Primed for school rivalry

Who will wear the crown at the end of the 2008 Inter-Primary School Championships?

That is the question that will be answered today when the Islands Primary School athletes resume their annual clash of spikes at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

In last year’s renewal champions Red Bay Primary successfully defended their Crown in a close tussle with the John A Cumber Primary School from West Bay.

Red Bay’s 360.5 points topped John A Cumber’s 336 with Prospect third with 297.5 points. Indications are that the title should fall to one of these three schools this year.

With a number of last year’s older athletes moving on to John Gray and other high schools, this year’s battle should be even keener than last year’s.

Seventy-eight of Red Bay’s points came from their Division 5 athletes compared with John A Cumber’s 50.5 and Prospects 69. On the other hand Red Bay easily outclassed both of their nearest rivals in the Division 4 scoring 101.5 points to Prospects 83.5 and John A Cumbers 65.5. This augurs well for them in their Division 5 campaign this year.

Where Red Bay should struggle to gain points and where John A. Cumber should gain on them is in this year’s Division 4. Last year these athletes (competing in Class 3) totaled 53.5 points for John A Cumber compared to 29 for Red Bay and 36 for Prospect.

John A. Cumber should also have the upper hand in Division 3. They easily won last year’s Division 2 with a combined (girls and boys) total of 52 points compared to Red Bay’s 42 and Prospects 22.

Given their dominance in last year’s Division 1 where they amassed 49 points to Red Bay’s 34 and Prospects 9 points the signs are that John A Cumber are poised to dominate Division 2 this year.

The unknown quantity is of course in Division 1, where the fledgling class will make their debut.

Based on the compiled results of the CIAA’s District Meets Bodden Town Primary, now taking orders from Junior National Coach Tyrone Yen, are well placed to dominate this Division and of the expected top three schools Red Bay’s Division 1 athletes have so far been out performing those from John A. Cumber.

However Coach Harcourt Wason is a wily veteran at these sports and it would not at all be surprising to see his charges continue to dominate this Division as they have done for the past two Championships.

This year’s championships could well be determined by the relays and the open events more so than was the case last year.

Bad baton changes and injuries combined to take away valuable points from John A. Cumber and a repeat at this year’s championships would be disastrous for their title hopes.

In the Junior Boys 4x100m John A. Cumber are particularly strong as is the case in the Senior Girls equivalent. Red Bay should dominate the Senior Boys Relays but the Senior Girls Relay is a toss up between Bodden Town, Red Bay and John A.Cumber with Prospect looking to play the role of spoiler.

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