Confidence is high in the air and both teams will no doubt be raring to go as urban area kingpins face-off for the ISSA/Flow Super Cup trophy inside the National Stadium, today. This game is billed as a contest between opposites – St George’s College, the most attacking team with over 64 goals in all competitions, versus the well-balanced Jamaica College machine, who are yet to lose a game in regular 90 minutes play. “This is how we play, but we are not kamikaze pilots who are just gonna go charging at anyone. We play cautiously at the back but when we get the ball we attack,” coach Neville Bell said. The ‘light blues’ and ‘dark blues’ have been locked in a two way battle for schoolboy football supremacy for almost a decade, and today will be no different with a beautiful Italian-crafted trophy, bragging rights and $1 million to play for. “JC are a very good team and a team used to winning, they have won so many titles in recent times so they will be ready for it but so will we. We are playing against a quality football team but you know this is the reason we train so hard. We wanted to be in the finals and in these tough games,” Bell added. JC has no doubt been the defacto since Neville Bell’s St George’s last won a Manning Cup title in 2012, while George’s stopped JC from sweeping all four trophies last season, courtesy of a cracking 3-2 win in the Walker Cup final. “We are going to be playing on a good surface, but it’s been finals all along, and since we won that Denham Town game we’ve won nine straight games, but we expect the game will be tough. “It’s a team effort from us, Alex (Marshall) is the leading goalscorer and Alex is not the only player on the team, Alex is not the reason that we have gotten this far,” Bell warned those who might be thinking his team is over reliant on their gifted centre forward. STGC have registered nine wins in a row since being clipped 2-1 by Denham Town in a rare Winchester Park loss earlier this season, but will miss inspirational captain and goal-scorer Shevon Stewart, who is out with a hamstring injury. He has scored 14 times this season. Defender Paul Young is also suspended for today’s game with a red card against Kingston College and Bell is fully cognisant that all his other weapons will need to be firing if they are to beat a strong JC team. – Shayne Fairman
OTTAWA – When politicians use particular criminal cases to inflame their supporters it doesn’t help public safety, Canada’s corrections ombudsman said Tuesday.While ombudsman Ivan Zinger wouldn’t comment directly on the controversial transfer of the woman convicted of murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford from a prison to an Indigenous healing lodge, he said he cringes when politicians start talking about crime and punishment in Canadian society.At a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday following the tabling of Zinger’s annual report, he was asked if the Correctional Service of Canada should consider preventing child killers such as Terri-Lynne McClintic from being transferred to healing lodges, a cause the Conservative opposition has been championing.Zinger said this is because historically political parties have used egregious cases as wedge issues. Political responses to those cases make for bad law, he said.“So I think we need to put this behind us. I don’t see any benefit in these kinds of debates and historically it hasn’t paid dividend to Canada.”He also said that under the previous Conservative government there was a “myriad of policies” focused on criminal laws that in the end did not improve public safety.Canadians’ priorities are employment, education, environment and health care, he said, and law and order is way down the list.Yet, said Zinger, when Stephen Harper was the prime minister, 25 to 40 per cent of Parliamentary sessions were dedicated to debating bills that had criminal-law components. “So, not what I would expect from a government that wants to focus on priorities of Canadians.