'Spring' Masters for Cayman two-match series
MANY-TIME Masters League champion Constant Spring are scheduled to depart the island today for the Cayman Islands where they will play two matches as reward for a splendid season.
The trip is the fulfilment of a promise made to the team by manager Neville Lyn that he would fly the team out if they went unbeaten during the just concluded season.
"The team has been doing good over the past three years and last year triple champion so this is more a prized trip for their achievement and if they went unbeaten they would have got a trip," Lyn told the Jamaica Observer.
Constant Spring Masters swept almost everything in front of them this season capturing the Kingston and St Andrew Masters League; Mid-Season Final and the Knockout crown; Champions of Champions trophy, plus an Invitational Masters League in Linstead.
They will tackle a Cayman Select Masters at 7:00 pm today before playing Scholars International Masters tomorrow night. The team will then return on Sunday night.
The Masters League is for players aged 40 and over, but during games, a team can field four players between the ages of 35 and 40.
Constant Spring, with the likes of former Reggae Boyz Durant 'Tatty' Brown, Lincoln 'Sixy' Taffe, Oneil 'Chippy' McDonald, goalkeeper Marvin Chin and Fabian Watkins, completed the season unbeaten and Lyn believes that this league deserves proper sponsorship and recognition.
"This is where you see football at its best. Lincoln is 50 years old and still touching the ball well. You can't get it out of them. I think Masters League should be highlighted more," Lyn argued.
"Seeing all the old players and the guys that represented Jamaica over the years playing in these games, it is more skill than anything else," he noted.
He added: "There are so many teams that want to play in the Masters League and if it is highlighted more with more sponsorship it can be so much fun."
The 25-man touring party are Michael Blair (head of delegation), Neville Lyn (manager), Norman Jordine (assistant manager), Carl Sewell (head coach), Donald Rose (assistant coach), Donovan Richards (medical person),
Andrew Henry (equipment manager); players Austin Brown (captain), Brenton Smith (vice-captain), Marvin Chin, Lincoln Taffe, Oneil McDonald, Fabian Watkins, Julian Lewis, Ransford McKenzie, Gregory Gibson, Patrick Chen, Durrant Brown, Leroy Clarke, Carl Nelson, Desmond Tucker, Reuben Grant, Phillip Mack, Prelude Samuels and Stephen Taylor.