The 2016 Sagicor Bank, UWI Guild Champions League Football Tournament was launched on Thursday, November 10 at the UWI Students’ Union as a prelude to last weekend’s opening slate of games.
The league got off to an exciting start on Friday, November 11 with the defending champions Block Aye of Chancellor Hall being denied a title defense, falling 2-1 to Siberia of Irvine Hall. It was sweet revenge for the Siberia team who were the 2014 champions, but failed to pass the first round in 2015 when Block Aye knocked them from the tournament and went on to secure their first lien on the title. In the late kick off Roosters of Taylor clipped Towers Hybrid 1-0 to secure their berth in the Quarter-Finals.
The competition continued on Saturday, November 12 with a flurry of goals which saw big wins for the Veterans of Irvine who booked their place in the next round with a 4-0 victory over newcomers Elsa Leo-Rhynie Hall (ELRH). The feature match doubled that tally, as Block Che of Chancellor was in business when they thumped the Commuters team in an 8-0 route. On Sunday, Dynamite of Chancellor Hall was in good form with a 3-0 victory over the Rebels while Dragons came out 4-0 winners over the Sharpites.
The action is set to continue in the Sagicor Bank/UWI Guild Champions League Knockout-Football Tournament on Friday, November 18 when two time champions Attica, face off against ABC Hall and AZ Preston Hall will play title contending Stallion Republic of Taylor Hall.
The Quarter-finals is set to kick off on Saturday, November 19, with the Semi-final round set to be played on Friday, November 25 and the Finals a week later on December 2.
“Sagicor Bank has been supportive of the UWI Guild Champions League as it is an initiative which fosters sporting development and education through building physical and mental fortitude. The league has grown over the years into something the student body really looks forward to as the rivalries get stronger and camaraderie is built through friendly competition,” explained Terron Dewar, Brand Manager, Sagicor Bank.
The 2016 Sagicor Bank, UWI Guild Champions League Football Tournament allows teams to compete in the knock-out football tournament for a share of JMD $200,000 cash prize and the prestigious Sagicor Bank/UWI Champions League trophy.
Sagicor has been partners with the Guild for the staging of the Champions League KO tournament since 2010 and continues to pour out support for the initiative as a form of student development and involvement on campus.
About Sagicor Bank
Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited is a full service commercial banking institution based in Jamaica. It is Jamaica’s third largest commercial Bank, offering a suite of banking products and services, to meet the needs of clients; deposit accounts, unsecured and secured loans, mortgage solutions, credit cards, foreign exchange, personal and private banking services are all part of the institution’s services. Clients receive 24- hour access through our electronic banking platform, as well as sound financial information from the Bank’s team of financial experts. Sagicor Bank is a subsidiary of Sagicor Group Jamaica. Sagicor Group Jamaica commenced operations in Jamaica in 1970 as Life of Jamaica.