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STGC take unassailable lead in Taekwondo League

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
From left: Chayane Brown, Miguel Hamilton, Ryan Robinson, Duncan Smith and Jahvin Ashley.

St George's College scored a tie-breaking victory over Calabar High to grab an unbeatable 3-2 lead in the Jamaica Taekwondo McKay Security High School Team Sparring Competition during Saturday's Zendo Open at the University of Technology.

Duncan Smith came up trumps for St George's College in the last of five bouts after the North Street boys were forced to twice come from behind in the final against powerful defending champions Calabar, who have been easy winners of the title for the last decade.

With one tournament remaining in the season, June's Seido Open, Calabar can only hope to draw the series against St George's, who are on a high and backing themselves for an outright hold on the title.

Coach Wayne smith, whose son, Duncan, created history for the Light Blues, was still doting yesterday, having worked tirelessly for the last four years to dethrone star-studded Calabar, who fielded the likes of combined martial arts team member Trevor Webb Jr and its high-potential team member, Tye McKay.

"It's a good feeling. We've been trying hard from 2014 when we came in as babies, beating sticks for everybody," Smith recounted.

NEVER GAVE UP

"I've watched them grow to now become the only real competition for Calabar. They kept trying and never gave up. I know they are really and happy and proud. We're coming with everything to win this competition.

"In 2016, we were leading right up to about April. They came back and got April, May and June. Last year, they beat us by about two tournaments," Smith added.

Faced with the unfamiliar position of having to enter the final tournament needing a win to share the trophy, Calabar's camp appeared in a quandary, with calls to captain Webb going unanswered.

St George's, however, are basking. "We're going to see how everything works out. Any which way it goes, it will be history," said coach Smith, whose team took out Penwood High in three straight bouts before facing Calabar, who had similarly dispatched Jamaica College to reach the final.

Webb was first out for the champions to beat St George's Ryan Robinson before Miguel Hamilton turned the contest on its head with victory over Tye McKay, levelling the final at 1-1.

St George's Chayane Brown lost his bout, but teammate Jahvin Ashley made it 2-2, setting up Smith for his tie-breaking victory.