Champs JC face fearsome George’s for Super Cup million

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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DEFENDING champion Jamaica College and St George's College clash in a mouth-watering final of the ISSA/Flow Super Cup final at the National Stadium at 6:00 pm today.


The long-awaited meeting between the two most successful schools in the last decade, and certainly in the history of schoolboy football, will see both teams hunting the $1-million prize money and bragging rights at stake.


Both schools have 46 titles overall each, and whoever wins today will be the most successful team ever.


St George's, who defeated JC 3-2 last season for their ninth hold on the Walker Cup, also have 22 Manning Cups, 14 Olivier Shields and one Nutrament Shield won in 1983. The Nutrament Shield was played between the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup champions.


JC, who won the Manning Cup, Super Cup and the all-Island Olivier Shield last year, increased their tally to 26 Manning Cups, two Walker Cups and 18 Olivier Shields.


It will be a battle of two old schools, each being formed hundreds of years ago. JC, formed in 1789, is 226 years old and is the third oldest high school in the country. While 61 years later, 21 Spanish Jesuits who, in exile from Colombia, formed St George's in 1850.


Both schools are rich in tradition and history, and ironically, both schools' crests could be linked back to the seventh mythology in the battle between Saint George and a dragon.


St George's College has a knight in their school's crest, while the griffins or dragons are perched on JC's.


In that battle, Saint George slaughtered the dragon. Will history repeat itself today? Only time will tell.


Whatever the outcome, fans could be in for a real thriller between two very good teams.


The 'Light Blues' of North Street will start favourites with the likes of Alex Marshall, Gregory Messam Jnr, Dominic James, Hakim Williams, Akeem Prawl and Akeem Shelton.


But the 'Dark Blues' of Old Hope Road are a well-rounded team and very strong in defence. Captain Allando Brown leads from the back along with goalkeeper Jahmali Waite, Ajeanie Talbott, Donovan Segree, the skilful Tyreek Magee, Junior Purchell, Donovan Dawkins and Ronaldo Brown


Meanwhile, a third-place play-off between Wolmer's Boys and St Jago set for 4:00 pm will serve as the curtain-raiser. The winner of that contest will walk away with $250,000 to add to their earnings from the previous two rounds.


A special half-time show is also planned Super Bowl-style with prizes, performances in what is expected to be a fun-filled entertainment package. Dancehall artiste Busy Signal and comedians Ity and Fancy Cat will also strut their stuff.


Tickets for the games are available at Flow stores in Kingston and St Catherine with $500 for grandstand and $200 for bleachers. Tickets will also be on sale at the National Stadium.


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