The final football battle
It all comes down to this.
First there were 71 teams. Now there are two.
Tomorrow West Terrace Primary and Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary take to the Trents, St. James field where they will do battle in the final of the Bico-sponsored National Sports Council’s Primary Schools Football Tournament.
Today coaches of the two teams told Barbados TODAY they were confident that their charges would put in a good performance tomorrow.
Coach of West Terrace, Roderick Harmon, said what was most impressive about his youngsters was their self- confidence.
“They are a very confident group going into the final. We
just have to keep doing what we have been doing the entire tournament and they will be okay. Our defenders must play strong, our mid-fielders must be aware of their roles and also help out on defence and of course our strikers must make best use of chances that come their way,” Harmon said.
He said he expected his boys to play “team football” but singled out striker Khamal Cumberbatch as one of his key players.
“He has scored 14 goals in the tournament and has played very well. Hopefully, tomorrow he will add to that
tally,” Harmon stated. In addition to Cumberbatch, West Terrace will take a
combination onto the field that includes the speedy Izaiah Norris who has posed problems for most defenders during the tournament. Jaheim Headley and Keshawn Haynes have also had an excellent tournament.
If they come out victorious tomorrow, it would mean that West Terrace played unbeaten throughout the competition.
Meanwhile coach Tito Beckles and physical education teacher Andrew Bartlett were also equally confident that
Wilkie Cumberbatch would do well tomorrow. Beckles said his team was not one of “stars” in the
tournament but was a collection of lads who always gave their all for the team.
“I want them to relax, have fun and play their normal game,” Beckles said.
He said he expected an overall team effort with the players supporting each other and taking any opportunities that they created during the game. Beckles said his boys would not be overawed by their opponents.
Donte Greenidge has been one of the players of the
tournament and along with the likes of Tajio James, Xavia Nurse and Tranikko Browne, Wilkie Cumberbatch possess enough artillery to make an impression at Trents tomorrow. In Kenny King they possess one of the most tenacious defenders in the competition.
One definite advantage Wilkie Cumberbatch will have is between the uprights where Jayden Blanche has arguably been the goal-keeper of the tournament.
Tomorrow’s final starts at 11 a.m. and will be preceded by a third-place play-off between St. Bartholomew’s and Cuthbert Moore at 10 a.m. (WG)