The Premier League season wrapped up and Bodden Town were crowned champions on their home ground, aka “The Office”.
They may have only drawn 3-3 with Academy, but considering they lost only once in 21 games throughout a historic season, that speaks volumes for their dedication to securing the title in remembrance of late teammate Gerome “Bird” Graham.
He died aged 20 last June during training from an undetected enlarged heart, which inspired the Bodden Town community to get behind the team to ensure the championship arrived in the eastern districts.
Fittingly, the league’s top scorer, Dwayne “Gaza” Wright scored twice for BT to take his tally to 22, all but one struck in the league. It was Gaza’s third consecutive season of being top marksman.
Alex Belcher got 13 league goals for BT, too. Belcher and Wright were drafted in from Elite Sports Club this season and it proved to be a shrewd move because they scored half of the team’s 65 goals.
There were sterling contributions from many Bodden Town players as well, particularly Bird’s brother Kareem James, 22, in midfield.
Arvid Harris, another midfield dynamo, got the other BT goal against Academy, whose scorers were Yannick Solomon and a brace from Emmanuel Ricoh Brown.
Ariel Tatum usually operates in defence, but he showed his versatility at the later game in Bodden Town, scoring a hat-trick for George Town against North Side in their 3-3 draw. Guitton King hit two and Floyd “Irons” McKenzie got the North Side goals.
McKenzie had that morning received the Golden Boot from the Sunday League organisers as top marksman with 29 goals.
Cayman Athletic finished their season with a flourish, thrashing relegated Tigers, 5-1, through two from Matthew Suberan and others by David Connolly, Gerome McLean and Christopher Ebanks. Santangelo Bush scored an own goal for Tigers.
Elite drew 0-0 with Scholars International at West Bay’s Ed Bush stadium. Scholars were the reigning champs but lost their way, dropping unexpected points, particularly a 1-1 draw with Tigers at the TE McField Annex when a netful was expected.
North Side finished seventh in the table and face a play-off with First Division runners-up Roma to see who plays in the Premier League next term.
Elite’s Mark Ebanks was the league’s second-top scorer with 17 and Nahun Rodriguez was third, hitting 15 from midfield for Scholars.
Emmanuel Ricoh Brown scored 13 for Academy, Hank Parchment got 12 for Elite and Jonah Ebanks grabbed 11 for Academy.
Bodden Town can double their satisfaction on 26 May in the FA Cup final against Roma.
BT beat Elite on penalties in the semi and Roma won 2-1 against George Town.
Roma will start underdogs but one-off cup matches often spring upsets. Wigan beat Manchester City unexpectedly in the English FA Cup final on Saturday and Roma may be in the First Division, but most of their players have Premier League experience and will not be intimidated.