After seven months of friendly football rivalry, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Flanker emerged victors in the Annual Football League, hosted by the St. James Adventist Youth Federation, snatching the victory over Salt Spring Church 3-0 over Salt Spring.
The competition that spanned over seven months culminated on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the West Jamaica Conference playfield and it had a positive impact both on members from the local church and surrounding communities.
“Since I was baptized in 2012, I played for the first time that year and was captivated by it (the league)” said Fabian Jarrett, captain of the Flanker SDA Football Team. “This competition has strengthened my faith in the Lord. Not only has it done that for me, but for the other members of my team. It has drawn us closer to God and it has been a connecting factor for us all” he ended.
This year’s competition saw a total of eighteen teams entering, three of them being community-based. According to Sports Coordinator for the St. James Federation, Jodi Ann Walker, the objectives set for the competition were for the most part accomplished.
“I believe we had accomplished what we set out for which was invitational teams being a part of the competition” said Walker. “We did our best to ensure that the competition was as inspirational as possible. Persons from the community turned out to give their full support each week and we appreciated that. We believe that the payers benefited from the Christian principles both on and off the field.”
Lottery District were the third place holders and were also awarded the “Fruit of the Spirit” trophy as the most disciplined team.
Sponsors for the event included: