The 2015 staging of the Sagicor Bank/UWI Guild Champions League Football Tournament was launched on Thursday, November 5 at the Rex Nettleford Hall Multi-Purpose Room as a prelude to the weekend's action. Teams have been competing in the knock-out football tournament for their share of the JMD $200,000 cash prize and the prestigious Sagicor Bank UWI Guild Champions League trophy.
Rejeanne Campbell, Marketing Manager for Sagicor Bank and Investments pointed out that Sagicor has been involved in the Champions League since 2010. "Sagicor Bank has always been supportive of any initiative that seeks to address health, sport development and education and the Sagicor Bank/UWI Guild Champions League certainly encompasses all three. The league aims to ignite competitive camaraderie among the University of the West Indies students while promoting the importance of healthy lifestyles. The UWI Guild of Students and the wider University community have upheld a wonderful standard with the competition over the years and we are proud to once again be involved."
The league got off to a riveting start on Friday, November 6 with the defending champions Siberia of Irvine Hall being knocked out of the competition by Block Aye of Chancellor Hall in a nail biting contest. Block Aye enjoyed the better of the early play and took the lead early in the second half. Siberia then showed their championship mettle and fought their way back into the game. Their efforts were rewarded by captain Jelani Bogle who nodded home from a corner kick on the stroke of fulltime to send the contest into the dreaded shoot-out. Bogle then turned villain as he missed from the spot on the way to a 6-5 sudden death penalty shootout defeat.
The Dragons (red and yellow) and Orions (grey and blue) of the Elsa Leo-Rhynie Towers Hall are led to centre field by the officiating team ahead of the start of the opening game in the 2015 Sagicor Bank UWI Guild Champions League at the UWI Mona Bowl on Friday, November 6. Dragons came away 2-1 victors.
Earlier, the Mighty Dragons and Orion squared off in a clash of teams from the Elsa Leo-Rhynie Towers Hall in which the Dragons came out 2-1 victors to book their place in the quarter-finals. League action continued on Sunday, November 8 when Coverleys of Rex Nettleford Hall narrowly defeated Spartan of the ABC Hall 1-0 in what proved to be a close encounter with few chances either way.
The semi-final round set to be played on Friday, November 29 and the final a week later on December 4.