Blaine impressed by 'saintly' footballers

November 06, 2015
@Normal:St George's College's Gregory Messam Jr (left) battles with St Jago High's Hyden Street for the ball during their FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football clash at the Constant Spring field on Tuesday. St George's won 3-0. Also in the action is St George's College's Hakim Williams (right).

Football players from St George's College and St Jago High could lead the way in being picked by national youth coaches, as they have impressed Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) director Vin Blaine.

Blaine, who attends matches in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association football competitions, acts as overseer for a number of the national youth programmes.

Blaine said he is most impressed by the St George's College team and thinks they will win the competition because of their tactical abilities and coaching. He also praised St Jago.

"I am not too impressed, as people say - Jamaica College. I thought they would have been a little better," Blaine said.

Jamaica College are looking to defend three title - the Manning and FLOW Super Cups, and the Olivier Shield, while St George's College are the reigning Walker Cup champions.

outstanding teams

St Jago High are without a title in the Manning Cup, but have been one of the competition's more outstanding teams this season. They were eliminated by St George's College in the Walker Cup and beaten by the same team in the Manning Cup.

"Despite the fact that George's got by St Jago, I like the way St Jago plays. They are not as tactically aware as the George's team. I have to give St George's the edge," he said.

Blaine also believes that coaching makes a difference in the way the players view and ultimately play the game.

"For example, if you look at Bertis (Neville) Bell - St George's College coach, how calm he is on the sideline, and that is why he is getting results - because the players are playing for him.

"I am sitting here and I am hearing some comments from some players who are not playing here today, about how the coaches talk to them, and it's not what you want to see at this, or any level," Blaine remarked.

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