NWC, Gran Bahia clash in Sandals Business House final
Former champions National Water Commission (NWC) and Grand Bahia Principe will clash in the final of the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business House football competition today at Drax Hall Oval, starting at 6 p.m.
The clash of the Couples Resorts will precede the major encounter, with Couples Tower Isle and Couples Sans Souci meeting in the third-place play-off at 4 p.m. at the same venue.
NWC earned their place in the final with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Couples Sans Souci in last Sunday's semi-finals, while Gran Bahia defeated last year's champions Couples 4-3 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 full and extra-time scorecard.
The grand finale is expected to be a humdinger, with the watermen determined to return to the winner's enclosure after a two year absence from the competition. Coach David Pryce, however, is confident that his charges have the ammunition to come out victorious.
"We have always had some very good matches with Gran Bahia over the years," coach Pryce noted. "They are a very good team and we expect strong competition, but we are confident in our abilities and expect a great match."
The two team met on opening day, with NWC winning 2-1, but Gran Bahai's manager Stacy Benjamin is confident that her team will change the results this time around.
"We know we can win, and if the players perform up to their abilities, we will be holding the trophy at the end of the game," Benjamin noted.
NWC will be spearheaded by goalkeeper Claydon Ennis and the strike force of Dwayne Holmes and Ricardo Reid.
Gran Bahia will be relying on inspirational skipper and goalkeeper Rauel Wilson, Carlando Samuels, Segree Murray and Shavar Brown.
In the curtain-raiser, both Couples teams will be playing for bragging rights, with Couples Tower Isle having the edge, having beaten Couples Sans Souci when the two teams met earlier in the season.
Ian Spencer, regional public relations manager for the sponsors, Sandals Resorts International, says he is pleased with the level of play so far and expects a big crowd to be on hand for the match this evening.
"The standard of play has been very high, and we are looking forward to a great match. Both teams have shown fight and resilience through the season, and we are looking forward to crowning a new champion this year," Spencer noted.