It’s a battle of the blues in today’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup final at Sabina Park.When the opening whistle blows at 5 p.m. dark blues Jamaica College (JC) will come face to face with the light blues of St George’s College.Before the grand final Jonathan Grant High and Denham Town High will meet in a third place play-off at 3 p.m.Defending champions JC will be seeking their 27th title today, while St George’s College, with 22 liens on the trophy, are hunting their 23rd crown.JC have lost in other competitions this season but are unbeaten in the Manning Cup. They do not have an outstanding scorer to match last year’s top man Junior Flemmings, but their attacking players have done enough to get them to the final.The Miguel Coley-coached JC only failed to score once in a 0-0 draw with Holy Trinity in the second round. Senior players Donovan Dawkins and Ronaldo Brown are among their leading scorers, with 15 goals between them. Dawkins has six and Brown nine.JC’s main strength lies in defence where versatile captain Allando Brown has been outstanding in both midfield, and at the back. Most of his impressive work has come while he playing in the heart of his team’s defence at centre half.Meanwhile, St George’s, who lost two preliminary round matches, have bounced back emphatically after every defeat, and are strong favourites to win today after an impressive 4-0 win over JC in the FLOW Super Cup final two weeks ago.Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell is aiming to win a sixth Manning Cup with the light blues.His attacking front three of Alex Marshall (26 goals), Shevon Stewart (14) and Gregory Messam (14) have been hard to contain all season.St George’s have also done well in defence as only JC have conceded fewer goals. They are also the only team to have scored in all their games.Today’s main battle should be between JC’s tough defender Allando Brown and St George’s wily forward Marshall. Marshall is difficult to contain and if he is allowed to roam freely in the JC half he could ensure another miserable evening for the dark blues.
By Shemuel FanfairAryan Singh of Dharmic Rama Krishna Primary School, a lad who shared the nation’s top position at the recently announced National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA), said he intended to continue in the same vein to achieve outstanding results.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, the young man revealed that he would utilise a similar approach to maintain a high level of performance when he entered secondary school in the new school term.Top student Aryan Singh“I plan to do the same thing I’ve been doing – normal revision. I don’t intend to do anything special because if you do that, you get nervous,” he posited.He recalled that upon writing his exams, he was nervous but he was able to overcome his fears and end up being successful.When the results were announced on July 5, Singh had secured a total score of 568 marks, earning him a place at Queen’s College. The young man related that he was especially satisfied to know that he attained the highest marks in Mathematics and Social Studies.When asked about his feelings on being a top achiever, Singh observed that he was at first astonished.“It feels amazing, electrifying; I was extremely shocked at first, but when it got into my mind, I was overjoyed…my mom was shocked but was calm – I was crying,” the lad explained.He pointed out that it was his teacher, Padminie Geewan who helped to motivate him for the NGSA.“She really did push the whole class to their potential,” the young man said.He further related that any student with the right approach and effort can achieve success at their exams: “I would encourage them that anybody can be at the top, once you do your work and revise and don’t over pressure yourself.”Singh’s mother, Prithi Singh told this publication that she, his father, sister and grandmother all feel proud of his achievement.“Everybody in the family is extremely happy. He was a very disciplined and focused child, and he was also taking part in karate and is taking part in several international tournaments. We didn’t have many problems with him – only the games,” she expressed.She also related that her son was encouraged to study an hour before bed every evening.The National Grade Six Assessment, which was written on April 27 and 28 earlier this year, saw 14,386 candidates participating.