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Super 16

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Clarendon College: 'D-Cup Kings'

They are the reigning daCosta Cup champions, but they will want to put last year's inaugural Super Cup disappointment, when they were dumped in the first round, behind them and should do so, as they are on full throttle and a lot more experienced.

Clarendon College have been wreaking havoc on opponents this year and will be a handful if they play with the fire in the guts.

Petersfield High: 'Organisation'

When they stun the daCosta Cup's winningest school 4-3 in a key Inter-Zone clash recently, Petersfield High signalled they are ready for the big times.

Their game is build around a sound midfield organisation and the ability to fight-back, as shown recently. In winning a tough zone that included two of the biggest named schools in the daCosta Cup (Rusea's and Cornwall College).

STETHS: 'Firepower'

Some call them the 'knockout kings', but St Elizabeth Technical are more than that; they have shown in recent years to be a most complete and accomplished team. Never mind that they were defeated in the third round of last year's Super Cup, they have the fire power to overwhelm any opponent on their day. This STETHS team should be feared by opponents.

Lacovia High: 'Built tough'

Regarded as the darlings of this year's daCosta Cup, their impressive run has seen them finish second in a very competitive Group E behind STETHS and just ahead of Munro. They can be any team's worst nightmare, based on their propensity to defend and attack as one unit.

Port Antonio High: 'No Nonsense!'

One loss in eight Group L daCosta Cup matches tells you something about Port Antonio High; they are a no-nonsense kind of team, capable of holding more than their own against strong opposition. Then a sweeping three wins in three Inter-Zone games served as a fitting rehearsal for the Super Cup, where they are certain to show poise and class.

Vere Technical High: 'Hurricane from Hayes'

Seeking to reassert themselves as perennial contenders, Vere this year, has assembled on paper, their strongest squad in many years one that can be potent in the Flow Super Cup.

They are really showing signs that the million dollars first prize and that beautifully Italian-crafted trophy could make its home at the Hayes-based institutions.

St James High: 'Western Force'

Last year St. James High fell at the first hurdle in the Super Cup. This year, head coach Theodore "Tappa" Whitmore, has them conditioned with a purpose in mind. He wants them going at all the major trophies on offer and the Flow Super Cup is up first.

Now they will test their strength against some of the best in the country for the right to be called the Flow Super Cup champions.

Glenmuir High: 'Jackie's Boys'

They welcomed back Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, one of the brand name coaches in local schoolboy football and almost immediately it became clear that would be among those challenging for the likes of the Flow Super Cup.

What Walters brings to Glenmuir is a known and proven record of success and that can only mean one thing; they will have an excellent team.

St George's College: 'Cup ready'

Considered early season favourites, St George's College (StGC) are looking like the team to beat, having sizzled with over 45 goals in all competitions so far this campaign, despite losing two games and drawing once.

The reigning Walker Cup champions are looking on with widened eyes at the Flow Super Cup. Its a title they need to win. This might be the year!

Wolmer's Boys: 'Solid as a rock!'

A Balanced-looking Wolmer's Boys is one of the few unbeaten teams still around.

Wolmer's strength lies in defence, as one of the competitions meanest teams, conceding only two goals in all competition. It is said that defence wins championships and if this is true then Wolmer's and their wall-like backline will certainly be hard to beat here.

Hydel: 'Exciting'

With veteran coach Geoffrey Maxwell back in charge, Hydel are going all out for their first trophy at the schoolboy football level. A fun team to watch, Hydel will certainly send the pulses racing in this competition having scored 31 goals so far this season while conceding 9.

Charlie Smith: 'Hungry for glory'

Hungry for their first school boy football since 1995 coach Jerome Waite is hoping to drive his young Charlie Smith team to cup glory.

Their "never say die" approach is not to be overlooked and while they may not be among the most fancied teams, its hard to convince a man he cannot win if their preferred word is 'try'.

Jamaica College: 'Champions'

The defending champion, Jamaica College is not as strong as in the last few years, but the Miguel Coley-coached team has done themselves proud so far this season. They were unbeaten in six Zone A games with five wins, scoring 23 and conceding just four to top the group.

Ronaldo Brown has led the lines so far with five strikes and he has received good support from captain Allando Brown (five goals) Donovan Segree, Chadwayne Johnson and Norman Campbell.

Kingston College: 'Purple Hope'

Also very impressive in the group stage, Kingston College, were a class above the other teams in Zone G. But after the 2-0 Walker Cup quarter-final defeat to St Jago they realised that the season has now only began and gets even tougher from here.

Defense is their strong point with just two goal against in the group stage, but they are not the most clinical team, which is their main concern.

St Jago: 'A rising tide'

The Spanish Town school has not seen much second round action in their history but has been knocking hard at the door the last three years.

Shaqon Bryan is their top scorer with nine, other top players are Andrew Daley, Matthew Fisher, Yonnick Elliot, Hayden Street and Ryan Smart. Under-estimate them at your peril!

Excelsior: 'Capable'

After a very slow start, Excelsior picked up pace towards to latter part of the group stage. However, they don't appear to be as competitive this season, as their 4-0 trashing to St George's College in the Walker Cup quarter-final suggested.

But they have capable players in Christopher Thorpe, Thorne Buchanan, Tyrick Sutherland and Rasheed Nembhard and will be looking forward to making a deep run here.