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StGC not burdened by favourites' tag

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
St George's College's coach Neville Bell celebrates a goal with star striker Gregory Messam Jr during the schools' ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match against Kingston Technical High on Monday, September 14 at Winchester Park, North Street, Kingston. St George's won 9-0.

Veteran schoolboy football coach Neville Bell has revealed that his St George's College team is not burdened by the 2015 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW Manning Cup favourites' tag.

Bell said St George's are hungry for success, and not just to defend their Walker Cup title, but are focused on a 23rd ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title and also the Super Cup, which will enter its second staging.

"Oh yeah, we want to defend that (Walker Cup) successfully, but we also want to try and win all the titles that are available to us," he told The Sunday Gleaner following his team's 6-0 hammering of Eltham High on Friday.

"The Manning Cup is a tough competition to win. I find that maybe it is a compliment to us that every year they say we are the favourites. It doesn't bother us, it doesn't put us under any pressure; however, what it does is open the way for everyone to come very, very hard for us," he assessed.

He pointed out that St George's just have to come with "our 'A' game every single game".

"We want to win the competition and we are going to try our best to win. Only God knows what will happen. We will just continue to work hard and hope and pray that it works for us," he added.




This season, St George's have had mixed results. They have had some big wins, but were defeated recently by Innswood High. Bell stressed that the competition is tough.

"Every year, it's tough. Last year, we got beaten twice by Wolmer's Boys. We were knocked out of two competitions. Thank God, we won the Walker Cup," he recalled.

Perennial challengers and defending champions Jamaica College, with 26 titles so far, are expected to be tough opponents for any team.

"Last year, Jamaica College was the team. This year, I hear they are also very good. I haven't seen a lot of the teams apart from the teams in our zone, but it's tough for us every year. We take no one for granted. We work hard against every one. We respect everyone and we pray that we'll beat everyone, "Bell said.

His St George's team has 22 titles and will be hoping to end JC's dominance.