Premier league action kicks back up from today


THE next few days at the Wildey Astro Turf are sure to be busy as the Digicel Premier League picks back up. With the Barbados Football Association’s top tier competition missing a few games over the pass few weeks due to various reasons, inclusive of national duty and Banks Beer Champions Cup obligations, the local governing body for the sport will be playing catch-up over the coming days.
The race resumes with the University of the West Indies Blackbirds leading the standings for a second time this season. Beating the three-time defending champions, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme early on in the second round of games in a top-of-the-table clash, UWI are currently on 27 points in 12 games after winning nine of them. The soldiers, however, have a game in hand and eight wins and two draws to show for 26 points.
Direct TV Paradise continue to enjoy their best season in a while as they are in third place off 24 points in 11 games. Seven wins and three draws see them to the total ahead of Weymouth Wales, who are the only other team to break 20 points. Wales (20) have also taken to the field at Wildey 11 times and have amassed their total from six wins and two draws. Mackeson Brittons Hill close out the top-five with 16 points from four wins and four draws in 11 games.
Rendezvous are next in line, having played the same 11 games as most of the teams in the top flight. Their four wins and one draw are outweighed by six losses, which sees them to 13 points. Phone Repair Medic Belfield have done well enough to pull themselves out of the doldrums and are now n seventh place with 12 points. The only other team to have played 12 games, Belfield have four wins to show for their current tally.
Empire Club are dancing on the edge of the dreaded relegation zone in eighth place and would do well to stay out of the red in their first year back in the premier league. They have ten points from three wins and a single draw in 11 games. Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame are currently in the danger zone with only eight points from two wins and two draws in ten games. Lumisol Technology Inc. Pinelands are a sure-shot for relegation this year unless they can turn around their fortunes. They are at the bottom of the barrel on one point from a single draw in ten games.
The action kicks off from today at the Wildey Astro Turf with two games. Paradise and Pinelands are up first at 7:00 PM while Wales and the Sports Programme have a 9:00 PM engagement. On Saturday evening, the Dames go up against the Blackbirds at 6:30, then Belfield take on Wales at 8:30. The traditional triple-header falls on Sunday, and Empire and Pinelands are first out of the blocks at 4:00 PM. Brittons Hill and the Sports Programme are in the middle at 6:00 PM, while the nightcap goes to Paradise and Rendezvous.

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