Thursday, November 15, 2012

Six Teams eliminated from Sagicor UWI Champions League

The Titans, Block X, Knights, Butchers, Aye and Vikings are the six teams that have been eliminated from the 2012 season of the Sagicor UWI Champions knock out competition, which started on Sunday, November 4, 2012. Defending Champions Attica of Taylor Hall crushed the Titans 8-0, and last year’s beaten finalist Block X, defeated ABC Cobras 4-0.
In the first game of a double-header On Friday November 9, Cluster 9 of Rex Nettleford Hall defeated the Knights of Preston Hall, 5-3 on penalties after playing to a nil-all draw after the 80 minutes regulation time, and later Dwayne Smith scored a brace in the 14th and 47th minute to give Taylor Hall’s Butchers, a 2-0 win over Mafia.
Rated as  the most exciting game played in the competition to date, Stallion Republic of Taylor Hall squeezed to a 1-0 victory over Aye of Chancellor Hall courtesy of a 27th minute strive from Lorenzo Crossman on Sunday November 11, 2012. In the second game, Cluster 8 defeated Vikings 4-2 on penalties after playing to a 1-1 score line at the end of regulation time. Vikings’ Lamar Eunick scored in the 21st minute to give his team the lead but then conceded the game with an own goal in the 75th minute.
(l-r) Barrington Groves, Brand Manager, Sagicor Life Jamaica talks ‘ball’ with Carl Taylor of Block X, Ramon Clayton of the ABC Cobras and Daniel Wilson, President of the UWI Guild during the kick off of the 2012 season of the Sagicor UWI Champions League on Sunday, November 4 at the UWI Bowl. Sagicor, for the second consecutive year has sponsored the annual tournament to the tune of $1.2M. The sponsorship is geared toward highlighting football skills among students, whilst increasing camaraderie on campus.
Sagicor has returned as a Title sponsor of the competition for a second year and Brand Manager Barrington Groves, is buoyed by the camaraderie and competition on show and the support coming from the stands. “The value of the sponsorship is $1.2M with the winner receiving $100,000.00 and the champions Trophy, and $50,000.00 for the runner-up.” Shawn Parkinson, Games Committee Chairman, UWI Mona Guild was eager to share the dynamics behind the league. “The Guild does its best to harness ‘team spirit’ among UWI students. So whether a student is on the field or on the sidelines, our focus is on emphasising and reiterating the importance of team work,” said Parkinson.
Of the 16 teams which entered the league, eight teams will advance to the quarterfinal stage of the competition when the first round ends this Friday, November 16; with Runci playing Veterans at 5 pm, and Cluster 2 playing Siberia at 7 pm.   Team Attica won in 2006 and again in 2011 after the competition took a five-year break.

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