GUIDING YOUTH IN A POSITIVE WAY The 2016 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Six-a-Side Football League got off to a colourful start on Saturday, with the 20 teams participating in the dress parade. At the end of the greetings, speeches, and judging by Brian Rose, Wayne Shaw and ASP Anthony Johnson, Angola Strikers retained their title as the winner complete with a $15,000 cash prize with Eurotrend finishing second and Future Strikers, third. In the opening Zone A games, defending champions Eurotrend whipped 2014 champions Darkside 3-0, with two goals from Kemar Bygrave and an own goal, while Future Strikers and Ashoka played out a 0-0 draw, with the latter missing a penalty in the final minute. Kemar Bygrave, captain of Eurotrend and the leading goal scorer of last year’s competition said, “We have started on the right footing with this 3-0 victory, the team played well, and we intend to retain our title and also win the individual titles of Most Valuable Player and Leading Goal Scorer.” Robert White, managing director of sponsor Sanmerna Paper Products noted, “It is a pleasure to support Shelly-Ann in this community project. I myself am a product of this community, and we see this as our duty to support others and help to create a wider family unit that guides the younger ones in a positive way.” The spectators had a field day as they were treated to lots of spot prizes from host Ms Kitty, courtesy of Nike and Digicel. The league will be played on weekends, with Zone D teams Penwood versus Untouchables, Rangers playing Cuba, while in Zone E, Miles United play Trendsetter and Living Legend play Malhatra this Saturday. On Sunday, Eurotrend will play Future Strikers, Darkside play Ashoka, while in Zone B, Lion Den face Youths United and Checkers will go up against Renegade United. Nike, along with telecommunications giants Digicel and GraceKennedy, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, are the main sponsors, while Wisynco, through their product, Wata, Tank-Weld Metals, Sagicor Bank, Sanmerna Paper Products Limited, Main Event, Toyota and National Commercial Bank Foundation, are also sponsors of the competition.
Peck says the training has been going well and is hoping to keep the fight up on his feet.“Training has been going not to bad but not quite as much as I would like because of work but it’s going pretty good though,” he says. “It’s been a lot more of my stand up. I’d probably like to keep this fight standing up so I’ve been doing a lot of the kickboxing and my wrestling defence too.”Despite his desire to keep the fight off the ground Peck says that his wrestling is far from a weakness in his game.- Advertisement -“My wrestling is pretty good if I get a hold of him. I’ll take him down for sure and hurt him pretty good down there.”He adds that he was a fan of the sport ever since UFC came onto the scene and started to train as soon as he could.“I was a fan as soon as UFC came out. I always looked for a place to train but there was really nowhere until the first MMA gym opened in town. I was near one of the first guys in the door,” he states. “I liked that it was combative and competitive. Everybody that I’ve met with it have been really good people.”Advertisement Peck enters the fight with a record of 2-2 and says those close to him were not surprised when he told them he was getting into mixed martial arts. He’s hoping to defeat his opponent Trevor Lefrancois by knockout or TKO.General tickets are available at Fivestar Athletics, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing, The Barber Shop, and MC Rehabilitation and Wellness.General admission seats are $65.