Defending Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division champions Naparima College have slipped while newcomers Malick Secondary have announced themselves as real contenders with their second win from as many games.

The victory put Malick at the top of the table as the only team to have kept a 100 per cent win record to date in addition to a healthy + seven after their 5-0 thrashing of Speyside Secondary last week.

This week, things were a little closer as Trinity College Moka returned from their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Presentation College last week to put in a much improved performance.

Despite giving nearly as good as they got, Trinity College Moka are now second from bottom, just ahead of Speyside Secondary who also fell to a second defeat.

Speyside, who were destroyed on opening weekend, found the going no easier against St Anthony’s College who blew them away 7-1.

St Anthony’s are now in third place on the tables with four points along with Naparima College, who are in fourth after their 2-2 draw on Saturday.

There are two other teams on four points, with East Mucurapo Secondary in second and Trinity College East in fifth also in the running for a title, at least in the early going.

Presentation College were pegged back 2-1 by Carapichaima East, who like them, are now on three points in sixth and eighth places respectively.

St Benedict’s College got off the mark against St Mary’s College (CIC) but had to work hard after the latter joined them at 2-2 before they pulled away.

Pleasantville Secondary also had a turnaround on Saturday, losing to Queen’s Royal College 4-2. QRC were coming off 6-0 loss and now lie 10th with this victory.

St Augustine Secondary have had two draws this season, this week, Trinity College East too tough to get by in a 2-2 affair.

San Juan North Secondary are yet to get off the mark, after their bye this week.

 

 

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Malik Secondary

2

2

0

0

7

1

6

6

2

East Mucurapo Secondary

2

1

1

0

8

2

6

4

3

St Anthony's College

2

1

1

0

8

2

6

4

4

Naparima College

2

1

1

0

5

2

3

4

5

Trinity College East

2

1

1

0

4

3

1

4

6

Presentation College

2

1

0

1

7

2

5

3

7

St Benedict's College

2

1

0

1

5

4

1

3

8

Carapichaima East Secondary

1

1

0

0

2

1

1

3

9

Pleasantville Secondary

2

1

0

1

3

4

-1

3

10

Queen's Royal College

2

1

0

1

4

8

-4

3

11

St Augustine Secondary

2

0

2

0

3

3

0

2

12

San Juan North Secondary

1

0

0

1

0

1

-1

0

13

St Mary's College

2

0

0

2

2

7

-5

0

14

Trinity College Moka

2

0

0

2

1

8

-7

0

15

Speyside Secondary

2

0

0

2

1

12

-11

0

Malick Secondary started their season in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division with more certainty than would have been expected of a just-promoted team.

Going away to Speyside Secondary, who have now been part of the Premier Division for the last two seasons, should have been challenging for the newcomers but they had no issues, dispatching them 5-0 and serving notice that they may be forces to reckon with this season.

That result wasn’t the biggest of the Premier Division’s first round of games though, as Presentation College, also visitors, smashed Trinity College Moka for six while East Mucurapo did the same against Queens Royal College.

In other results from round one, Pleasantville Secondary were 1-0 winners in their away fixture against San Juan North Secondary, while Trinity College East also made it tough for home sides with a 2-1 win over St Benedict’s College.

Speaking of home sides, St Augustine Secondary, a team with rich history in the Premier Division also found the going tough, failing to find a winner in a 1-1 draw with St Anthony’s College.

Naparima College, last year’s triple champions were one of only two home teams to make their advantage count, dispatching perennial rivals St Mary’s College 3-0.

The results means east Mucurapo and Presentation College are the leaders of the 15-team group with a big six-goal goal difference. Next comes newcomer Malik Secondary, while the fourth-place team is Naparima College.

 

Pos Team P W D L F A +- Pts
1 East Mucurapo Secondary 1 1 0 0 6 0 6 3
2 Presentation College 1 1 0 0 6 0 6 3
3 Malik Secondary 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 3
4 Naparima College 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
5 Trinity College East 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
6 Pleasantville Secondary 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
7 St Anthony's College 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
8 St Augustine Secondary 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
9 Carapichaima East Secondary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 St Benedict's College 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
11 San Juan North Secondary 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
12 St Mary's College 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0
13 Speyside Secondary 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0
14 Queen's Royal College 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0
15 Trinity College Moka 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0

  

Naparima College, triple champions, wore branded shirts in violation of the Secondary School's Football League sponsorship agreements, forcing the first match of the Premier Division off air on SportsMax. What should be the punishment for such a breach? The Zone team begs the question.

The start of the Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division was not without drama, as triple defending champions Naparima College and the competitions sponsors have fallen out.

The defending champions’ opening game against St Mary’s College at Lewis Street ended without viewers on television seeing any of it.

SportsMax Ltd, broadcast sponsors of the SSFL, were bound not to carry the event, which Naparima won 3-0, after the defending champions and triple champions last season, wore branded clothing in contravention to a previously agreed sponsorship with league and apparel giants, Joma.  

The broadcasters have since reached out to all its viewers to explain the situation, apologizing for a position it was forced to take and asked for understanding. 

“SportsMax Ltd, On the back of a breach in branding guidelines set by the SSFL by Naparima – regrettably SportsMax was forced to pull the broadcast of the game between Naparima College and St. Mary’s College,” a release from the organization read.

“While we realise that this is disappointing to fans of Schoolboy Football, it’s important to point out that we take our responsibilities to the SSFL and to its sponsorship partners very seriously and take great pains to ensure full compliance,” it continued.

“We would like to thank viewers and sports fans for their understanding in this matter.”

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premiership is set to kick off on Wednesday, September 11, with record sponsorship of approximately TT$3 million in what is probably the fastest-rising high school football competition in the Caribbean.

For the first time in its history, Trinidad's SSFL will have five sponsors in major sponsor Digicel, Premiership title sponsors First Citizens Bank and Shell Trinidad & Tobago, Intercol title sponsor Coca-Cola, Malta Carib and sponsor/broadcaster SportsMax.

Outside of the major sponsors, the league is also benefitting from a number of other firsts.

President William Wallace stated that "this is the first time that the SSFL is benefitting from the addition of a gear sponsor, with Joma coming on board."

The increased level of sponsorship investment and increased coverage of the SSFL through broadcast on CNC-3 and SportsMax over the last two years has made it more attractive to different organisations around the Caribbean and worldwide.

President Wallace continued: "Of course, the presence of Joma has brought together ALL the the stakeholders, in the schools, the SSFL and the sponsors, which have agreed unanimously, for the first time, on uniformity across all jerseys for all participating schools in the Premiership.

Earlier this year, during the SSFL’s awards ceremony, one of the most famous footballing names out of Trinidad and Tobago, former national and English Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, was named the SSFL's ambassador sponsored by Digicel and SportsMax

The role means Hislop has been going around conducting clinics ahead of the competition’s start this year, as well as visiting schools to give inspirational addresses and serving as a mentor to the student athletes.

“I’m a product of the Secondary School’s Football League (SSFL).  I’ve always been a huge admirer of what it brings and what it offers to young men and women in the Trinidad and Tobago school system,” Hislop had said of his appointment earlier this year.

“I know how big a role it played in my own football development, so I’m more than happy to lend a hand in hopes that it can do the same for some of the others.”

Hislop will be watching keenly on Wednesday as a full slate of games kicks off the season, the big one for him, his alma mater St Mary's College up against last year's champion Naparima.

Shaka, like many in the Caribbean and around the world, will be able to take advantage of the innovative SportsMax App, which will be televising matches. If you are on personal computer, you may also watch your favourite teams at watch.sportsmax.tv.

Watching on the SportsMax app and on its website are additions to the broadcasts that will come from SportsMax, shown on its channel as well as on CNC3 and Ceen.

Olly McIntosh, President & CEO stated "The SSFL Premiership and Intercol now has 5 sponsors investing over TTD3M and a first time ever kit sponsor with uniformed jerseys. Matches are now broadcast on CNC-3 in Trinidad & Tobago and regionally and internationally on SportsMax. This is an incredible achievement by the SSFL over the last 4 seasons when Digicel and SportsMax became sponsors and the sponsorship for the competitions and exposure was much less. Glad all schools are on baord"

Defending champions Naparima College begin their campaign at their Lewis Street home against St Mary’s College, while runners up, Presentation College are away to Trinity College Moka.

In other games, San Juan North Secondary are at home to Pleasantville Secondary, St Benedict’s College take on Trinity East at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, while newcomers Malick Secondary go to Speyside Secondary, East Mucurapo play against Queens Royal College at Fatima and St Augustine Secondary are at home to St Anthony’s College. Carapichaima East Secondary are the team on a bye this week. All games begin at 3:30pm ECT.

 

SSFL Opening round schedule

 

San Juan North Secondary - Pleasantville Secondary @San Juan

St. Benedict’s College - Trinity East @Mannie Ramjohn

Speyside Secondary - Malick Secondary @Speyside

Trinity College Moka - Presentation College @Trinity Moka

East Mucurapo Secondary - Queens Royal College @Fatima

St. Augustine Secondary - St. Anthony’s College @St Augustine

Naparima College - St. Mary’s College @ Lewis Street

Carapichaima East Secondary – BYE

Naparima College have begun the Trinidad and Tobago schoolboy football season this year much in the same way they ended it last year, with silverware.

The Digicel Cup is there’s but it wasn’t easy going at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, the Secondary Schools Football League defending champions having to handle the nerves that come from lining up in front of the penalty spot after a shoot out against perennial rivals, Presentation College.

Presentation College opened the scoring in the second minute through an Ash Jacobs penalty.

A mix-up between goalkeepers and defenders would soon return parity to the scores and despite chances at both ends, there were to be no further additions to the scoreline.

Naparima College were perfect from the spot with man-of-the-match, Kern Cedeno setting the tone with the first penalty.

In fact, Cedeno would put Naparima up 1-0 in the shoot out after Jacobs missed the first penalty from Presentation.

That lead would never be relinquished with Vashaun Duncan, Thompson, Declan Marcel, and Jabari Lee all showing nerves of steel.

Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) ambassador Shaka Hislop has encouraged athletes to first and foremost enjoy the sport of football.

The 50-year-old former national player turned television pundit, is himself a former alumnus of the SSFL where he competed for St Mary’s College.  The former Newcastle goalkeeper has been brought on board this year to serve as an inspirational source and lodestar for players taking part in this year’s competition.

“That’s what I would continue to encourage everybody who plays, play because you enjoy it and you’ll see where your talent takes you. Don’t focus on what one person is doing because that’s an entirely different story, they have their own unique path,” Hislop told the T&T Newsday.

With several young players focused on Europe, Hislop also advised youngsters to look further home where the North American league could be a viable option.

“It continues to be a viable alternative.  You can also come through the secondary school level (in TT) to get into college football. I played because I enjoyed the game. I didn’t think I would have ever played professional, that came as I grew and developed.”

Brent Sancho reviews the Secondary Schools Football League and the Intercol competitions in 2018.

Beginning the final day a point back of defending champions, Presentation College, Naparima College handled their business to claim the 2018 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) title. 

Jaiye Sheppard looks to his father for inspiration as, defending champions, Presentation College go into their final game with a view to holding the SSFL Premiership Division title for the second time in a row.

San Juan North Secondary, with just a game left to play in the Secondary School's Football League, are still in with a real chance of winnings. One of those reasons is the defending of Jordan Britto. Find out who he is.

With one game to go for the teams at the top of the Secondary Schools Football League’s (SSFL) Premiership Division, there is still no idea who will be champions, as just three points separate the top three. 

With two games to go in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premiership Division, defending champions, Presentation College has seen the lead they held since the start reduced to just one point. 

Bishop’s High School will not be part of the Secondary Schools Football League’s Premiership Division next season after their 11th loss this season ensured relegation. 

San Juan North Secondary were shocked by St Augustine Secondary, the 4-1 loss forcing them to lose ground in their bid to overtake Secondary Schools Football League Premiership Division champions, Presentation College. 

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