Hillview College the most successful college in the PowerGen Secondary Schools Cricket League (SSCL) over the past nine years will be looking for a hat-trick of Intercol titles when they meet Presentation College in the final of the tournament on Friday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando.
Yesterday, the SSCL host a press conference ahead of the finals and Hillview skipper Navin Bedaisee said that he would rather allow the bat and ball to do the taking come Friday. Hillview has won the Intercol title over the past two seasons beating Naparima College in the final on both occasions.
This time around Naparima was ousted by Presentation, Chaguanas in the semi-finals and have gained a lot of confidence from that win going into the title match. The team's captain Darius Gopaul said, “We are confident after our win over Naparima in the semis and now we are looking forward to the finals. We know how powerful a unit Hillview is but we are not worried it will be a case of Pres going into the final with a sling, stone and a prayer. We will be no workover and we will be coming out to fight hard in the finals.”
Prior to the boy's finals, there will be a clash between defending champions Barrackpore East and Holy Name Convent for the girl's title at 2.30 pm at the same venue. Holy Name according to Gabriella Doopan started as a bunch of ‘misfits’ but now is a recognized girls team and hard to beat. She said, “We were a bunch of misfits when we started to play this game and never really thought of reaching this far. However, over the last couple of years with hard work, we are now a really good unit and we will be coming out to take the title. Winning this title will mean the world to us and we are looking forward to this battle.”
Shalini Samaroo the captain of Barrackpore East said, "When we are round we rule and we are going to repeat as champions. We have worked hard all season and the time has come to show everyone just how good a team we are in the finals.”
Marsha Mohammed head of Legal Advisory Services at PowerGen was also on hand and praised the SSCL for their handling of the league. She wished the four teams all the best on Friday and gave her company’s continued commitment to the development of young cricketers in the country. PowerGen has been supporting cricket in T&T for the past 23 years.