Constant Spring Head 'Group Of Death'
With the 2012 JNBS Masters League less than a month away from its grand May 27 opening-day football extravaganza, involving the dress parade, Kingston & St Andrew Masters League Association Hall of Fame induction and the Champions Cup, this season's Zone A league fixtures give new meaning to the term 'Group of Death'.
Zone A, headed by defending champions, Constant Spring, has nine former champions: Constant Spring (2011), Barbican (1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010), Park Rovers (2007), Nautica (2006), Shortwood (2004), Harbour View (1991), Kush (1992, 1999), Thunderbolts (1995-1997) and Santos (1986-1987). Zone B is led by the last year's runners-up, Telecom Strikers.
Former Jamaican international striker, Paul 'Tegat' Davis, the coach of Red Stripe Premier League outfit Arnett Gardens, is set to make his rookie debut in the JNBS Masters League for either Santos or Real Veterans.
Davis previously represented Hanover Masters in the Masters League competition in western Jamaica.
Masters League debut
Also making his Masters League debut for Real Veterans is former Arnett Gardens and Jamaica international, Byron Earle, who had a wonderful season as a member of the Arnett Gardens coaching team in the current 2011-2012 season, while coaching the club's all-conquering Under-21 team.
Real Veterans, formerly Washington Strikers, have restructured their Masters programme and will be playing their home games at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, the preliminary round of the 2012 JNBS Masters FA Cup Knockout Competition kicks off on Wednesday, May 30 at Barbican Oval with Thunderbolts tackling Packers at 7 p.m. Constant Spring are the defending Masters KO champions.