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Four-way battle for honours at St George's tourney

Published:Wednesday | August 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

The fourth edition of the St George's College pre-season football tournament is all set for Saturday and Sunday at Winchester Park.

Neville 'Bertis' Bell, technical director of football at St George's College, explained that four teams will battle over two days for the trophy donated by Western Sports and prize money courtesy of Micro Labs Limited.

The winning team will receive the trophy and $75,000, while the second-place team will collect $50,000.

The competing teams are hosts St George's, St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS), Titchfield High and the Jamaica Under-17 unit. Rusea's High and Kingston College were originally scheduled to participate in the tournament, but pulled out because of different reasons. As a result, Titchfield High and the Under-17 teams were summoned and answered the calls positively.

"We model the tournament off the Emirates Cup in England and have invited different teams every year. The Under-17 team will add prestige to the tournament," Bell told The Gleaner.

"It is a highly competitive tournament and will serve as good preparation for the upcoming schoolboy season," Bell reasoned.

He also said the teams will play two games each, with the draw set for tomorrow at Western Sports. There will be no extra time and penalty shootout. And if teams end with the same number of points, head-to-head, goal difference, most goals scored or the flip of a coin (in that order) will determine the champion.

The tournament started in 2011 when Wolmer's Boys' won. Jamaica College were champions in 2012 and St George's won last year.