Calabar High won their fifth successive Jamaica Rugby League Association U14 Championship, beating The Cedar Grove Academy 18-14 in a pulsating Grand Final played at Campion College. The match went into golden point extra time, Tevez Tulloch with his second try claiming the clinching score.
Amere Anderson and Jhaidan Williams also crossed for the victors, Laquan Burton, Christan Campbell and Shamar Cunningham replying for Cedar Grove.
Calabar coach Derone Davis said: “We are extremely proud of our performance. Cedar Grove are a very good team and played a great match, they’d beaten us in the round robin stage and so we knew we had to dig deep in the finals. We held our composure well in the second half and in extra time and it paid off.”
The U16s decider was also a hotly contested affair between Campion College and The Cedar Grove Academy, both of whom were seeking their first title. Campion took an early first half lead through prop Ehinome Ehikhametalor, but Cedar Grove hit immediately through Tajay Brown. The scores remained level until late in the second half when Ehinome crashed over for his second try which decided the contest 8-4.
“The boys worked hard throughout the season, and it all came together for them,” noted Campion coach Andrew Dixon. “Our season was built on being able to defend well and that enabled us to overcome a very talented Cedar Grove outfit. Overall, we are just happy to bring Campion its first U16 rugby league Championship, it means a lot to this team.”