Coach Co­ley out­wits ri­val as Ja­maica Col­lege lift 28th ti­tle

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

The strength seemed to help as she set a Jamaican ju­nior 400 me­tres hur­dles record of 54.58 sec­onds at the Na­tional Se­nior Cham­pi­onships. The old mark of 55.11 sec­onds had been set by Kaliese Spencer in an ef­fort that se­cured the gold medal at the 2006 World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships. Dur­ing her time at the Rac­ers Track Club, Tracey im­proved to 54.52. She moved to G.C. Fos­ter to join the Mau­rice Wil­son-coached Sprintec out­fit in time to pre­pare for the 2016 sea­son, and the col­lab­o­ra­tion spurred her to fifth in the Olympic fi­nal with a time of 54.15 sec­onds.

Now she is the sev­en­th­fastest Jamaican of all-time in the 400 me­tre hur­dles.

Un­der­stand­ably, the ath­lete, known in track cir­cles as ‘Rista’, is op­ti­mistic about the up­com­ing sea­son.

“I’m just gonna go back, look at where I can im­prove and work hard to­wards it and see where it takes me,” she re­solved. Ja­maica Col­lege’s coach Miguel Co­ley on the shoul­ders of fans af­ter the school won a fourth straight ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup ti­tle at the Na­tional Sta­dium on Satur­day night. JC de­feated Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-1 in the fi­nal. WITH A fourth con­sec­u­tive ISSA-FLOW Man­ning Cup ti­tle in the bag, Ja­maica Col­lege (JC) coach Miguel Co­ley has re­vealed that his vic­tory was no sur­prise as he had de­vised a plan to out­wit his ri­val coach.

Co­ley’s JC up­staged the Vas­sell Reynold­scoached Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-1 in the fi­nal played at the Na­tional Sta­dium last Satur­day night to hand the school its 28th ti­tle.

Ac­cord­ing to Co­ley, JC knew how to win and Wolmer’s did not.

“This win means ev­ery sin­gle thing, but this is for foot­ball too.

“I have been hear­ing that Wolmer’s are the best de­fen­sive team, but when you watch the tapes and an­a­lyse the games prop­erly, there is no way your goal­keeper is sav­ing five to seven shots per game and you are a very good de­fen­sive team,” Co­ley said in Satur­day’s post-game in­ter­view.

The for­mer na­tional as­sis­tant coach said he backed his coach­ing abil­i­ties ahead of Satur­day’s fi­nal and his team pro­duced a first-half show­ing which stunned Wolmer’s.

JC’s con­sis­tent match-win­ners, Tyreke Magee and Dono­van Dawkins, were the men on tar­get early for the Hope Road­based school.

“We know that when we are squar­ing the ball, we can’t put the ball on the six-yard box. We needed to pull it back, and we did that to­day,” Co­ley said while adding that he care­fully watched tapes of Wolmer’s prior to the game and iden­ti­fied their de­fen­sive weak­nesses.

“Wolmer’s are a team that de­fends the six-yard box, there­fore, we prac­tised that a lot and the boys could close their eyes and put the ball in the cor­rect ar­eas,” he added.

Wolmer’s pulled back a goal with the last kick before half-time and Co­ley said he told his play­ers to re­main calm and “not panic”.

“When it comes to the Man­ning Cup, JC will fight for it. We are hun­gry for it be­cause we have tasted it before,” stressed Co­ley.

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