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SSFL postpones Premier matches “due to inclement weather”; “Naps” vs Benedict’s on pause

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) executive has postponed all Premier Division games scheduled for today, “due to the inclement weather”. The games will now be moved “to a date to be fixed”.

The decision follows heavy rainfall this morning with flooding across parts of the country.

Photo: Carapichaima East Secondary forward Tyrese David (right) is brushed aside by St Benedict’s College defender Joshua Demas during SSFL Premier Division action in Couva on 17 September 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

Today’s marquee match-up was set for the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva where defending champions Naparima College were to meet St Benedict’s College at 3.30pm in an intriguing Group A showdown.

At present, “Naps” trail by second placed St Benedict’s by one point and need a victory to retain any realistic hope of advancing to the knockout stage of the 2022 competition. 

Fatima, who beat Naparima and drew with St Benedict’s already this season, are virtually assured of a spot in the final four.

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Weather permitting, the Premier Division will resume on Saturday with four games scheduled for Group B.

Leaders San Juan North Secondary and Presentation College (San Fernando) have an eight point lead over the chasing pack and have already qualified for the final four. However, there are five teams still in danger of relegation: East Mucurapo Secondary (six points), Trinity College East (six points), Chaguanas North Secondary (four points), Malick Secondary (four points), and Moruga Secondary (one point).

The bottom placed team in each group is automatically relegated to the Championship Division while the two second from last schools face a playoff survival scrap.

As such, Moruga and Chaguanas North—both newly promoted teams—will be fighting for their top flight futures when they clash at 1.30pm on the QRC grounds this Saturday.

Photo: QRC attacker Aydon Caruth (number 14) tries to squeeze his shot through a crowded Chaguanas North penalty area during SSFL Premier Division action at QRC grounds on 21 September 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

Upcoming Premier Division matches

Group B

(Sat 8 October)

Chaguanas North vs Moruga Secondary, 1.30pm, QRC;

QRC vs Presentation (San F’do), 3.30pm, QRC;

East Mucurapo vs Trinity College East, 3.40pm, Fatima;

Malick Secondary vs San Juan North, 3.40pm, Serpentine Road.

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  1. Lots of inaccurate info in this article. Pres and San Juan already qualified. Naps is one point behind St Benedict’s and Fatima. Naps doesn’t have a game in hand.