Elite bounced back in style

Elite capped another great season by winning the Premier League title by a mile which bodes well for next season when they hope to have more success in the cup as well as retain the title.

Elite won the league and Digicel Cup two years ago and unexpectedly lost in the FA Cup final that year to Bodden Town, but won nothing last term. They certainly regrouped well last summer, going on a pre-season tour to Honduras to ensure the best possible start.

The strategy worked as they went on a long unbeaten run which wasn’t snapped until March and by then they were so far ahead that winning the league was only mathematically impossible. Abijah Rivers has been captain throughout and he remains a rock in central defence.

Elite only lost three times, scoring 63 goals and amassing 46 points in 21 games. George Town were runners up with 35 points and third were Bodden town on 32 points.

Defending league champs Scholars International came fourth with 30 points, just ahead on goal difference of Roma. Sixth were Future on 25 points, seventh were Tigers on 19 and East End were relegated with only 16 points.

Tigers now have to play off against Academy who were runners up in the First Division, to see you plays in the Premier League next season.

Significantly, Elite had the league’s three top scorers; Dwayne ‘Gaza’ Wright with 18, Alex Belcher, on 17 and midfielder Jairo Sanchez, 11.

Elite technical director Gregory Ebanks said: “There are four aspects of our side that lead to our success. The first was discipline, the second was concentration, patience and faith.

“Using these strategies really paid off with our accomplishment. This season again has been really challenging but very rewarding. I’m thankful to the players that took advantage of the services Elite Sports Club offers as well to the management whom worked extremely hard to make this a reality.

“This year we had a good complement of young players to start the season off. They demonstrated crucial quality at important times when we desperately needed it.

“Elite is very thankful for the sponsorship Burger King made to take us through this year. We are the biggest club in Cayman entertaining all levels, making a total of seven teams for this season, which no club has done before.

“It is very expensive to operate so many teams in one year and we sincerely thank our sponsors for their generosity. Our primary focus is to entertain and keep young ones active in our communities. It is evident with all of the teams Elite caters to, we place a high interest with using youngsters to keep them busy, utilizing their energies constructively through football.

“Elite challenges everyone to join a sporting organisation to assist with keeping our citizens healthy through sports.”

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Champion Elite, back from left, Martha Godet, Gregory Ebanks, Julisa Barns, Felix Manzanares, Gabriel Godet, Dwayne Wright, Michael Swaby, Danner Taylor, Wilmer Ayala, Abijah Rivers, Tiger Wilson. Front, Jermaine ‘Tiger’ Wilson, Jedd Ebanks, Rene Carter, Gino Rivers, Alfredo Cardozo, Marco Finelli, Justin Rankine.
PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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