Tue, Dec

Saints kick off Inter-Col campaign.

Former Secondary Schools Football League powerhouse St Mary’s College will look to continue their climb back towards the elite when they kick off their Inter-Col campaign with a preliminary round encounter against Diego Martin Central Secondary in one of three North Zone round-of-16 matches on today from 3.30 pm.

The “Saints” as St Mary’s College are known will enter the match at Fatima College Ground, Mucurapo Road, Port-of-Spain brimming with confidence having defeated their opponents twice this season during their victorious Championship Division campaign to secure a “Big-Five” playoff spot which they began with an emphatic 5-1 thumping of Central Zone winners’ Miracle Ministries on Saturday.

The winner of the clash between the “Saints” and Diego Martin Central will advance to the zonal quarterfinal on Friday against Malick Secondary at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from 4 pm, with two former national champions East Mucurapo Secondary and St Anthony’s College to meet in the opening match from 2 pm.

In today’s other North Zone preliminary matches, zonal runner-up Trinity College Moka faces Tranquillity Secondary at St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair with Queen’s Royal College awaiting in the quarterfinals, while Mucurapo West Secondary meets Blanchisseuse Secondary at QRC ground, St Clair with the winners to battle national league runners-up Fatima College in the other last-eight encounter.

Presentation College of San Fernando, the national Inter-Col champions start their campaign on November 10 in the quarterfinal round at Mahaica Oval in Point Fortin against the winners of the South Zone preliminary clash between Point Fortin East and Fyzabad Anglican, which takes place on Thursday.

The meeting between Point Fortin East and Fyzabad Anglican takes place on Thursday at Point Fortin while in the other zonal preliminary round match, Ste Madeleine faces Princes Town with the winner to face newly crowned national Premier Division “Big Five” League winners also on October 10 at Mahaica Oval, Point Fortin from 3 pm.

Inter-Col preliminary matches

■ Today

North Zone

St Mary’s College vs Diego Martin Central Sec, Fatima Grd, 3.30 pm

Trinity College Moka vs Tranquillity Sec, CIC Grd, 3.30 pm

Mucurapo West Sec vs Blanchisseuse Sec, QRC Grd, 3.30 pm

■ Tomorrow

East Zone

Five Rivers Sec vs Holy Cross College, St Augustine Grd, 3.30 pm

■ Thursday

South Zone

Ste Madeleine Sec vs Princes Town, Moruga Sports Complex, 3.30 pm

Pt Fortin East Sec vs Fyzabad Anglican Sec, Pt Fortin, 3.30 pm