MANNING Cup stalwarts Kingston College (KC) and Calabar High will line up in the feature match of the fourth annual David “Wagga” Hunt Memorial Football Classic this Sunday at the University of the West Indies Bowl, starting at 4:45 pm.
The two teams are in an advanced preparation for the start of the 2012 schoolboy football season, which gets going next month.
Word from both camps is that they are expected to do well in the Corporate Area Manning Cup, won by St George’s College last year.
Although KC’s coach Trevor “Jumpy” Harris resigned earlier this week for personal reasons, the school’s administration said that training was continuing well and a successor would be named soon.
Calabar’s coaching unit will reflect similar faces as last year.
Hunt attended KC, but coached, successfully, at Calabar for several years up to his death five years ago.
The day’s action begins at 1:15, with a MeadHaven Invitational team facing the Barbican Super League team.
That match will be followed by a 2:50 encounter involving Pelican Masters’ League team and Albion Masters, players from which are based primarily in the United States. Among those who will turn out for Albion Masters are artist Basil “Baz” Watson and Leroy Dias, both of whom represented KC up to 1974. Associated with the football classic is the David Hunt Scholarship, which will go to one student each from KC and Calabar. Each student will receive the scholarship valued at $100,000 annually from grade eight through to grade 13 (upper Sixth Form), up to a maximum value of $600,000. There are six scholarship recipients so far, minus the two to be added later this year. Each school recommends between three and six students for the scholarship every year, with the final decision being made by a broad-based committee that includes business and sports personalities. Hunt died on October 27, 2007 from a massive heart attack at his home. He was 51. He also coached the Jamaica Under-17 football team.