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St Catherine coach plots Manning Cup improvements

Published:Wednesday | August 22, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The first goal for St Catherine High School in the 2018 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition will be to win its first-round zone.

That's the target outlined by St Catherine's coach Anthony Patrick, who was speaking on Tuesday, days after his team retained its INSPORTS St Catherine Challenge Cup.

Patrick revealed that there is a general sense of optimism surrounding the upcoming season.

Last year, St Catherine reached the quarter-final round, and Patrick and his St Catherine squad want to go further this time around.

"We're very, very upbeat and looking forward to this season, and we hope we can get a better one", he stated.

Step one will be to improve on their 2017 runner-up finish in the first-round zone.

"Definitely, this time, we want to win the zone. That's our first aim and intention," Patrick continued. "Once we can win the zone, then we can take it from there."

Patrick and his Light Blues have fewer injuries than last

year, and he expects scorer Javaan Cole, Markrich Brown, and Under-15 national representative Rajneal Brown to boost team performances. Added to that, he welcomed the return from injury of utility player John-Christophe Pringle. "This time, he's around, and he's doing very, very, very, very well."

Reflecting on the INSPORTS tournament, Patrick said, "It showed that we have enough quality, when you look around, [they] have acquitted themselves very, very well in that tournament."

Patrick tipped his hat to the organisers and said it had helped the preparation of his team.

"It enhanced our programme, much better this time around", said the experienced coach, who said it provided exposure for new players.

- H.R.