Coaches exude confidence ahead of Samsung Cup grand finale

Ruddy Allen

Thursday, December 12, 2013    

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HOLY Family Primary, the Urban Area champions, will face Rural Area champions Irwin Primary in the 2013 Samsung Cup grand finale on Saturday at the Stadium East field.

Holy Family defeated Quest Preparatory by 1-0 in their Urban Area final courtesy of a Justice Dunn header, while Maliko Holness did the same for Irwin Primary against Corinaldi Avenue Primary in the Rural Area decider.

With the stage set for the grand final, both coaches are upbeat and looking ahead to the clash.

"The boys are feeling high right now... I know we are the best and we are going there to win," said Holy Family Primary coach, Raphelita Banner.

"I never believed that ," she added.

Andre Neil, the coach of Irwin Primary, said that his players are focused and ready to do battle.

"The boys are very excited and are looking forward to this match, they are training well and all they need to do is apply themselves... and I think we will have a good chance to win the title", he pointed out.

Building up to the grand final, Holy Family seemed to have things easy with a 4-0 victory over Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory in the quarter-finals, then returned and dispatched St John's Primary in the semi-final 3-0.

But they only managed to win the Urban Area final by the slimmest of margins.

Irwin Primary, on the other hand, had to play real hard to reach the national final. They edged Holland Primary 4-3 in the quarter-final and went on to outscore Howard Cooke Primary 7-6 on penalty kicks.

The winner of Saturday's final will get for their school a media centre worth US$10,000 (J$1.3 million) from sponsor Samsung.

" What Samsung is giving to the winner is good... and I think all schools would want that and that is our aim, to win it," said coach Bannner.

Irwin, too, are motivated by the attractive prize.

"To win this championship, it would mean a lot to Irwin because we are having financial difficulties in our numeracy and literacy programmes and we could use whatever resources we can get to improve on this situation," said coach Neil.





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