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Clarendon can win d'Cup - Walters

Published:Tuesday | September 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

Clarendon College, having won the recent 2014 STETHS Cup- a pre-season competition - will seek the right to be ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup rural football champions and to build on their long and proud history in the sport.

Last year, under new coach Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, Clarendon looked well in getting through to the earlier rounds of the competition and were one of the more attacking teams on show.

They, however, fell short of glory but will be using this year's competition to mount another challenge for major silverware.

With six titles already tucked away in their trophy cabinet, the onus is on the inspirational Walters to claim a seventh title for the Chapelton-based school, which had its last success with back-to-back liens in 2000 and 2001.

Walters has been a tremendous success at Glenmuir High, bringing the school its first daCosta Cup title in 2004. He guided the central Clarendon school to a further two titles in 2006 and 2012 with a team that was a cut above the rest, before taking over at Clarendon College.

Before his time at Glenmuir, Walters was also the architect of three of Clarendon's titles. Now, after returning to his former stomping ground last year, he has an eye on the title this year.

"We have a good collection of players, very desirous and with good attitude. I think we can win the title this year," Walters told The Gleaner.

"Schoolboy football is something we cannot put our pots on the fire for in terms of surety, but I think that if we can get in good, consistent performances, then we will be in the mix," he said.

Clarendon will face Thompson Town in their opening Zone H fixture this Saturday, on opening day at home, then take on North Clarendon rivals Edwin Allen High in their second match on Thursday, September 11.

Claude McKay and Lennon High complete the zone.