50 not out for Kishaun White
Kishaun White is like N'golo Kante of Chelsea Football Club with a hockey stick. He motors up and down the field, making and taking chances for goals, linking defence to attack with his deft stick work, and running to the redline for Jamaica.
Last Friday, he completed his 50th match for his country, scoring twice as the black-green-and-gold aggregation secured a place in the draw at the 2018 CAC Games with a big win over Guatemala. The 7-0 thrashing was a triumph for White, who revealed afterwards that he was living a boyhood dream.
"When I just started to play hockey, my aim and goal was to make the national team and to captain the national team," he said. "I'm feeling so great to have this fifty."
Given that Jamaica scarcely plays abroad, it's a sign of White's tenacity.
He started to play the game at Tivoli Comprehensive High School, where coach Eaton Knight set him on his way.
"He's a very good coach," he said, gratefully, "and he also told me, anything I want in life, I have to put my mind to it and to set my goals and work to it."
That's his message to young players. "Set a goal that you would love to achieve," he instructs them, "and work towards it."
White is co-captain of the Nicholas Brown-coached Jamaica team that has won all three of its matches in the successful pursuit of a place at the 2018 CAC Games. While he has his mind on the last day of the tournament in Jamaica, he is also looking ahead, realistically.
DOING MY BEST
"I don't know how long I can continue, but I'm just going to do my best," he said candidly.
For now, he has a sharp focus on the final of the tournament at Mona. "We have the final to play, so we're just going back to the drawing board to sit again to talk about what we did wrong in the game and what we can do better to get the victory in the final," he said.
White will lead Jamaica into action again in today's final at 5 p.m. against Guyana. The women's final at 2:45 p.m. will also see Jamaica facing Guyana.