Gros Islet, Babonneau Dominate Inaugural Semi-Pro Matches

Wednesday, Mar 13


fter a riveting Sunday of matches at the Mindoo Phillip Park, Gros Islet and Babonneau Football Clubs emerged victorious in their respective matches.

In Tier 1, Marchand faced off against Babonneau, with Babonneau securing a 1-0 victory over Marchand. Tier 2 saw Gros Islet competing against La Clery, with Gros Islet claiming a 1-0 win.

Ahead of the matches, Gros Islet MP Kenson Casimir, promised the players from his constituency added investment to fund their operations.

I can say, comfortably as their MP, if they win today, they get an additional $10,000 for their players, which means that by Monday, each player would have available to them an extra $400,” the MP declared as the matches heated up.

Casimir also encourages other MPs to adopt a football team and sponsor them. He says the youth deserve all the investment that they need.

I've encouraged other parliamentary reps to gravitate towards the team. Find the finances to compensate the administrators and the photographers. This is what's happening in Gros Islet right now. We have a staff component of 25 players and a technical component of another 10 to 15 individuals,” he said.

Prime Minister Pierre also calls on youth to remain focused. He says while the semi-professionalisation of football will help steer young men from crime, they also need to be determined to achieve. Pierre contends that “the ghetto” is only a construct of the mind.

Let us stop this attitude about “you from the ghetto and your mentality must be ghetto-ish”. The ghetto is in your mind. Life was never easy. It would be tougher for some people. The government's job is to try to make it easier for most people. Think about the football stars who were brought up in the slums of Brazil and Mexico. Think about them. Look at where they are today. If they had thought about the ghetto and the system, they would not be where they are today. They are world stars,” Pierre said.

The semi-pro football season will last for 6 months.