Rusea’s seeking to get back to the glory days
Last season Rusea's High School failed to get past the group stage of the rural area daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition but coach Dwayne Ambursley says they intend to set the record straight this season because they have a reputation to maintain.
With 11 daCosta a Cup titles and six Olivier Shield crowns, the Lucea-based school has a proud tradition in schoolboy football, and although their dominance of the 1980s and 1990s has been broken, the firm intention this year is to challenge for the title, Ambursley told STAR Sports.
"Last season we didn't leave the zone, so we need to leave the zone this time around. Rusea's not making the quarterfinals in any season is unacceptable.
"I am not putting pressure on the guys or myself but Rusea's is Rusea's and we always expect to do well.
"We don't have the type of players we usually have but it is still Rusea's and we have to try and bring back our legacy," said the former player.
This year Ambursley's first objective is to qualify for the quarterfinals, and then take things from there.
Lack of preparation was a big part of their downfall last season and the former Montego Bay United captain has ensured that they will get this part right going into this season.
"Last year was very much of a COVID-19 year and it was just one round. The positive we took from it is that the team that went to the final (Manning's) did not beat us and the other team that left the zone (Frome) we beat them.
"So we didnt lose to the major teams, it was more about our consistency and inexperience which cost us.
"We are five weeks into the (preseason) programme. We are about 70 per cent, so physically we are okay.
"We haven't been getting the quality (practice) game we desire but games are games and on a scale of one to 10 we are about six.
"For this season we remain optimistic.
"We will take it one game at a time. If we get to the knockout games not many teams can beat us. Teams fear Rusea's in knockout games because we have the calibre, the know-how and fan base to do what is necessary but firstly we have to get there," he said.