Jamaica College (JC) had a great start in this year’s ISSA/Pepsi/Digicel Manning Cup Football Competition. With JC being a favorite for the competition there were high expectations for the first match and the team certainly did not disappoint.
On a rainy Monday morning September 13, 2010 on the JC grounds, the team sent home Cumberland High School with a dramatic 11 goals to nil. The following Thursday ‘the blue giants’ also sent St. Mary’s College back to the drawing broad with 6 goals to 1 in favor of JC. Jamaica College also secured a win against Oberlin beating them 3 goals to nil however drawn with Waterford 1- 1 on September 24, 2010.
Returning Star Ashani Walker has already added 7 goals to his tally thus far. The captain has been a crowd favourite the first time he blessed the field with his presence. Known for his swift moves on the field and potential finishes he has definitely led JC to win many games.
The leading goal scorer for JC last season, with 19 goals, Nicholas Scott is also a player to take note of. This rather unassuming looking young man who started JC at second form now plays centre forward and midfield for the ‘boys in blue’. Nicholas has already scored 5 goals for this season.
Left mid field player, Theo Campbell is also a threat to his competitors on the field. With his unpredictable passing skills he has managed to take control of the left link. This serious young man has a strong passion for the game of football and has scored 2 goals thus far.
Mr. Alfred Henry, Coach of Jamaica College Manning Cup team has been leading the team to success for many years. Being Sports Master at JC during 1885 - 1889 the sports man has played an integral role for his school. During my interview with Mr. Henry he also shared his experience teaching Geography, History and English at JC. The father figure stresses good academic performance for his players and describes the players as a disciplined bunch.
With 19 Manning cup titles so far Mr. Henry still does not predict but explains that he prepares the team as best as possible. Although two months behind in preparation the team has increased in maturity and Mr. Henry is determined to use this to his advantage. JC potential for winning the manning cup this year is still the big target and with the motivation of the coach and determination of the players this can be achieved.