Dinthill hope to break 33-year title drought
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Two daCosta Cup titles won more than two decades ago is simply not good enough for Dinthill Technical High, and new head coach Curtis Hamilton is hoping this season will be the start of a new dispensation, one that is designed to bring titles to the Linstead-based institution.
Dinthill have not tasted daCosta Cup success since 1981 - the second of their two only titles, the other coming two years earlier.
However, Hall, who is quite familiar with the football culture at the school, having played five seasons as an attacking midfielder there during 1991-95 seasons, is dreaming of bringing football glory back to his alma mater.
They will square off against Bog Walk , Charlemont, Ewarton and McGrath in an increasingly competitive Zone K, with an eye on the Inter-Zone round.
He told The Gleaner that the school community will be taking a cautious but optimistic approach to the upcoming season, as he tries to assemble a squad capable of doing "something special" if not this year, certainly within three years time.
"This year will be the start of a new-look Dinthill Technical School, in so far as the daCosta Cup is concerned, as we look to break the long title-less drought," said Hamilton.
"Thirty-three years is a very long wait for another title and we are looking to break that jinx with our three-year plan, starting this season, and although we know it will not be easy, we have to dream big and maintain focus," he said.
Last year, the former champions made the Inter-Zone round but failed to move beyond that point, and Hamilton knows just what it will take to turn their fortunes around.
He said that the change has begun with the entire school family in support of the programme, including that of the principal Lloyd Fearon, also a former student.
"Our players are hard-working and can hold their own, but we have Rudave Murray, who at 16 is a bright spark as a forward and he should provide impetus up front for us this season. I just think it is now time to start winning trophies again for Dinthill," he said.