Wednesday 16th November, 2016-St. George’s- The excitement is building as the GFA Conference League 2015 kicks into high gear with the quarterfinal stage also called the Big 8. That’s after the completion of two rounds of home and away qualifiers. In the North Western Conference ( St.John’s St.Marks, St.Patrick’s), it is Eagles Super Strikers and North Stars moving forward. Both outfits are from St. Patrick’s. In the Eastern division (St. Andrew’s and St.David’s), Sabb Spartans reigned supreme with eight(8) wins, amassing 24 points. In second place and also qualifying for the Big 8 is Five Stars who won six (6) matches with three (3) draws and one (1)loss. Down in the Central division(St.George’s) it was a close race between Happy Hill FC and Ball Dogs for supremacy. However, Happy Hill Fc held on for the top spot with nine (9) wins, one(1) draw and two(2) losses, leaving Ball Dogs in second place with 25 points from eight (8) wins and one(1) draw. Both are moving forward to the Big 8. Finally, in the Southern Conference (South St.George), TAMCC edged out South Stars from the top position with 32 points from ten(10) wins and two (2) draws. South Stars will join TAMCC in the Big 8 with 31 points from ten (10) wins and one (1) draw.
Round one of the Conference League Big 8 quarterfinals begins on Wednesday 16th November with the first match featuring Happy Hill vs North Stars (Central Conference 1st place vs 2nd place in the North-western Conference) at Beausejour Playing Field from 4pm.
Round two of the Big 8 quarterfinals is carded for Tuesday 22nd November with two double headers at Victoria Park and Fond.
Following the two rounds, the top four (4) teams will meet in a semi-final and grand final. The finalists (1 and 2) will be automatically promoted to the Premier League. Third place will then play Fontenoy United in the promotion/relegation playoff, while the 4th spot will be reserved for GBSS as per the Arbitration Tribunal’s decision. Therefore, GBSS will face Chantimelle Sc for a chance to be promoted to the Premier League for 2017.