St. Catherine High defend Walker Cup title with 1-0 win over Kingston Technical
St. Catherine High secured back-to-back Walker Cup titles with a 1-0 win over Kingston Technical in the final at Stadium East on Saturday.
Despite what the final score suggests, it was a dominant display from St. Catherine who came close to opening the scoring in the 5th minute when Dwight Gentles hit the crossbar with a left-footed strike.
They once again found themselves unlucky when a right-footed shot from Jevin Parkinson cannoned off the left upright in the 57th minute. Their persistence was eventually rewarded when they took the lead with the only goal of the game, a well-placed 89th-minute header from substitute Dillion Richards.
Mona High, St Catherine High to contest Walker Cup knockout final
Defending champions St Catherine High and Mona High School will contest the final of the urban area ISSA Walker Cup knockout football competition on January 22.
The schools secured their paths to the championship match following contrasting victories in the semi-finals at the Stadium East field on Friday.
In the first semi-final match, Mona High led by a brace in the first half by Romario Thomas hammered Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) 5-0 while St Catherine High survived a dramatic penalty shoot-out to get by Excelsior High 2-1 in the second semi-final where both teams missed their first three penalties.
The St Catherine High, Excelsior game went into the dreaded penalty shoot-out after the team battled to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time.
An own goal from Joshua Seivwright in the 37th minute handed Excelsior the lead while Nickyle Ellis secured the equaliser for St Catherine High.
In the shoot-out, Ellis scored the first penalty for St Catherine High with the team’s fourth penalty while Jevin Parkinson scored the deciding goal.
Jevaughnie Simms scored the only penalty for Excelsior High, which at the time levelled the scores at 1-1.
It was an easy task for Mona High in the opening semi-final encounter. Thomas scored his goals in the 27th and 43rd minutes to give the Craig Butler-coached team a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime.
Robinho Gordon (51st minute), Keneldo Brown (54th minute), and Damoi Whitfield (73rd minute) added the other goal to lead Mona High into their first-ever Walker Cup final.
Schoolboy football continues on Saturday with the ISSA all-island Champions Cup final between first-time finalists Dinthill Technical and Clarendon College in what is an all-rural affair.
The match will take place at the Stadium East field at 3:00 pm.
Patrick desperate to defend Walker Cup title with St Catherine High Jan 22, 2022 12:00 am
St Catherine High have won only one senior schoolboy football title in their history. They went to the final of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Walker Cup and won the trophy in 2019 and now they stand on the cusp of retaining the title, something for which their winning Coach Anthony Patrick is desperate to achieve.
“It would mean a lot. In 2019, we went to the final for the first time as a school and we won,” recalled Patrick, who has also won the Manning Cup title with Bridgeport High School.
Now history beckons for a second time for St Catherine High and Patrick wants to write another famous chapter in the school’s history.
“No competition in 2020, now this season we are the defending champions and we are back in the final, so we just have to put our best foot forward and keep the title,” he said.
But despite returning to the final with a chance to make it two from two, St Catherine were very underwhelming in their semi-final match with Excelsior High School which was a repeat of the 2019 final itself.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time which was followed by a bizarre penalty shoot-out in which only three of the 10 penalties taken were converted.
The first seven penalties were missed before St Catherine High scored two and Excelsior converted just one from 12 yards.
Patrick has admitted that his team has been a shadow of itself since the first round of the Manning Cup competition was concluded.
“I know that from during the quarter-final round (of the Manning Cup). We lost all the games in the quarter-finals, but when you look during the run of play, we missed a whole lot of chances, even though we are not at our best.”
St Catherine, Jonathan Grant face off in Colts cricket final
Published: Tuesday | June 1, 2010 by the Jamaica Gleaner
Some of the urban area’s top junior players will be on parade today when Jonathan Grant and St Catherine High meet in the final of the ISSA/Allied Insurance Brokers Under-16 cricket competition at Melbourne Oval, beginning at 10 a.m.
The teams, which had to contend with the a postponement of the final due to the civil unrest last week, are both unbeaten and will parade a number of national Under-15 players and invitees.
St Catherine, who have won all their six matches to date and turned back Spanish Town in the semi-finals, will look to captain and off-spinning all-rounder Jermaine Ennis, national Under-15 wicket-keeper/batsman Natasha McLean, off-spinner Akieno Gayle and batsman Aveeno Mullings.
“We didn’t have much training due to the weather and the upheaval. But we are still confident we can go out there and give a good account of ourselves and walk away with the title,” said St Catherine coach, Stanford Hudson.
Jonathan Grant, who defeated favourites Norman Manley in the semi-finals, will be pinning their hopes on pace all-rounders Jermaine Christie and Jameel Bryan, and batsmen Shavani Spaulding and Romaine Mairne.
“Despite the delay, my guys are still focused as they have been looking forward to (the game from) last week. From the start of the season they had an aim that they want to win the competition and they hope to do so,” said Jonathan Grant coach Rita Scott.
In the meantime, the final of the rural area ISSA/First Global Financial Services Under-15 competition between Rusea’s and BB Coke High, which was also postponed due to the unrest, will be played on Thursday at St Elizabeth Technical High School. That match is also scheduled to start 10 a.m.
St Catherine High a school to watch at Champs
WHEN St Catherine High School’s name has been mentioned in the past in the area of sports, they have been mainly known for their exploits in rugby, basketball, and netball, but things have changed significantly as the Spanish Town-based school is now making a name for itself in track and field, especially among the girls.
Under coach Marlon James, who has been at the helm of the track and field programme since 2010, the school has been holding its own and has made a big mark, staying on par in several areas with the likes of neighbours St Jago High and leading schools such Edwin Allen High, Holmwood Technical, and Vere Technical.
For the past three years, St Catherine have finished well at the Championships of America high school girls 4x100m finals at the Penn relays, and last year, they finished fourth, behind Edwin Allen, St Jago, and Hydel High in 45.26 seconds.
Last July, two athletes from the school, Julien Alfred, native of St Lucia, and Johnelle Thomas, picked up gold medals at the sixth Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas. Alfred won the 100m title in 11.56, and Thomas captured the 400m hurdles in a personal best 59.40.
U16 Finals Result
Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014 @ Campion College
St. Catherine 18 defeat St. Spanish Town 6
Flying winger Quame Green led St. Catherine to victory over rivals and defending champions Spanish Town High in the U16 finals when he scored two tries and kicked a conversion for a 10 point haul. He was supported by Dominic Brown who scored a try and kicked 2 conversions
Spanish Town responded with a try from Andrew Cameron and conversion from Romeish Smith.