Defence Force determined to secure Rawle Fletcher Trophy in honour of the former player

Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon (third from left) celebrates a scorcher scored by midfielder Jerwyn Balthazar against San Juan Jabloteh earlier this season.


Thursday 07 December 2016

Defence Force head coach Marvin Gordon says every available cannon in the artillery will be aimed at Morvant Caledonia United on Friday when both sides meet from 6 p.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Gordon’s side are atop the Digicel Pro League standings with 17 points ahead of this weekend’s final slate of Round One games, but the army/coastguard combination are chased by Police FC (15 points) and defending league champions Central FC (14 points), in second and third respectively.

A win for Defence Force against Caledonia will secure the Rawle Fletcher (Round One) Trophy, while a draw, based on the other weekend results, could also see the trophy head to the army headquarters for the first time since its inception last season.

On Saturday, Police will take on Point Fortin Civic from 3:30 p.m. at the Larry Gomes Stadium, while Central are against St. Ann’s Rangers from 7 p.m. at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

The other weekend fixtures will feature San Juan Jabloteh against North East Stars from 8 p.m. at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday night, and Club Sando against W Connection in a Couva clash at the Ato Boldon Stadium from 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

The Rawle Fletcher (Round One) Trophy, along with the Akeem Adams (Round Two) and Kevon Carter (Round Three) Trophies were introduced last season in honour of the late players, and to increase the level of competition throughout the league competition.

Central made a clean sweep last season, winning every Round en route to lifting the league championship.

“From the start of this season the key is to win the league by winning each round,” said Gordon this week. “So the first round is important to us.

“The priority is to win on Friday. We also want to win in honour of our former player and soldier Rawle Fletcher.”
Flashback: Rawle Fletcher (second from left) in action for Defence Force.
Fletcher, 34, who played as a defender and attained the rank of Lance Corporal, was one of three people, including his best friend, businessman Mitra Maharaj, and 19-year-old Anil Diram, killed in a drive-by shooting in Couva in December 2013.

“We’ve had a good week of preparations, including a practice match with the (Trinidad and Tobago) national team on Monday,” continued Gordon.

“But we are not taking Caledonia for granted although they are at the bottom of the table. Caledonia are no easy opponents. They have quality players and a quality coaching staff.”

Crafty attacker Hashim Arcia is expected to make his first Defence Force start, but second appearance after a cameo off the bench on December 6 in a 4-0 loss in the final of the Toyota Classic against his former employers W Connection, since leaving Savonetta Boys at the end of last season.

Gordon’s side have also been boosted this week by the return of young talents Levi Serries, Jamali Garcia, goalkeeper Andre Marchan and Thurlani George, all available for selection.

Digicel Pro League 2015-16
Round One Match Day Nine
Friday 8 January 2016
Hasely Crawford Stadium

Defence Force vs Morvant Caledonia United—6 pm
San Juan Jabloteh vs North East Stars—8 pm

Saturday 9 January 2016
Larry Gomes Stadium

Police FC vs Point Fortin Civic—3:30 pm

Ato Boldon Stadium
Club Sando vs W Connection—5 pm
Central FC vs St. Ann's Rangers—7 pm


Current Digicel Pro League 2015-16 standings

#

Team

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

1

Defence Force

8

5

2

1

21

7

14

17

2

Police FC

8

4

3

1

22

14

8

15

3

Central FC

8

4

2

2

15

8

7

14

4

W Connection

8

3

4

1

13

5

8

13

5

San Juan Jabloteh

8

4

1

3

14

9

5

13

6

North East Stars

8

4

1

3

13

17

-4

13

7

Point Fortin Civic

8

3

1

4

8

12

-4

10

8

St. Ann’s Rangers

8

2

2

4

8

19

-11

8

9

Morvant Caledonia

8

1

1

6

6

16

-10

4

10

Club Sando

8

1

1

6

7

20

-13

4