Schoolboy players inconsistent - Stewart
Veteran coach Bradley Stewart believes the current Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Manning Cup and daCosta Cup competitions are gifted with talented players, but points to faulty thinking and decision-making for inconsistent performances and poor results.
"Young players will one day play up here. Another day, they play down here. Until we can get the majority of our players to be thinking the same way, we are gonna have problems," he said of teams in the competition.
Stewart, a former assistant coach for the Reggae Boyz, is now in his second season in charge of Calabar High. Before that, he won the Walker Cup title at Jamaica College.
The coach maintains that he is hopeful of Calabar's chances this season, considering that about half of last year's team have returned.
He said Calabar's strengths are coordination and passing, but again blamed inconsistent defending in games.
The Red Hills Road-based school remains unbeaten with two wins and two draws, and lie in second place in Group A on eight points, two behind defending champions Jamaica College, who they drew 2-2 with in their first game this season.
WEAKNESS AMONG TEAMS
"What I would suggest is that consistency is not necessarily a strength of schoolboy players. When you look at St George's College, they were able to beat a team 9-0 in the second match. They still won the [other] game, but by two goals against a team that is not regarded as championship contender," assessed Stewart.
He added: "When you look out in the country for example, Cornwall College demolished a team 8-1, then drew the other game 1-1. So there seems to be a inconsistency among young players - how they themselves see the game, how they see opposing teams. A lot of times, this factors into how they approach games."
The coach also criticised aspects of refereeing in the match where Calabar drew 1-1 with Clan Carthy High, which was played at the Alpha Boys' football field last Friday.