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Jabloteh youths cop Club of Year

Trinidad Express / SAN JUAN JABLOTEH scooped 12 of the 25 top awards, including the Club of the Year, when the Flow Youth Pro League hosted its 2017 awards at the VIP Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday.

The San Juan Kings rewrote the history books, yet again in the just-concluded tournament by becoming champions of all three divisions (Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17) for a third consecutive time. It came as no surprise therefore when the triple champions dominated the prize-giving.

Nathaniel James topped the individuals awards in the Under-13 division. The Jabloteh striker led with the division with 40 goals over the season and won awards for Most Valuable Player, Most Outstanding Forward and Most Goals.

James’ 40 goals in all divisions (39 for the Under-13s and one for the Under-15s) in 2017 also stands a new YPL record, smashing the amounts achieved previously by players such as current Honduras-based forward Jerrel Britto a decade ago, and 2016 Under-13 top-scorer, Justin Araujo-Wilson.

An aspiring professional international footballer, James already has a blueprint of his immediate, midterm and long-term goals.

“Make the national Under-15 team then upwards. Attain eight CSEC passes. Play professionally abroad,” said the La Horquetta-born Queen’s Royal College student.

“I enjoyed (the) season,” he said of his successful debut season in the FYPL. “I enjoyed having the experience of the Pro League team; training three days a week and game on a Sunday. I enjoyed the experience of playing amongst many talented players.

Justin Araujo-Wilson (SKHY FC/Defence Force), won the Under-15 Most Outstanding Forward and Most Goals (14) awards, while W Connection’s Jevaughn Humphrey got the awards for Most Outstanding Forward and Most Goals in the Under-17s.

“It’s a great feeling to motivate you to work harder each year and become the best that you can be, so that you can try to do better the next season and the season after that,” said Araujo-Wilson on receiving another top-scorer award.

“I’m working on becoming a professional player,” continued the Fatima College and Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 footballer. “…That’s my dream, and I won’t stop until it happens. It’s just to keep on working and keep on doing my thing.”

2017 Flow Youth Pro League awards:

Overall Team of the Year – San Juan Jabloteh

 

Under-13 Division

Champions – San Juan Jabloteh

Runners-up – Police FC

Third place – W Connection

 

Coach of the Year – Dave Weekes (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Valuable Player – Nathaniel James (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Goals – Nathaniel James (39) (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Outstanding Goalkeeper – Jessiah Hercules (Police FC)

Most Outstanding Defender – Joshua Kesney (Club Sando)

Most Outstanding Midfielder – Molik Khan (W Connection)

Most Outstanding Forward – Nathaniel James (San Juan Jabloteh)

Under-15 Division

Champions – San Juan Jabloteh

Runners-up – W Connection

Third place – Point Fortin Civic

 

Coach of the Year – Andre Morales (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Valuable Player – Justin Araujo-Wilson (Defence Force)

Most Goals – Justin Araujo-Wilson (14 goals) (Defence Force)

Most Outstanding Goalkeeper – Jasse Aguillera (Point Fortin Civic)

Most Outstanding Defender – Jabari Lee (W Connection)

Most Outstanding Midfielder – Tyrell Wiley (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Outstanding Forward – Justin Araujo-Wilson (Defence Force)

 

Under-17 Division

Champions – San Juan Jabloteh

Runners-up – North East Stars

Third place – W Connection

 

Coach of the Year – Gilbert Bateau (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Valuable Player – Che Benny (St Ann’s Rangers)

Most Goals – Jevaughn Humphrey (10 goals) (W Connection)

Most Outstanding Goalkeeper – Emmanuel John (San Juan Jabloteh)

Most Outstanding Defender – Tyrike Andrews (W Connection)

Most Outstanding Midfielder – Jesse Williams (St Ann’s Rangers)

Most Outstanding Forward – Jevaughn Humphrey (W Connection)

 

Special Awards

Youth Match Commissioner of the Year – Cassie Moore

Team Administrator of the Year – Debbie-Ann Harewood

 

Outstanding Contribution to Youth Football – Jerry Hospedales (San Juan Jabloteh chairman)

Outstanding Contribution to Youth Football – Leonson Lewis (W Connection U-13 coach)

Outstanding Contribution to Youth Football – Gilbert Bateau (San Juan Jabloteh U-17 coach)

Outstanding Contribution to Youth Football – Dave Weekes (San Juan Jabloteh U-13 coach)

Outstanding Contribution to Youth Football – Phillip Fraser (San Juan Jabloteh team administrator)

 

Special Appreciation

TV – Peter C Lewis (WISports)

Print – Nigel Simon (Trinidad Guardian)

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