JC skipper demands more from teammates despite hockey win
Jamaica College's Z Allwood (right) controls the ball ahead of teammate Mark Robinson (left) and Clan Carthy's Jerome Raby during their ISSA/JHF High School Hockey competition at Mona Hockey Field on Friday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Despite Jamaica College's 4-1 win over Clan Carthy High in the 2023 Inter-secondary School Sports Association/Jamaica Hockey Federation (JHF) high schools hockey competition on Friday, team captain Tae-Malik Harrison says that his players have to improve on their game if they are to go far in the tournament.

Playing at Mona Hockey Field, Harrison led the way for Jamaica College with three goals — one in the 14th minute from a penalty corner, and two in the 16th and 30th minutes from field goal shots. The other goal was scored by Mark Robinson in the 37th, also a field goal. Clan Carthy's goal was scored by Amareo Winter in the 23rd minute of play.

Jamaica College started well as they dominated proceedings from the opening whistle and held possession of the ball well. Harrison was brilliant, getting the first two goals of the day with little effort.

Winter pulled one back for Clan Carthy and started a lively comeback for his team, but some loose shot selections and poor defence enabled Jamaica College to run away with the win.

"It was still not our best performance so far in the tournament. Obviously, the plan now is to go back to the training ground and work on our play as we need to step up our game as the competition moves forward," Harrison told the Jamaica Observer.

"We are atop of the board as we are yet to lose a game; we are unbeaten, and I am happy about that as that showed the quality in our team. Today [Friday] was the first time we conceded a goal," Harrison added.

In the earlier game at the same venue in the boys' category, York Castle High defeated Excelsior 5-1 on the back end of four goals from Anthony Graham. Graham scored in the eighth, 18th, 34th, and 40th minutes, while teammate Lawrence Carter scored in the 26th minute. For Excelsior, Jordan Rattigon scored in the 39th minute.

Ruddy Allen

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