FLOW Super Cup kicks off
The third staging of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup kicks off today with four games in the round of 16 at two of the nation’s top venues.
Excelsior High will oppose Ocho Rios High at 5 p.m. before Wolmer’s Boys go up against rural surprise team Little London High in a double-header at Sabina Park in Kingston.
In the west, Dinthill Technical will first face Bridgeport High at 5 p.m. ahead of a clash between Cornwall College and Denham Town High at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, St James.
Telecommunications firm FLOW announced first-round games at the draw on Wednesday night in the knockout competition between seeded and unseeded teams from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions in the 2016 staging of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup.
Speaking on behalf of FLOW, Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing and television, shared that he is anticipating some fierce battles in the four-week long competition dubbed the “Champions League of Schoolboy Football.”
“Every year, the competition has got a lot better and this year will be no different. I expect the rural daCosta Cup teams to do a lot better this year and so we are excited about the matchups which will provide high-quality football and entertainment at both venues,” Redwood explained.
The seeded Manning Cup teams are: Kingston College, Wolmer’s Boys, Jamaica College and Excelsior High, while the unseeded teams are Denham Town High School, Haile Selassie High, Holy Trinity High and Bridgeport High.
From the daCosta Cup competition, the seeded teams are St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Rusea’s High, Cornwall College, and Dinthill Technical, while Clarendon College, Vere Technical, Little London High, and Ocho Rios High are the unseeded teams.
Excelsior are in the lucrative competition that will see the champions earning $1 million and the coveted trophy for the second consecutive year, and will be eyeing the top prize.
“We are looking forward to the game tomorrow. The boys are upbeat despite losing out to Haile Selassie in the Walker Cup,” Excelsior’s technical director Xavier Gilbert told The Gleaner.
“We don’t know much about Ocho Rios, but they are there, so the first 20 minutes will be crucial. We lost at the quarterfinal stage to St James last season, and now looking to go deeper in the competition,” Gilbert added.
Excelsior’s top players include Raewin Senior, captain Cadine Graham, and Thorne Buchanan.
Ocho Rios made it to the last eight in the daCosta Cup competition and are not expected to roll over and play dead.
Wolmer’s will be up against first time Super Cup qualifiers Little London in the feature game at Sabina Park, and Wolmer’s head coach Vassel Reynolds is bracing for a tough encounter against the upstarts, the Westmoreland-based school.
“You don’t know what to expect from Little London. They would have been pumped up for the Super Cup with a feeling of nothing to lose,” Reynolds said about Little London.
“We always approach each game to win regardless of the opposition. We won’t take them lightly,” he added.
Wolmer’s key players include strikers Rivaldo English and Alphanso Gooden.
Little London will be making a first appearance in the FLOW Cup and are upbeat following a 3-2 win against Garvey Maceo in the daCosta Cup Inter-Zone round.
“The guys are pumped up, they are ready for Wolmer’s. We have beaten Garvey Maceo to qualify for the first time. This is the second time in the inter-zone round and the first we have reached this far,” Vivian McIntosh, a physical education teacher at Little London, disclosed.
Little London key players include captain Shane Ricketts who is a former national Under15 player, Deandre Williams, and Damion Stoddart.
In the Montego Bay doubleheader, high riding daCosta Cup contenders Dinthill should get the better of Manning Cup hopeful Bridgeport in the opening encounter.
Also, in the feature game, daCosta Cup favourites Cornwall College are tipped to beat Manning Cup team DenhamTown.
New champions will be crowned this year as last year’s winners, St George’s College, did not qualify for this year’s Super Cup.
Sabina Park – $500 for all areas
Montego Bay Complex: Bleachers – $500. Grandstand – $1,000.
Tickets are available at Total gas stations islandwide, The Captain’s Bakery (Cross Roads and New Kingston), and Cuddyz Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston.
5 p.m: Excelsior vs Ocho Rios
7 p.m: Wolmer’s Boys vs Little London
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5 p.m: Bridgeport vs Dinthill Technical
7 p.m: Denham Town vs Cornwall College