By Rawle Welch
Battle lines have been drawn for the conclusion of this year’s Digicel Nationwide Schools Football Competition tomorrow, at the National Stadium.
Yesterday, Organisers of the Tournament Digicel held a Press Briefing at its Head Office to present an opportunity to the media to hear the plans and thoughts of the respective combatants in the final and third place playoffs and to field questions about their chances of winning.
In attendance at the briefing were Digicel representatives Sherwin Osborne and Gavin Hope Head coaches and captains of the four teams that will appear on the day.
Osborne, who introduced representatives of the four teams that included the two finalists defending champion Christianburg / Wismar and Chase’s Academic Foundation along with Waramadong and Annai.
Osborne in his remarks spoke of the high quality that is expected among the teams, urging fans to come out and be a part of witnessing some of the most outstanding junior players in the country battle each other for the title.
He also praised the efforts of the two teams from the remote regions of Seven and Nine who according to him were impressive enough to reach the last four, one for the first time.
Waramadong Head Coach Louis Thomas, who has been at the helm of the school since the tournament’s inception first thanked Digicel for staging the event something which the players eagerly look forward to every year.
He said the tournament continues to assist in the development of the players and for this they are thankful for.
Commenting on the team’s performance this year, Thomas spoke about the disadvantage of his players who are not fully engaged in organised football until the tournament comes around and this he noted is one of the weaknesses they face when coming up against teams such as Christianburg / Wismar that plays all year round.
He, however, indicated that the team was in positive spirits and will be going all out to grab the third place position against Annai.
Annai’s Head Coach Kelly Brasche in his comments also echoed similar sentiments to that of Thomas, thanking Digicel for allowing them the opportunity to be part of the tournament once again.
He said it was a great opportunity for the team to have made it a step further, referring to their semi-final appearance as against last year performance when they exited in the quarter-finals.
He informed that it was his first stint as the Coach and he would like to finish the tournament on a high by winning the third place playoff.
“We want to finish third in the competition and we will be working real hard for that spot. It will not be easy Waramadong have some great players, but we are determined to finish third,” Brasche stated.
Captain of Waramadong George McFerlen opened by thanking his Coach for showing the interest and spending the time to be with the team, adding that their mind set is to finish third and every effort will go into achieve that goal.
While shying away from predicting the outcome, McFerlen, who is in his first year as Captain would only say that their focus is on the game tomorrow.
His counterpart Garville Daniels in brief remarks said that third place is the real focus now and they are determined to complete the task.
The winner in this game will be awarded $400,000, while the loser goes home with $350,000 all of which will go towards projects for the school in both cases.
Starting time is 16:00 hrs.
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