St Catherine Under's Triumph While Kingston Steal The Main Game

Jamaica held it's own equivalant of State Of Origin Round 1 over the weekend, St Catherine vs  Kingston Blues, with players from the RLATG Division 1 and 2 being called up to play and plenty of the Island's talented growing youth pool taking part. The rain was unable to dampen the spirits of all involved as the Barbican playing field survived a pre-match pitch inspection from officials.

The day was opened by the Under 14's, the Kingston Blues triumphing over the St Catherine Reds after a fantastic standout performance from up and coming talent, Shaquan Brown, who bagged himself 4 tries in the Blues 20-16 victory. Up next were the Under 16's, a real tooth and nail battle between two evenly matched sides, the game decided at a scoreline of 12-8 to the Blues as they claimed their second victory of the day.

A tense game from the Under 19's would see both sides into the sheds at 0-0, however, it wouldn't stay that way for long, St Catherine growing with confidence throughout the game and coming away the victors in a 14-2 win, Romeo Monteith The Director Of Jamaican Rugby League picking out Adrian Brown of GC Foster as his star player in that game, setting St Catherine up with an opportunity to take Parish Of Residence in a clean 4-0 sweep.

St Catherine were unable to fulfil their dream opening though, Kingston racing out to a huge 28-6 lead at the half and were leading 36-6 into the last 25 minutes of the game, until some tactical reshuffling by the St Catherine coach saw them fight back to fall just short at the final whistle, the game finishing 36-34 Kingston setting up a really interesting final game on the 26th of May as the the two sides meet again. Mikel Facey was picked as the star man of the game, Romeo stating "Even though they lost the game, 17 year old Mikel Facey really stood out for me, he scored an amazing try and overall he was incredible, his tackling was hard, his running was harder and he's the best under 20 playmaker on the island and one to watch for the future"

Romeo Monteith had this to say about the event "The day has been fantastic and it's been great to see so many faces I don't recognize in the stands, it just shows that people are really taking an interest in  Rugby League and it was so good to see 4 really exciting games." A big thanks to the guys over at Jungle Fitness for supporting the event, go check them out on Instagram @junglefitnessja.



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