Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
When Tivoli Gardens were crowned champions of the Digicel Premier League (DPL) for a record-equalling fifth time on Sunday, there was one player on the team who was sharing in the spoils for a fourth time. That player is former national midfielder, Steve Green.
A member of the club's senior team for 19 years, the 33-year-old Green was a member of the team when Tivoli won in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2008-09, and for him, winning the title again this season was even sweeter than when he tasted success for the first time.
"This championship is the most pleasing. This is especially so given the fact that we are now five-time champions," said Green, shortly after he and his teammates were flocked by jubilant supporters, following their tense and crucial 1-0 win over Boys' Town in their final-round clash, at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.
"It feels great. Words can't really explain. I did not play today, but I felt as if I was out there, as I was there passing on my experience to the players, telling them how to approach the game," he pointed out.
Green, a hard-running midfielder with a never-say-die attitude who has represented Jamaica at different age-group levels, also explained that heading into the game, and with his team needing to just avoid defeat, they were confident of achieving the desired result.
"We knew we could do it, as we knew we had the finishing touch. We know how to win a championship," Green opined.
"The charge to the players from the coaching staff and us senior players was to kill off the game, don't give Boys' Town any chance. And, so said, so done. We scored in the first half and it got to them.
"They then had to change their game plan in the second half, and it did not work," reasoned Green. "But hats off to them nonetheless, they are one of the better teams we played."
Asked what it is that keeps him going and what he brings to the Tivoli organisation, this is what Green had to say: "I bring commitment, how to prepare for rough games like these.
"Also, most of the guys are not from the Tivoli community, so it is the duty for someone like me to show them how to play Tivoli's fanatic type of football; hard-playing and simple."
But what about next season, will he be back?
"You will definitely see me next year, as I would love to win a sixth title," remarked Green.