At the end of an absolutely amazing season that featured some 92 goals in an unbeaten run of 21 matches, Spanish Grain Store – first time entrants in the Business House Five-a-side Football League – have impressively captured the Honey Bun-sponsored Knockout championship and the Just Bet-sponsored Division Two title. The final for the latter competition was contested on Saturday, October 22, at the NWC Playfield in Mona, and two second half goals against opponents Scotiabank ensured that the all-conquering Spanish Grain Store capped off a spectacular year in fine style.
Coached by former national player Hugh “Bingy” Blair and managed by Craig Walters, Spanish Grain Store will now be promoted to Division I of the Business House Five-a-side Football League, which is sanctioned by the Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA). The team has already shown its pedigree and readiness for the premier division, having beaten Division I team and defending Knockout champions Peak Bottling Company 4-1 in the finals on October 19.
The Spanish Grain Store team, which goes by the name “Zero°” – a reference to its cold storage operations for meat, was regarded as an unknown quantity at the start of the season and few fancied their chances of making a big impression in their debut year. However, the squad has clearly exceeded all expectations, and its overwhelming success was clearly reflected in the volume of silverware collected at the awards ceremony. In addition to receiving trophies for the Division II and Knockout championships, individual accolades were bestowed on Juvaune Benjamin for being joint leading goal scorer (10 goals) and MVP of the Knockout competition, as well as Division Two MVP, while Hugh “Bingy” Blair and Craig Walters copped the Coach of the Year and Manager of the Year award respectively.