St George's, KC hunt Roper Cup
St George's College and neighbours Kingston College (KC) will clash today in the 50th staging of the Roper Cup Football Festival, which will be held at Winchester Park on North Street.
The day's activities will kick off at 10 a.m. with action in the Under-14 category, followed by the Under-16 teams. They will be vying for the George Thompson trophy, which will be decided on aggregate.
The feature encounter will be between the current Manning Cup teams. This game will be preceded by the Under-35 Old Boys clash. The winners on aggregate in these two matches will lift the Roper Cup.
Lenworth Hyde, coach of the KC Manning Cup team, said his charges are looking forward to a very competitive encounter.
"It will be a good test for us because they are one of the top teams in the league, and so this is a good time to play against them, a week before the Manning Cup starts," said Hyde.
"They are also in our zone, and so it is going to be very exciting because there is a lot of rivalry between the two schools," Hyde said.
St Geroge's assistant coach Marcel Gayle, said their aim to is to win the game as well as to assess his team's readiness heading into the Manning Cup season.
"This is our final game for the pre-season, so the match will give us a clear understanding of how far we are in our preparations heading into the Manning Cup.
"It's the North Street derby, and so it is going to be a very interesting game."
The Over-35 players from both schools will vie for the Pancho Rankine Cup.
Two outstanding footballers from the 1960s, Dr Lascelve 'Muggy' Graham of St George's College, and Kingston College's Neville Oxford will be honoured at today's festival.