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Waterhouse, Arnett square-off for Jackie Bell KO crown at Sabina Park

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2016 | 4:00 AMMarc Stamp
Waterhouse's 'Tuffy' Anderson
Arnett Gardens' Vishinul Harris
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Defending champions Waterhouse and Arnett Gardens will battle today in the teams' last chance at silverware this season in the Locker Room-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout football final at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 4 p.m.

Both teams will look to make up for disappointment in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by finishing the 2015-16 local football season on a high.

The winning trophy apart, the teams will fight for the top cash incentive of $400,000 and, of course, bragging rights in the Corporate Area's premier knockout competition.

For the losers, the second place prize is $250,000. Third and fourth-place teams will earn $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.

 

Relegation

 

Last season's champions, Arnett were knocked out of the race for the national league last Sunday when they drew 2-2 with Montego Bay United in the return-leg semi-final (they had lost the first leg 1-2), while Waterhouse struggled throughout that league and were saved from relegation on the final match day of the season.

Now, the teams are ready to continue their long-time rivalry. Also, each team has won the title five times apiece and the winner would move one title behind the team to have won the most, Harbour View FC, with seven titles.

Coach of defending champions, Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said his team is looking forward to ending the season on a high.

"The team and community are optimistic. After a break, we returned to training last week. We are short on a few players for different reasons. However, the other players are upbeat," said Patrick, who was in charge when the team won last season.

Waterhouse's self-proclaimed saviour, Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson, Andre Leslie and Kenroy Howell are expected to lead the attack in their quest to retain the title.

Meanwhile, Arnett will be coming with the same intention of finishing the season with silverware.

"The motivation is always a factor after faltering in the Premier League," Arnett's long-serving coach Jerome 'Jerry' Waite told The Sunday Gleaner.

"We know the importance of winning this trophy in memory of Jackie Bell. The physical condition is there, so we will continue to work on the mental aspect," he said.

Arnett will look to captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, Ranike Anderson, Kemal Malcolm, Vishinul Harris, among others, to capture the title for the sixth time.

Winthorpe 'Jackie' Bell died along with his close friend, Dennis Ziadie, in Mexico City while attending the FIFA World Cup Finals in June 1986.

Bell was president and coach of Santos FC at the time. He was also a former national player.