Manning Cup noose tightens

October 10, 2016
Rivaldo English of Wolmers (centre) takes control of the ball ahead of Camperdown's Lotteam Speid in their Manning Cup match recently.

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.

 

CERTAIN SPOTS

 

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.

Today's games:

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.)

 

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