Pleasantville Secondary and Signal Hill Secondary will face off in the 2018 National Girls Intercol Final on Tuesday 4 December with more than silverware on their minds.
The match, which kicks off at 3pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, looks set be an emotionally trying one with both teams eager to lift the trophy in tribute to loved ones who have passed away.
“We want to dedicate [the title] to the young girl Abiela Adams who died [last year],” Signal Hill head coach Ray Mitchell told Wired868. “Over the years, we have been winning the Tobago Zone, so taking the National Intercol title would be of a great significance.”
Abiela Adams, a former Trinidad and Tobago National Under-15 player, was discovered in Courland on 11 February 2017 with her throat slit. Gone but not forgotten. Her Signal Hill teammates hope to honour her tomorrow as they try to create and avenge their 2-0 loss to Pleasantville in the 2018 Girls National Big Five final at the same time..
Mitchell thinks the Signal Hill ladies have learnt their lesson from Pleasantville.
“We concerned about three players,” said Mitchell. “It’s going to be tough for us but we saw them in the Big Five Finals and they have [Latifha] Pascall in the defence, the midfielder Jasandra ‘Mama’ Joseph and the striker, number nine [Alexcia] Ali.
“We have been working on how to deal with them and I don’t think they should pose any threat to us tomorrow.”
Ali, a former Penal Secondary star, might have something to say about those predictions though. The silky attacker has scored goals by the bucket load this season—including the game winner against Signal Hill in the Big Five Finals, which condemned the Tobago outfit their solitary loss this season.
Pleasantville head coach Joel Maloney feels his midfield talisman Jasandra ‘Mama’ Joseph can be key tomorrow.
“Well this year the girls really want it,” said Maloney, “and especially as this year is Jasandra’s last year playing school football [and] the girls really want to bring home the title[for her].
“Signal Hill’s strength is their winger Jelese [Alexander] and their forward [Celine Loraine] so once we can stop those two players, because that’s what we did in the Big 5 Finals, we concentrated on those two players and we won the game.
“This trophy would mean a lot considering that we lost the finals last year and the girls really want to win everything this season. It would mean we would’ve won the League, South Zone Intercol, Big Five and the National Intercol. So we are going for the four trophies this year—first time in the history of the school.”
The thirst for historic title glory for their beloved playmaker, ‘Mama’, might drive them forward in the finals. But the ‘P-ville’ players also want to bring a smile to their coach’s face as he mourns the recent loss of his father.
“They made a promise to me last week that they want to bring home this title because my father passed away last week,” said Maloney. “So they want to do it to bring some joy to me.”
There will be more than silverware at stake at kickoff in the Girls Intercol final tomorrow.