Lack of passion Eltham's downfall

October 10, 2016
Kareem Henry (right) of Eltham High School contests Jamaica College's (JC) Norman Campbell for possession of the ball in the Jamaica College versus Eltham High ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match played at Jamaica College on Wednesday. JC won 3-1.

While some coaches manage to get good performances from their charges this Manning Cup season, Glenville Holmes, Eltham High's assistant coach, is blasting what he considers lack of passion from players wearing his alma-mater's shirt.

Eltham's only title in the Corporate Area schoolboy football competition came in 2006 with a Walker Cup win.

However, this year, they unceremoniously exited the Manning Cup following a 3-1 loss to champions Jamaica College in Group B, at that institution's playing field, last week.

"The truth about it is that at Eltham we need to find back that passion that we once had, that desire, and that drive," the long-time assistant bemoaned.

In assessing his team's disappointing run, Holmes was forthright in saying his school will not settle for below par performances, despite a lack of resources within the school.

"Eltham is a team that competes, and we love football, but somehow the culture has left us, and we have to find a way to get it back," he said.

"Eltham is a very young school; we don't have that great old boys association. We are new kids on the block really, over the years we have achieved a lot, and I guess now we are victims of our own success," he continued.

While reacting to his team's 3-1 surrender to JC, he noted: "Jamaica College is not really better than us, but that is how football is," adding that the 'reigning champions' attitude and fight made the difference.

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