WestTel Five-A-Side at Kings

| 08/10/2009

(CNS): After four months of regular season play, and weeks of playoff action, Championship Week of the WestTel Five-A-Side Football League is finally here. On Monday, 12 October, #1 Bonaca Boys and #2 Burger King will face off in the battle for bragging rights as the top Five-A-Side Football team in the country, a King’s Sports Centre release says. Burger King, the reigning WestTel Division 1 Champions, topped the charts in June, perfecting the game with an unbreakable 15-0 final record. They are the only team in league history to accomplish such a feat. Once again finding themselves in the Championship trophy hunt, team manager Gary Rutty said “Last season was something to be very proud of and remember."

He said, "Going undefeated is not an easy task, as we thought we could do it again. We set out our goals last season to run the tables, and the team did exactly that.”

Commenting on his team’s performance this season, Rutty said “We have had a tough season with injuries, but performance has been good. We are where we ended last year, in the finals!! The team has had our injury issues, but the depth that we started the season with is now paying dividends. I think the game next week will be one of the most exciting games yet. There will be a lot of talent and skill on both sides that people will really enjoy watching.”

“We have a lot of respect for Bonaca Boys and are really looking forward to playing them. They beat us twice this season, but those games are meaningless to us, and we will make up for those. We are a championship team and are used to being here. We will play Burger King football and hope to control the clock and tempo of the match. Playing mistake-free will be key, as the Bonaco Boys’ biggest strength comes from their ability to capitalize on their competition’s mistakes. They are very fast and in sync at all times.”

“Our two strikers, Rene carter and Theron Wood need to press hard, shoot quickly and set and early tune . We hope that Dion Brandon and Justin Pierre will control the mid field and take some pressure off of John Kelly and Thomas Wood in defense and they will ease any pressure off our keeper Randy Merren, and he will be able to settle in and get a feel for the game. To be successful, we will need to continue to rotate fresh legs with brothers Jason and Jedd Ebanks, and Kurt Hydes. We aren’t looking for individuals to step up, our team plays as a unit, therefore the unit needs to step up and deliver!!”

League leaders, Bonaca Boys have had an overwhelming itch to prove they belonged in D-1 football and proved it on Monday night with an 8-Nil win over Coconut Joes in the semi-finals. After forfeiting a game two years ago, Bonaca was disqualified from the league. “I decided to try again and prove that we not only belong, but that we deserve to be playing with the big boys,” explained team captain, Immer Carter.

“This season we are giving it everything we have. Our team is totally dedicated and committed and this is what separates us from the rest of the teams in the league. We are going all out because wewant to be role models and our way of proving this is to become champions. We are the best and now our players want the trophy as proof,” Carter said.

He said that with the team, all members are important, but the efforts of players like Calvin Jefford, who is the backbone and the playmaker and keeper Ronny McLaughlin, have ensured the team’s success so far. “Jefford keeps the momentum going in crunch time and McLaughlin makes the saves when they count,” he noted.

The league’s head referee, Timothy McCarthy said: “Everything is going well with the season. The level of play in Division 1 has been fast-paced and the games have been outstanding.” King’s Sports Centre Athletic Director, Ray Singh, said he is impressed with the technical action of both teams headed to the finals. “There’s a lot of history between all of the players in this match, and historically they have always put on a great show. Monday night is sure to be one of the best Five-A-Side games ever witnessed at King’s Sports Centre.”

The WestTel Five-A-Side Finals begin promptly at 7:00 pm, Monday October 12th at King’s Sports Centre. Admission is free for all spectators. For more information on the WestTel Five-A-Side Football league, or any other King’s Sports Centre leagues, please visit www.csa.ky or email Ray Singh at ray_singh@candw.ky

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