'Herbie' returns to daCosta Cup
BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau firstname.lastname@example.org
MONTEGO BAY, St James - AFTER a one-year hiatus, former daCosta Cup champions Herbert Morrison High will make a return to action on September 8, when they face defending champions Rusea's High in the opening game of the rural schoolboy football competition scheduled for the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in St James.
Under coach Dane Randall, the Alice Eldermire-based institution which won the competition in 1986 and again two years later, is aiming to advance to "at least" the second round of the competition.
Randall told the Observer West during a training session on the school grounds on Monday that the squad in training is young and experienced but very talented.
"I am building the team around a number of Under-16 players the school had last season, and a few students who will be going to form... but basically I am building around the Under-16, so it's a building process right now," he explained.
The young squad, Randall said, has been in training since June and is progressing satisfactorily.
"So far we have played eight away practice matches and we won three, drew three and lost two," he said, adding that all the teams that they played will be participating in the daCosta football competition in the upcoming season.
Herbert Morrision who did not participate in last year's competition because they wanted "to start a football rebuilding programme", Randall said, will compete this year against Rusea's; Green Island, Cambridge, Frome High and Merlene Ottey High in the first round.
Admitting that it's a tough Zone, Randall who had coached Green Pond High School for the last three football seasons, expressed confidence that his young team will give a good account of themselves.
"Even though I am building, the players are talented youths so I know that they will go out there and execute and everything will fall into place," he argued.
He expressed confidence that Herbert Morrison will get to the finals of the competition by 2014 or 2015.
"That is really my aim... that is where I want to take the team so for this season. I really want the spectators to come out and support the team because Herbert Morrison is back," said coach Randall.