StGC ready to put final defeat behind them

September 09, 2019
St George’s 
College’s Konato 
Campbell (right) shields 
the ball from Calvin 
Stephens of 
Cornwall 
College in a 
Champions Cup 
encounter last year.
St George’s College’s Konato Campbell (right) shields the ball from Calvin Stephens of Cornwall College in a Champions Cup encounter last year.

St George's College StGC will be looking to erase last year's defeat in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup final when they kick off their campaign for this edition of the competition today against Eltham High School.

The Neville 'Bertis' Bell-coached unit has shown signs that they have already started to put the stinging 3-2 beating in the final by Kingston College behind them by easing past their North Street neighbours 1-0 in the Roper Cup on August 31.

And they are looking to continue that trend today at Winchester Park.

"We are expecting a keen contest from our opponents, because Eltham always give us a tough match," said Gayle.

"The objective is to always finish strong, but we are humbled and we are going to take it one game at a time and hopefully, we can grow from strength to strength."

The Light Blues have retained 60 per cent of their players from last season and could be very difficult to beat season.

Among the players that St George's have retained are Nathaniel Campbell, Jahiem Brown and Orville Smikle. They have had a good preseason, having defeated Manning Cup champions Kingston College 1-0 in their Roper Cup encounter on August 31.

In the group's other games, Calabar will host Norman Manley and Campion College entertain Ardenne.

Over in Group C, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) face Oberlin in Group C at Bumper Hall on Spanish Town Road.

STATHS, who will be seeking their first title since 1987, are once again expected to go deep in this year's competition, having made it to the semi-finals last season, where they were knocked out by eventual champions Kingston College.

In fact, the Phillip Williams-coached STATHS, who have been one of the most consistent teams in the competition is the past five seasons, were beaten by Jamaica College in the 2017 final.

Today's games

Group A

Bridgeport vs Cumberland

St Jago vs Haile Selassie

Group B

Charlie Smith vs Donald Quarrie

Jonathan Grant vs Ascot

Denham Town vs Kingston High

Group F

St George's College vs Eltham

Calabar vs Norman Manley

Campion College vs Ardenne

Group G

Dunoon vs Kingston Technical

Cedar Grove vs Pembroke Hall

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