Lots of news also from the Jamaicans. Their season is of to a flyer with the inter-col schools tournament.
The 2013 Intercollegiate rugby league season is off to a pulsating start, with games played on Thursday and Saturday. Six teams are challenging for the right to be called champions, including new comers Excelsior Community College. Old foes Mico University College, University of the West Indies, GC Foster College, Portmore Community College and the University of Technology make up the remaining combatants. All teams will play each other twice; the top four will then play off in a semifinal. The grand final will be on April 18.
On Thursday, defending champions GC Foster outclassed PCC 44-4 at the GC Foster College grounds. GC’s high powered offense was led by freshman Prop Antonio Baker who smashed his way to 3 tries. Othniel Holness (2), Kareem Hariis (1), Adrian Myers (1) Seldwyn Williams and Ryan Grant (1) supported with tries. GC’s conversions came from Grant (1), Ryan Spence (2) and Stephen Scott (1). PCC’s lone try came from Center Russell McPherson.
On Saturday Mico visited UTech where they carved out a 34-10 victory. They were led by monster winger and last year’s leading try scorer, Astil Johnson, who bagged a hat trick of tries. Other try scorers were Oshane Eddie (2), Kennardo Morgan (1) and Alec Harris (1). Woolery kicked three conversions. UTech’s tries came from Mathew Mcfarlane (1) and Nathan Campbell (1), Trinidadian national Kurland Duke kicked a conversion.
Over at the Mona Bowl, UWI showed no mercy to debutants EXCED and dished out a crushing 96-8 beating. For UWI, Jerome Ottey (4), Junior Samuels (4), Sydonnite Jeanite (3), Jordon Isaacs (2), Douglas Evelyn (2), Kemoy Whyte (1), Rojay Passley (1) and Kareem Smith (1) scored tries. Whyte kicked 12 conversions. EXCED never gave up throughout the contest and were rewarded with two tries in the second half through Ryan Howell and former St. George’s high standout, Jonothan Lynford.
The competition continues on Thursday with UTech hosting GC Foster at 4pm, then on Saturday, Mico takes on EXCED at 2pm and PCC battles UWI at 4, both games will be at Excelsior Community College.
U16 Quarter Finals Results
Gm. 1 Spanish Town High 30 def Campion College 6
Spanish Town High advanced to the semi-finals of the Surrey County Rugby League Championship after easily dispatching Campion College 30-6 on Tuesday at Campion. Their try scorers were Oshane Christe (2), Adrian Christie (1), Odane Christie (1), Shemar Rowe (1) and Tamoy Hewitt (1). Conversions were kicked by Adrian Christie (2) and Odane Christie.
Gm. 2 St. Catherine High 8 def Greater Portmore High 4
In the second Quarters of the day, St. Catherine High surprised Greater Portmore with a nail biting 8-4 victory in sudden death extra time. Greater Portmore took the lead through Jaleel Atkins (1) before Rajeev Garwood (1) replied for St. Catherine. That is how it ended after full time. In extra time, Quame Green sealed the issue for St. Catherine with a brilliant solo effort in the final minute of play.
St. Catherine will face Spanish Town in semi-final 1 on Feb. 5
Campion College 20 def St. Catherine High 6
Campion College proved too strong for St. Catherine in their quarter-finals clash and emerged easy 20-6 victors. Campion’s tries came from Adrian Hall (2), Jaynor Banton (1) and Gustav Gordon (1). Hall kicked 2 conversions. St. Catherne’s try came from Rajeev Garwood (1) with Saleem Maragh kicking the conversion
Spanish Town 26 def Greater Portmore 4
Spanish Town made light work of rivals Greater Portmore, carvin out a 26-4 victory in their quarter-finals match up. Spanish Town was led by tries from Dennis Andrade (2), Shevon Cuff (2), Contona Hibbert (1) and Jamie Smith (1). Andrade kicked their lone conversion. Greater Portmore got on the score card through a try from Ian Ramsay.
Spanish Town will now face Campion College on Feb. 5 at Campion in the semifinals.
The remaining semifinalists will be determined today after double defending champions Calabar take Edith Dalton James in both U16 and U19 quarter-final games, while it will be a North Street battle royal when St. Georges College takes on Kingston College in both U16 and U19 as well. These games will be played at St. Georges College starting at 2pm.
U16 Quarter Finals Results (Jan 30)
Gm. 1 Edith Dalton James High 14 def Calabar 8
Edith Dalton shocked defending champions Calabar 14-8 in a thrilling contest on Wednesday. Calabar went on the score sheet first through Oliver Nelson (1) and Romario Burke (1). However, Edith Dalton roared back with tries from Joshawn Stewart (2) and the winner from speedster Andrew Cameron, who also kicked a conversion.
Gm. 2 St. Georges 12 def. Kingston College 0
The North Street derby went in favour of last year’s beaten finalist, St. Georges College, their tries were scored by Earl Thorpe (2) and danger man Odane Layor (1). KC went close to crossing the white wash on several occasions, but their efforts were thwarted by poor ball handling and St. George’s aggressive defence
St. Georges will face Edith Dalton in semi-final 2 on Feb. 5
Gm 1St. Georges 10 def. Kingston College 4
St. Georges made it two from two as their under 19s carved out a 10-4 victory over Kingston College in a torrid affair. Both schools played excellent defence throughout the encounter, but the Georgians speed out wide proved the difference as tries from outstanding center Rushane Taylor (2) and a conversion from Hakeem Hamilton (1) sealed victory, KC’s consolation try came through talented scrum-half Roje Sales.
Gm 2 Calabar 20 def. Edith Dalton 4
Defending champions Calabar stayed on course to defend their title with a clinical display against city rivals Edith Dalton James. It was 20-4 to the champs’ at full time, as tries from Shashawny Smith (1), Nicholas Johnson (1), Shaquille Douglas (1) and Chevaun Smith were enough to finish off their opponents. Douglas also kicked a conversion. Edith’s sole resistance came from scrum half Jerome Rose.
Calabar will face St. Georges College in Semi-final two on Feb. 5 at Campion College.
On Friday Feb. 1, the JRLA U14 champion will be decided through a 1 day tournament to be held at Campion College commencing at 2pm.
Gm. 1 Spanish Town High 16 def. St. Catherine High 4
Spanish Town lived up to expectations when they secured a place in the U16 finals on Tuesday. St. Catherine put up a gallant fight and scored first through Saleem Maragh (1) in the first half. However, Spanish Town roared back with tries 2 tries from Odane Christy and 1 from Adrian Christie to seal the victory.
Gm. 2 St. Georges College 8 def. Edith Dalton James High
The second semi-final was a nail biting affair that saw St. Georges sneak home with a score in sudden death extra time. Georges scored first through talented half-back Akeem Gray in the first half. Edith muscled up with a late try from Jason Wilson late in the second half. St. Georges was the more composed of the two teams in sudden death and capitalized on Edith’s defensive lapsed when Gray when over for his second try of the match.
St. Georges will now battle Spanish Town for championship honours on Tuesday Feb. 12 at Campion College at 3pm.
U19 Semi-Finals Results (Tuesday Feb 5)
Gm. 1 Spanish Town 40 def. Campion 0
Spanish Town proved too strong for Campion College in their encounter and ran out comfortable 40-0 winners. Campion failed to complete many of their sets of six, choosing to kick early in the tackle count, and Spanish Town took advantage of this, launching numerous raids from the counter attacks. SpanishbTown tries came from Linval Green (1), Dednis Andrade (1), Cantona Hibbert (2), Sean Pitter (1), Sean Gayle (1), Odane Christy(1), Samio Smith (1) and Shevon Cuff 1). Meanwhile Green and Cuff each kicked a conversion.
Gm. 2 Calabar 12 def. St. Georges College 4
Defending champions Calabar had to dig deep in their reserves to hold off an impressive Georges outfit in the second semi-final. The score was locked at 4 all half time after Calabar’s Rolando Keating (1) and St. Georges’s Jevaughn Brown (1) scored tries for their respective teams. In the second half, Georges continued to battle strongly and enjoyed the majority of ball possession, however, tries from captain Remon Gordon (1) and hooker Adolph Gayle (1) sealed victory for the champs.
Calabar will now face favourites Spanish Town High on Tuesday February 12, at 4pm at Campion College. When both teams met in the group stages, that game ended in a 4 all stalemate.
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