The road to victory for the Kingston College Quiz Team in the 2011 season of TVJ’s School’s Challenge Quiz was a journey of hard work and dedication. The excellence exhibited by the young men in purple during the quiz season was the result of excellent coaching, long hours spent on individual studies and match practice gained from training against the large cadre of former KC Quizzers who were always available to ensure that we were match-ready. The team comprising of Roland Douglas (captain), Alain N’Dalla, Maurice Brown and Jahmall Bernard, demonstrated what it means to be truly Fortis.
The journey began in July 2010. While some were at the beach and at parties, the quiz squad was at their home, Kingston College (North Street), practising and studying so as to ensure that the best team was selected. This quiz squad was then narrowed down and the final four were chosen as the 2011 Kingston College Quiz Team. After the team selection, the real work began. Our coaches, Valmore Stewart and Jeffrey Foreman, along with a plethora of Old Boys intensified the quiz programme. The material to be studied was distributed and a timetable for success was mapped out. In the pre-season, we played several practice matches against many schools who would be participating in the competition. And then TVJ’s School’s Challenge Quiz competition began in January 2011.
As the number one seed, Kingston College was the first team to play in the new season and their opponents were the young ladies of Merl Grove High School. The match was a good one as both teams were prepared. However, Team Fortis came out on top 55-32. The second round saw the team facing Bog Walk High School. The KC Quiz team dominated the match and gave their opponents not even a glimmer of hope as they romped to victory with a score of 47- 14. Next, the gentlemen of North Street faced the school from Mountain View, Excelsior High School. As the match began, the KC quiz team stamped their class and showed their dominance making light work of the Excelsior team and coming away with a whopping 68-23 victory. That was the highest score of the season.
And then came the quarter finals battle dubbed “Fervet vs. Fortis”, Jamaica College versus Kingston College. The teams were neck and neck at the beginning of the match. However, in their usual way, the Kingston College team pulled away from their opponents and won with a score of 26-16. In advancing to the semi finals we would be facing Wolmer’s Boys High School and so the intensity of the training increased to a level immeasurable by any scale. Every area of our game was fine tuned. This was regarded by many to be the match of the season and so it was. Both teams were very close after the first two sections of the match. At the end of section two, the scores were KC 34 – Wolmer’s Boys 33. The atmosphere in the studio became very tense as audience members bit their nails. The purple hearts beat in our chests and the purple blood coursed through our every vein, but the men in purple showed true Fortis spirit, pulled ahead and won the match 44 – 31. Then it was on to the grand finale… Kingston College was up against Titchfield High School.
There was a lot of frenzy surrounding this particular final. Many names were assigned to it such as “Country vs. Town”, “Urban vs. Rural” and “David vs. Goliath”. Both teams had worked very hard to reach the finals and both teams had their eyes on the prize, or should I say prizes. The match began and at the end of the first section, the scores were tied on 6 each. However, the team from Portland had no idea of what was to come. The questions that came in the next two sections were, for the most part, new, and Titchfield began to buckle under the pressure. The young men from North Street, who had been skillfully prepared for these types of questions by their coaches, rose to the occasion and ended the second section of the match with a score of 21-11. The decisive buzzer section was where we cemented our victory as the sharp presses and quick responses gave us the edge and we ran away with the title scoring 33 to Titchfield’s 11. The team lifted the cup that night and gave Kingston College its 10th title as Schools’ Challenge Quiz champions.
One might ask the question, what is KC’s secret? There is no secret. We have the best, most dedicated coaches any player could ask for, the most advanced quiz programme designed by the same coaches, a loyal group of experienced former champions to hone our skills against, the tremendous financial support of old boys here in Jamaica and abroad and the passionate staff and students of Kingston College who are there with us at every step. It has been an unforgettable and wonderful experience for the team to be crowned TVJ’s Schools’ Challenge Quiz Champions for 2011.
And now for the 11th title! Fortis Forever!
Roland Douglas (Captain)