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Titchfield faces Munro College in Schools’ Challenge Quiz finals tonight

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 3:49 AM
Titchfield's team members (from left) Tajay Edwards, Demario Asquitt, Rajae Chambers and Zadane Martin.

The Port Antonio-based Titchfield High School will be seeking its second hold on the prestigious TVJ’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz Trophy when they face five-time Champions Munro College in the live finals at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

After defeating Campion College in a pulsating sudden-death finale last year, the same Titchfield team of Zedan Martin (Captain); Rajae Chambers; Demario Asquitt and Tajay Edwards has returned to the finals, seeking to become the first back-to-back winners since Calabar High completed a treble of consecutive championships in 2006.

The Defending champions have been on an amazing run in the 48 year old competition, competing in their fifth finals over the last seven years, with runner up finishes between 2011-2013, before their dramatic breakthrough victory last year.

The St. Elizabeth-based Munro College is going for their sixth title, to add to their wins in 1979, 1984, 1991, 1993 and 2003.  With a victory in the 2017 finals, Munro College would become second most successful team in the history of the competition, behind Kingston College, which has 11 wins.

IN PHOTO: Munro team members (from left) Jamie Lee Vernon, Kirkland Webb, Delano Mullings and Carlton Collins.

Both finalists this year endured torrid semi-finals to secure their spot in the big show.  First, Munro College defeated St Jago High 23-20, and then Titchfield outlasted Ardenne High 36-35 in a match which had television viewers on the edge of their seats as it literally went down to the last second. 

Titchfield and Munro are expressing confidence ahead of the biggest match of the season.  After their semi-final win, Titchfield’s captain Zedan Martin declared that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’, a clear reference to his team’s shaky start to their 2017 campaign which eventually gave way to improved performances in the quarter final and semifinal rounds. The Portland team is confident of pulling off a repeat win.

Munro College, which survived a strong challenge from the impressive Trelawny-based all-girls team from Westwood High in the third round, recovered well in the quarter finals and semi-finals, to march into their first finals in 14 years.

The sponsors for TVJ’s Schools Challenge Quiz 2017 are Digicel, National Commercial Bank, Lasco, the Kingston Bookshop, Wisynco (through its WATA and CRANWATA brands) and the JTA Co-operative Credit Union.

General Manager of Television Services in the RJR Gleaner Communications Group, Claire Grant, is looking ahead to another exciting finale. “TVJ prides itself on this product because it represents brand Jamaica. You don’t have the longest running local programme on television in this hemisphere survive without the support of the people and a pool of dedicated sponsors.

TVJ’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz is a unique Jamaican product which resonates in communities all across Jamaica For this year’s final, the buzz in St Elizabeth and Portland, will be at an all-time high as the communities support their heroes.  

As the people’s station, we are proud to continue this rich tradition which began in 1969 and we are already making huge plans to celebrate the golden anniversary of the competition in 2019, “ noted Grant.