Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
CALABAR High are heavy favourites to complete a sweep of the Jamaica Taekwondo Association McKay Security High School League at Jamaica College on Saturday.
However, Jermaine Lue, who coaches both Calabar and Kingston College (KC), said the defending champions could be in for a surprise when they face the North Street lads at Saturday's Jamaica Taekwondo Academy Open, the seventh and final match in the league.
Calabar have enjoyed an unbeaten run, outclassing KC, Wolmer's Boys, Cornwall and Jamaica College in six tournaments since the start of the year.
The teams have so far fought in the Sidekicks Taekwondo Open, Jamaica Taekwondo Open, Ningen Martial Arts Academy Open, Seido Open, First Jamaica Zendo Open and Jamaica Taekwondo Junior Championships.
Led by Christopher Campbell, Calabar are aiming to end on a high after their dominant display at the November 2 Jamaica Taekwondo Association Junior Championships.
Lue, however, has warned that KC are on the rebound and aiming to bring Calabar back to earth.
"The thing about the Calabar team is that they are constantly training and have always had a strong team from the get-go," said Lue.
"Most of KC's members had graduated and there was nobody to fill the slot until now. They're recovering and have strongparticipants.
"KC were reigning champions and they're back in the game," Lue added, naming Taz Rodriguez, Maurice Hibbert, Mario McLaren and Brandon Scott as key fighters for the Purples.
Nevertheless, Calabar are favourites, on consistency, especially with Trevor Webb Jr claiming the grand champion title at the Jamaica Taekwondo Association Junior Championships.
Meanwhile, Trevor Webb Sr of the Jamaica Taekwondo Academy named Thompson Town High School of Clarendon as new entrants in the league, cutting their teeth on Saturday ahead of the 2014 season.