The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) has started in a most surprising way, especially with the two relative newcomers this season to the premier division, Malick Secondary and East Mucurapo Secondary, jumping ahead in what promises to be a tough season.
I would like to think that there will be an all-out effort from some of the high-profile football teams such as Presentation, Naparima and St Anthony’s. St Mary’s, which was at the lower end of the table last year, must lift the quality of their game.
From what I have seen thus far, the games are filled with energetic players, many of whom are attempting to show the surprisingly large crowds some of their personal skills.
As time goes on, the more experienced teams will have to demonstrate their improvement and gather points from the lower-level school teams.
It has always been my belief that this competition is the exhibition for the potential and natural ability of the students to reach the professional level, while some of the academically attuned students will share their time by ensuring that they are not short on either choice of career.
Many years ago, the opportunity to gain scholarships to attend universities in the USA were dime a dozen, hence the reason why many of our players graduate from university and join various US leagues.