St Catherine aiming to build on INSPORTS win
St Catherine High School, champion of the INSPORT St Catherine Football Challenge, is looking forward to competition in this year's Manning Cup.
Anthony Patrick, coach of the triumphant team, is hoping that the win in the INSPORT tournament will be a stepping stone to good things. The St John's Road Sky Blues get their Manning Cup campaign going on Monday when they host Denham Town High, and Patrick has his eyes on a home win and three points.
"Since last year, we have qualified for the quarter-final round (of the Manning Cup) and the first competition that INSPORT put on St Catherine here, we end up to be the champion.
"I hope it's a stepping stone for us going forward," Patrick said.
His boys beat Eltham High School 4-3 on penalties in the INSPORT final, but Patrick believed they crossed a major hurdle by beating Dinthill Technical High in an earlier encounter.
"I said to the players that anybody wins the Dinthill game in the semi-final will win the final," he recounted at a training session earlier this week, "and we ended up beating Dinthill and came back to win the title."
With captain Raheem Anderson injured, vice-captain Maleke Miller galvanised St Catherine to victory.
"He stepped up and he led from in front," said Patrick as he looked at the players he hopes will lead the team this season. He also expects Anderson to return to fitness and added, "We also have Kyle Cole, a player who plays for Rivoli also in the Super League."
According to Patrick, St Catherine's preseason preparations have gone well but for some niggling injuries.
"Hopefully, we can get about two of them for Monday's first game against Denham Town here, but definitely, we are in good stead," he said.