Guinness Street Football Champs Launch Title Defence
Reigning Guinness Street Football champions Slash Dash began the campaign to defend their national title with a fanciful display of skill at Jose Marti in St Catherine on Saturday. The four-man team made light work of rivals Power Squad, dispatching them with a humiliating 3-0 defeat to grab hold of the Clarendon title.
Slash Dash team captain and Golden Boot winner Ricardo Wright attributed their success to the experience of the players, rigorous training and a strong commitment.
"We are overwhelmed, joyful and elated by the win," said Wright, who is also a former Boys' Town FC player. The team emerged national champion in 2015, but suffered a crushing defeat to St Lucia in the quarter final of the regional competition.
Following Saturday's win, Wright and his men are now one step closer to a second chance at the top prize.
St Catherine parish champions Medley Mixers also showed they were made of more on Match Day six. The team beat back Sonic Legends 3-1 to clinch their own berth in the final. It was a bittersweet win for the team still mourning the passing of team manager Rohan Tate, who died on Ash Wednesday.
"We want to give this one to our team manager. This one is for him. We're happy for the win, but sad at the same time," said team captain Rohan Williams.
Medley Mixers also caught the attention of National Futsal Coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore, who watched the teams with a keen eye on Saturday. Describing Medley Mixers as "organised and compact", Whitmore said he was impressed.
"What I've seen here today is a display of raw talent. This league is definitely a healthy talent pool where we can develop futsal," said Whitmore.
Teams from Kingston and St Andrew will get a chance to show their skill when GSFC continues on May 14 on the Kingston Waterfront. Four-man teams may sign up online at www.gsfcjamaica.com, on the Guinness Facebook page or by calling the GSFC Hotline at 618-9291.