St George’s, Excelsior in crucial clash

first_imgSt George’s College will look to maintain their perfect record when they face Excelsior High in a top-of-the-table clash in Group A of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup preliminary stage at Winchester Park, North Street today. Match time is 3 p.m.The Light Blues have scored five wins from as many starts to be on top in the group on maximum 15 points, just ahead of Excelsior who are on 13. Greater Portmore are also on 13, but have played two more games. Tivoli Gardens are on three points and Tarrant High are without a point in the group.With that scenario, a win for either St George’s or Excelsior will strengthen their chances of finishing the group on top. This will also ensure a spot in the prestigious FLOW Super Cup as well as the Walker Cup knockout competitions.The teams’ first round game on September 20 at the Stadium East was abandoned following the death of former St George’s captain Dominic James. He collapsed early in the match and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead. His funeral will be held tomorrow at Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street.When the game was called off Excelsior were leading 2-1 late in the first half.St George’s College’s assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, says his team treats every game as being very important and today’s clash will be no difference.”Every game is important. We want to go out there and do our best. We are improving by scoring more goals and will look to continue that way,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.St George’s will look to new captain Alex Marshall, Akeem Robotham, Ronaldo Watson and former Wolmer’s player Akiki Jackson to continue their winning streak.Excelsior’s technical director Xavier Gilbert is fully aware of the importance of the game.”It is a very important game for both teams. We want to stay in line for the FLOW Super Cup, so we have been preparing for this game,” Gilbert declared.”The team is coming on, although we are not yet where we want to be. However, the aim is to go there for a win,” the former St George’s cricket star added.Excelsior will look to national Under-17 striker Raewin Senior, Christopher Thorpe, Thorne Buchanan and Cadine Graham for a positive result.Today’s gamesTivoli Gardens vs TarrantSt George’s College vs ExcelsiorAscot vs Kingston CollegeSt Mary’s College vs Denham TownPapine vs St Mary’s CollegeHaile Selassie vs MeadowbrookSt Catherine vs Jonathan GrantPembroke Hall vs ArdenneJosÈ Marti vs Wolmer’sEdith Dalton James vs DunoonCamperdown vs Kingston TechnicalCalabar vs CumberlandHydel vs Campion CollegeBridgeport vs St JagoVauxhall vs Jamaica College(With the exception of the St George’s-Excelsior match, all other games start at 3:30 p.m. Home teams named first.)ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup points standingsGroup ATeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsSt George’s 5 5 0 0 30 1 29 15Excelsior 5 4 1 0 18 3 15 13G Portmore 7 4 1 2 15 16 -1 13Tivoli 6 1 0 5 6 17 -11 3Tarrant 7 0 0 7 3 35 -32 0Group BJC 5 4 1 0 13 2 11 13STATHS 5 1 3 1 3 4 -1 6Eltham 5 0 2 1 2 8 -6 2Group CKC 8 7 1 0 44 1 43 22D Town 8 6 1 1 13 4 9 19Papine 7 3 1 3 16 7 9 10ST Mary’s 7 1 2 4 6 23 -17 5Ascot 8 1 2 5 6 27 -21 5N Manley 7 0 3 4 4 18 -14 3Group DH Selassie 7 6 0 1 14 5 9 18St Catherine 7 5 2 0 10 2 8 17J Grant 7 5 1 1 15 5 10 16Ardenne 7 2 1 4 5 13 -8 7M’brook 7 1 0 6 5 12 -7 3P Hall 7 0 0 7 2 14 -12 0Group EH Trinity 7 6 0 1 15 3 12 18C Smith 7 5 0 2 17 6 11 15Waterford 6 4 0 2 18 6 12 12Mona 6 0 1 5 2 18 -16 1C Carthy 6 0 1 5 0 17 -17 1Group FWolmer’s 8 8 0 0 30 1 29 24C’down 7 4 1 2 14 8 6 13Dunoon 7 3 0 4 6 13 -7 9J Marti 8 2 2 4 8 12 -4 8Edith Dalton 6 0 0 6 2 25 -23 0Group GBridgeport 8 5 2 1 11 5 6 17St Jago 7 5 1 1 13 2 11 16Hydel 7 3 3 1 21 4 17 12Calabar 8 4 0 4 16 6 10 12C’land 8 2 1 5 8 14 -6 7Campion 8 0 1 7 0 37 -37 0KTHS 7 2 1 4 5 6 -1 7last_img read more

Brand South Africa to connect with expats Down Under

first_imgBrand South Africa is returning to Australia for the third time to meet with expatriates. This time, it will try to get those South Africans to get involved with initiatives back home.Globals South Africans (GSAs) living in Australia will have a chance to voice their concerns about their home nation when Brand South Africa hosts the GSA event Down Under. (Image: Nicki Mannix, via Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterBrand South Africa are returning to Australia this month to meet and network with South Africans currently living Down Under.Two dinner gatherings, the first taking place tonight, 7 March, in Sydney and the second in Melbourne on 9 March, will look to incite pride and patriotism in the expatriates.The events are part of the Brand South Africa’s Global South Africans (GSA) initiative, which reaches out to expatriates living and working abroad. Through GSA, the organisation keeps South Africans updated on developments in the country and involve them directly in efforts to promote and market the nation brand.According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia is home to an estimated 150 000 South African immigrants. Many families have been living there since the 1970’s. However, they still maintain active contact through investments, family and friends.They are also unquestionably proud of their roots, as a delegation led by the late Minister Collins Chabane, discovered in the first GSA visit to Australia in November 2014. They found that the South Africans still felt strongly about the country and were still willing to give back.In the last visit to Australia in March 2015, Brand South Africa tried to understand the expats’ needs and perceptions, and identify ways the organisation can work directly with them.For this year’s visit, Brand South Africa will be responding to some of the issues raised in 2015. The organisation will also:Provide updated information and feedback on the performance of the nation brand domestically and internationally.Share information on the GSA programme in other countries such as the US, UK, Africa and the Middle East.Make GSAs aware of Brand South Africa’s long-term partners – such as Gift of the Givers, Partners for Possibility and the Nelson Mandela Foundation – and try to get them involved. This will also involve starting student exchange programmes between learning institutions in both countries.For more information, follow #SADownUnder on Twitter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more