Foster Lions staged a stunning comeback to claim a 26-20 victory over the
University of Technology Knights in the JRL University Grand Final. The game was
was played at GC Foster College, St Catherine, under sunny conditions and
before a healthy crowd.
dominated the first 60 minutes of play having built up a 20-8 strangle hold over
their opponents by half time. Exciting new discovery, Nathan Campbell, a
basketball player who took up Rugby League only two weeks ago, took Utech to an
early 10 point lead as he crashed over between the posts in the 10th and
18th minutes, Kemoy
Whyte added the extras to one of them.
Knights went further ahead when flying winger Manning Marsh, blew away the cover
defence for his first try in the 23rd minute. His second came when GC Foster
failed to gather the ball from a high kick and the alert winger recovered and
scampered in, Whtye again converting.
Foster struggled to contain Utech’s play around the ruck area and did their
cause no service with constant handling errors. However, they responded late in
the half with a score from their own speed demon, Jason Mccauseland, and one to
stand-half Marlando Anderson, who both exploited holes in the defensive line.
Lions made several changes for the second half including unleashing their most
aggressive defensive player, Omar Davis at loose forward. They paid dividends as
Utech was unable to maintain possession of the ball. On at least four occasions
Davis dislodged it with his trading mark flying tackles.
Utech waned in confidence, GC took over midfield with good drives from their
forwards. On the hour mark, substitute full back Rashado Fowler blew open
Utech with a brilliant burst of speed after receiving the ball from a scrum,
having enough pace to hold off three chasing defenders to crash over in the
right corner, Davis converting to make it 20-14.
in an amazing final 15 minutes, GC fans erupted in rapture as the improbable
comeback unfolded. After a strong defensive effort where they forced a turnover
deep in their own half, the ball was spread wide to Sheldon Phillips who stepped
around two defenders and scored between the posts. The extra points were once
more added by Davis tying up the game.
recovered the ball deep in the Lions’ half from kick off and thought they had
scored when Campbell seemingly broke a tackle and crashed over by the sticks
again. However, upon consulting with the touch judge , the referee ruled that
the powerful centre had been held on the ground and should not have played on.
5 minutes remaining, Lions had a scrum deep in their half and sent the ball
wide. After a series of fortuitous passes, that had the Utech fans screaming
“forward pass” Anderson ended up with the ball and blasted his way to the
try line to seal the victory for the Lions.
Development Officer Romeo Monteith expressed delight at a successful
competition, “It’s been a fantastic four months of Rugby League for the
Universities” he said. “We have seen over 60 new players pick the game up
and they are anxious to get back on the park and filter into the community
GC Foster College, St Catherine.
Foster Lions 26
Malando Anderson (2), Rashasdo Fowler, Sheldon Phillips, Jason Mccauseland,
Omar Davis (3)
of Technology 20
Marsh (2), Nathan Campbell (2)
Kemoy Whyte (2)
Jamaica University Championships
March 14, 2010
Of Technology ends GC Foster's unbeaten streak in University Rugby League
University of Technology shrugged off the disappointment of last week’s
defeat and roared into the Championship game when they defeated the GC Foster
Lions 28-14 at home on Thursday. It was an efficient performance by the boys
in blue who were once more cheered on by an appreciative crowd.
held a narrow 16-10 lead at half time; they opened the scoring when after prop
Khareem Jhagroo crashed in from close range. Scrum-half Roy Calvert then
scored two quick tries, his second coming when he chased his own kick and
controversially recovered after making contact with the last defender and
diving over. Lamar
Ellis replied first for GC Foster with a score in the left corner and Prop
Shaneal Brown crashed over under the post to end the half.
the second half, Calvert completed his hat-trick he opened the scoring after 5
minutes. Radchiv Smith responded for GC before full back Ryan Grant completed
the Victory for the Pelicans.
finals will be played Thursday, March 18, at GC Foster College; Kick-Off is
scheduled for 4pm.
March 11, 2010, 4:00 pm
University of Technology
Time: UTECH 16 , GC Foster 10
Roy Calvert (3), Ryan Grant
GC Foster Lions
Tries: Lamar Ellis, Shaneal Brown, Radchiv
Conversion Desmond Samuels
38 defeats UTECH 17 in thriller.
Thursday, in front of approximately 300 vocal and excited home fans, the Utech
Knights were unable to deliver on their promise of victory, when they fell to an
improved UWI Pelicans outfit. UWI, smarting from their previuos defeat to the
Pelicans, obviously did their homework and recruiting as their bench bursted
with reserves. Crucially, they recrruited two experienced and outstanding halves
in Hubert Thomas (scrum half) and Santino Lawrence (stand half).
was on the score sheet for UWI after only 5 minutes as the small player danced
his way around Utech’s broken defense. The little magician scored two more
times before the half ended and made all three conversions for a 18 points match
haul. For Utech, full back Marvin Thompson, playing on a swollen ankle powered
his way through UWI’s iron curtain defence after 25 minutes, and
Kemoy Whyte converted the extra two points. Whyte also scored a drop kick
as the Pelicans found themselves trailing 7-18 at half time.
Above-Hubert UWI’s Thomas on his way to 1 of his 3 trys.
came out with blazing guns in the second half, finally breaking down UWI’s
stubborn defence. They battered defenders by running straight lines and after
only 5 minutes were rewarded when Whyte broke through tired hands and went
airborne for a fantastic try and then converted the extras. Flying winger
Manning Marsh then broke free on the Wing and raced in untouched as the Pelican
rivival seemed to go into full gear. At this point UWI held a precarious 17-16
Above-Utech’s Kemoy Whyte goes airbourne for a try.
soughtt to steady a shaking ship by turning to their behemoth prop Ato
Carrington whose massive frame time and time again smashed into helpless
defenders. It became a common site to see defenders hanging on to the giant’s
foot as he bustled his way up field. The strategy paid dividends as the Utech
players grew visible tired. Ato threw off-loads all over the park and it
wasn’t long before skipper and centre Andrew Smith sliced through tired hands
and put UWI further ahead. Lawrence then put the boys in red further again when
he craved his way in for a good solo effort on 65 minutes. In the final ten
minutes, the visitors scored two more trys through substitutes Kanhai Lisle and
Alrick Brown to kill off Utech’s hope. The relatively large crowd briefly
lingered around mingling with the gladiators and congratulating all on a fine
25, 2010, 400 pm
University of Technology
UWI 18-UTECH 7
Thomas (3), Santino Larence, Andrew Smith, Kanhai
Lisle, Alrick Brown
(3), Andrew Smith (2)
Whyte, Marvin Thompson, Manning Marsh
Kemoy Whyte (2),
Drop Goal: KemoyWhyte
JRLA Development Officer