Seaview Gardens is not just a community rifled with dead bodies, crime, poverty and illiteracy; there is more to this Jamaican community and the children are leading the way.
The JRLA successfully staged its second Annual Primary School Championship on Saturday at the GC Foster College with 100 children from 6 schools participating. Eight schools were originally slated to compete, however, late withdrawals by Bridgeport and Duhaney Park Primary left Naggohead Primary, Seaview Gardens Primary, Crescent Primary, Dupont Primary, Southboro Primary and Trafalgar Christian Academy to battle for top honours.
Defending champions Seaview Gardens were superb for the second year running, with their B Team chalking up 5 wins and 1 draw to retain their title as Primary School champions. Seaview showed excellent handling skills throughout the competition and their work in defence was just outstanding, no team managed to score against them, such was their dominance. They are coached by P.E teacher Julio Warren, who also coaches Kingston College.
Debutants Dupont Primary finished second overall after winning two games and chalking up 4 draws,, they are trained my P.E . teacher Mr. McIntosh. Naggohead, coached by another P.E teacher Charmaine Daley copped third on 6 points. Trafalgar Academy coached by Campion High supremo, Andrew Dixon, finished in fourth.
Crescent Primary coached by GC Foster College student Adrian McKenzie and Southboro Primary coached by P.E teacher Kemar Brown rounded out the standings. All teams played each other once in a round robin format using Touch Rugby League rules, as full contact is not allowed at the Primary school level.
Director of Rugby Romeo Monteith was pleased with the execution of the tournament.
“It brings great joy to have our children play rugby league, the look on their faces as they are playing is priceless and as an Association we will continue to grow the sport at this level. Thanks to the Sports Development Foundation and the Rugby League European Federation who supply balls, we are able to sustain and expand our delivery of rugby league to Jamaicans of all ages.”