“May the best team win.”
The words of Christopher Edmund, senior sponsorship officer of Digicel T&T Limited, yesterday launched the 2015 edition of the season-ending Digicel Pro Bowl knockout football tournament at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium.
“Teams vying for the Pro Bowl will not only win the challenge trophy, but also the winner-takes-all prize of $100,000,” Edmund added. Yesterday’s launch saw the quarter-final draw taking place, while Dexter Skeene, CEO of the Digicel Pro league also announce incentives for footballers, fans and media.
“There will be incentives for the fans as one fan is eligible to win $5,000 at a random draw on final night. To be eligible for the draw, fans will have to produce three ticket stubs from the quarter-finals, semis and final games,” Skeene said. “Also there will be the half-time competition where a lucky fan can gain $500 during the semis and final. The tournament MVP as well as the leading goal-scorer will win $1,000. The media will also be included as the best photograph and coverage will receive $1,000 each.”
Yesterday’s draw saw the top four finishers in the recently-concluded 2014-2015 Digicel Pro League season meeting in the quarter-finals, which take place tomorrow as double-headers at the Ato Boldon and Marvin Lee Stadiums.
New Pro League champions Central FC face third-placed Defence Force, Pro League runners-up and defending Pro Bowl champions DIRECTV W Connection faced fourth-placed North East Stars in a repeat of this season’s FA Trophy final.
Terry Fenwick, coach of Central FC expects a tough quarter-final.
“We know we always get a good game from the Army. Always plenty goals and I don’t think that will change,”former England defender Fenwick said.
Keeping in mind Central FC’s participation in the semi-final round of the Caribbean Club Championship to be played in T&T on May 22, Fenwick hinted at giving some fringe players starting opportunities, but believes that his roster is deep enough to do that.
However, Fenwick still maintains a goal of winning the tournament.
“We cannot disrespect our main sponsors Digicel, so we will be putting a team out to win,” Fenwick declared.” I thank Digicel for continued support of football development. A shining example to corporate Trinidad, who don’t give up much to any sport.”
DIGICEL PRO BOWL SHCEDULE:
6 p.m. - (A)Caledonia AIA v Point Fortin Civic, Ato Boldon Stadium
8 p.m. - (D) W Connection v North East Stars, Ato Boldon Stadium
6 p.m. - (C) Police FC v San Juan Jabloteh, Marvin Lee Stadium
8 p.m. - (D) Defence Force v Central FC, Marvin Lee Stadium
A v D, Ato Boldon Stadium (M)
B v C, Ato Boldon Stadium (N)
M v N, Marvin Lee Stadium