Jamaica Gleaner / Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer St George’s College’s student population celebrated their ninth Walker Cup schoolboy football title in style on the school compound during devotion yesterday.
Regular devotion was shifted from the school’s auditorium in order for a wild celebration at the North Street institution. It was a festive atmosphere with the beating of drums and students marching and chanting.
“This is an abnormal time, so we gave them (students) the space to celebrate and get it out this morning,” Dave Soares, a St George’s vice-principal, told The Gleaner .
BASKING IN VICTORY
“As far as the Walker Cup is concerned, we are the top school. The students, team, community are proud of this achievement,” he said.
The vice-principal had high praise for coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell.
“Coach Bell has the ability to motivate youngsters. They will go the extra mile for him,” Soares noted.
He is a wonderful human being, who not only teaches them about football, but more importantly, about life,” Soares informed.
Cordell Irving, goalkeeper and captain of the St George’s team, described the victory against Jamaica College at Constant Spring Sports Complex on Thursday as “a wonderful feeling for the team”.
“We had to work hard for this one. We tried to get the system right as the plan was to go out there as a team and fight. We stuck to the task. It was a tough game, so give thanks to God,” he said.
“The focus was on winning the Walker Cup. We wanted it, as it was a final against a tough JC team. We gave it our best,” Irving added.
He also praised coach Bell and his staff. “Coach Bell is a wonderful human being, he groomed us well and also teaches us about life, which is most important. He is a great motivator,” the sixth-form student shared.
St George’s have now won the most schoolboy titles at the senior level. They have 22 Manning Cup, 14 Olivier Shield, nine Walker Cup and one Nutrament Shield for a total of 46, one more than JC.
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