Patrick, Burke score with CHEC
Waterhouse FC head coach, Anthony Patrick, was named CHEC Star Coach for Round One, and Rivoli United striker Cory Burke, the CHEC starballer for November.
Both were presented with cash awards and commemorative plaques during the half-time interval at the Monday night Red Stripe Premier League football game between Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
Patrick has been the recipient of the prestigious star coach award for the third consecutive time and collected yet another cash prize of $75,000. The 23-year-old Corey 'Buju' Burke of Rivoli United was presented with $30,000.
When the league started last September, Waterhouse won seven of 11 games. Consequently, Patrick was nominated seven of 11 times for the CHEC star coach for round one. With only one loss and three draws, his team boasts a total of 17 goals.
Several match commissioners reported that Patrick demonstrated noteworthy self-control and an unblemished disciplinary record.
An easy-going person, Patrick said winning $75,000 could not have come at a better time, with plans to fix his car.
He also said: "It's all about giving back to those who played their part, so all those people have to get a drink out of this prize money."
Meanwhile Burke, who hails from Dallas in Spanish Town and is fondly known as 'Buju', alternates seamlessly as a midfielder and forward.
The selection committee described his overall persona as "dynamic, enthusiastic and hardworking".
He scored two goals for his team (November) and is very committed.
"There are practically 11 players in every team, and to be chosen to be a CHEC Starballer makes me feel really proud and happy," Burke remarked. "I am motivated by my community, my family and my two daughters."
With a two-year-old daughter and another born last Friday (January 2), Burke says the cash prize of $30,000 is very much appreciated and will be well received by his family.
Every month an exemplary player is chosen to be the CHEC Starballer based on the number of games played, positive impact on an individual's team, disciplinary record, and goals scored or goal shutouts (goalkeepers).
The Coach of the Round is chosen based on win percentage, disciplinary record goal difference, deportment, overall behaviour, and cooperation with match officials.
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