QRC;

San Juan North vs Presentation College (San F’do), 3:40pm, San Juan;

St Mary’s College vs Trinity College East, 3:40pm, Serpentine Road;

Trinity College (Moka) vs Naparima College, 3:40pm, Moka;

Valencia Secondary vs Fatima College, 3:40pm, Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar.

2018 SSFL Premier Division

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About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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2 comments

  1. Checking on the rescheduled game St Augustine v St Mary’s which according to the revised fixtures should have been played yesterday. No result seen. Trying to established if it was played or when it will be played.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Louis, I was surprised to learn too that it was rescheduled again, as we did not get information on that beforehand. We are waiting for the SSFL to tell us when that game will be played.