BOJ, Scotiabank dominate 2018 Interbank Football Awards

Saturday, December 08, 2018

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BANK of Jamaica (BOJ) and Scotiabank were the major winners at the 2018 Western Sports-sponsored Norman Goodison Interbank Football awards ceremony at the Bank Of Jamaica Auditorium recently.

Bank of Jamaica won their second Interbank league title by dethroning Scotiabank by a point in that competition. JN Bank won their second Bankers Association trophy for the Five-A-Side One-Day rally competition after defeating ICWI 2-1 in the final.

Scotiabank won the JamClear Cup Knockout title for the first time when they defeated third-time finalist Sagicor Group 5-2 in the final. They also won the Champion of Champion Trophy after stopping league champion BOJ 4-0 and also the Dress Parade title. Other winners on the night were National Commercial Bank (NCB) who won the most disciplined team award.

Interbank Football Association President Livingstone Morrison welcomed the teams and impressed upon the players the importance of putting their best foot forward regardless of the league they were playing as they represent their companies. They were also reminded that sport was a vehicle for some of them to get a start in life and that they must show loyalty to their employers who provided this opportunity.

In addition, Morrison welcomed and congratulated champions, the Bank of Jamaica who won their first title in 2001 when he was a player for BOJ. He also extended warm welcome to Sagicor, who were runners-up in the JamClear Cup Knockout competition, Scotiabank, JN Bank, NCB, ICWI, and Financial Services Commission who all contributed in a meaningful way towards making the 2018 season a resounding success.

“As administrators we are very pleased, and we hope that our sponsors are also very pleased with the value that we as an organisation provide. I assure you, as administrators, the executives of the Interbank Football Association are committed to excellence. We guarantee high visibility at low cost for all our sponsors,” Morrison said.

In the league, O'Brien Duncan of BOJ won the goalkeeper award, the Most Valuable Player (MVP Award was won by captain of BOJ Akeem Themstead. In the Five-A-Side competition, Rohan Daley of Sagicor Group won the leading goalscorer award with four goals and and the Most Valuable Player Award went to Chevon Williams of JN Bank.

In the JamClear Cup knockout captain of Scotiabank Stephan Bartley won the MVP trophy. Other awards for refereeing services rendered in the competition finals went to Wilverglen Lamey, Harvill Harris, Richard Mitchell, Leroy Willer, Yanique Jarrett and Shomari Cooke-Morris. All individual awardees received gift certificates from sponsor Western Sports Limited. Coach of the Year went to Peter “Metro” Grant of BOJ and the Manager of the Year award went to Clint Reid of BOJ.

A special presentation was held at the end of the awards for President Morrison, who will be leaving the Bank of Jamaica at the end of the year. Morrison has been the President of the Interbank Football Association since 1986 and also a Deputy Governor at the Bank of Jamaica.

Emotional tributes were given by BOJ Sports and Social Club President Trishell Williams, who is also the captain of their netball team, the members of the Bank of Jamaica and Scotiabank football teams and also KSAFA President Wayne Shaw and Business House Basketball President, Major Clifton Lumsden.

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