St George's, Mona hunt 'A' League silverware
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Unbeaten St George's College and Mona High will seek to etch their names on the urban area ISSA/First Global 'A' League Trophy for the first time when they meet in the two-day final at Melbourne Oval, beginning at 10 a.m. this morning.
Given both teams' form and record in the competition, it is a game which could go either way. However, Mona, having reached the final before, will start as slight favourites even though their coach, Owen Speid, is quick to point out that St George's should prove a hard nut to crack.
Mona, who got the better of Camperdown by six wickets in semi-final action, will rely on Damale O'gilvie, who made 87 and 29 not out in the semi-finals, Authneil Grant and Winston Taylor, and bowlers Dean Martin, Kadeem Miller and Keifer Francis.
"The players are in a positive frame of mind and really feel that they can bring it home this time around," said Speid, who saw Mona lose to Tarrant in the final recently.
"The vibes at the school is that everybody is proud of our achievement this year, and the administration and students have thrown their full support behind us," he added.
St George's best finish in the competition was a semi-final placing three seasons ago. They defeated Pembroke Hall by six wickets in their semi-final and will look to the left-arm spin pair of captain Russell Lee and Ahmed Campbell to lead their charge. Others who are expected to play key roles are all-rounders Tevanney Thorpe, Shandly Blair and Owain Adlam and Christaff Young.
"Football and track are really big at St George's, but we have the entire school behind us for this final," said Glendon Coke, coach of St George's.
Meanwhile, the top tier ISSA/Grace Shield Premier League two-day semi-finals, which will include St George's and Mona because they have qualified for the 'A' League final, will bowl off on Friday with two matches.
In Section One, defending champions Innswood High will host Wolmer's at Chedwin Park, while in action from Section Two, Spanish Town will entertain Norman Manley.