Holy Trinity's coach disappointed with training ahead of 2018 season
Members of Holy Trinity High football squad at a recent training session. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Holy Trinity High will enter the 2018 season of the Digicel-sponsored Manning Cup schoolboy football competition with an inexperienced squad, but the coaching staff is expecting the players to perform.
Coach Devon Anderson described his squad as "youthful" and pointed out that that the preliminary round holds the key as to how far the team will get in the competition.
Anderson said he will use the preliminary round to get the fitness level of players to a required standard after encountering issues with preparation.
Holy Trinity High football coach Devon Anderson
Anderson said, "I am not comfortable with where we are now. Not yet. It was very difficult for us during this summer, as we did not get the things that we needed to prepare the team properly.
“It was difficult in terms of putting a camp together with the necessary resources that we needed, as we had problems getting them and getting them on time, so we didn’t get the students that regular or to stay together for that three weeks that we needed.
“But nevertheless, when I get them I made good use of the time that I have with them and try to prepare them to the best of my ability."
Holy Trinity have retained only three starters from last season's group, which made it to the semi-final stage where they crashed out following a 3-2 defeat to eventual champions Jamaica College.
The three returning starters - Dante Green, Phillon Lawrence and Ronaldino Russell - are expected to carry the burden of the team.
Anderson said, "we have a youthful team this year. We are blooding a lot of youngsters as we have lost a number of players, who were the core of our team from last year, but, expect a hardworking, fighting Holy Trinity team as usual."
During the pre-season, Holy Trinity High took part in the Alley Cup and Knox Cup to help sharpen the players. They failed to spark in the Alley Cup, while reaching the final of the Knox Cup with Wolmer’s and lost on penalties.
Holy Trinity High will play in Group G alongside Edith Dalton James High, Jose Marti Technical, Pembroke Hall High, Waterford High and Wolmer's Boys' School.
The 2018 season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 8 and is expected to be one of the best with Manning Cup and Walker Cup knockout title sponsors Digicel promising to bring a new level of energy, fun and excitement to entertainment at the matches.
Digicel and Wisynco were recently confirmed as title sponsors of schoolboy football for the next three years.
Digicel, in its second stint as title sponsors, will invest $75 million over three years in theManning Cup and Walker Cup knockout competitions. Wisynco announced a sponsorship package of close to $100 million in the rural area daCosta Cup and Ben Francis knockout.