The Siberia Bears of Irvine Hall walked away with $150,000 after being crowned the new Sagicor UWI Guild Champions League victors on Friday, November 21 at the UWI Mona Bowl.
The Bears were dominant after dispatching three-time champions Attica in the semi-final and putting the Dragons to the sword with their pace and precise passes to come out 3-0 winners in front of a capacity crowd. Bears teammates, Andrae Bernal and Davian Montique walked away with the leading goal scorer and MVP awards respectively.
The Sagicor UWI Guild Champions League, now in its fourth year since being reintroduced to the UWI campus, has become a spectacle for students and the community. The final match was played before scores of students who came out in support of their teams and to share in the wholesome sporting rivalry.
The game got off to a fast start with both teams generating good goal scoring opportunities inside the first 15 minutes. Bernal was a constant menace for the Dragons defenders and had it not been for Andre Fraser in the Dragons goal, he could have easily added to his tally.
The deadlock was broken shortly after the halftime interval when Bernal burst down the right eluding three Dragons defenders before placing a perfect low cross which Davian Montique expertly slot home. Nine minutes later things got even worse for the Dragons who were slowly coming back into the game. Houdain White sent in a teasing cross and a mix up in defence saw the ball deflect pass the hapless Fraser in goal to make it 2-0. Montique was back for his second and Bears’ third just five minutes later, when the former St. Georges College Manning Cup winner, latched on to a pass from the industrious Bernal and fired a tame effort on goal. Dragons custodian Andre Fraser was inconsolable as the poorly struck shot eluded his grasp and nestled in the back of the net.
A proud Kemar Douglas, Coach of the Bears said “We trained hard for this and we were really focused coming into the game. The team had been playing well but we were worried as our captain Jelani Bogle was shown a red card in the semi-final so we were without him tonight, but the team really stepped up and showed guts and character to break down a stubborn Dragons team.”