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A member of the Jamaica College Manning Cup Football team was rushed to hospital evening following a lightning strike that felled five players during a match in the ISSA Manning Cup competition against Wolmers’ Boys at Stadium East in Kingston on Monday.

Oblique Seville and Michael Stephens ran impressive times to qualify for the semi-finals of the Class I 100ms on Thursday’s third day at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Neither Calabar’s Michael Stephens nor Jamaica College’s (JC) Michali Everett could claim the spoils of a fierce rivalry that developed during the Digicel Grand Prix series over 100 metres after the final at the GC Foster Classic ended on Saturday. 

Calabar High School won the 4x800-metre event at the 43rd staging of the Gibson McCook Relays, however, the manner in which they did so left the crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston breathless. 

Calabar standout Kemar Farquharson beats Kingston College's Ari Rogers to the line.

Coach of Cornwall (CC) Dr Dean Weatherly has hailed the togetherness of the team as a crucial ingredient in its success, after the historic capture of the ISSA Champions Cup on Saturday.

Cornwall became the first team from rural Jamaica to lay claim to the Champions Cup title, following a 1-0 over Jamaica College.  Shavon McDonald got the game’s only goal in the 19th minute, which ensured their illustrious opponents would the season without a trophy for the first time in five years. 

Weatherly, who has also led the team to the daCosta Cup final where they will face Clarendon College, had warm words of tribute for the closeness of his charges.

“We were working as a team.  As a whole family.  We cried together and we laughed together and enjoyed everything.  We’ve had sad times, happy times and today is the day we stuck to the task,” Weatherly said in looking back at the season.

In front of a sizeable crowd at the National Stadium, Cornwall put away their early chance, before riding a bit of luck after Jamaica College failed to capitalize on chances to equalize.  Weatherly revelled in the historic nature of the achievement.

“Cornwall is a team that always creates history.  It is in our DNA,” the coach said.

 

 

Cornwall College (CC) are the champions of the rebranded ISSA Champions Cup, becoming the first rural team to lift the trophy courtesy of a wonder striker from Shavon McDonald which gave them a 1-0 victory over Jamaica College (JC). 

 A new Manning Cup champion will be crowned in 2018 as St. George’s College defeated five-time defending champions Jamaica College 2-1 on Tuesday in semi-final action at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Jamaica College (JC) and Cornwall College will clash in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rebranded Champions Cup all-island knockout football competition. 

St Elizabeth Technical coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn has bemoaned a lack of tactical astuteness on the part of the team, on the back of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Jamaica College in the ISSA Champions Cup semi-finals on Friday.

A hat-trick from JC front man Earon Elliot and another goal from the returning Javain Thompson sealed a victory that was relatively comfortable for the Dark Blues.  Elliot opened the scoring in the 15th minute and added another in the 36th with his third in the 69th coming after Thompson’s goal in the 65th.

Even though they created a few chances throughout the encounter, opportunities to score for STETHS were few and far between.

“The game started with us playing too deep.  We were playing like we came for a defensive session today.  We allowed JC to come at us and they made uses of the chances coming forward,” Wedderburn said.

“We weren’t ready tactically today because the team never carried out the instructions or play the way that we wanted them to, but these games do happen, it’s not a nice feeling but that’s how it is,” he added.

 The win saw Jamaica College advance to the final of the competition, where they will face Cornwall College who defeated St George’s 2-0 in the day’s earlier game.

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) have already claimed revenge against Kingston College, who booted them from a previous ISSA Champions Cup. Now, they face Jamaica College, who snatched all-island glory from them in a previous Olivier Shield. Is more vengeance on the cards? 

 Jamaica College (JC) dispatched Holy Trinity High School, 2-1, courtesy of a Norman Campbell brace (28’, 88’), the double coming in response to Roy Evellyn’s peach of an opener.

St George’s College (STGC) were the most dominant team in the quarterfinal of the ISSA Champions Cup on Saturday, the light blues of North Street running out 5-0 winners over a usually dogged St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at Stadium East. 

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