St. Augustine League Ends Season

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St. Augustine LeaguePresentation of Trophies in the St. Augustine Football League.

THE St. Augustine Football League ended its first season on Saturday 30th November with the presentation of prizes won during the season. A large gathering of footballers, friends, supporters and officials were present.

The ceremony was divided into two major parts.

First, there was a short feature address by the League's Secretary, Augustus Ramrekersingh. In his address the Secretary

- reviewed the season's activities which started on 21st July. He saw it as a very enjoyable experience for all who participated; especially the footballers. Organisationally, he felt, the League was satisfactorily conducted. This, however, did not mean that there were not shortcomings.

- called upon interested persons to come forward and assist in the organisation and conduct of the League.

- spoke about plans for expansion during the 1975 season, especially the introduction of a youth league.

- thanked all those who helped during the season. Special tribute was paid to the League's President, former national footballer, Ken Hodge, whose untiring efforts were critical during the entire season.

Finally, Ramrekersingh raised the question of the price of sports goods. Most of the persons who played football, he said, were poor and the exorbitant prices which they had to pay for their equipment placed them under great financial stress.

The crowd present gave a resounding mandate to the officials of the League to pursue the matter with the relevant authorities so that the pressures may be reduced soon.

The second part of the ceremony was the presentation of trophies. This was done by the President, his wife and residents of the St. Joseph — Tunapuna area.

The outstanding team of the season was the Tunapuna based Statuna. The team emerged unbeaten in 14 matches in Group B of the league and won the League final against Boozers, the winner of Group A. Statuna's victory earned them the St. Augustine League Shield. In addition, they won the trophies for the seven a side tournament and one of the knock-out competitions.

The other knock-out trophy was won by the popular Post Office team.

Medals were awarded to the runners-up in the League competition.

Long after the formal ceremony ended the crowd remained around chatting, drinking and enjoying the music. Even a short, sharp shower failed to dampen enthusiasm.