PRESS RELEASE – It might not have been a first place finish for Sandals at the recently concluded La Clery Independent Football Entry (LIFE) Knock-Out Competition. But a finish in the third spot against other more seasoned and recognised teams on the island has certainly boosted the spirits of the unorthodox team.
Playing under the guidance of Coach Keith Thompson, Assistant Manager Chester Dupres and Manager Kurt Weeks, the team of 25 young men from various departments across the Sandals family in St. Lucia came together of intense matchup against some of St. Lucia’s finest teams from February to April.
Kingsley Leon and Dean La Force kept the goal and outfield safe while Cleverland Simon, Michael Marshall, Claudius Monerville, Zev Jared Oculien, Danny Sylvester and Robery McDonald lead the assault against all who dared to oppose.
Cleverland Simon secured an unbeaten 18 goals throughout the competition. Simon scored hat-tricks in three matches. The team lost its second match of the tournament in the semifinal round.
The Sandals team scored 33 overall goals in the competition with victories of considerable margins. They won 7-0 and 7-1 in two of their round-robin matchups. And ended the competition on a high note by demolishing St. James’ Club in the semi-final to win 8-1 where Cleveland Simon found the back of the net five times.
In a medals and trophy presentation last Friday at the Sandals Halcyon, Head Coach Keith Thompson commended the players for what he labeled a “brilliant performance”.
“If we train we can only get better. You are only as good as your last performance,” Thompson said, as the team prepares for the upcoming SLHTA football competition.
According to Thompson, the team, as well as the individuals who make up the team, have undoubtedly excelled and exceeded all expectation.
Team captain Danny Sylvester said that from his perspective the team didn’t really lose the competition, but rather suffered minor setbacks that resulted in a third place finish.
Other team members include Keith Plummer and Warner Sydney from Water Sports department; Gessler Henry and Jervon Nicholas from the Bars; Dwain Wilson from Cost Control; Conroy McCaunley, Mosiah James and Newton Auguste from Maintenance; Ferdino Stanliaus and Aniko Grant from Photoshop; Miguel President and Kervin Louis from Security; Troy Prospere, Gregory Antoine and Adrian Alexander from Stewarding; and Learie St. Rose from Club Sandals.