STETHS ‘ready’ for prized d’Cup

first_img UNBEATEN RECORD Cornwall is the only team in the competition with a 100 per cent win record and will start favourites against Glenmuir. Another double-header is on offer at Jarrett Park, Montego Bay, where Spot Valley High and Little London will lock horns in the battle of the first-time quarter-finalists at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m., Aaron Lawrence takes his slick-looking Rusea’s High team into battle against Paul Bogle High. The Wembley sports ground will also host a double-header when at 1 p.m., Lennon High meet the highly fancied Dinthill Technical, after which Vere Technical battle Petersfield in a 3 p.m. clash. Meanwhile, over at Drax Hall, another first-time quarter-finalist, Ocho Rios High, will hope to extinguish the hopes of Manchester High in a 3 p.m. fixture. Although not at their best in the recent exit from the FLOW Super Cup knockout game against Bridgeport High, Dinthill’s coach, Kevin Williams, will have his players sharp and focused for this one. “It was better we lost that (FLOW Super Cup) game than in this competition, which we regard as still the best in the country. We want to once again reach the final, so this will be a big game for us,” said Williams. “I am sure Lennon will be at their best, so we too have to up our game. A place in the semi-finals is at stake and we want it badly,” Williams noted. Today’s matches – Clarendon College vs Steer Town Time: 1 p.m. Venue: Juici Beef Ground – Glenmuir vs Cornwall College Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Juici Beef Ground – Spot Valley vs Little London Time: 1 p.m. Venue: Jarrett Park – Rusea’s vs Paul Bogle Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Jarrett Park – Lennon vs Dinthill Time: 1 p.m. Venue: Wembley Community Centre – Vere Tech vs Petersfield Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Wembley Community Centre – STETHS vs Fair Prospect Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Lynch Park – Ocho Rios vs Manchester Time: 3 p.m. Venue: Drax Hall WESTERN BUREAU: Eight teams will be left standing after this afternoon’s quarter-final round in the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup with the focus on defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), who will be travelling east to face off against Fair Prospect High at Lynch Park, Buff Bay, in a 3 p.m. kick-off, with a semi-final place on the line. Of the four titles on offer, STETHS’ coach, Omar Wedderburn, makes no bones about the importance of this competition to his school. “We are ready for this. The daCosta Cup is what we prize the most and the aim is, as usual, to make it again to the final. But first, we have to take care of business against Fair Prospect,” Wedderburn said. The other quarter-final pairings pit Clarendon College against Steer Town in the first game of a double-header at Juici Beef Complex, Clarendon. That game is set for a 1 p.m. kick-off. It is to be followed by the massive clash between two former winners, Cornwall College and Glenmuir High.last_img read more

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Vere duo pleases Graham

first_imgThe Vere Technical pair of Brittany Anderson and Amoi Brown brought a smile to the face of their hurdles coach, Raymond Graham, with their performances at last weekend’s Carifta Trials. Speaking after Anderson and Brown had won their respective 100m hurdle finals, Graham said he wasn’t surprised by their dominance. He also announced that Anderson won’t hurdle again until Boys and Girls Championships. Anderson experienced some knee pain after her exertions in the long jump on Saturday, but, Graham said he advised, “take the pain out of your head.” Anderson, the Boys and Girl’s Championships 100m class 2 favourite, gave a polished performance on Sunday and won the under-18 final in 13.21 seconds, ahead of defending class 2 champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High School and Shanette Allison of Holmwood Technical High School. The coach rates this as better than her season leading run of 13.18 seconds at the Youngster Goldsmith meet on February 4. He recalled that the wind reading then was -1.6 metres per second, and said, “She was against Freeman, against Allison and the wind reading is -3.2 so it’s amazing what this young lady can do.” “The sky is the limit”, he concluded. Brown sparkled in the U20 100m hurdles final, winning in 13.34 seconds. She has overcome injury problems from last season. “In Class 2, she came fourth,” Graham recounted, “and I saw the potential.” “Once she remains fit,” the coach assured, “nobody can beat her.” Anderson and Brown are training partners at Vere. “Amoi pushes Anderson and vice versa so I’m not surprised”, he concluded. He was also very happy with the runner-up spot achieved by Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College in the 110m hurdles for under 18 boys. “He jumped 7.25 and he was beaten by a world class athlete Dejour Russell.” Even Freeman is one of Anderson’s prime rivals for the Boys and Girls Championships class 2 title, her return to form has Graham’s approval. “I’m happy to see Freeman coming back because people wrote her off,” he said of the Manchester High standout who clocked 13.44 seconds on Sunday. He reckons that this strengthens Jamaica’s bid for glory at the upcoming World Under-18 Championships. “This is good for Jamaica because World Youth is coming up” he projected, while regretting the expected absence of the United States. In a final nod to the prowess of Anderson and Freeman, he predicted, “Jamaica can sweep all the medals in the hurdles there.”last_img read more

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