The threat of Tropical Storm Ian did not dampen the excitement around the annual Wolmer’s-Campion over-40s reunion football face-off.
Organised by the Age Quod Agis Sports Alumni Association (SAA), the long-standing event took place as planned on Saturday (September 24) at Wolmer’s Boys School in Kingston.
The energy and expectations were high as hundreds of alumni and supporters turned up to witness the reunion match between two of Jamaica’s top high schools.
Lissant Mitchell, a former goalkeeper of the Wolmer’s Manning Cup Team and Age Quod Agis SAA executive member, shared: “We’re happy we decided to take the event to Jamaica after 10 years in South Florida. Notwithstanding the weather concerns, it was a great day highlighted with friendly rivalry and more so, the strengthening of the lifetime bonds we formed decades ago.”
The event started with the opener between the Under-14 teams, which resulted in a 1-0 win to Campion College on penalties. This set the stage for the epic match up that followed between the over-40 teams.
The scintillating match saw the two 23-man squads dominating at various points in the game but, in the end, it was Youtuber and singer Wayne ‘Wayne Marshall’ Mitchell, from Wolmer’s, who got the better of Richard ‘DJ Narity’ Innerarity, steward of the Campion goal, in the first half.
Lissant Mitchell, who was also goalkeeper for Wolmer’s, kept a clean sheet to ensure a Wolmer’s victory at the end of the match.
The day continued with the annual after party, ‘N’Dulge’, which was hosted at C&C South Beach.
Despite some light showers, the energy remained high as Ambassador’s Disco and Billy Slaughter of Stone Love kept the patrons busy on their feet.
Speaking to the support for the event, which was being hosted in Jamaica for the first time, Lissant Mitchell stated: “It has been overwhelming. We had a lot of support from the diaspora with many long-time supporters flying in for the event. From the schools, to the sponsors, our alumni and other supporters, we are proud of our first staging in Jamaica and look forward to Reunion 2023 next September.”
Over the years, the SAA has donated more than J$7 million in support of nutrition programmes, sporting and medical equipment, gears and sports field enhancements for the Wolmer’s high schools. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the association also donated funds to support the digital learning transformation at the school.
This year’s event was endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and sponsored by Sagicor, Medical Disposables and Supplies Limited, Lynk, Grace Foods, Guardsman, Benjamins Cosmetics, VM Wealth Management, FESCO, JP Tropical and Champions Football Academy.
Persons who wish to make a direct donation can do so via the SAA’s website www.agequodagissaa.org