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Charles F. the champs


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That was what coach Emerson Webster and physical education teacher Alphonza King said as Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary collected another sporting title yesterday.

They won the Bico Primary Schools Football Competition from St Cyprian’s Boys with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at the National Stadium, to add to triumphs in swimming, cricket and track and field.

Marcus Whittington, who earlier in the competition scored five goals in one match, scored St Cyprian’s lone goal, a shot which deflected off the post and into the nets in the 12th minute.

But Charles F. Broome stormed back. Leading the way for them was Khalil Vanderpool-Nurse, who equalised two minutes after the half-time break with a strike that deceived the St Cyprian’s goalkeeper.

Nurse was later voted Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

Yanni Marshall provided the match winner in the 28th minute to the delight of dozens of screaming Charles F. Broome Primary supporters.

Never gave up

St Cyprian’s never gave up but failed to find the equaliser and Charles F. Broome were able to hold on for a memorable victory.

“At half-time, we told the guys let’s get back to what has brought us success and they came back out there to get the result we deserved. Last season, we finished third in the preliminary zone, so we did not qualify.

“Fifteen out of our 19 boys are moving on to secondary schools, so it’s going to be difficult next year, but we will definitely be looking to do our best to defend our crown,” said Webster.

King described the win as the crowning glory.

“This is the only title that has evaded Charles F. Broome. We have won every other title in primary school and I congratulate them on the excellent job today,” he said.

In the fight for third position, Bay Primary nosed out Arthur Smith Primary 4-3 in a match full of drama. Amir Gustave inspired the stirring comeback with a beaver-trick.

It was a good fightback by Bay Primary as Arthur Smith led 3-0 at one stage, by way of a double strike from Jaheem Wilson and a third goal from Devon Bynoe.

Pressure was now on for Bay Primary and Gustave, captain of the team, scored their first goal in the 28th minute. Gustave added a second goal a minute later and locked the scores at 3-3 with a strike in the 35th minute.

A blunder by the Arthur Smith Primary goalkeeper resulted in the final goal. He made a fumble and the ball was pounced on by the alert Gustave, who scored in the 39th minute.  (JC)


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