There were no big surprises in terms of results for Inter-Col 2015.
The Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS) power-house athletes were widely expected to defend their title and they did so in the most convincing fashion. Weeks before the great day their coach said, “The other schools go to compete but we go to win.” The writing was on the wall from last year and it was difficult to see any other school dethroning them. Yet, they didn’t have to be so brutal; 440 points, leading the second-placed St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) by nearly 150, who in turn led the third-placed Bishop’s College (BC) by a wider margin of over 175 points.
For the record, it is not the first time that the GBSS won for three consecutive years. They won three consecutive games in ’65, ’67 and ’68, but there was none in 1966.
Prior to the day Anglican High School (AHS) had signaled their determination to retain the title. This was evident in talking to coach and students alike. However, AHS was aware of a challenge from the St. Joseph’s Convent – Grenville (SJCG) judging from last year’s performance. Additionally, the Grenville girls were even more determined being on home soil; but AHS was not deterred. Just over 60 points separated them.
There were no surprises with the St. David’s Catholic Secondary School (SDCSS) either. Both coaches – Miss Williams and Mr. Radix had said long ago that they are on a rebuilding process. After a record-breaking winning streak, the girls were dethroned in 2012, regained the title in 2013, but were off the top for the last two Games. They have lost some of their star athletes over the last couple years and they have some catching-up to do. Even some commentators were ignorant of that position, causing them to make silly comments regarding the school’s athletes. However, the athletes performed creditably all things considered, with the boys doing very well in fourth position. It is the first time that the boys attained a higher position than the girls. The determination was there in the athletes but power-house GBSS and St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) on home soil were too much for SDCSS.
Carriacou schools improved their performances as expected. Hillsborough Secondary School (HSS) girls scored fourth position and Bishop’s College (BC) boys placed third. The schools have been on the rise for the last few years and they presented themselves as a force not to be ignored. It must be noted that five of their athletes are on Grenada’s Carifta team this year. SAASS were not expected to out-perform GBSS so their second position in the boys was widely anticipated at home. The boys of Westerhall Secondary (WHSS) and Mc. Donald’s College (MDC) have tasted victory before but that glory was highly elusive this year at Progress Park. MDC boys were way too low for comfort and their coaches have a lot of work to do. WHSS must be highly commended for fielding a girls’ team this time around, an indication that they have been able to deal with their concerns.
Finally; commentators are human beings and hence are liable to be overcome by emotions; but an experienced and informed commentator ought not to be affected or overcome by emotions. Good English must be maintained at all times, but commentators ought to be mindful that their voices are all over the world. Besides, it would have been nice if they were giving updated scores for the sake of listeners and viewers. This is not a new concern but the time for improvement is passing.