Wolmer's defence vs St George's attack - Coaches say Manning defeat won't affect St George's
Wolmer's Boys' coach Vassell Reynolds does not expect any lingering effects from Saturday's 1-0 Manning Cup final loss to Jamaica College to affect St George's College when they meet in today's ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup at Stadium East, beginning at 3 p.m.
St George's College are the defending champions and their assistant coach, Marcel 'Fuzzy' Gayle, concurs with that assessment.
"I don't know to what extent we can depend on taking advantage of that loss. I know the St George's group, led by 'Bertis' (Neville Bell), and I know he is someone who can get them up again.
"But I expect they should be able to mentally rise above the disappointment to put up a good fight. They will be down, but I don't expect them to be completely down," he said.
"We are human beings. It was a tough loss from the Manning Cup final, but we are ready to come again and play for another trophy," said Gayle.
"We will have the full complement of players. Everybody will be up for the game, and we are motivated to win," Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday, following an evening training session at Winchester Park.
Also, Reynolds noted that there were other motivating factors for St George's to do well.
"Wolmer's have been one of their greatest rivals in recent times. We have beaten them the last three times: Paul Young Jr transferred there this year and these are the only two top teams that have not met for the season. So for that matter, it will be extra interesting," he pointed out.
"The stats will show that St George's is probably the best attacking team in schoolboy football, more so the Manning Cup, and the record shows that we are almost the best defensively, so it's attack versus defence.
"The George's team will be more leg weary, but in terms of competitive edge, they have the advantage. We will be well rested, but we will not be as match fit as St George's. So both teams will have advantages and disadvantages based on their recent activity."
Gayle said they were keen on retaining their title.
"We are in a final and we are just going to carry our best game forward today. The guys want to keep this Walker Cup," Gayle stressed, noting that his team would stick to its philosophy and play positive football to overcome a Manning Cup 2013 penalty defeat to Wolmer's as well as a 2012 Walker Cup defeat.