The 2012 Manning Cup season kicks off this afternoon in Montego Bay with defending champions St George’s College looking to make a successful start when they face Zone C rivals Hydel High.

The ‘Light Blues’ showed in the recent Roper Cup that they will be hard to beat this season following a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Kingston College.

Hydel, one of the usual minnows of the competition, should not be strong enough to pose any real threat to the many-time champions.


Position last season: Champions.
Key players: Romario Jones, Nico Campbell, Cordell Benbow, Andre Lewis, Kendon Anderson, Oshane Boote.

Group C: Along with Hydel, Clan Carthy, Denham Town, Dunoon Technical, Cumberland.
Coach: Neville Bell

Coach’s view (assistant – Marcel Gayle): “We will be aiming to defend our title. We have four national Under-20 players and if we can get it right we will we will be hard to beat.”


Position last season: Semi-finals.
Key players: Jason Wight, Amal Knight, Jaheel Hyde, Jorghino James, Tazio Gilpin, Jason Greenland.
Group F: Along with Donald Quarrie, Jose Marti, Oberlin, Kingston Technical, St Andrew College.
Coach: Ludlow Bernard.

Coach’s view: “Just like anybody else we want to win, and in the process deliver for the school which has gone 18 years without a title. We just need to remain focused and concentrate more than we have done in previous years.”


Position last season: Semi-finals.
Key players: Junior Flemming, Tevin Simpson, Andrew Riley, Kevin Blackwood, Andre Bingham.
Group B: Along with Camperdown, Mona, St Jago, Waterford.
Coach: Alfred Henry.

Coach’s view (assistant – Delroy Brown): “We have a decent team and one that is a better than last year. Additionally, we have not finished outside of the top four for the past five seasons, and the aim is to continue that trend.


Position last season: Quarter-finalist
Key players: Ryan Jackson, Ojai Bedward, Bryan Richards, Cornel McKen, Romario Atkinson.
Group A: Along with Campion, Greater Portmore, Norman Manley, Penwood
Coach: Leebert Halliman.

Coach’s view: “I took a one year sabbatical leave last year, and I am now ready to resume my duties. We are in a rebuilding stage, and things will take time, but we are going to try and do our best.”


Position last season: Quarter-finalists
Key players: Kyle Scott, Javon East, Richard Chambers.
Group D: Along with Bridgeport, Haile Selassie, Innswood, St Mary’s College, Tivoli.
Coach: Mervin Tate.

Coach’s view (vice-principal – Alrick Moodie): “We have had a few set back with a few senior players not returning. But we have the quality and the dept to come out the zone, and once we do that it is a matter of taking it match by match.”