Fans say pressure was too much for KC's players
Less than a month ago Kingston College (KC) were the hottest schoolboy team around.
Many 'purples' fans were predicting that the North Street-based school which displayed impressive form in the first and second rounds of the Manning Cup would walk away with four trophies this season - the FLOW Super Cup, Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield.
Their season has, however, unravelled badly and now the Walker Cup is the only title left for the school to win. They are down to meet Jamaica College (JC) in the final.
KC lost in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-final, going down 3-0 to Wolmer's last Saturday at the National Stadium. Before that, they were eliminated from the prestigious FLOW Super at the semi-final stage by the same school.
Chris Meikle who attended the North Street-based institution from 1977-84 says he is very disappointed because they had a really good team this year.
"Yes, I'm definitely disappointed as the team promised so much," Meikle shared.
"Our fitness level was good and we played good football but we failed to score when it mattered. Our talisman was Rashawn Mackison, but he was targetted by the opponents," he assessed.
"We did not show enough respect to other teams. We were arrogant and had the tendency to relax during games," Meikle, who represented KC in basketball and also coached the school in the sport said.
"We have a very good team with many players who have represented the nation at the age group level, so I don't think they were not matured enough to handle the pressure. However, in business, everything starts and ends with management," he concluded.
Abdul Crossdale, who graduated from KC in 2012 felt that his former school had the best set of young players in the Manning Cup but the pressure of winning the schools' first title in 30 years was too great.
"We had the best set of players but they were not matured enough to handle the pressure. And, too much pressure was placed on Mackison, especially during the second round of the Manning Cup," Crossdale pointed out.
He wants KC to throw everything into winning the Walker Cup final against JC.
"We can beat JC as they are not the team of the past when Junior Flemmings was there. It is a final between two young teams," he added.
Another KC past student, Jamaal Rennis, who left two years ago was not too disappointed but admitted that he had expected his former school to challenge strongly for all four titles.
"I thought they could have won all four titles. This team is a cohesive one and the synchronisation is great. They (the players) are disappointed but KC has people who will talk to them for the team to be motivated enough to lift the Walker Cup. Our motto is 'The brave may fall but never yield'," Rennis emphasised.