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DaCosta Cup preview

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Wily St James striker Ottey - File photos
St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) key striker, Deshawn Brown (left), battling with an opponent during last year's competition
Ruseas' Brian Brown (left) slips around a tumbling Marcus Garvey's Jonathan Douglas in last year's daCosta Cup match between the two schools at Jarrett Park. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
STETHS' captain Gregory McKogg (centre) lifts the daCosta Cup in delight after his team's 1-0 win against Manchester High in last year's final at Jarrett Park. Sponsors' representatives, Denise Dixon (right) of Pepsi and Digicel's Paula Pinnock-Mcleod, who made the presentation, also shared the moment with members of the victorious team.- File
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Teams to beat

ST ELIZABETH TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL (STETHS)

Position last season: Champions

Returning players: Last year's entire squad minus Deshawn Brown, Tajay Higgins and Romaine Reid.

Key Players: Levaughn Baker, Denmark Gillings, Kevin Farquharson, Romario Thompson, Jason McLean Akeno Jones and Akeemo Palmer.

Name of coach: Andrew Edwards

Coach's view: Our chances are as good as any other team. Our preparation was quite good and while we did not win all our practice matches, we gained useful knowledge and experience. Personally, I have not seen any team to frighten us, so we are expecting a good season.

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ST JAMES HIGH SCHOOL

Position last season: Semi-final (lost to Manchester High)

Returning players: Have lost Roshane Reid, John Barrett and Sanjay Moore from last year's squad.

Key Players: Allan Ottey, Ricardo Morris, Alwayne Barrett, Scion Peterkin, Jason Malcolm, Keniel Kirlew and goalkeeper Everett Nunes.

Name of coach: Pastor Hugh Solomon

Coach's view: I believe we have a fairly good chance. We have good quality players with the requisite experience to take us all the way. Once the players apply themselves well, we stand a good chance of becoming champions again.

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GLENMUIR

Position last season: Quarter-finals

Returning players: Lost seven members of last year's starting team.

Key Players: Ramon Whittaker, Anthony Belight, Jamar Jackson, Tajay Campbell and Clovel Dinnal.

Name of coach: Patrick 'Jackie' Walters

Coach's view: Our intention is move from strength to strength as the season progresses. our ultimate ambition is make the final and win the title. We have learnt a lot of lessons during our preparation and we intend to apply these during the season.

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LENNON

Position last season: Inter-zone round

Returning players: Lost only two players from last year's unit.

Key Players: Richardo Israel, Ewan Grandison, Odane Brown, Justin Johnson and Gerald Eastwood.

Name of coach: Merron Gordon

Coach's view: As long as the players play to instructions and stay focused and disciplined, I believe we stand a very good chance of doing quite well. We are not frightened by any of the teams so we will be going into this competition quite confident that we will do well this season.

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CLARENDON COLLEGE

Position last season: Inter-zone round

Returning players: Fifty per cent of last year's starting team.

Key Players: Oshane Dobson, Denton Brown and Milton Hinds are considered key players, but according to the coach, the emphasis will be on team rather than individuals.

Name of coach: Donovan Duckie

Coach's view: We have a fairly young team with a few experienced players in the mix. However, while we have capable players with the ability to do well, I would be pleasantly surprise if we should go on to win the title, but let us see.

Teams to watch

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MANCHESTER HIGH

Position last season: Runners-up

Returning players: Lost all but one player from last year's starting team.

Key Players: Sheldon Parkes, Oral Johnson, Troy Mope and Delroy Miller.

Name of coach: Barry Watson Sr

Coach's view: We have a sustainable programme here so while we have lost so many players from last year's team, I am still expecting that we will give a good account ourselves. Our preparation has been quite good and we intend to play good football this season.

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RUSEAS

Position last season: Inter-zone round

Returning players: Lost only three players from last year's starting team.

Key Players: Ramon Foster, Nicodia Haughton, Jermaine Woozencraft, Wonnick Pinnock and Brian Brown.

Name of coach: Anthony 'Follies' Williams and Emerson 'Diggy' Henry.

Coach's view: We have a fairly good unit and I expect them to be very competitive. I am not saying we are going to win the title but after going unbeaten in 10 practice games, I would be very disappointed if this team did not give a very good account of itself this season.

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PAUL BOGLE HIGH

Position last season: Inter-zone round

Returning players: Retained seven players from last year's starting team.

Key Players: Donald Atkinson, Avas Powell, Deshaun Stanton, Daniel Lee, Damion Blake, Rushaun Brissette and Fabian Morrant.

Name of coach: Winston Downie

Coach's view: Our preparation has been about average, but the players are quite enthusiastic and anxious to go out and do well this season. Last season, we qualified for the Ben Francis Cup KO and we are looking forward to doing even better this year.

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GARVEY MACEO

Position last season: Semi-final

Returning players: Have retained 40 per cent of last year's squad, inclusive of the dynamic Kenroy Thomas.

Key Players: Kenroy Thomas, Delano Blackstock, 14-year-old Ishmael Curry, Akeem Gabbidon, Travis Brown and Lorenzo Addison.

Name of coach: Jeffrey Hewitt

Coach's view: We have a fairly good team, but we are behind in terms of our preparation. Personally, I believe we have a good chance and I would not be surprised if we go all the way and take home the title this year.

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FROME TECHNICAL

Position last season: Quarter-finals

Returning players: Retained six players from last year's starting team.

Key Players: Owen Steele and Robert Cooper

Name of coach: Marvin Quarrie

Coach's view: Our preparation has been quite good. There is a lot of experience in the team and we have players with the quality to take this team far. Based on what I have been seeing in training, I am convinced that this team could go all the way and win the title.

winners down the years

1950: Munro College

1951: Munro College

1952: Munro College

1953: Cornwall College

1954: no competition (polio epidemic)

1955: Cornwall College

1956: Cornwall College

1957: Munro College

1958: Cornwall College

1959: Cornwall College

1960: abandoned

1961: Munro College

1962: Munro College

1963: Cornwall College

1964: Munro College

1965: Vere Technical

1966: no competition

1967: Vere Technical

1968: Vere Technical

1969: Vere Technical

1970: Vere Technical

1971: Vere Technical

1972: abandoned

1973: No competition

1974: STETHS

1975: Vere Technical

1976: Vere Technical

1977: Clarendon College

1978: Clarendon College

1979: Dinthill Technical

1980: Vere Technical

1981: Dinthill Technical

1982: Cornwall College

1983: Cornwall College

1984: Ruseas Comprehensive

1985: Ruseas Comprehensive

1986: Herbert Morrison Technical

1987: Ruseas Comprehensive

1988: Herbert Morrison

1989: Ruseas Comprehensive

1990: Ruseas Comprehensive

1991: Clarendon College

1992: Ruseas Comprehensive

1993: Rusea's Comprehensive

1994: Clarendon College

1995: Cornwall College

1996: Clarendon College

1997: Abandoned

1998: Clarendon College

1999: STETHS

2000: Cornwall College

2001: Cornwall College

2002: Ruseas High

2003: Frome Technical

2004: Glenmuir High

2005: Godfrey Stewart

2006: Glenmuir High

2007: Garvey Maceo

2008: St James High

2009: STETHS

Zones

ZONE A: Cornwall College, Green Pond High, Muschett High, Spot Valley, St James High and William Knibb High School.

ZONE B: Frome, Herbert Morrison, Hopewell High, Maldon, Merlene Ottey and Rusea's

ZONE C: Albert Town, Brown's Town, Cedric Titus, Marcus Garvey, Ocho Rios and York Castle

ZONE D: Annotto Bay, Brimmervale, Iona High, Islington, St Mary Technical and St Mary High

ZONE E: Godfrey Stewart, Grange Hill, Little London, Mannings, Maud McLeod and Petersfield

ZONE F: DeCarteret, Lacovia, Maggotty, Mile Gully, Munro and STETHS

ZONE G: Alston High, Christiana, Cross Keys, Knox College, Manchester High, Porus High and Spaulding

ZONE H: Clarendon College, Claude McKay, Denbigh High, Edwin Allen, Lennon High,Thompson Town and Vere Technical

ZONE I: Bustamante High, Central High, Garvey Maceo, Glenmuir, Kemps Hill and Tacius Golding

Zone J: Bog Walk, Charlemont, Dinthill Technical, Ewarton, Glengoffe, McGrath and Old Harbour

ZONE K: Buff Bay High, Fair Prospect, Happy Grove, Port Antonio and Titchfield High

ZONE L: Morant Bay, Paul Bogle, R' Lightbourne, Seaforth High, St Thomas Technical and Yallahs High