Manning Cup noose tightens
With the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition preliminary stage nearing completion, there are intense battles for the remaining spots in the second stage.
At the conclusion of this stage, 16 teams will qualify for the second stage set to start on October 24. The teams will include the seven group winners and runners-up, as well as the two best third-place teams.
They will be divided into four groups of four teams each, after that the group winners will advance to the semi-finals.
Now, it is down to the wire for nine remaining spots which could be decided after today's games that are spread across the Corporate Area and St Catherine.
Reigning champions Jamaica College is among seven teams already certain of spots in the second stage. The others are Kingston College and Denham Town from Group C; Holy Trinity High and Charlie Smith High from Group E; and Wolmer's and Camperdown High from Group F.
Haile Selassie High are looking for a win against St Catherine High in this afternoon's game at Barbican Complex set to start at 3:30 p.m.
The Geoffrey Maxwell coached Haile Selassie is in pole position in Group D, on 21 points from eight games, while St Catherine, under the guidance of Anthony Patrick, are currently on 17 points in third position behind Jonathan Grant High (19).
That means, St Catherine will have to gain maximum points to remain in contention for an automatic spot.
In Group A, Excelsior High are on top on 16 points, ahead of St George's College (15) and Gretaer Portmore (13). Greater Portmore must win against many-time champions St George's College to have a chance of making the second stage.
Excelsior are expected to get the better of lowly Tivoli Gardens and maintain the lead.
In Group G, Bridgeport are on top on 20 points, ahead of St Jago High (16), Hydel (15), and Calabar (15) as the teams in contention.
Bridgeport should continue their impressive run when the play away to Campion College. St Jago are expected to get the better of Cumberland, and the Hydel Calabar game could go either way.
Vauxhall vs Jamaica College
Greater Portmore vs St George's College
Excelsior vs Tivoli Gardens
Norman Manley vs Kingston College
Denham Town vs Papine
Ascot vs St Mary's College
Ardenne vs Meadowbrook
Jonathan Grant vs Pembroke Hall
Haile Selassie vs St Catherine
Kingston Technical vs Wolmer's
Dunoon vs Camperdown
Jose Marti vs Edith Dalton James
St Jago vs Cumberland
Campion College vs Bridgeport
Calabar vs Hydel
Clan Carthy vs Holy Trinity
Waterford vs Mona
(Home teams are named first and all games kick off at 3:30 p.m.)