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STGC confidence high! – Bell

first_imgConfidence 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 Fairmanlast_img read more

Champs Memories!

first_imgIt was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.last_img read more