Bernard’s KC aim for tro­phy suc­cess

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

CON­FI­DENT HIS team has the right balance and is very hun­gry for sil­ver­ware this sea­son, Lud­low Bernard has warned his charges, who com­fort­ably top Group C, that any­thing short of lifting the ISSA/FLOW Man­ning Cup, FLOW Su­per Cup or Walker Cup ti­tle will be un­ac­cept­able this year. Bernard, who is in his sec­ond sea­son in charge of his Alma Mater, feels he has play­ers who are men­tally strong enough to deal with the con­di­tions of com­pe­ti­tion this year. “The hunger is very much there in my team. They are prob­a­bly see­ing a light at the end of the tun­nel and we are hop­ing that we can bend the cor­ner and of course, get out into the light.

The tro­phies are there for the tak­ing, and we are one of the con­tenders,” he told The Gleaner.

The many-time Man­ning Cup cham­pi­ons have gone over two decades with­out Man­ning Cup suc­cess, and Bernard wants his charges to be­lieve that this year could be the year.

HOME GAME AGAINST ASCOTT

To­day, Bernard’s KC will line up against Ascott High in a home game at 3:30 p.m. look­ing to push their win­ning record to a per­fect four.

“I can’t re­ally speak for the sec­ond round now. We will have to con­tinue our progress, we are playing these games and hop­ing we can build a mo­men­tum with and try to pro­vide as much ex­po­sure as pos­si­ble for all of Kingston Col­lege’s Rashawn McKin­son.

our play­ers,” he said fol­low­ing his team’s 2-0 de­feat of Pap­ine High, last Fri­day.

He wants to win ev­ery game and qual­ify for the Flow Su­per Cup and Walker Cup.

“We are def­i­nitely eye­ing the Su­per Cup, that is one of our priorities to try and top the zone and qual­ify for the Su­per Cup as well as the Walker Cup.

“I guess any­thing short of that would not be ac­cept­able, but I think we are on course, and we are go­ing to try and main­tain our form go­ing for­ward,” stressed Bernard.

The ‘Pur­ples’ have dis­patched St Mary’s Col­lege, Den­ham Town and Pap­ine High so far, with Bernard ex­pect­ing even more wins.

“The team is a lot more bal­anced, and there is quite a bit of depth in­side of the squad,” Bernard out­lined, not­ing a num­ber of na­tional Un­der-17 play­ers will help their ti­tle chase in fu­ture games.

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