Scholars International Premier Men’s team on May 29 were crowned league champions once again.
Scholars played against hometown rivals Elite Sports Club at Ed Bush stadium. Elite scored a goal on Scholars within 10 minutes of the game, but Scholars player No. 9, Rolly Bodden, evened the score shortly afterward.
Scholars only needed a tie to win the League, but they decided that a tie was not good enough, and before the end of the first half, Kiegel “Stamma” Atkinson, No. 19, scored a goal to put them in the lead.
In the second half, Scholars managed to hold off Elite and no goals were scored. They won 2-1, securing their spot as League Champions for the second year in a row. As league champions Scholars now qualify to participate in the Caribbean Football Union competition.
Scholars coaches Collin “Dougie” Rowe and Mark Beckford now know the weaknesses that need to be addressed in order to compete at a higher level in the CFU competition next year.
As the 2014-2015 Premier League Champions, Scholars International Sports Club was invited to participate in the CFU Championship in March. A team of 30, including management and staff from Scholars Premier men’s team, traveled to Jamaica to compete.
Scholars was placed in Group 3 along with Montego Bay United FC of Jamaica and Central FC of Trinidad and Tobago, who were last year’s CFU Cup Champions. Scholars’s first game was against MBU; Scholars lost 4-0. A hat trick was scored by Dwayne Gordon in the 25th, 73rd and 80th minutes of the game. While in the 42nd minute, Courtney Duval had an own goal.
Scholars then took on defending champions Central FC. Scholars lost to Central FC 6-0. Two minutes into the game, Jamal Jack scored a goal, and in the 16th minute, Michael Darko scored. Scholars tightened their defense and managed to hold them off for the remainder of the first half. However, in the second half, four goals were scored by Jason Marcano (64th and 90th), Darren Mitchell (68th) and Jem Gordon (88th).
Despite the two losses, five players were seen as having potential to play professionally for either of the opposing teams in the CFU Championship competition.
They are: Rolly Bodden, Michael “Rasta” Brown, Jermaine “Wacky” Brown, Damalay Howelle and Maynor Rodriguez. They also said that the captain, Thomas “Tom” Elliot, did an excellent job, had very strong leadership skill and led his team very well.