Thursday, October 24, 2013

Oshane Roberts hunts Flow Champions Cup title for Waterhouse

The Flow Champions Cup All-Island Knock-Out football competition has consistently revealed new talent looking to make their mark in premier local football competitions. Earlier in the season we saw breakout performances from the likes of Huggarth Nugent of Sporting Central Academy and Brian Brown of Harbour View FC, however the focus has since shifted and has firmly landed on Oshane Roberts of Flow Champions Cup Finalists Waterhouse FC.

Oshane Roberts is a 20 year old right or left wing back who is capable in defence and dynamic going forward in attack. Roberts developed at the Norman Manley High School where he played Manning Cup before making the transition to the nation’s top flight competitions.

“The transition from schoolboy football to the premier competitions like the Flow Champions Cup has been hard, but I learn everyday and I am willing to put in the work”, commented Roberts when questioned to what his transition into the Waterhouse program has been like. Roberts added that having role-models like Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson and Romario Campbell who he went to school with at Norman Manely, makes the transition even smoother, as both players are two of his closest friends in the team. With Anderson and Campbell both being called to the national senior ranks recently, Roberts seems to have chosen the right company.

Roberts started playing football in his last year of Primary school when he captained Duhaney Park Primary before transitioning into the high school program at Norman Manley High, one of the nation’s top schoolboy football developers over recent years. Roberts is seemingly a hard worker and is self motivated as he described growing up without a father since he was just four years old, yet despite the stigma attached to inner city communities like Waterhouse where he is from, Roberts managed to stay away from the lure of gang violence and instead focuses his effort and time on football.

The Flow Champions Cup has repeatedly given talents like Roberts a chance to shine, as with the Knockout format coaches are more open to incorporating youngsters and mixing them in the first team than they are in the league format.

Roberts has featured in six of seven Waterhouse FC’s games so far this season, starting and playing all 90 minutes in five of those games. The Flow Champions Cup Semi-Final was Roberts’ first absence from action as he was an unused substitute. However, the young man is even more focussed now on regaining his pace in the starting team ahead of the final on October 28 where he will hope to impress from either the right full back or left full back position, a testament to the youngster’s versatility as he is equally effective from either side.
Oshane Roberts is a name to keep an eye out for as the young star is hoping he can follow the likes of ‘Tuffy’ Anderson and Romario Campbell as well as goal keeping sensation Richard McCallum and be selected into the national program.

“I am even more focused and dedicated on my football as I realised that the National Coach, Mr. Schafer seems open to the idea of introducing new, young players into the national team. Everyone sees that he is scouting a lot at games like the Flow Champions Cup and I want to be ready when given the chance to impress the coach and earn a national call up”, Roberts explained after Waterhouse ousted Harbour View 1-0 in the Flow Champions Cup Semi-Final on Sunday.

Roberts will be under the watchful eye of coach Junior Francis who, along with the rest of the Waterhouse staff will be ensuring his further development as a player. Waterhouse seems to be the perfect fit for Roberts as being a member of the community he already knows the history of the club and the pride associated with representing the club and community.

“I used to come here when I was much younger and watch Waterhouse play, so to now be able to play for the club and represent the community is just a pleasure”, Roberts struggles to explain as the clear passion for the hometown team sparked emotion in the player, another good sign that young Oshane Roberts is on the right track.

The Flow Champions Cup continues to be the platform where players like Roberts seek to make use of their chance and impress on the field and as the Final of the Flow Champions Cup is set for Monday October 28 with Waterhouse tackling Tivoli Gardens, Roberts will undoubtedly be working hard in training to make the line-up and deliver on the big stage.

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