KC, Wolmer’s in Walker Cup showdown

first_imgKingston College and Wolmer’s Boys will meet in a mega clash as the quarter-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup knockout competition kick off today at the Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.The KC-Wolmer’s encounter, the feature match of a double-header, is set to start at 3 p.m. In the curtain-raiser at 1 p.m., Bridgeport High will oppose Denham Town High.Schoolboy football fans can expect a every exciting contest in the feature match. Both teams were very impressive during the Manning Cup preliminary stage that served as a qualifier for the Walker Cup.Wolmer’s finished Group F with a perfect 10 wins from 10 matches record, scoring 36 goals and conceding just once.KC won nine games and drew the other in topping Group C. The ‘Purples’ scored a competition-high 53 goals and conceded only once.With the records of both teams, there should be end-to-end action in today’s game.Wolmer’s head coach Vassel Reynolds says the game is a “stepping stone” to retaining the Walker Cup title.”We see the game as a stepping stone towards the defence of our title,” Reynolds told The Gleaner yesterday.”Our strength is playing as a team – playing total football. We have about seven players who have been scoring, and that is good for the team,” he added. “The KC team has been prolific, but there is not much between both teams.”Wolmer’s will rely heavily on Alphanso Gooden, Rivaldo English, Mickel Graham and Xavion Crossdale to take control and limit the free-scoring KC.KC’s head coach, Ludlow Bernard, knows Wolmer’s very well. He spent three seasons at the Heroes Circle-based school and he is predicting a good game for the spectators.”It is going to be a good game for spectators as both teams are very attacking,” Bernard pointed out.”We have many goalscorers on the team because of our system of play. Anybody can end up in front of goal. It will come down to the better defensive team on the day,” he added.KC’s strong attacking force will be led by Rashawn Mackison, who is the Manning Cup’s leading scorer on 18 goals. Mackison should get good support from Trayvone Reid, Ronaldo Robinson and Fabian Grant.The first game should also be a close and exciting affair.Bridgeport, the winners of Manning Cup Group G, are given the edge over Denham Town, who advanced as the best second-placed team from the seven groups. The Portmore-based Bridgeport scored 18 goals and conceded five, while Denham Town, in finishing runners-up to KC in Group C, also netted 18 times and had four goals against.last_img read more

Campaign trail rife with possibilities for local gaffes

first_imgAnd in South Carolina – where the H is silent in Horry Country – the names matter. Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who mastered most of the names during her husband’s campaigns, goofed by calling the state’s coastal area “the lowlands” rather than the preferred “Lowcountry.” To be sure, campaigning in the early voting states is an art. Voters want to see would-be-presidents at their neighborhood store, serving up ice cream as Romney did in Kingston, N.H., awkwardly tossing a bright green T-shirt over his dress shirt and tie. “Oh gosh, I’m not as strong as these girls,” Romney said, sliding behind the counter for a photo opportunity. “Just have me do some soft serve.” Such campaign stops are meticulously choreographed, with crowds assembled, stickers in hand and pledge cards ready. “Part of the problem is that everyone tries to be so disciplined, golly, you worry about the spontaneity,” said Kathy Sullivan, a former Democratic chairwoman in New Hampshire. When Republican Fred Thompson stopped by a Manchester, N.H., sports bar recently, the customers were more interested in watching the New England Patriots than shaking hands with the “Law & Order” actor. “Down in front,” one voter joked to the former Tennessee senator as the 6-foot-5 candidate blocked his view of quarterback Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots. The disruption – he and the throng of journalists standing in front of a big-screen television – prompted Thompson to take his cheeseburger back to his bus and forced his host, Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, to offer up his untouched light beer to a nearby table. The event was not long after Thompson’s trip to the Iowa State Fair, where the Republican rode around in a golf cart and wore Ferragamo shoes. Republican Sen. John McCain raised eyebrows among South Carolina GOP voters, who are overwhelmingly religious conservatives, by saying he considers himself a Baptist and attends a Baptist church at home in Arizona. For decades McCain had publicly identified his religion as Episcopalian. His follow-up that he “didn’t find it necessary” to be baptized in his adoptive Baptist church further puzzled voters, many of them Southern Baptists. There are plenty more `don’ts’ on the list: Don’t schedule a trip without looking at a map, as aides to former Sen. John Edwards apparently did when they promoted a campaign swing through New Hampshire’s North Country, but included stops far from that region. Don’t forget where you are, as Giuliani apparently did when he referred to “the people here in Massachusetts” during a speech in New Hampshire. Not quite as bad, Obama repeatedly called New Hampshire’s Belknap County “Bell Camp” during an early trip. Don’t get the governor’s name wrong, as Thompson did with South Carolina’s Mark Sanford. (Thompson called him Sandford.) Don’t get the name of the party chairman wrong, as Romney did with Fergus Cullen at a New Hampshire Republican gala. Romney called him Angus, a name Cullen has embraced as a joke. Don’t assume food comes ready to eat, as candidates in South Carolina have done. In that state, political barbecue means roasted pig and hands-on messiness. “You peel shrimp and shuck oysters,” said Romney political consultant Warren Tompkins. More than 20 years later, some remember when Walter Mondale didn’t peel and got more than a mouthful. Sports are another pitfall, as 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry learned at least twice. Kerry called the Green Bay Packers’ famous Lambeau Field “Lambert Field” and talked about the Ohio State Buckeyes while in Michigan, home of the Buckeyes’ archrival. But Kerry’s biggest of-the-people mistake was visiting South Philadelphia and ordering a cheese steak – with Swiss. It was a punchline for weeks. Giuliani, aware of that particular challenge, ordered his Geno’s sandwich with provolone and onions. At the packed event, he wore a suit and tie.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“How about the lobster?” he asked, never loosening his tie. “Everybody has the lobster.” Fellow Republican Mitt Romney went through the same hazing ritual, tie tight and lobster in hand. Laughter – including from wife Ann – followed. Democratic Sen. Barack Obama tried talking business with farmers in Adel, Iowa, in August to demonstrate empathy and win votes. But then he referred to a high-end organic food chain that has no stores in Iowa. “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” said Obama, who lives in Chicago. “I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.” SEABROOK, N.H. – Thou shalt not wear a shirt and tie at a lobster shack near a New Hampshire beach. Thou shalt not invoke upscale grocery stores while campaigning in farm-rich Iowa. And thou shalt not call South Carolina’s Lowcountry “the lowlands.” For every must-do, must-see tradition or place in the critical states that kick off voting for the presidential nominations, there is an equally important list of must-avoid steps. Some candidates, however, apparently didn’t get the memo about what’s incongruous or sometimes annoying to voters in New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a trip this summer to a tourist-filled lobster shack in Seabrook, N.H. In sweltering heat, the Republican rolled up in his black SUV wearing a bold red tie and crisp white shirt. As guests with flip-flops on their feet cracked lobster bodies with their bare hands, Giuliani got a laugh by rolling up his sleeves, grabbing a live lobster from a tank and holding it aloft. last_img