By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Seventh Day Adventist are still the Primary Schools Tag Rugby champions. This time, they needed overtime to fend off Cedar B 3-2 and retained their title on Friday at the Old Recreation Grounds.
“This was a good victory,” Seventh Day coach Melvin Knight stated.
Seventh Day opened with a 2-1 win over Francis Lettsome and beat Cedar A, 4-2.
Cedar B shut out Ivan Dawson 2-0 and pummeled Enis Adams, 7-2. Cedar B had a 3-2 victory over Cedar A in the semis while Seventh Day advanced after Enis Adams forfeited.
“I told them to listen to me, do what I said to do and they would win,” Knight said after the game. “I was telling them to work as a team on defense, pass the ball and run into the defense and spin because when you spin, they would try to get the tag and they wouldn’t get it and we got the winning try right there.”
Knight said Cedar wasn’t playing together as a team from what he saw, their defense opened a lot of space in the area of the ball and it allowed them to attack on the weak side.
Cedar’s coach Enrico Ramsey said the final game was interesting as both teams played extremely well but the team that wanted it more won.
“Our downfall was basically trying to do one thing over and over and not spreading the ball well enough,” Ramsey explained. “Other than that, we played an excellent game and I’m very proud of my students. We steamrolled a lot of teams to get to the final, but the Seventh Day Adventist team has always been giving us some trouble. But, it was a good game. I’m proud of them.”
Tournament coordinator Sherlock Solomon said it was a tough tournament for participating teams.
“I expected this kind of competition because both teams have been working hard at school during the week,” Solomon pointed out, noting that the skill levels have increased tremendously and he’ll probably have to reduce the numbers from 10 to a seven a side to give them more space on the pitch so that they could run.
“We noticed that the skill level was really high and there was a lot of looping and a lot of switching. We definitely have to accommodate them on a bigger pitch maybe next time. So, I’m very happy with the competition this afternoon.”