2011 – 2012
This past year has been nothing but the best for the team and I. Fatima College’s Rugby team has shown exemplar performance during our last season, continuing the undefeated streak of the previous season. This year was the year Fatima’s U-17 team dominated the Digicel School’s Rugby tournament, winning the majority of the games a large sum to nil. However success didn’t only flow through the U-17 team but also the U-14 who also won all their games giving them an undefeated slate as well.
Fatima put out three teams to take part in the tournament hosted by Digicel; two U-17 teams and one U-14 team. The U-17 A-team went on to have an undefeated streak throughout the league winning all their games with a substantial score behind their name. They along with the U-17 B-team advanced all the way to the quarter finals of the tournament. Unfortunately the B-team took a loss preventing a long sought after Fatima vs. Fatima final. Also at that time the U-14 team blazed through their league, captained by Jordan Rodriguez. The eventual outcome led to Fatima U-17 facing off against C.I.C. and Fatima U-14 versus Belmont Secondary in the finals. These matches were held on C.I.C’s home grounds. The U-14s came out of their game victors with a display of excellent attack and defense throughout the entire game that seemed disadvantageous as their opponents were bigger and faster at first glance but this wasn’t an issue for them. Their end result was a nail-biting 3-0. The U-17 displayed their well-developed chemistry, playing their hardest as this final match was different to any other. With a win in this game, Fatima would have won the Digicel School’s Rugby tournament three years in a row, so everything was on the line. Without a doubt they were victorious in their effort with the final score settling at 39-0. Being double victors once more after two years was their most impressive feat for Fatima’s Rugby Teams.
It wasn’t easy for Fatima to reach where we are now. It took the dedication of the Coaches Geoffrey Edghill, Graham Chin and Kevin Wells who pushed us to achieve and conquer in all
During this year, 2012, many of Fatima’s players have done more than represent their school, they have represented the country on the National U-19 team, that took part in the North American Caribbean Rugby Association’s U-19 tournament, and some on the T&T National School Boys’ Team, that toured Barbados. These students include Tariq Cheekes(now past student), William Edghill, Adam Camacho, Christian Chin, Andrew Phillips, Moses Paul, Hasani Rodney, Jacob Bonterre, Ross Navarro and Deion Smith.
This last season has personally been the best experience for me, not only as being the captain but as it’s the last year I have played with the Fatima team. This goes not only for me but many others who also share their last year in Fatima.
Fatima has a bright future in Rugby and it seems as though the prosperity would continue on in the following years.
Persons interested in joining Fatima’s Rugby teams can attend training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm.
Captain of Fatima College’s Rugby Team
2010 – 2011
The last academic year, proved to be a challenging and successful year for both the Under-14 and Under-17 Fatima College rugby teams. Under the guidance of Coach Wells, Coach Edghill, Coach Chin and Coach Kaka the U-14 andU-17 boys snapped up both titles at the 2010 Digicel Schools Rugby competition with victories over Belmont secondary and Tranquility Government Secondary, respectively, at Fatima College grounds.
The road to the title was a long and arduous one for both teams but more so for the under 17 team. Losing one of their matches earlier on in the season to Tranquility, they bounced back to win all the games they were scheduled to play in the Digicel season. However, Tranquility once again overcame the Fatima boys in a One-Day Enthusiasts Tournament held in the Queen’s Park Savannah, leaving Fatima in second place. At the time, it seemed as if Tranquility was the better team. However, through hard work, long hours of training, perseverance and through the leadership and inspiration of team captain, Tariq Cheekes, the Fatima Under-17 team were triumphant over the Tranquil boys in the final. Even though the season is complete, some of our boys still continue to represent the college. Approximately 9 boys from the school were chosen to be placed on the Digicel All Star Development Team, comprising of the best players from the season. These boys are Andrew Phillips, Deion Smith, Christian Chin, Adam Camacho, Moses Paul, William Edghill, Akash Bejai,Darnell Roper and Ross Navarro.
Currently, both the Under 14 and 17 teams have begun training for the upcoming season in September 2011 on the college grounds.
Persons interested in joining Fatima’s Rugby teams can attend training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm
Written by: CHRISTIAN KELLY & MATTHEW WYKE