South Ruimveldt girls win Smalta Pee Wee
By Treiston Joseph
South Ruimveldt Primary School girls are the new champions of the Smalta Pee Wee football tournament after a 2-0 win in the final on Saturday against 2016 champs St. Angela’s Primary at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue.
It was a brilliant display of the sum of its parts working together for one common goal as South Ruimveldt played the better team football; they defended as a team and attack in unison to upstage the former champs.
Star of the show was Fayon Harry, netting two goals. The first was a brilliant right footed strike that beat St. Angela’s custodian to the left bottom of the post in the 18th minute and the second was a sweetly struck low penalty into the right of the goal in the 30th minute to seal the deal. Harry’s brilliance got her the Most Valuable Player award of the tournament.
St. Angela’s had a few good chances, none easier than a penalty in the 22nd minute struck by the eventual golden boot winner Nakasi St. Jules that crashed into the head of South Ruimveldt’s custodian and over the cross bar.
Coach of South Ruimveldt, Wheatland Fordyce, called the win one of “determination”, noting that the girls steadily improved over the years, moving from fourth in 2015, to third in 2016 and now the championship trophy.
Meanwhile, West Ruimveldt topped St. Pius Primary 2-1 on penalty kicks after a nil-all draw to capture the third spot in the tournament.
Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca was pleased with the tournament and thanked all stakeholders with special mention to the parents, teachers and sponsor ANSA McAL.
Non-alcoholic Brand Manager for ANSA McAL, Sean Abel, commended the girls on their victory and noted that ANSA McAL is always pleased to support grassroot level sport. All teams received their prizes at a presentation ceremony held immediately after the final concluded.