THE St Mary Football Association will soon have an official home ground for the staging of Premier League matches, it was announced last week by Dr Maurice Guy, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Works, at the awards ceremony at the St Mary Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria.
Guy pointed out that the Jamaica Producers Group had given the St Mary FA a proper office from which the affairs of the secretariat would be professionally administered.
He congratulated the players and the FA for their hard work, adding that the Jamaica Producers Group, the mayor and other Members of Parliament were going to do their best to upgrade the Grays Inn Sport Complex in short order.
"We need better management structure, better organisation and professionalism so that the teams can portray a good image to attract other persons to become involved in the process. The community has to be; sensitised and get involved in the development of football to make the youngsters become useful to society," Guy stated.
He also praised The Captain's Bakery for its 10 years of unbroken sponsorship to the FA's Major League competition and appealed to other stakeholders in the corporate community to assist with the development of the football programmes within the parish to ensure that more results are achieved.
Meanwhile, Axum walked away with the Captain's Bakery Major League trophy, while Grays Inn took the INSPORT trophy for their Division One triumph.
In the Major League, Davian Smith of Axum was the Most Valuable Player and leading goalscorer; Andre Thomas was the top goalkeeper; Michael Smith the winning coach; and Derrick Brown the winning manager.
Galina took the runners-up trophy; Hardhitters the third place award; while Windsor Castle capturd both the Most Disciplined prize and the fourth-place award.
In the Division One, it was Grays Inn's Ransford Saunders who got the Most Valuable Player and leading goalscorer award. The Most Disciplined team award went to Lewis Store; Omar Pickersgill received the prize as the winning coach, while Mario Swazy was the winning manager.
The second place title went to Rangers FC, third to St Mary Police and fourth to Retreat FC. Axum FC also took the KO title, while Windsor Castle claimed second place.
The St Mary Under-15 Girls parish team was not out of the picture as they too, were recognised by the FA for their outstanding performance in placing first in the Eastern Confederation competition and third in the all-island final.
The Under-15 boys from the Three Hills FC were also awarded for copping the championship. Axum were runners-up, while the MVP award went to Romaine Christie; the leading goalscorer to Antonio Riley, and the Most Disciplined award to Lewis Store.
In the special awards category, Lewin Pursar was voted Referee of the Year and Lloyd Edwards Assistant Referee of the Year.