Waterhouse FC Striker Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson Cops 1st China Harbour Star Baller Prize
November 15, 2012
Centre forward for Red Stripe Premier League Club Waterhouse, Jermaine Tuffy Campbell has been named the first China Harbour Star Baller, winning the $30,000 cash award which Chinese construction company and league major sponsor, China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), is awarding to the top player in the league each month this season. The inaugural presentation of the prize took place at the CHEC offices in New Kingston today (Wednesday, November 7).
Anderson scored three goals from four games he played during October and was the second most prolific goal scorer in the competition. He says he is pleased to have won the award by doing what he does best for the club – scoring goals as part of the Waterhouse’s determined campaign to emerge Premier League champions.
“I always want to work hard, be disciplined and be an example to other players,” Anderson said at the cheque presentation as he thanked China Harbour for the award. Waterhouse Club President, Ricky Chin was also on hand to congratulate Anderson.
“I am building on the foundation that is there in the club. The players, coaches and management team all work hard, they believe in me and I believe in myself, and so I just want to go out there and do my best,” said the Waterhouse Football Club Striker. “The league has just started and are taking it one match at a time, but we are determined to win the title,” Anderson noted.
Anderson was the top goal scorer for the last Premier League season and he said he is looking forward to again winning the league “Golden Boots” award this time around.
Meanwhile, Regional Communications Manager at China Harbour, Jennifer Armond commended Anderson for his performance and for being a model player in the competition. She added that China Harbour is pleased to be presenting the award as an incentive to players in addition to the company’s $22 million sponsorship of the competition this year.
Explaining the basis of the award, General Manager of the Premier League Clubs Association (PCLA) and the Professional Football Association of Jamaica, Latoya Dacosta said Anderson was considered to have had a very positive impact on his team’s overall performance and subsequent climb up the tables to its current 7th position on 15 points. The China Harbour Star Baller of the Month is chosen based on the recommendation of coaches combined with the league secretariat’s records.
“The China Harbour Star Baller initiative provides the perfect stimulus that every competition needs. The purpose is to have a positive impact on teams’ performance,” Dacosta said.
She added that, “The talent, the ability of our players was never in doubt, however, as with all endeavours encouragement sweetens labour and the PLCA is greatly pleased at CHEC’s commitment to helping, through this initiative, to improve on the players’ professional attitude to the game.”
The PCLA General Manager commended China Harbour for seeing the potential and working towards the realization of the objectives of the competition and its organizer. “What does ‘Star Baller’ mean? It means positively transforming the economic and social lives of many and building great moments for the nation’s number one sport,” she pointed out.