Su­per Cup kicks off to­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

THE THIRD stag­ing of the ISSA-FLOW Su­per Cup kicks off to­day with four games in the round of 16 at two of the na­tion’s top venues.

Ex­cel­sior High will op­pose Ocho Rios High at 5 p.m. be­fore Wolmer’s Boys go up against ru­ral sur­prise team Lit­tle Lon­don High in a dou­ble-header at Sabina Park in Kingston.

In the west, Dinthill Tech­ni­cal will first face Bridge­port High at 5 p.m. ahead of a clash be­tween Corn­wall Col­lege and Den­ham Town High at the Mon­tego Bay Sports Com­plex in Cather­ine Hall, St James.

Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firm FLOW an­nounced first-round games at the draw on Wed­nes­day night in the knock­out com­pe­ti­tion be­tween seeded and un­seeded teams from the Man­ning and daCosta Cup com­pe­ti­tions in the 2016 stag­ing of the ISSA-FLOW Su­per Cup.

Speak­ing on be­half of FLOW, Carlo Red­wood, vice-pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and tele­vi­sion, shared that he is an­tic­i­pat­ing some fierce bat­tles in the four­week long com­pe­ti­tion dubbed the “Cham­pi­ons League of School­boy Foot­ball.”

“Ev­ery year, the com­pe­ti­tion has got a lot bet­ter and this year will be no dif­fer­ent. I ex­pect the ru­ral daCosta Cup teams to do a lot bet­ter this year and so we are ex­cited about the matchups which will pro­vide high-qual­ity foot­ball and en­ter­tain­ment at both venues,” Red­wood ex­plained.

SEEDED TEAMS

The seeded Man­ning Cup teams are: Kingston Col­lege, Wolmer’s Boys, Ja­maica Col­lege and Ex­cel­sior High, while the un­seeded teams are Den­ham Town High School, Haile Se­lassie High, Holy Trin­ity High and Bridge­port High.

From the daCosta Cup com­pe­ti­tion, the seeded teams are St El­iz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal High School (STETHS), Rusea’s High, Corn­wall Col­lege, and Dinthill Tech­ni­cal, while Claren­don Col­lege, Vere Tech­ni­cal, Lit­tle Lon­don High, and Ocho Rios High are the un­seeded teams.

Ex­cel­sior are in the lu­cra­tive com­pe­ti­tion that will see the cham­pi­ons earn­ing $1 mil­lion and the cov­eted tro­phy for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, and will be eye­ing the top prize.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the game tomorrow. The boys are up­beat de­spite los­ing out to Haile Se­lassie in the Walker Cup,”

Ex­cel­sior’s tech­ni­cal director Xavier Gil­bert told The Gleaner.

“We don’t know much about Ocho Rios, but they are there, so the first 20 min­utes will be cru­cial. We lost at the quar­ter­fi­nal stage to St James last sea­son, and now look­ing to go deeper in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Gil­bert added.

Ex­cel­sior’s top play­ers in­clude Raewin Se­nior, cap­tain Ca­dine Graham, and Thorne Buchanan.

Ocho Rios made it to the last eight in the daCosta Cup com­pe­ti­tion and are not ex­pected to roll over and play dead.

Wolmer’s will be up against first time Su­per Cup qual­i­fiers Lit­tle Lon­don in the fea­ture game at Sabina Park, and Wolmer’s head coach Vas­sel Reynolds is brac­ing for a tough en­counter against the up­starts, the West­more­land-based school.

“You don’t know what to ex­pect from Lit­tle Lon­don. They would have been pumped up for the Su­per Cup with a feel­ing of noth­ing to lose,” Reynolds said about Lit­tle Lon­don.

“We al­ways ap­proach each

game to win re­gard­less of the op­po­si­tion. We won’t take them lightly,” he added.

Wolmer’s key play­ers in­clude strik­ers Ri­valdo English and Al­phanso Gooden.

Lit­tle Lon­don will be mak­ing a first ap­pear­ance in the FLOW Cup and are up­beat fol­low­ing a 3-2 win against Gar­vey Maceo in the daCosta Cup In­ter-Zone round.

“The guys are pumped up, they are ready for Wolmer’s. We have beaten Gar­vey Maceo to qual­ify for the first time. This is the sec­ond time in the in­ter-zone round and the first we have reached this far,” Vi­vian McIn­tosh, a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Lit­tle Lon­don, dis­closed.

Lit­tle Lon­don key play­ers in­clude cap­tain Shane Rick­etts who is a former na­tional Un­der15 player, Dean­dre Wil­liams, and Damion Stod­dart.

In the Mon­tego Bay dou­ble­header,

high rid­ing daCosta Cup con­tenders Dinthill should get the bet­ter of Man­ning Cup hope­ful

Bridge­port in the open­ing en­counter.

Also, in the fea­ture game, daCosta Cup favourites Corn­wall Col­lege are tipped to beat Man­ning Cup team Den­ham Town.

New cham­pi­ons will be crowned this year as last year’s win­ners, St Ge­orge’s Col­lege, did not qual­ify for this year’s Su­per Cup.

EN­TRANCE FEES

Sabina Park – $500 for all ar­eas Mon­tego Bay Com­plex: Bleach­ers – $500. Grand­stand – $1,000.

Tick­ets are avail­able at To­tal gas sta­tions is­land­wide, The Cap­tain’s Bak­ery (Cross Roads and New Kingston), and Cud­dyz Sports Bar and Restau­rant in New Kingston.

Christo­pher Thorpe of Ex­cel­sior High.

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Den­ham Town’s Kevon Smile (left) and Shane Pryce.

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Peter-Lee Vas­sell of Corn­wall Col­lege.

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