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Thomas, Richie score with CHEC Star Baller award

Published:Tuesday | February 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Xigui Deng (centre), general manager, Jamaica North South Highway Company Ltd., shares lens time with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Star Ballers, Boys' Town striker Rafeik Thomas (left), for December 2014; and Montego Bay United defender, Ladale Richie, for January 2015. The presentations were made last week during the half-time break at the Monday Night RSPL match between Humble Lioin and Arnett Gardens at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.

Rafeik 'Fari' Thomas of Boys' Town FC and Ladale 'Bully' Richie of Montego Bay United scored big to earn the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Star Baller of the Month awards for December 2014 and January 2015, respectively.

Both players were presented with the CHEC Star Baller plaques and $30,000 cash prize apiece during the Red Stripe Premier League Monday Night football game between Humble Lion and Arnett Gardens at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon.

outstanding performance

The 30-year-old Thomas was nominated for his outstanding performance in four of the five games he played in December. He was credited for being particularly instrumental in his team's attack, as he facilitated goalscoring opportunities for his teammates.

On the front line, he was certainly a force to be reckoned with, as he scored seven goals for Boys' Town in round one.

Richie, a 25-year-old, is known for his seamless transition to attack, from his position as a key defender. His stellar performance has contributed to his team's current position in the top five of the Premier League.

great feeling

"This is such a great feeling. It is good to know that at the end of the day, we can achieve a little something extra and different than just our salary," remarked an excited Richie.

Thomas noted that he had two children attending Tivoli Gardens High school, and that the money would come in very handy, as he hopes to get all the necessary funding together to keep sending his son and daughter to school.

Richie, however, stated that it was his team that helped him to achieve the award, and some of the funds will go towards purchasing gatorade and snacks for his teammates.

China Harbour Engineering Company's Starballer awards are individual incentives presented to one player each month throughout the RSPL football competition.

Chosen players should have a positive impact on their respective teams, a good disciplinary record and contribute to the number of goals scored/prevented for their team.