Serv­ing su­pe­rior tac­tics

Titch­field coach points to prepa­ra­tion af­ter win­ning all-is­land ti­tle

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott/Gleaner Writer liv­ingston.scott@glean­

TITCH­FIELD HIGH School’s ec­cen­tric coach Sa­muel La­mont said su­pe­rior tac­tics made the dif­fer­ence as the ru­ral champs de­feated ur­ban-area win­ners Kingston Col­lege (KC) 3-1 to re­tain the ISSA boys’ Un­der-19 ta­ble ten­nis ti­tle at Ex­cel­sior High School yes­ter­day.

La­mont, a na­tional coach, said KC had no an­swer for their prepa­ra­tion and strat­egy com­ing into the con­test.

“We have a silent as­sas­sin, Tarique Thomp­son, and we sent him out first, as we knew we could take KC out. They (KC) have a very good team, but we were bet­ter pre­pared and we have a lot of tac­tics, so we used that and our team pre­vailed,” he said.

Thomp­son de­feated the ex­pe­ri­enced Den­nis Daniels 3-2 in the open­ing con­test, be­fore Tyreak Thomp­son got the bet­ter of Kevin Da­ley 3-0 to give Titch­field a 2-0 lead. KC’s Ri­cardo Hayles then beat Ki­moy McEwan 3-0 to bring the score to 2-1. But Malique Rose stopped Ro­maine Kelly 3-1 to seal the ti­tle for Titch­field.

La­mont noted t hat a bet be­tween a set of over­seas-based old boys of both schools played a ma­jor fac­tor in their win this year.

“Af­ter los­ing the girls’ Un­der-19 (fi­nal), I knew we had to re­tain the boys’ Un­der-19 ti­tle, as there was a bet be­tween the KC old boys and Titch­field old boys abroad, and it’s a ti­tle (U-19) we have had for a num­ber of years now. But hats off to KC, be­cause our ri­valry has been go­ing on since I was a school­boy and it con­tin­ues, and now that I am coach­ing, we are still win­ning,” La­mont said.


“KC is coached by a young­ster (Colin McNeish), who was one of the most bril­liant young play­ers. But when I be­came an old­ster, I be­came a bril­liant old­ster. So now you have qual­ity coaches com­pet­ing (for both schools), so the Titch­field-KC ri­valry con­tin­ues and we are happy that we have been win­ning. We know the time might come when KC wins again, but for now, we bask in the vic­tory.”

Mean­while, Ar­denne re­tained the girls’ Un­der-19 crown with a 3-1 win over Titch­field. Cam­pion Col­lege also re­tained the boys’ Un­der-16 ti­tle with a sim­i­lar 3-1 win over Glen­muir, while St Jago are the new girls’ Un­der-16 cham­pi­ons, af­ter they beat West­wood 3-0.


Tarique Thomp­son from Titch­field High in ac­tion dur­ing the all-is­land Un­der-19 ta­ble ten­nis fi­nals against Kingston Col­lege at the Ex­cel­sior High School Au­di­to­rium yes­ter­day.

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