KC - the brave has risen

December 18, 2015
Kingston College junior football coach Raymond Watson

It has been almost three decades since Kingston College won the Manning Cup football title.

Their last win was in 1986 when they defeated Charlie Smith in the final. Since then, KC have fallen short, while their neighbours, St Georges College, as well as Jamaica College have dominated.

Good results at the junior level this season have lifted hopes for the KC fraternity as the institution won the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Under 14 and Under 16 Urban Area and All Island titles.

The Under 14 team have been unbeaten for the past three years w9.876cmhile the Under 16 team, which broke a 20-year drought, have been unbeaten for the past two years.

The man behind KC's success is Raymond Watson, a past student, who has been in charge for the past three years.

"Winning four titles in one season is fantastic and this is something special for me. The only thing that will make this better feeling for me is to see KC winning Boys' Champs and the Manning Cup," he said.

"From the season started I was very confident as the Under 14 team was much stronger than the ones that won the previous years and despite some hiccups with the Under 16 team, we were confident," he added.

Watson was asked about the future prospects of the senior team.

"People are saying that despite Kingston College winning junior titles they have not fulfilled the promises of doing well at the senior level but this is not so. Kingston College has not won the Under 16 titles for years and since 1985 they only won the Under 14 title three times so I do not buy into that argument.

"The future is bright and we are very confident that the results at the senior level will be more positive," he said.

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