The Cedar Grove Academy Crowned U19 Champions
The Cedar Grove Academy claimed their first National U19 High School rugby league title with a 38-0 win over Kingston High. Both teams were playing in their first finals , with Kingston High the surprise package of the competition, making the finals in their first year.
For the winners, Jevaughn Burnett and Melvin Harris had 8 points from two tries, Kaden Hunter and Aldane Wright had 6 points from a try and a goal each, Jerome Newby and Jahmeel Black each had 4 points from a try and Ryan Wright topped off the scoring with 2 points from a goal.
Winning coach Antonio Baker said, “It was a well-played game. My boys stuck to the game plan an executed flawlessly. Our success comes on the back of our development programme that exposes the boys to high level competition and training.”
Robert Hawes coach of Kingston High said, “I’m proud of the boys, we lost to the better team and congrats to Cedar Grove. It was a learning curve for our boys playing for the first year and our journey to the finals has greatly impacted our school community in a positive way, we are all enjoying playing rugby league and we hope to continue improving”.
In the third-place play-off, BB Coke High edged Campion College 6-4.
The U19 season closes on Friday, December 3, with the staging of the National 9-a-side tournament at BB Coke High School in St. Elizabeth.
High school rugby league has made a remarkable come back since the lifting pf Covid restrictions. A total of eight institutions participated in the competition across the parishes of Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Catherine and St Elizabeth.