We're better than you! Charlemont, Dinthill play mind games ahead of hot Zone K clash
Charlemont High School, who are picked as one of the dark horses for the 2018 ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup competition, will face their toughest test this afternoon, in former champions and last season's semi-finalist Dinthill Technical High School, as both teams look to make it three from three at the Charlemont High field.
Thirty-four other matches are set for the daCosta Cup, at 3:30 pm.
Assistant coach of Charlemont, Michael Israel, said that despite the recent recruitments by their opposition, they know they have the quality to beat Dinthill and upset them to finish top of zone 'K' this season.
"Judging by the strength that we knew about for Dinthill from preseasons, we know we had better quality, but with the additional players they recently brought in, we don't worry about them. So we will just have to wait and see because we know we are up against a tough opposition. We are going to go out there and do our best in order to remain on top," Israel said.
"This won't play on the psychology of the team, because some of our boys know the players from Dinthill, so they have their own personal motivation to beat this team. It would if we were going to the game thinking that Dinthill is the favourite, but we are going into the game believing that we are better than this Dinthill team," he added.
Coach of Dinthill Technical High School, Xavier Gilbert, who outlined that their objective for the first round is to win all their matches, is aware of the hype surrounding this game and is focused on nullifying Charlemont's strengths and exploiting their weaknesses.
"Their team seems to be doing well, especially in the early part of the preseason," Gilbert told STAR Sports. "They are labelled as one of the dark horses. We are mindful of that, but we just have to continue what we are doing. I'm sure we will come away with the three points tomorrow," Gilbert said.
"Every game that you play, one has to be both physically and mentally tough. We just have to ensure if there are any weaknesses in the mental capacity, we capitalise as well. We know the crowd is going to be out, as it's a big clash that has been talked about," he added.
Today's ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup fixtures
Hosts Visitors Venue
Tacky vs St. Mary High Tacky
Bog Walk vs Ewarton Bybrook Sports Club
Charlemont vs Dinthill Charlemont High
Port Antonio vs Titchfield Port Antonio
Happy Grove vs Fair Prospect Hector's River
Cross Keys vs Bellefield Cross Key
Glenmuir vs Garvey Maceo Juici Patties Park
Kemps Hill vs Central Kemps Hill High
Old Harbour vs Vere Tech Bodles Field
Seaforth vs Robert Lightbourne Seaforth High
Yallahs vs Morant Bay Phillipsfield
Paul Bogle vs St Thomas Tech York Oval
Maggotty vs STETHS Appleton Sports Complex
Oracabessa vs York Castle Oracabessa Comm. Centre
Cornwall College vs Anchovy Cornwall College
Maldon vs St James Maldon
Green Pond vs Irwin Green Pond
Rusea's vs Hopewell Ruseas
Frome vs Merlene Ottey Frome Sports Complex
William Knibb vs Herbert Morrison William Knibb
Spot Valley vs Cedric Titus Spot Valley
Petersfield vs Little London Petersfield
Munro College vs Sydney Pagon Munro College
Lacovia vs Newell Lacovia
Mile Gully vs Manchester Mile Gully Comm. Centre
Belair High vs B.B. Coke Belair
DeCarteret vs May Day DeCarteret College
Holmwood vs Alston Holmwood
Spalding vs Christiana Spalding
Clarendon Col vs Kellits High Clarendon College
Lennon vs Thompson Town Lennon
Browns Town vs Ocho Rios Browns Town
Marcus Garvey vs Iona High Drax Hall
St Mary Tech vs Brimmervale Richmond Farm Sp. Complex
Guys Hill vs Carron Hall High Woodpark
* ALL MATCHES STARTS AT 3:30 p.m.