Calabar lose grip to Leicester-like St George’s

Friday, May 13, 2016

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Despite consistently strong performances from Trevor Webb Jr and Tye McKay, Calabar High seem to be losing their grip on the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School League.


The Red Hills Road lads were eliminated by Jamaica College in the first round at the recent Jamaica Taekwon-do Invitational, the many-time champions’ second tournament loss after going down to St George’s College at April’s Shai Tai Open.


St George’s College are surprise leaders of the league after beating Kingston College in the final, putting them 2-1 up against traditional powerhouses Calabar, Jamaica College (JC), Kingston College, Wolmer’s and Cornwall, who all turned out at the National Arena in St Andrew.


Calabar’s Captain Trevor Webb Jr has vowed that the champions will rebound at the upcoming Ningen Open.


"They’re leaders, but not for long, though. I am sure about that," said Webb Jr. "The next tournament we’re coming back for our title, with full confidence and a strong team," he added, pointing out that Calabar’s loss to JC was due to them being a fighter short in the five-man team match.


"We had four fighters. I won, Tye won but my other two fighters lost. As a result, the fight was at 2-2, but because they had an additional fighter, they moved on to the next round and we were eliminated," Webb explained.


Calabar started the season as they had done for the last decade, opening with a victory at last November’s Jamaica Taekwondo Junior Invitational. However, back-to-back tournament wins have boosted rank outsiders St George’s chances of pulling off what their fans are calling ‘a Leicester’, referring to Leicester City’s surprise victory in this season’s Barclays Premier League in England.


Calabar, who have had a stranglehold on the title since its inception, boast some of the leading names in local martial arts such as Jason McKay, Arthur Barrows, Olympian Kenneth Edwards, and International Sports Kickboxing Association champion Oshane Murray.

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