Eurotrend off to strong start in SFP tour­ney

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prac­tice, and also ne­go­ti­at­ing a £400,000 (US$519,000) pub­lic-speak­ing con­tract.

South­gate has been pro­moted from the un­der-21 set-up un­til at least Novem­ber when Eng­land also plays Scot­land and Spain.

“I’ve ex­changed mes­sages with Sam. It was im­por­tant to thank him,” South­gate said. “I didn’t want to be seen as some­one who was wait­ing in the wings for an op­por­tu­nity.

“Af­ter th­ese seven weeks ev­ery­one can take a step back and think about what the fu­ture might be.” World and Olympic sprint medal win­ner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (sec­ond left) shares the lens with (from left) Robert White, San­merna Pa­per Prod­ucts; Bruce Bick­nell and Ge­or­gette Hutchin­son of Tank-Weld; ASP An­drew Johnson; and Mark White, also from San­merna Pa­per Prod­ucts, at the launch of the SFP six-a-side foot­ball league on Satur­day in Water­house.

THE 2016 SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce Six-a-Side Foot­ball League got off to a colour­ful start on Satur­day, with the 20 teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in the dress pa­rade.

At the end of the greet­ings, speeches, and judg­ing by Brian Rose, Wayne Shaw and ASP An­thony Johnson, An­gola Strik­ers re­tained their ti­tle as the win­ner com­plete with a $15,000 cash prize with Eurotrend fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Fu­ture Strik­ers, third.

In the open­ing Zone A games, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Eurotrend whipped 2014 cham­pi­ons Dark­side 3-0, with two goals from Ke­mar By­grave and an own goal, while Fu­ture Strik­ers and Ashoka played out a 0-0 draw, with the lat­ter miss­ing a penalty in the fi­nal minute.

Ke­mar By­grave, cap­tain of Eurotrend and the lead­ing goal scorer of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion said, “We have started on the right foot­ing with this 3-0 vic­tory, the team played well, and we in­tend to re­tain our ti­tle and also win the in­di­vid­ual ti­tles of Most Valu­able Player and Lead­ing Goal Scorer.”

GUID­ING YOUTH IN A POS­I­TIVE WAY

Robert White, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of spon­sor San­merna Pa­per Prod­ucts noted, “It is a plea­sure to sup­port Shelly-Ann in this com­mu­nity project. I my­self am a prod­uct of this com­mu­nity, and we see this as our duty to sup­port oth­ers and help to cre­ate a wider fam­ily unit that guides the younger ones in a pos­i­tive way.”

The spec­ta­tors had a field day as they were treated to lots of spot prizes from host Ms Kitty, courtesy of Nike and Dig­i­cel.

The league will be played on week­ends, with Zone D teams Pen­wood ver­sus Un­touch­ables, Rangers play­ing Cuba, while in Zone E, Miles United play Trend­set­ter and Liv­ing Leg­end play Mal­ha­tra this Satur­day.

On Sun­day, Eurotrend will play Fu­ture Strik­ers, Dark­side play Ashoka, while in Zone B, Lion Den face Youths United and Check­ers will go up against Rene­gade United.

Nike, along with telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ants Dig­i­cel and GraceKennedy, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an am­bas­sador, are the main spon­sors, while Wisynco, through their prod­uct, Wata, Tank-Weld Met­als, Sagi­cor Bank, San­merna Pa­per Prod­ucts Lim­ited, Main Event, Toy­ota and Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank Foun­da­tion, are also spon­sors of the com­pe­ti­tion.

STER­LING

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