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STETHS desperate to end title drought

Published:Saturday | September 8, 2018 | 12:09 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer

Despite having a young team this season, Omar 'Rambo' Wedderburn, coach of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), described the mood in his camp as 'hungry'.

Wedderburn and his boys will be looking to end a two-year drought that saw them coming up empty-handed after winning the double in 2015.

"To tell you the truth, everyone here got accustomed to us winning a title or two but two years late, we are still on time. This year we have our main focus on getting a title. We don't know which one as yet, but that's the focus," said Wedderburn.


Prepared to do well


Wedderburn, who admitted that 70 per cent of his team is made up of youngsters, after losing the core of the team that won six straight Ben Francis Cup titles, said they were prepared to do well in spite of the inexperience within the ranks.

"Losing players don't really shake us here at STETHS because we are conscious of the fact that this is not a club and they are not going to be here forever. So we have to make the preparation before the players leave, for it not to catch you on the 'back foot'. We had put things in place, so it's now time to reap from it," said Wedderburn.

"Honestly, I think they (youngsters) buy into a concept. Majority of them are coming up from grade seven so they grow through the ranks of under-14 and -16. Now is the time for them at the daCosta Cup level. We just have to keep them focused, give them little briefing now and again to the task ahead. The senior players will also help to guide the younger players to what we need to do," he added.

Wedderburn is happy with the preparation that has gone in the programme ahead of their September 10 home kick-off against newcomers Sydney Pagon High School.

"Well, the preparation is satisfactory. I think the staff put in a good shift for this year. The age group don't really matter here because if I use the under-14 side to enter in the daCosta Cup, it still would be STETHS. We all know that age don't play football, it's the work that you put in," said Wedderburn.

"I think the players are hungry, they really want to go out there and express their talent. We as staff believe in their skills and work ethic, so we are just anxious to get this campaign off," he added.