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Walker Cup showdown - Weary, wounded St George's face fresh Wolmer's for KO crown

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman

Despite contrasting results en route to today's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Walker Cup final and vastly different playing styles, attack-minded St George's College could be considered favourites to win a 10th title over a defensive-minded Wolmer's Boys', who are yet to score a goal after two games in normal and extra time of this season's KO championship.

The final at the Stadium East field is set for kick-off at 3 p.m. Admission is $300 for adults and $100 for children with school identification.

In the quarter-final round, St George's beat Excelsior 3-1, while Wolmer's played to a 0-0 draw with Hydel High School and eventually won 5-4 on penalties.

In the semi-final round, St George's clipped St Jago High School 3-2, while Wolmer's finished full and extra time 0-0 with Jamaica College (JC) then won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

 

MENTAL PREPARATION

 

Psychology could, however, play a major role in today's outcome, considering Neville 'Bertis' Bell's charges would have to get physically and mentally ready for this contest just four days after an exhaustive defeat to JC.

Their bruising 1-0 loss in the Manning Cup final, which saw them failing to score for the first ime all season, could motivate an even more defensive approach by Wolmer's today.

Wolmer's can take heart from the fact that they beat JC in their semi-final, who beat St George's 1-0.

 

TROPHY HOPES

 

Coach Vassell Reynold's team, with two weeks' rest, will no doubt be looking to end the season with a trophy, hopefully adding to their 2012 and 2013 Walker Cup wins with Ludlow Bernard, now at Kingston College.

St George's won the first Walker Cup in 1961 and are reigning title holders.

With 13 of 54 titles shared between these two Corporate Area schools, St George's come into today's final as nine-time Walker Cup holders and Wolmer's four.