27-Jun-16– Team Saint Lucia is ready to capture the trophy for the Guinness Street Football Caribbean Championship, as Team Fantastic emerged as the winner of the Saint Lucian Finals.
Vieux Fort played host to the event which got underway a little after 5pm with all sixteen teams coming out in full force. Fantastic, a team who has represented Saint Lucia at past tournaments supplanted themselves as the team to beat from early on. The team pushed through the early rounds and advanced to the semi-final leg where they defeated local and reigning regional champions, Veterans, 1-0.
In the final match, Fantastic expertly demonstrated their superior skill and sheer determination, against ‘Can’t take your Cries’ scoring 1 goal to nil.
Adding to the excitement of the evening, the public came out in full force and repeatedly vocalized their support behind the competing teams.
“The communities came out to support the teams and I was very pleased with the turnout,” said Rohan Lovence, Guinness St Lucia Brand Manager. “All sixteen teams played extremely well but there could be only one winner and Fantastic proved last evening that they are indeed made of more. We move into Regional mode and judging by last evening’s play, Saint Lucia is in a very good position.”
Fantastic was awarded a prize of $6000, a trophy and a spot in the line up of the other regional teams.
The Regional Finals, of the Guinness Street Football Challenge is scheduled to take place this weekend, July 2nd and 3rd on The Ramp at Reduit Beach. Ten country teams, including Saint Lucia all have a shot at winning an all-expense paid trip to Brazil for a football tour.
The action begins at 4pm, and admission is free. There will also be live entertainment by DJ Hersheys and other local acts, performances by the Guinness ladies and Philip Gertsson, Guinness Street Football Challenge Ambassador and Internationally ranked (4th in the world) freestyler.
The public is encouraged once more to come out to support their country.