One-minute si­lence be­fore matches

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Livingston Scott Gleaner Writer

THERE WILL be no post­pone­ment of to­mor­row’s FLOW/ISSA school­boy foot­ball matches.

This was up for con­sid­er­a­tion be­cause of the un­timely pass­ing of St Ge­orge’s Col­lege’s Man­ning Cup cap­tain, Do­minic James, who col­lapsed on the field of play five min­utes into their Group A game against Ex­cel­sior High at Sta­dium East on Tues­day.

Keith Welling­ton, ISSA’s vice-pres­i­dent, told The Gleaner that the St Ge­orge’s Col­lege fra­ter­nity was in favour of hon­our­ing their Fri­day fix­ture against Greater Port­more at Winch­ester Park, so they saw no rea­son for the post­pone­ment.

How­ever, he says there will be a meet­ing to­day to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

“There will be no post­pone­ment,” the St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS) prin­ci­pal stated.

“We were think­ing that, at a very min­i­mum, we would post­pone the games in that zone un­til next week and go ahead with the other games. But we met with the prin­ci­pal (St Ge­orge’s) and coach (Neville Bell), and Dr Small (Wal­ton, ISSA pres­i­dent) spoke with the par­ents, and they were okay with that, so it (post­pone­ment) is un­likely,” he said.

GAME ON FRI­DAY

“So far, the Ge­orge’s peo­ple want to play their game on Fri­day, so if they want to play, it is very un­likely we will post­pone any games. But we have a sit-down meet­ing to­mor­row (to­day), so what­ever the fi­nal de­ci­sion, it will come out of that,” he added.

The STETHS prin­ci­pal said James’ death had a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on ISSA.

“Apart from the shock, we (ISSA) would have been dev­as­tated. If you fol­low foot­ball, Do­minic is a per­son you would know of, and if you met him, you could not have met a nicer young man, so, for us, it makes it even harder to take, as most ISSA ex­ec­u­tives would have known Do­minic per­son­ally and would have in­ter­acted

with him, so it hit very close to home.”

As a mark of re­spect, all games lead­ing up to the burial of the player will be marked by a minute’s si­lence.

“We have ad­vised that for all games lead­ing up to his burial, there should be one minute of si­lence be­fore each match, both Man­ning and daCosta Cup,” Welling­ton in­formed.

“The next TV game should be STETHS-Munro, and if that is the case, then we are go­ing to make some ar­range­ments re­gard­ing that on Satur­day.”

Welling­ton also said the in­ci­dent gives ISSA an op­por­tu­nity to re­view their med­i­cal pro­to­col.

“In terms of how the young man was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal and the re­sponse time, it could have been bet­ter,” he said. “So when some­thing like this hap­pens, you have to use the op­por­tu­nity to re­view what you have in place and see if any­thing can im­prove, even if noth­ing is wrong with what you have.

“If you can learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence, learn from it, and im­prove on what you have,” said Welling­ton.

WELLING­TON

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