Celebrating their Triple Crown victory having emerged Intercol champions for the third time in their school's history, footballers of Naparima College held a special assembly at their school in San Fernando on Wednesday.
As their schoolmates applauded lustily, the footballers presented their football trophies to the audience having copped the Premier League championship, the South Intercol championship and the 2018 Coca-Cola National Intercol Championship.
Principal Dr Michael Dowlath said the footballers were undefeated throughout the season and despite the nail-biting final match and the startling penalty kicks by their opponent San Juan Secondary, the Naparima footballers emerged victoriously.
Dowlath said the school was proud as it was the third time that it won the Triple Crown having copped the titles in 1999, 2015 and 2018.
"The support from the student's rhythm section was really outstanding this year. This type of success is an example of the kind of holistic education that we pride ourselves in at Naparima College," Dowlath said.
He added that it was not the only success achieved at the school this year.
"We also won the Junior Achievers Leadership debate series this term and the National Chess Championship as well. We really try to develop all-around men and we are proud of the students and their commitment and perseverance to their academic and extracurricular activities," Dowlath added.
Dowlath also expressed gratitude to the coaching staff led Angus Ezes and manager Percey Samlalsingh who played football for Naparima College.
"We want to recognize that football is a great part of the Naparima College. We have produced Mark Ramdeen who was a member of the National Under 20 team. We continue to produce players who go on to top National success," Dowlath added.
He also said that the school had 14 national titles, the most of any secondary school in T&T.
Responding to the Naparima victory Coach Eze said the school has been successful in football over the past few years.
"That consistency was proven by us playing the entire season undefeated and when we went into the Intercol we said we will not concede any goals. The boys showed their discipline and that is the hallmark of the school itself. Every one of my 25 players was tremendous. Captain Levi Fernandez was unbelievable in his leadership," Eze said.
He thanked all the players, defenders, strikers, mid-fielders, their parents, members of staff, sponsors and the principal for helping the team to secure the victory.
- by Radhica De Silva. Photo by Ivan Toolsie.