Last year's beaten finalists KC to kick off Champions Cup hunt against Dinthill

By Sports Desk November 15, 2023
Dinthill's Head coach Oneil Thomas (left) and Vassell Reynolds of Kingston College Dinthill's Head coach Oneil Thomas (left) and Vassell Reynolds of Kingston College

Last season’s beaten finalists Kingston College will kick start their ISSA Champions Cup campaign against Dinthill Technical in the first game of a double-header at the National Stadium on Saturday.

With last year's champions Jamaica College failing to make the cut, the all-island knockout tournament title is up for grabs, and it is left to be seen if it will remain in the urban area, or if a rural area team will be crowned this year.

Both Kingston College and Dinthill, booked their passaged to the all-island knockout tournament after securing semi-final berths in the Digicel-sponsored Manning Cup and Wata-sponsored daCosta Cup respectively.

The two are set to meet at 3:00pm, before reigning daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College cross swords with St George’s College at 5:00pm.

Details of the first round was revealed during a draw at the national Stadium on Tuesday.

Aside from the two games in Kingston, two other games will take place at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz.

There, Hydel High will face Garvey Maceo High in the first game of a double-header, while Mona High takes on Glenmuir High in the second match. Those games are scheduled for 2:00pm and 4:15pm respectively.

The winners will advance to the semi-finals, set for next week Wednesday at the National Stadium.

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