Calabar retains high school martial arts league title
Perennial champions Calabar retained the McKay Security Jamaica Tae kwon do Association High School Martial Arts League trophy in a tiebreaker at the recent Seido Open, stopping St George's College 3-2 on aggregate in one of their toughest-ever title defences.
Determined underdogs, St George's rallied from a season-opening loss at last November's National Junior Tae kwon Do Open. They afterwards raced to a 2-1 lead over the favourites, recording back-to-back victories at March's Shai-Tai Open and April's Jamaica Tae kwon do Open.
Calabar pulled level, 2-2, by taking May's Ningen Open, setting up what turned out to be a Seido Open final as thrilling as the entire 2015-2016 season.
Calabar's captain, Trevor Webb Jr, made good on his vow that the defending champions would keep the trophy at Red Hills Road, winning the tiebreaker at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology.
St George's, however, started the final by winning the first match 1-0 up against Calabar after Howard Aries beat Trevon Richards. In the second match, Calabar's Tye McKay and Damani Gayle battled to a draw.
Webb Jr repeated his Ningen victory over Miguel Hamilton to level the score at 1-1. The defending champs went 2-1 up when Tyrique Tai-Loy stopped Michael Donaldson.
St George's, however, got a walkover in the fourth match, tying the final at 2-2, requiring a tiebreaker in which Webb Jr anchored Calabar to victory over Howard Aries.
The new season, 2016-17, will be expanded to 10 matches, incorporating a match at each participating school Calabar, Kingston College, St George's College, Jamaica College, Wolmer's Boys' School, and Cornwall College.