Rangers look to return to winning ways in Belco Cup
Southampton Rangers will look to win back a trophy they feel is rightfully theirs when they take on Bailey’s Bay today at Lords in the Belco Cup semi-finals.
Rangers had won five successive titles from 2005 to 2009, and have claimed seven altogether to lead the table with wins in the competition.
Yet, in the last three years they have only won the cup once, in 2011, losing the 2010 final to PHC and not even qualifying for the competition last year.
With their recent plight in this particular competition, the club will look to set the record straight and bring the trophy back to the South Shore Road club.
“We will be looking to win back what we feel is rightfully ours. The past few years we have been unfortunate in this competition and seeing our domination of the competition come to a halt is spurring on the side to produce the goods,” said a spokesperson for the club.
“The bigger picture is always the league title, but at big clubs the objective is to win trophies and that is what we want to do right off the bat.
“People associate clubs like St David’s, Rangers, and Bailey’s Bay with success so we want to go back to what we know and start from the beginning.”
The club will welcome back old boys Derrick Brangman and Ian Armstrong who will join national team members Dion Stovell and Janeiro Tucker to bolster the ranks.
Rangers didn’t have a particularly good season last term, having flirted with relegation, surviving in the end to maintain their top-flight status. They found some excellent form in the latter stages of the season to put themselves into the top four when the smoke cleared on the final day.
This time around, however, the stage is set for a redemption campaign pinned on the squad bringing back silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet.
“Last year wasn’t the best for us in a lot of areas, but the main point was to stay up once we realised our position and now that we are here, we have regrouped and are looking to mount a serious challenge on all the competitions we are in from the beginning,” the spokesperson added.
The top four teams from the 2012 season will battle to become Belco Cup champions today with Rangers taking on 2012 champions, Baileys Bay, at St David’s Cricket Club, while Willow Cuts and St David’s battle in the west end.
Both games begin at 11am, with admission free. Admission is $5 for adults for tomorrow’s final at St. David’s and proceeds will benefit the BCB National Academy.