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Calabar set up thrilling finale

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 6:00 AM

DEFENDING champions Calabar have set the stage for a thrilling finale to the 2016 Jamaica Taekwondo McKay Security High School Martial Arts League, registering a come-from-behind 2-1 win over St George's College at the recent Ningen Karate Open.

Calabar's win at the Ningen Open levelled the league at 2-2, heading into the June 30 Seido Open, the final match of the season, which will determine the champions of 2015-2016.

Rank outsiders St George's entered the Ningen Open as 2-1 league leaders following back-to-back victories at March's Shai-Tai Open and April's Jamaica Taekwondo Open.

The North Street lads were well on their way for a hat-trick, which would have effectively handed them the title, when Miguel Hamilton beat Tye McKay in the first bout at the Ningen Open.

However, champions Calabar rebounded in the second bout when Tyrique Tai-Loy stopped Jemar Costley to level the score at 1-1 inside the University of Technology's Alfred Sangster Auditorium.

Calabar's captain, Trevor Webb Jr, who had promised after last month's loss at the Jamaica Taekwondo Open to set the record straight at the Ningen Open, clinched the match with a victory over St George's Michael Donaldson.

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"I came more organised with my team. I was prepared for this tournament. That was the main thing," Webb said after the match.

"I believe Calabar will dominate the next match. I don't think George's have a chance to beat us. We're going in with a good game plan," he added.

At this month end's Seido Open, the youngsters will be aiming to impress on the eve of the July 8-11 United States Open in Orlando, Florida, hoping for selecting to Jamaica's High Potential Junior Combined martial arts squad.