CC the conquerors! – Hyde focusing on Olivier Shield title as school celebrates d’Cup crown

first_imgAs Clarendon College celebrated their ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup victory over Cornwall College at their Chapelton base in Clarendon, yesterday, amidst the ecstatic celebrations, coach Lenworth Hyde was quietly planning his move on the Olivier Shield title. For Hyde, as important and deserved as yesterday’s festivities were, there is more work to be done before the curtain is drawn on their season. In his eyes, the real symbol of schoolboy football supremacy – the Olivier Shield, must now be the focus, as they look to replicate his 1977 team, which took the d’Cup and Olivier Shield titles. While praising his players and commending and thanking his staffs and aides, Hyde was pointing to the upcoming match against Corporate Area champions Kingston College. “We have one more challenge coming up and we have to perform to the best of our ability. We have to approach this very serious, that’s what we did in 1977 and we want to replicate that, so we are looking forward to it,” Hyde said. “It will be a tough one, but it is very important for us. This will show who is all-island champion, not the Champions Cup. The Olivier Shield is the best from town versus the best from rural, so I am looking forward to that one,” he continued. Despite a lot of people dubbing this a grudge match for the former Kingston College coach, who was unceremoniously dismissed by the North Street-based school three seasons ago, Hyde insists this is not a vengeance match for him. “KC is a good team and ‘Luddy’ (coach Ludlow Bernard) is a good coach. This will not be a vengeance thing, I am good friends with Luddy and a lot of the players. It will a fun day and may the best team win,” said Hyde. Celebrations kicked off inside the Stuart Hall, the school’s auditorium at approximately, 8:00 a.m. as students pierced the air with the sound of vuvuzela, with things reaching fever pitch on the players’ entry to the auditorium. After leaving Stuart Hall, the team paraded the trophy through Chapelton and made stops in the town square, sharing the experiences with members of the St Paul’s Early Childhood Institution, the Chapelton Primary School and St Roberts Bellarmine prep school, before parading to Somerfield and back to the school grounds. Lilith Wilson, principal at Clarendon College, said the past student support was invaluable to their success and that the school is putting things in place to ensure the trophy stays in Chapelton. “They (past students) have done so much, and this is the best past students association I have seen,” Wilson noted. “We want to have this cup for years, and we will implement the measures to make sure we have this cup for quite a while.” This is Clarendon College’s eighth daCosta Cup title. The last of their three Olivier Shield titles, which is contested between daCosta Cup and Manning Cup champions, came in 1998, when they shared the title with Dunoon Technical. No vengeancelast_img

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