St George’s College take early lead in McKay Security High School Martial Arts League
St George’s College grabbed an early lead in the 2016-17 Jamaica Taekwondo McKay Security High School Martial Arts League last weekend.
The ‘Light Blues’, as they are popularly called, outpointed defending champions Calabar and Jamaica College at last week Saturday’s Shai-Tai Kickboxing Open held at Campion College, Old Hope Road, St Andrew.
Calabar were hoping for a flying start at the season’s first tournament but hit a snag after one of their fighters on the two-man team picked up an injury, leaving Trevor Webb Jr as their lone representative.
Webb, however, started the round-robin contest strong, beating JC’s Joshane Thompson in the first bout. The Red Hills Road team was forced to forfeit the next bout against JC due to injury, resulting in a 1-1 draw.
JC won their second bout when Tahj Hewitt beat St George’s Howard Aris to go 2-1 up on overall points. However, STGC came roaring back to tie 2-2, through Damani Gayle, who handed Thompson his second defeat of the evening.
Gayle was on a roll, beating the highly thought of Webb in the STGC-Calabar bout, handing his team three points overall. With no other fighter available for a second fight, Calabar again forfeited, handing STGC overall victory on four points.
The league continues on April 30 with the Jamaica Taekwon-Do Open set for the University of Technology’s Alfred Sangster Auditorium at which the teams are expected to be joined by Kingston College and Wolmer’s, who may be late starters but could present potent teams capable of making up for their absence at the Shai-Tai Open.