Arima Morvant Fire will be known as Caledonia AIA Fire in 2005—the club has made a name change to assist in rallying the support of the Caledonia community where they once enjoyed vibrant support.
The Caledonia based outfit finished 6th out of an 8 team table last season, and showed glimpses of greatness at times reaching the Pro Bowl Knockout semi-final, but the camp is expecting to improve on that this year—a lack of consistency from game to game was the main problem in 2004, this according to assistant coach Jerry Moe.
Mr. Moe told ‘ttproleague.com’ that this year it’s going to be different—as they have been working hard during the pre-season on maintaining a level of consistency throughout the season.
Mr. Moe described Fire’s preparation ahead of the 2005 season as fairly successful, “I believe we are about 80% ready—but come the 2nd of April when the season starts we will be right where we want to be.”
There are a few new faces in the team this year—W Connection’s Titus Elva has made a switch, Jabloteh’s Stokely Mason and Kerwyn ‘hardest’ Jemmott also joins the fray at Fire. There is also a young national under 20 striker by the name of Kordell Samuel—and a St. Lucian import known as Vernus Abbott who comes into the squad as a defensive midfielder.
Assistant coach Jerry Moe believes that the new players will definitely add something positive to the team, as some of them are coming from championship teams—and they know what it takes to win, and most of them have played at the highest level and have some experience that they will bring to the table.
Moe added that Fire’s strength this season will be their defence—“we have been working hard on that part of our game, to try and ensure we don’t give up easy goals.”
As far as Caledonia AIA Fire’s ambitions this season—Assistant Coach Jerry Moe told us, “while we will like to win the league, we have set ourselves the target to be up there in the top three when the curtains come down on the 2005 season.”
Caledonia AIA Fire Team Profile:
Head Coach—Jamal Shabazz.
Assistant Coach—Jerry Moe.
2004 Achievements—Placed 6th in the league competition,
They reached the semi-finals of the Pro Bowl Knockout Competition.
Last season’s top goal scorer—Ashford ‘leggy’ Leggerton-7 goals.
New Players—Titus Elva, Stokely Mason, Kerwyn Jemmott, Vernus Abbott and Kordell Samuel.
Registered squad of players:
Goalkeepers—Michael Woods and Martin Perry.
Defenders—Michael Bubb-Cadore, Nathaniel Charles, Marlon Grant, Anthony Haynes, Daryl James, Shawn Jack, Mark Small.
Midfielders—Kevin Baptiste, Abede Fernandez, Akeil Guevara, Elliot James, Kerwyn Jemmott, Stokely Mason, Randy Ramcharan, Dale Simon, Uz Taylor and Denzil Theobald.
Forwards—Abdullah Phillips, Titus Elva, Alvris Dias Fauria, Ashford Leggerton, Handel Manswell, Devon Modeste and Kordell Samuel.