Duckie ready to face competition at Hydel

September 03, 2016

Incoming Hydel High coach, Donovan Duckie is expecting to lay a strong foundation with the Ferry-based school to challenge for the Manning Cup title in the next few years.

Duckie, a veteran coach, at the national premier league and schoolboy football levels will make his debut in the Manning campaign. He has also been put in charge of Hydel's Colts U-16 program.

"It's a new project and my intention is to lay a solid foundation for Hydel. It's a result driven sport and I have a lot of respect for the Manning Cup," Duckie said.

"I always thought the overall quality of the competition is much higher than the overall quality of the daCosta Cup.

"There are specific teams in the Manning Cup that can beat a team any day in the daCosta Cup, and the Manning is of a higher standard and quality," Duckie told STAR Sports.

Looking ahead, Duckie is viewing all the teams a threat.

"I am not familiar with the Manning Cup but I have so much respect for two-thirds of the schools which are strong competitors, unlike in daCosta Cup, two thirds are weak teams. It's what we do on the day," he reasoned.

The much-traveled coach who recently led Manchester High to the daCosta Cup semi-finals says "the challenge is to beat the best teams in the competition."

"There is no pressure on my guys, I just want them to do well and have fun.

"My intention is, even if I have to part company with Hydel in the near or tall future and a solid foundation would have been laid for someone else to inherit," he stressed.

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