It was an evening of sport appreciation on Tuesday February 9th, at Ma Pau/D Nu Pub, at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and French Street in Woodbrook, as Ma Pau Members Club hosted a Dinner and Award ceremony for its Football team, Ma Pau SC.
The pub was transformed for the evening with dinner tables and white-draped chairs for the occasion, as young athletes and their dates, dressed to impress, turned out for the event. Images of football glory were projected on a large screen, and glistening glass trophies regaled a nearby table, reminding everyone of the reason they had come.
Following the National Anthem and opening prayer, sports journalist Ruskin Mark delivered the welcome address, saluting the achievements of the young team. Guest speaker Trinidad and Tobago Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene then praised the team for a sterling first season in the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League. He congratulated Ma Pau CEO John Wallis for his vision in steering youth on a positive career path.
Ma Pau SC Technical Director Michael Mc Comie gave his report, speaking of the genesis of his involvement with the club, and their drive to become a professional team. He mentioned some of the prestigious wins the team had had during the season. He thanked his players, other teams in the league and the Board of Directors of Ma Pau for their support.
He was followed by CEO Mr.John Wallis, who told the young footballers that Ma Pau was about life, about community. He stressed that fame and talent could get them so far, but more important was what they did with the opportunity they had. He cheered the team for their fine performance and hailed Mc Comie for his effort.
Mr.Wallis said in the coming year they would do well and win a lot, but said the real reward was in doing it right and sharing it with someone else: "You are future leaders. Hold it together and do the 'Ma Pau' extra because that is what Ma Pau is known for."
Ma Pau didn't cut corners, catering a full four-course dinner featuring entrees like grilled lamb chops with butter mint sauce, stuffed chicken breast with white wine sauce, and baked salmon with garlic butter sauce. Desserts were also a delight, with ice creams, cheese cake and black forest cake on the menu.
Best Young Player - Kevin Mollineau
Up and Coming Player - Trevin Caesar
Most Goals - Anthony Wolfe presented by Dexter Skeene
Top five players
Captain Lyndon Chubby Andrews
Goalkeeper Shane Mathis
Former national player: Anthony Wolfe
Most improved player - Curtis Gonzales
Chairman's Award for discipline - Rennie Britto
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