KC, Campion win top TT titles
Kingston College and Campion College captured the Securipro/Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Urban Table Tennis Under-19 boys and girls' titles respectively at the finals on Tuesday at the Jamaica College Auditorium.
In the boys' Under-19 final, Kingston College showed true fighting spirit and battled to a thrilling 3-2 victory over St Jago High. The St Jago team went 2-0 up, courtesy of Nadre Cephas and Kyle Davidson. However, KC rallied with wins by Dexter Mears, Sadike Hines and Twani Price.
For KC, coach Colin McNeish felt it was a determined display by his team, after falling behind.
"It is a great feeling to win the Under-19 title. I think the team showed very good fighting spirit," McNeish told The Gleaner. "After being down, we were not worried as St Jago had used up their best players early. We are now looking towards the All-Island final next week," he added.
Losing coach, Richard Davidson, said the hungrier team won the title.
"Well, credit to KC as they wanted it more than us," Davidson said.
St Jago did not walk away empty-handed as they defeated Kingston College 3-1 in the Under-16 final.
Campion College's victory in the girls' Under-19 section completed a double for coach Sandra Riettie as she also guided Ardenne High to the girls' Under-16 title.
Campion beat last year's champions, Immaculate High, 3-1 while in the girls' Under-16 final, Ardenne swept aside St Jago High, 3-0.
Riettie had mixed feelings after the finals.
"I also came here to win the boys' Under-16 title, but we lost in the semi-finals to St Jago," she added.
When quizzed to how she handles coaching two schools, she responded: "It's a lot of work, but I have able assistants, and the players make it easy when they come to work."