Roper Cup on at Stadium East today
The Roper Cup, played between North Street rivals Kingston College and St George's College, is all set for the Stadium East today.
This year's staging of the competition has the usual slate of five matches and awards to honorees. The honorees are Urvin Derrick Banks and Raymond 'Stampy' Watson (KC) and Andrew Thomas (St George's).
"It was about a decade ago that Roper Cup was last held at Stadium East, and much has changed since then. In keeping with the times, we have scheduled the feature match between the Manning Cup teams to be played under lights," president of the Kingston College Old Boys Association, Dr Patrick Dallas, said at the launch last Wednesday. This match is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Immediate past president Wayne Wray of the St George's College Old Boys Association, spoke of the three-fold purpose of the Roper Cup.
"The original reason for the Cup was to focus the boys at the time using sports. Today the reason is more to focus the old boys on their obligation to the current boys, the school and the community at large. Old Boys must recognise they should give back to their school, be examples for current boys and be accountable to the community at large," Latore said.
Kingston College Principal Dave Myrie also shared his support for the Roper Cup.
"The long-standing tradition of this friendly clash of the North Street giants is a proud one," Myrie said.
Sponsors of the event include Qualcare, Supreme Ventures, Cari-Med, Tastee, LASCO, Facial & Oral Surgery Associates, Western Sports and Dental Group Associates.
Roper Cup 2017 promises to be a family event and children under 12 will be allowed free entry and students will get a reduced rate of $100. General admission is $300. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the first match kicks off at 11 a.m.