‘Charlie’ expects tough season in schoolboy football
Veteran Charlie Smith High Schools coach in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Manning Cup football competition, Jerome Waite, is expecting a "challenging season" for his 'young' Trench Town-based charges, but expects them to show their characteristic 'Charlie spirit' and 'fight' their way through the competition.
The nucleus of his team will comprise two returning players in attack, two in midfield and five overall from last year's competition.
"We have to be ready; new talent will emerge and we will be competitive, it's not a strong all-round team, but we will be competitive," Waite told The Gleaner in an interview.
The former champions will find themselves in an open Group E, alongside Holy Trinity, Clan Carthy, Kingston High, Mona and Waterford High when the corporate area-based competition kicks off this Saturday.
"We know Kingston Technical is a very competitive team, Waterford High always spring up and show signs that they have players who can do well," Waite pointed out. "As for the others, we expect them to compete."
Waite, who is considered one of the more inspiring schoolboy football coaches in the island, courtesy of his ability to get the best out of 'average players', last led Charlie Smith as beaten finalists in 2014, when they lost 3-1 to Jamaica College.
"We have a bunch of youngsters who can play competitive and some players who we will have to filter in the team as the season progresses. It will be pretty much a new team competing for the first time at this level," said Waite.
He considers the FLOW Super Cup "the best of the best", noting it's very hard to win.
He said his objective is to be a part of the exciting FLOW Super Cup knockout competition again this year.
"To come out of the round of course is our aim. It's a new generation of youngsters and the objective is to take it round by round and try and ensure that we reach the third round," he underlined.