'That's what champions are made of' - Edwin coach Dyke praises team for repelling Hydel charge

By Sports Desk March 31, 2019
Edwin Allen's Clayton twins. Edwin Allen's Clayton twins.

Edwin Allen coach Michael Dyke has praised the championship mettle of his charges, after prevailing in a close race against Hydel at the ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships on Saturday.

In the end, a seven-point margin was good enough to secure a sixth straight title for Edwin Allen, but a furious final day rally by Hydel had left the 291 to 284 outcome in doubt for much of the day.   

Edwin Allen began the final day with a 63-point lead but watched nervously as a rampant Hydel whittled down the margin to seven by the end of the day.  The defending champions were, however, able to hold on their nerve in the relays, traditionally a strong point.

“It was very challenging as a result of the fact that we suffered a lot of injuries and mishaps throughout the championships, but when you look back at it, that’s what champions are made of,” Dyke said.

“In championships, you don’t expect perfect things to happen, so I’m happy we were able to overcome all those challenges,” he added.

Traditionally powerhouses Holmwood Technical were well beaten into third with 220 points on this occasion.  St Jago, just as they were among the boys, finished fourth with 207 points.  Rusea’s closed out the top five with 84.

 

 

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