“Wagga’ Hunt Football Classic …

KC ties Calabar with late goal

Kingston College and Calabar old boys played to a thrilling 3-3 draw at the inaugural New York leg of the David “Wagga” Hunt Memorial football match on Saturday at the Springfield High School , Queens , New York .

In the early goings, Calabar dominated play and went ahead but minutes after KC tied the score. Controlling most of the midfield play, KC surged ahead 2-1 and the score remains the same at half-time.

Calabar sensing that the Purple and White gang were getting tired completely controlled the second half and were able to tap in two more goals to take a 3-2 lead. The score could have been much wider but the Calabar forwards had too many miscues.

With less than a minute remaining, a Calabar defender was slow in making a clearance and KC, with a history of not giving up succeeded in tapping the ball past the Calabar goalkeeper.

“Wagga” Hunt led Calabar to Manning Cup and Olivier Shield titles in 2005 before his death of a heart attack in 2007. He also coached KC and Meadowbrook Manning Cup teams and was the founder of Champs Preview, a favorite of Track and Field lovers.

The intent of the “Wagga” Hunt Classic which started in 2009 at the UWI Mona Bowl is to have teams from Meadhaven United, Pelicans Masters and KC against Calabar annually. A companion leg of the event is held each year in Florida , through the auspices of the Florida Chapters of the KC and Calabar Alumni Associations. Old Boys from KC, Calabar, Meadowbrook, Cornwall College plus Pelicans Masters and Jamaica Nats ( Washington , DC ) will participate.

Proceeds from the events go towards the David ”Wagga” Hunt Memorial Scholarship fund at KC and Calabar respectively. The goal is to offer two (2) scholarships (J$100,000 per student) each year, to a second year student of both schools (Grade 7) who displays commendable academic performance and attitude in sports or other co-curricular activities and is in need of financial assistance. The scholarship period for each recipient covers Grade Eight to Thirteen at a budget cost of $J600, 000 per student, and covers tuition, books, lunch and other related expenses. Four (4) scholarships have already been awarded.