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Arima North Secondary Jeremy Joseph, right, and El Dorado East Secondary Sheldon Borne tussle for the ball during the Secondary School Football League Championship match at the Arima North Secondary on September 16th 2022 in Arima. Arima North Secondary won 3-1. PHOTO BY: Daniel Prentice

‘The Blue Thunder’ of El Dorado East Secondary School is planning to roar once again in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL).

The school, once known for being a top contender in the top-flight competition and boasted of players such as Stern John, Walt Noreiga, David Grimes and Sean Rosales, among many others, has been on a slow but steady climb that is expected to lead to a football team that they have been known to produce.

The school’s desire to become a force in the sphere of education, sports and all other areas of student development has led to the return of former coach Trevor Spicer, who joined a hard-working team that is being led by Joel Warrick.

The school is competing in the Championship Division, which means that promotion to the coveted Premiership Division will require them to win the East Zone first, and then battle for one of three top spots in a playoff at the end.

Today, the school will be up against Five Rivers Secondary at home from 3.40 pm, hoping to record its first win of the season, following their opening 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Arima North Secondary, as well as a 3-3 tie with Valencia Secondary at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar, Arima.  

Spicer said from what he has seen in his team so far, it looks as though “they’ve got something”.  

The Valencia lads were also on the losing end in their opening game to Holy Cross College 2-3 and will be hoping to make amends this afternoon.

Holy Cross will be at home to Arima North in a clash of the two unbeaten teams in the zone thus far. Last week, the men from Calvary Hills got the better of Manzanilla Secondary 2-1 away and also defeated Valencia.

Arima North, known popularly as the ‘Dial Dynamos’ will could face its toughest test to date, following wins over El Dorado and Valencia.

All matches today begin at 3.40 pm.

SOURCE: T&T Guardian

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