Richard Morais, Gleaner Writer
After over 25 years of sole sponsorship for the Trelawny Football Association, National Rums of Jamaica is pledging to continue it's brand's commitment with a pledge of over $3 million for the upcoming season.
The company's general manager of business development and marketing, Earl W. Patrick, made this disclosure at the association's awards function held at Roi's Lagoon on Friday, promising to continue the sponsorship as "sports is an excellent way of teaching life skills".
The association was able to attract other associate sponsors in Wisynco, under the brand Wata, and CB Machine Service, along with other even lesser sponsors.
In her keynote address, minister with responsibility for sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, said that even with an IMF agreement, "a charity act was passed in Parliament and this allows for any association and federation and organisation currently involved in amateur sport to have access to duty free items."
She said this comes against the background that so many persons from the diaspora are wanting to contribute to their teams.
Duanvale emerged the champion Major League team, with Spicy Hill being the runners-up. The Willis Brown-coached Duanvale also accounted for the most valuable player (MVP), Devaughn Hawthorne, while Spicy Hill's Damian Williams copped the leading goalscorer's award with 12 goals.
Salt Marsh, coached by Kerry Samuels, topped division one competition ahead of All Stars. Salt Marsh's Nickhoy Edwards was the division one MVP. Karlton Drake, of Baca Stars, scored 10 goals to win the goalscorer's award.
Village Juniors, coached by Dean Innis, won the Under-17 league, in which Shannarey Brown topped the scoring chart with 10 goals. The Fair Play Award went to Holland.
National Water Commission (NWC) washed away all charges to be the champion Business House team. Another utility company, Jamaica Public Service, provided the leading scorer, Aldaine Grant, who netted five goals. Former national player, Cassman Williams, captained NWC.
The Patrick Atkinson KO was won by Holland, whose Davian Graham was the leading scorer. Classic won the President's Cup.
The Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, as well as MP for North Trelawny, Patrick Atkinson, were also in attendance.