SCQ : Confident Dinthill justifies prematch prediction

February 21, 2017
Dinthill team member (from left): Mikah Henry, Kevon Walker, Tina Gaye Campbell and Demario Hall.
Jamaica College team members (from left): Chaname Lindsay, Jumane Shakespare, Fabian Morris and Joel Henriques.

Dinthill Technical advanced to the third round of the TVJ Schools' Challenge Quiz for just the third time since the institution first entered the competition back in 2000.

Dinthill beat Jamaica College (JC) 31-26, after surging ahead in the speed challenge section of the match.

JC was ranked number 12 in the competition, while Dinthill was the 21st ranked team.

But don't call it an upset for the St Catherine-based school as the coach was confident of victory before the match.




"Based on practice matches we have played, we expected to beat JC today," coach Javonne Brown said before the match.

After the match, he said: "We put in the work and we worked on some areas that we thought were causing some problems and we pulled it off today."

For the boys of the Old Hope Road-based JC though, it's been 30 years since winning their only title in the Schools Challenge Quiz.

Head coach for JC's quiz team, Roberta Edwards, said that the programme needs more time after bowing out of the competition at the second round.

Edwards told THE STAR after the match that the school's quiz programme is in the process of revamping.

"We are in the process of picking up some pieces ... 90 per cent of the programme is revamping and we expect to do much better next year," Edwards said.

She said all but one of the team members will be back next year.

However, team captain, Joel Henriques, believes that if they had taken more chances, they would have advanced to the next round.

"On some questions, we should have taken more risks," Henriques said.

Dinthill Technical will contest the winner of tonight's match between Holy Childhood High School and Campion College.

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