JC plan long-term hold on Man­ning Cup

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shane Fair­man Gleaner Writer

MAN­AGER OF Ja­maica Col­lege’s Man­ning Cup team, Ian Forbes, has warned ri­vals that the school in­tends to con­tinue win­ning even more. Forbes made his com­ments yes­ter­day as the Hope Road-based school cel­e­brated a fourth straight ti­tle and 28th over­all.

It’s the first time in 64 years that the Man­ning Cup has won by the same school for four con­sec­u­tive years. Kingston Col­lege last did it from 1949 to 1952.

The self-styled ‘True Blue’ in­sti­tu­tion, lo­cated at 189 Old Hope Road cel­e­brated in­side the Karl Hen­drick­son Au­di­to­rium, three days af­ter they had beaten Wolmer’s Boys 2-1 in a hard-fought Na­tional Sta­dium fi­nal.

A yes­ter­day’s func­tion mem­bers of the school’s board, man­age­ment, aca­demic staff, par­ents and stu­dents gave thanks for what was dubbed “a bless­ing.”

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view with The Gleaner, team man­ager and old boy Forbes said mem­bers of the cham­pion team were all pas­sion­ate about the game.

“It is pretty easy to mo­ti­vate these young men; they are very pas­sion­ate about what they do, they work very hard, and they pre­pare very well,” Forbes said.

“Once a boy comes through the gates of Ja­maica Col­lege, he is trans­formed [by], it’s fight­ing spirit, never-say-die at­ti­tude, and the quest to be a cham­pion,” Forbes added.

MIL­LIONS OF DOL­LARS

He cred­ited the tremen­dous re­sources – fi­nan­cial and hu­man – “per­sons giv­ing of their time and en­ergy to make ev­ery­thing work’ ”for JC’s suc­cess.

He ad­mit­ted that JC Man­ning Cup bud­get is a ‘huge’. He did not give a pre­cise fig­ure but he es­ti­mated that “it is in the re­gion of mil­lions of dol­lars”.

One of the men at the cen­tre of the win­ning pro­ject, coach Miguel Co­ley, has won the Cup in all his four years at the school.

“Our school has gone through a lot this year, and win­ning the Man­ning Cup is just a mes­sage that we will al­ways rise above the ad­ver­sity. We are an in­sti­tu­tion of cham­pi­ons on the foot­ball field, and off it, we want to use the foot­ball team as an ex­am­ple that you can be great,” he charged the stu­dents.

The emo­tional Co­ley, re­vealed: “This great school has changed my life.”

Prin­ci­pal Wayne Robin­son led the cheers at the func­tion shout­ing: “JC, JC, a big side !! Co­ley a big coach! to rap­tur­ous ap­plause.

“We have had a very chal­leng­ing time over the last cou­ple of months. We’ve had three deaths and I heard Mr Forbes ded­i­cate this win to me, and I ded­i­cate this win to the three boys we lost ... and ded­i­cat­ing this Man­ning Cup to their fam­i­lies,” prin­ci­pal Robin­son said.

Mean­while, cap­tain Oquin Robin­son who played in the com­pe­ti­tion for three years, called it a “tremen­dous priv­i­lege to cap­tain this great in­sti­tu­tion.”

“I helped to win three Man­ning Cups, the Walker Cup, the FLOW Su­per Cup and Olivier Shield and I feel good,” he said.

JC are al­ready eye­ing their next ti­tle this sea­son. Af­ter Satur­day’s win the team re­turned to train­ing at noon on Mon­day to pre­pare for the Walker Cup knock­out fi­nal against Kingston Col­lege to­mor­row.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Prin­ci­pal of Ja­maica Col­lege Wayne Robin­son (sec­ond left), mem­bers of the Man­ning Cup squad and team man­age­ment with the coveted tro­phy at the school yes­ter­day. JC cel­e­brated its fourth straight ti­tle and 28th over­all in­side the Karl Hen­drick­son Au­di­to­rium.

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