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Rusea’s, STETHS ready for COCAA title defence

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:29 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

Defending champions Rusea’s High School and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) promise an exciting 2020 County of Cornwall Athletic Association (COCAA) Western Championship as the boys’ qualifiers get under way this morning at Herbert Morrison Technical High School.

The girls’ qualifier will take place on Thursday at Rusea’s before it all culminates at the STETHS Sports Complex in Santa Cruz on Saturday.

Rusea’s head coach Rodrick Miles is confident his girls’ team can defend their fourth consecutive title. He said their objective is to their stamp their class with some real quality performances.

“The girls’ team is in full flight and is ready and confident that it can secure a fourth title,” he said. “However, we don’t normally call a title until we actually win. For the boys, we usually strive for quality performances, and over the past five years, our objective of top five at Western Champs and top 10 at [ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletic] Champs have been met.

“I’m looking forward to the girls dominating and actually showing some class in the west. It’s not a big team like in years gone by, but it’s a quality team. We are looking for some quality performances, led by captain Aliesha Shaw, as we have about seven persons on the team that would have represented Jamaica at some point,” he added.

STETHS head coach Renaldo Walcott side they have their sights set on topping last year’s performance.

“The male team is ready to defend its title,” he said. “It’s hard to improve when you’re in first place, but if we could widen the gap that would be nice.

“The girls came third last year and we were miserable with that position, so we definitely are planning to change that for the better. I just want both teams to give of their best individually, and ultimately as a unit.”