The bat­tle for supremacy in the Olivier Shield

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

‘The Olivier Shield should be a good game as these are two good ball-play­ing teams. De­fen­sively, Kingston Col­lege is solid, but Claren­don’s Lamar Walker and Nicque Da­ley won’t be easy to con­tain.’

a few of their matches. Of course, Rodgers hails from as far as Uganda.

The team from Chapel­ton Hill in Claren­don has won two of the 38 Olivier Shield ti­tles that have gone to the ru­ral area to date, while Kingston Col­lege has won seven of the ur­ban area’s 57 Olivier shields. His­tor­i­cally, it would be fair to say the ur­ban play­ers dom­i­nate, es­pe­cially in re­cent times, as the last out and out ru­ral cham­pion was Glen­muir High 14 years ago.

The Olivier Shield should be a good game as these are two good ballplay­ing teams. De­fen­sively, Kingston Col­lege is solid, but Claren­don’s Lamar Walker and Nicque Da­ley won’t be easy to con­tain. Nicque Da­ley is not only big, strong and skil­ful, he has scored for Claren­don on ev­ery sin­gle oc­ca­sion that he has taken to the field this sea­son. Da­ley ac­counts for some 21 goals, while Lamar Walker has con­trib­uted 10. Claren­don must be look­ing to end the sea­son un­de­feated.

Kingston Col­lege will be with­out the in­jured Ari Rodgers, but they have ca­pa­ble re­place­ments on the bench in the likes of Trayvon Reid or Dwayne Atkin­son. Ros­ter to ros­ter, I give Kingston Col­lege the edge merely for hav­ing the bet­ter play­ers right across the park. Should Lud­low Bernard stick to his usual starters, look out for an in­tense bat­tle in mid­field with the likes of Nathan Thomas, Casseam Pri­estly and Shaquille Smith go­ing head-to-head with Claren­don’s Lamar Walker, Javel Thomas, and Ken­roy Stod­dart.

It’s as al­ways any­body’s match for the tak­ing. May the bet­ter team win. One Love.

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Claren­don Col­lege’s Nicque Da­ley (fore­ground).

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