Rusea's relying on 12th man Kingston
DaCosta Cup champions Rusea's High School, who carry one of the biggest crowds in schoolboy football, will be playing 129 miles away from home this evening inside the National Stadium when they take on Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) at 6:00 p.m., however, head coach Vassell Reynolds is confident they can match JC in terms of support.
Coach Reynolds admits playing at the National Stadium, where Jamaica College has played three times already this season, can put some sort of mental pressure on his boys who will be playing there for the first time. He, however, expects a large turnout of fans and the other rural teams to be behind them 100 percent.
"Psychologically, the new environment is a factor. No doubt about it! But in terms of support, I'm pretty certain we will match them. I think that with us representing the rural area and the history behind the Olivier Shield not being won by a daCosta Cup team in a couple of years, the rural area supporters will be rooting for us," said Reynolds.
Rusea's principal Linvern Wright noted that he is aware of the effect the fans have on the team's performance and as a result has provided tickets for the game at the school and also pointed out that there are a lot of trips being planned from the school to take fans to the National Stadium.
"We are trying to get as many persons as possible to go and there are arrangements with many people in the community, like bus drivers planning trips to go. What I am doing as the principal of the school, is to make the tickets available to them. The tickets are here and they are buying them out," said Wright who is also the daCosta Cup chairman.