The 5th annual Courts Pee-Wee Boys Under-11 Schools football Championship got underway on Saturday at the Banks DIH Thirst park ground and saw whooping 33 goals being scored from 12 exciting matches.
Among those who were apart of the “goal rush” were defending champions St. Angela’s Primary that defeated St. Ambrose 4-0. Angela’s romped to victory via a hat-trick from Seon Cato (6th, 14th and 21st) and Antonio McArthur (26th).
Stella Maris also had a excellent outing as they eased pass Rama Krishna 6-0 on bank of a hat-trick of goals by Fedel Norville (6th, 27th and 28th), Jevon Pluck (7th and 21st), Jaden Wharton (24th).
Below is a summarised score of the other matches:
Winfer Gardens-3 vs Mae’s-1 (Winfer scorers: Orlando Dickie-21st and 24th, Makhaya Munroe-12th; Mae’s scorer: Joshua Bendtick-28th).
St.Pius-4 vs Smith Memorial-0 (Deshale Humphrey -2nd, Tiquan Thompson-12th and 26th, Tyrese Lyte-17th)
West Ruimveldt-3 vs St. Margaret’s- 0:(Kevin Mentus-27th, Tafrel McAllister-31st, Tyrese Jeffrey-38th).
Enterprise-0 vs J.E. Burnham-:(Dominick Leacock-12th); Tucville-1 vs St. Gabriel’s-0 (Jermaine DeRouche-8th).
Marian Academy vs School of the Nations: Marian won via walkover.
North Georgetown-4 vs Success Elementary-0: (Shaquan Wallers-5th, 22nd, 25th and ,26th).
St.Agnes-0 vs Redeemer-1:(Miguel Alexander-29th);South Ruimveldt-5 vs Comenius Primary-0:(Nashawn Bristol-4th, Saleem Rameshwar-8th and 17th, Antonio Leitch-21st and 24th). St. Stephen-0 vs F.E. Pollard-0
Meanwhile, before the colourful kick-off and March Pass, Managing Director of Courts Clyde de Haas voiced that the tournament was one where future stars can be developed.
“This the breeding ground for the future champions and future golden Jaguars, this is about the sport, this is about being positive, this not to be dejected when we lose but this is an opportunity to shine on the field, so let’s encourage our young players to reach the best of their ability, let’s be inspirational”, de Haas stated.
Director of Petra Organisation Troy Mendonca made an appeal to parents to be supportive to the players since it is not just about winning.
Mendonca posited that “What we have observed over the years is that parents, supporters, teachers and coaches place a lot of emphasis on winning; over time it is a lot pressure being put on the youngsters “.
He further lamented that “we want to ask this year is for us to say more positive things to these youngsters instead of being harsh on them, let’s say something positive; yelling at them may cause them not wanting to play anymore and may tamper with their confidence and we want to see special effort being placed in this area”.
The organizer ended by stating that “our aim is to create the environment for you the youngsters for those of you who decided you wanted to be a footballer in life; this is environment where you can get involved to harness the skills”.
Similarly, Head of Department of Physical Education, Nicholas Fraser explained that the players need to feel a part of the proceedings and that the sole purpose alone cannot be that of winning since they are other aspects of children development that can be addressed.
“ Students feel apart and believe that they are getting better , it not just about, wining, it is about preparation, socialisation, stress reduction and the health benefits that the children will be receiving”, Fraser stated.
The competition will continue each Saturday until November 19th at the same venue with 24 teams battling for supremacy.