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Five-a-side football is in its
waning stages at Kings Sports Centre. A number of teams are earning props in
the post-season and one of them is team Scotiabank.

Recently the squad won the Logic
Co-Ed Five-a-Side Football league title. The number one ranked side beat number
two McAlpine United in the finals. Coming into the championship match both
sides were clearly the best in the competition with eight wins apiece and they
also notched the most goals (with 46 and 52 respectively).

Leading the way for team Scotiabank
was Zoenief Walker. The multi-sport star and long-time co-ed football player
led the league in goals scored this season with 12. The Jamaican national
played a critical part in the goals the team scored in the 3-1 final result.
The Scotiabank scorers were Junio Hurlston (two) and Jordan Belfour (one).
McAlpine got a goal from Jedd Ebanks.

Aside from Walker a number of
sports personalities are on Scotiabank. In addition to Walker, Ariel Tatum and
Gavin Dixon are avid footballers. In fact Dixon is a five-a-side referee and
has recently taken up co-ed softball.

Many on the Scotiabank team were
excited to rattle off their first five-a-side title. Among them was Jovani
Hessing, who stated the side overcame a number of adversities.

“While
it was an unusually long season, filled with various challenges which we
overcame along the way, it was quite rewarding and fitting that in the end, the
two most dedicated and talented teams met in the final stage of the play-offs,”
Hessing said. “Although McAlpine really put us to the test (during the regular
season and more so in the final play-off match), we as a team were prepared for
it. Towards the end of the league season, our Scotiabank team was severely
impacted by the tragic loss of one of our key player, Mark Lopez. Mark’s loss
however brought our team much closer and united us in one objective: winning
the league and the play-offs.

“Although
we were down to eight players for the play-offs, our team was resolute in
achieving this objective. We played with heart, and more importantly we played
for Mark. Overcoming our opponents to win the league therefore made our team’s
victory that much more special.

“We
were especially pleased that Mark’s mum, Ms. Molly and his sister Mariska were
on hand to watch the game and to collect his champions trophy. It makes our
victory and that moment all the more unforgettable. Mark will forever be a part
of our team.”

In
all six teams took part in this year’s co-ed league. Coming in third place was
the JBS Eagles at 6-5 which featured a trio of female sportswomen in footballer
Shenell Gall, flag footballer Krishan Welcome and basketball stalwart Kimberly
Pitta. In fourth was team Kings and Queens at 5-6 with top scorer Martika
Williams leading the side. In the cellar was team Ogier who had only one win on
the season in spite of Annice Callaghan (a flag football player) and Kerry
Dilbert netting a pair of goals.

The
Cayman Free Press Sports department got a team together in the form of the CFP
Buzz Rampage. In its first season in the co-ed ranks the team did well and
finished fifth at 5-7, losing in the first round of the playoffs to team Kings
and Queens. Sports coordinator Ron Shillingford got the most out of his troops
and even fielded a budding Messi in Kimberlee Dixon (two goals).

Kings Athletic Director Ray Singh
stated he was happy with the success of the league and mentioned there is more
to come for the co-ed side of things.

“We are proud to announce that
Logic Communications will be heading up the title sponsorship of the
Five-A-Side Football programmes at King’s Sports Centre,” Singh said. “While
it’s pretty big news, it is a re-branding of our former sponsor WestTel and
will hopefully mean bigger and better things for the leagues in the coming
future. We would also like to announce that Luther Lyons will be stepping up as
the Assistant Athletic Director and will be heading up the development and
management of the new Logic Co-Ed and Women’s Five-A-Side Football Leagues as
we head into next season. 

“We will be holding a League
Informational Meeting towards the end of October to discuss the next programme
and come up with some constructive solutions to improving and growing the programme
in the future.”

Ultimately Hessing states that
regardless of the changes that come her Scotiabank side will be ready to become
repeat champions.

“We are sincerely looking forward
to returning next season to defend our title. We extend our thank you and
sincerest congratulations to the McAlpine team for a very spirited and
competitive game. We could not have asked for a more worthy opponent. The
Scotiabank team would like to express our sincerest thank you to Kings for
hosting the Co-ed five-a-side league and to Logic for their sponsorship.” 

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