Death of player inspires Pembroke Hall
Pembroke Hall Football Club has advanced to the play-offs of one of the parish's football league competitions for the first time in more than three decades and club president, Richard 'Roots' Nathan, said their progress is down to coach Nicholas Stewart, who has made dramatic changes.
"What he did this season was got rid of people who were not contributing positively. He made wholesale changes and brought up players from under-20 that can understand and stick to the philosophy that he is teaching," he said.
"So the discipline and focus for the team has changed completely and our chance in the semi-final is as good as any," Nathan added.
Pembroke Hall booked their place in the quarter-finals after finishing fourth in Group A with 21 points, behind Cooreville, Molynes United and Constant Spring, and after scoring the most convincing win of the quarter-finals Nathan said the team's belief has increased.
Despite the gloom hanging over the team following the passing of one of their players, Jerome Christie, recently, Nathan said they will be using the unfortunate situation as their main source of motivation.
"We sat down with the team and spoke to them and this semi-final game we are going to play for the player who died. Our (shirt) sleeves are already black so we will not put any black on the sleeves but we are going to ask KSAFA for a minute of silence so we can show our mark of respect to the player. We are going out to do it for Jerome," he stated.