JC a school of champions, says Reid
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
"JC is a school of champions," noted Ruel Reid, principal of Jamaica College (JC), during yesterday morning's ceremony at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on school grounds to celebrate their victory in this year's inaugural staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Super Cup knockout football competition.
The reigning Manning Cup champions defeated Holy Trinity 2-0 in the final to win the first trophy of the season on Saturday at Sabina Park.
Reid told the packed gathering of students, teachers and other staff members that the school's success so far was a testament of their hard work, dedication and careful planning.
"I think this morning was fantastic," he said. "I thought it is an opportunity for the entire school family to celebrate with the team members their sense of awesome achievement and themselves to be validated, as this has inspired us to make excellence continue to be a habit," Reid said.
"It is a validation that we are indeed the supreme school in terms of schoolboy football and we take it as that," he said.
The Old Hope Road-based JC are also n the final of the Walker Cup knockout against St George's College and semi-finals of the Manning Cup competition.
Reid says they are targeting all four trophies on offer this season.
"They are all excited and they have the confidence that we are a school that wins competitions.
"We are a great institution and the supporters are going to be there for the team for the rest of the campaign for this season and we expect to win all the four trophies for this season," Reid noted.
The team's captain, Junior Flemmings, who was presented with the trophy by LIME's vice-president of marketing, Carlo Redwood, said being the first school to win the LIME Cup is a momentous achievement.
"We are the first school to write our name on this LIME Cup and so it is a fantastic achievement for us," said Flemmings, a former national Under-17 captain. "It is a wonderful feeling to be able to celebrate this achievement in front of my schoolmates, teachers and ancillary staff.
"For me, this is one of the goals that I have set out this season, which is to lead my team all the way to four trophies," he said.
Flemmings added: "I think I have done my school proud and myself proud and so I just want to keep up the work for the rest of the season," added the 18-year-old Flemmings, who has scored 16 goals this season.