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  • H View for CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

    first_imgHarbour View FC will represent Jamaica in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The youth showpiece will be held at the Cruz Azul Acoxpa Stadium in Mexico, August 4-8.In announcing Harbour View’s selection at Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Football Academy, at the University of the West Indies Mona yesterday, the JFF’s director of football, Vin Blaine, commended Scotiabank for this initiative to help develop football in Jamaica.”Travelling to Mexico is special as they are the top CONCACAF team,” Blaine who is also a Harbour View FC technical director said.While the squad will play under the Harbour View banner players have been drawn from other KSAFA-based clubs. The 16-member squad will be coached by Noel McClaren with Sydney McFarlane as his assistant. The team captain is Rojaughn Joseph.As title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League and the Caribbean Nations Cup, Scotiabank has now turned its attention to youth development.”One of Scotiabank’s core mandates is to support the development of youth through sport,” regional marketing director at Scotiabank, Heather Goldson, said. “The Scotiabank CONCACAF kid’s Champions League allows us to remain true to our drive to encourage youth development,” she added.Meanwhile, Kingston and St Andrew Football (KSAFA) president, Ambassador Stewart Stevenson said: “I know Harbour View. They always give of their best and I expect excellent performances,” he stressed.The eight clubs in the championship are CD Chatelango of El Salvador; Herediano (Costa Rica); Chepo FC (Panama); Harbour View FC (Jamaica); Montreal Impact (Canada); DC United (United States); Toluca FC (Mexico); Aguilas UAS (Mexico).last_img read more

  • Strong finish key in title race

    first_imgThe guess as to who will win the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is no easier than previous seasons.In the past five seasons, five different teams – Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay United, Harbour View, Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens – have won the nation’s most prestigious football championship.Throughout that period, Waterhouse have remained the most consistent team never to have won, finishing fourth, second, second, third and fourth.Arnett, who had been fourth the previous two seasons and eighth the two before, made a huge leap last year under the guidance of it’s community and one of the country’s most successful coaches, Jerome Waite, to regain a title they last won almost a decade and a half ago.This evening they will kick-start their title defence at their home stadium, Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, to University of the West Indies FC, a first-timer to football at this level.With several of his top players unavailable, Waite expects an uncharacteristically slow build-up to the campaign.”Arnett Gardens will start slow this season, reason being a lot of players who participated in the Business House competition they have not shown up for regular training, as well as the players overseas.”Although the core of the team is not here, I expect them to handle themselves. If you recall, our last 13 games we played leading up to the final, we won and we want to continue that unbeaten run,” he added.Strong start important”As the defending champions, you have to take up the opportunity at the start of the season and not so much in middle or the end of the first round. You have to go out there and start as champions. “It’s a season we are looking forward to and it’s not how we start, but how we finish,” he noted.That latter sentiment pretty much sums up the crux to the title: It’s how you finish.How well the teams pace themselves will significantly impact their chances, a big chunk of which boils down to depth in quality to spread across three rounds of competition, plus the decisive final phase that involves the semi-finals and final.Montego Bay United had been almost as good last season, but came up short in the final against an Arnett team that thrived on its consistency.Having retained its quality squad, and with some additions, too, the western Jamaica standard bearers are hungry to regain the crown.”Our aim is to get better and better each year. The mistakes we made last year, we’ll address them and improve on them,” said Orville Powell, the club’s owner of an improvement that can only be marked by a championship.Waterhouse have been knocking for some time, and again, they should have a say.”We’re trying to go all the way,” noted new and experienced Premier League coach, Calvert Fitzgerald. “I’ve inherited a very good team, Anthony Patrick did a very good job and he left a very talented bunch of players. I just have to do my best to see if we can cross that barrier that has been evading us for so long.”Humble Lion crossed virgin territory into the semi-finals last season, but were undone by none other than the champions. Their ambitions are bigger.”We have more depth … we’re aiming for the top spot,” noted Daphne Taylor, a club executive.Much of the others share a similar view, including Harbour View and Tivoli Gardens, which performed below their usual high levels.Harbour View have added much quality to their numbers and expects to reap greater fortune, despite the generally modest offerings from head coach Ludlow Bernard.”Our ambition is to finish in the top four and take it from there … we’re looking forward to a good season,” he expressed.Club president Edward Seaga pointed to Tivoli Gardens’ shortcomings, noting that “we have been falling off because we don’t have the top-level (players) like before”.However, this will not dampen their spirit and enthusiasm to rise again.Portmore United and Boys’ Town, champions in their own right, will also be looking to make their mark, as is Cavalier, who started well but fell away, Rivoli and newcomers UWI.Most got their first taste of action yesterday, a long way from the line that draws the champion – at the finish.last_img read more

  • Edwards joins Saints for St Ann clash in JCA 50 Overs Championship

    first_imgStrengthened by the inclusion of Barbados batsman Kirk Edwards in their line-up, St Catherine CC will attempt to move one step closer to defending their title when they play away to St Ann CA in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50 Overs Championship today. The contest, which is scheduled to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will be played at the Noranda Bauxite Oval. Edwards, who was on Friday named to the Jamaica Scorpions’ 13-man squad for their opening round WICB Four-Day Professional Cricket League clash away to Barbados on November 6, is expected to add steel to an already solid ‘Saints’ batting line-up. Led by out-of-favour Jamaica and West Indies batsman Danza Hyatt, St Catherine also boasts the experienced Tamar Lambert and former West Indies ‘A’ representative Shacoya Thomas. This is in addition to former national youth opener Oraine Williams, who recently returned from Ireland, all-rounders Gavin Wallace (leg-spinner), off-spinner Peat Salmon and pacer Wayne Morgan, plus spinner Odean Brown. “When you look at Edwards’ international and first-class statistics, he should bring a lot to St Catherine both on and off the field,” Hyatt said. “He makes our batting stronger, and with us looking to defend our title this is what we want.” St Ann, like St Catherine, boast a record of four wins and one loss from the zonal stages and according to their coach, Cleon Smith, they are not too perturbed by the presence of Edwards. “Kirk Edwards is a well-known name in regional cricket, but cricket is played on the field, not by names,” said Smith. “Jamaica Defence Force and University of the West Indies (UWI) had star-studded line-ups and we stopped them.” St Ann, captained by national opener John Campbell, will be looking to stellar performance from Xavier Marshall, as well as Tevin Gilzene and Duran White. In other matches, unbeaten Kingston, with up-and-coming batsman Brandon King at the helm, will host UWI at Sabina Park. The UWI team will be led by new Jamaica first-class captain Paul Palmer Jr Kensington will travel to Manley Horne Park to face St Elizabeth and St Catherine CA will host St James at Ewarton Bauxite Oval.last_img read more

  • Rain brings premature end to Wolmer’s, Vauxhall Manning Cup clash

    first_imgTorrential rain and a water-logged Constant Spring football field affected yesterday’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup second-round double-header.Wolmer’s Boys and Vauxhall High ended in a premature 1-1 draw, while defending champions Jamaica College played to a rare goalless draw, against Holy Trinity High, in the second match.Both teams struggled to maintain ball possession under slippery conditions, despite JC dominating in attack, as well as scoring chances, but were unable to get the ball into the net.”Kudos must be given to the Constant Spring pitch; it held up admirably,” George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions officer, told The Gleaner.”I thought in the first game that was blown off with about five minutes to go, the referee could have waited a little more because it (conditions) weren’t going to get any better, and if he waited for about 12-15 minutes and tried to restart the game, he should have just continued the five or six minutes,” Forbes outlined.The first game, Wolmer’s vs Vauxhall, went ahead at 1 p.m. and it was all to play for, as Vauxhall took the offensive to a jaded-looking Wolmer’s, who featured in the FLOW Super Cup last Saturday.Vauxhall’s leading marksman Tyane Wilson, with six goals, sent them ahead in the 26th minute after kneeing the ball over goalkeeper Shamar Jemison and just over the goal line.Vauxhall tried to defend their narrow lead a little too early and Wolmer’s’ leading goalscorer, Alphanso Gooden, found space inside the box to fire home from close range.The goal took Gooden’s tally to eight, with his team having six minutes to play.ISSA will announce details on the unfinished match.Yesterday’s ResultsJC 0 Holy Trinity 0Wolmer’s 1 Vauxhall 1 (rained out at the 84th minute)Today’s gamesGroup IInnswood vs Camperdown at Prison Oval Field 1 p.m.Hydel vs Denham Town at Prison Oval Field 3 p.m.last_img read more

  • Racquet-eers rack up impressive victory over Georgia

    first_imgThe Racquet’s-eers tennis team had a truly impressive victory over the Georgia Country Club home team last Saturday, winning 71 vs 53 games. The top Racquet-eers player was Norman Marshall. This leading tournament has been played annually since 2003, always on the only grass courts still operational in Jamaica. Non-playing Racquet-eers team captain, Tony Gambrill, said, in thanking Custos Paul Muschett (Georgia doyen): “This is the first time in many, many years that the three Georgia grass courts were properly prepared and rolled prior to the match. Our players have always had better talent, but are normally handicapped by the erratic country bounces. This year had a truer bounce.” Playing tennis captain for the losing team, Georgia, Andrew Hopwood, refused to confirm that the same level of court preparation would be assured in 2016 as “it appears that this adversely affected the results this year. These city people must learn to deal with bumpy ground.” The tournament refreshments were under the direction of Dimps Gallant and Sheona Muschett. Scorekeeper and peace maker was Colin Gallant. A number of first time players participated – with varying levels of skill – this year, namely, Will Iton (who arrived late having lost his way in travel from UWI), Annabelle Todd, Jonathan Todd, Mirah Todd and from the UK via Treasure Beach, Judy Hanley. Bruce Hart attended to play, this year without his dog. The Georgia Courts were recently almost burnt to the ground. A larger-than-usual herd of goats distracted attention as they wandered by during the match. Mr Merrick Marshall suffered a painful calf cramp during play, regrettably after the team physician, Dr Richard Gomes, had abandoned play to go to a wedding.last_img read more

  • Russell defends status as T20 gun for hire

    first_imgWest Indies allrounder Andre Russell has defended his status as a T20 gun for hire, saying he should not be denied the right to secure financial gains from the game. Russell, a member of the Sydney Thunder in the Australian Big Bash, is considered one of the more active players on the international Twenty20 circuit. The Big Bash will be his fifth domestic Twenty20 competition after tournaments in India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean and elsewhere. “As a professional, you have to think about living after cricket,” said Russell, who has played one Test, but says he is no longer available because his knees cannot withstand the rigours of the longer format. “You can’t go into a supermarket and say … I used to play for West Indies, I had 10 half-centuries, 15 hundreds, you can’t get groceries like that – you have to live. You can’t be begging on the road, you can’t live off your stats.” The Jamaican cricketer says he is hurt by media criticism of the West Indies team following their innings and 212-run defeat to Australia in the opening Test. “I see terrible comments in the papers and it hurts,” said Russell. “As a West Indian, I didn’t feel I could leave the room, because I didn’t want anyone to see me or ask me about what’s happening because I may be rude and I’m not that type of person.” West Indies play Australia in the second Test match starting on Boxing Day, and Russell, while not optimistic, is hoping for a miraculous change of fortune for the Caribbean side. “It’s a funny game. We just have to wait and see what will happen on Boxing Day. I’m not saying the West Indies can’t beat Australia, but come on, we have to face the facts,” Russell said. “These guys know how to bowl and bat on their pitches. We still didn’t have to lose so bad. Even if we go down the next game, we’ll go down fighting.” – CMClast_img read more

  • Amateur boxing champs starts Thursday

    first_imgSixty-eight boxers, 63 males and five females, will take part in the Jamaica Boxing Board’s National Senior Amateur Boxing Championships from Thursday, January 28, to Saturday, January 30, at the Stanley Couch Gym, on Victoria Avenue in Kingston.There will be two categories, Elite and Novice, for boxers 18 and over. The Novice category is for boxers with less than five bouts. The nine gyms participating are Stanley Couch, Bruising, G. C. Foster, Jamaica Defence Force, Heavy Metal, Sav Boxing Academy, St Thomas Boxing Club, Sugar Knockout, and Seaview Gardens. Entries have also been received from four overseas boxers, two from Canada, and one each from England and the United States.Kingsley Goodison, administrator for the tournament, told The Gleaner that he was pleased with the entry list and expects keen competition throughout the tournament. Among the top amateurs who will be participating are Janathan Hanson, Nico Yeyo and Ricardo Carter, who performed well in a recent overseas development tournament, and Michael Gardener, Reece Shagourie and Kestna Davis, who are former champions.last_img read more

  • Foster’s Fairplay: Maintain the spirit

    first_imgThe pleasant aroma of a Jamaican high school boasting its own synthetic track still hovers. Three weeks ago, the Calabar High School family was so blessed, kicking off by hosting a track and field meet in honour of two of its most illustrious sons, Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint. The atmosphere was electric, so many students of the sport voicing views as to how the wider arena of the sport could benefit. To say that the future is pregnant with possibilities would be a most appropriate conclusion. For the homesters, the reality of this new day and how the facility upgrade can positively affect the fortunes of the school, must have been up for active consideration. With four straight (titles) already secured, it could sound the trumpet on the start of a dynasty of Champs successes, only achieved by the Kingston College (KC) 1962-1975 reign. The execution and maintenance of Champs glory comes with inbuilt, stiff challenges. The long standing major contenders, the two mentioned and Jamaica College (JC), must optimise their chances by having access to top class facilities for preparation. Before the Red Hills Road ‘newbie’ surfaced, all three had to access the only city convenience, the National Stadium East, when it was time to sharpen up. This would have added great expense. The fact that Calabar now stands richly endowed in this area must give them not only incentive, but advantage. Foster’s Fairplay suspects that they are eyeing an unbroken run similar to the Fortis crew. Already, there is in-camp talk of ‘having it locked’ until 2021. Five more would ensure them the honour. It would be a proud bunch, as was that cohort of not-often seen ‘Bar Lifers’, who flocked to the new track on Saturday, January 23. However, all these C’bar black and green dreams could be thwarted by their closest and ever-persistent rivals from Old Hope Road and North Street. Those responsible for fundraising at these two heavyweights, must now be knocking heads and pockets to unearth that J$50 million to follow suit. Occupying their minds, must be thoughts that “this Calabar take-off is to be commended, but a strident response is essential”. CROSS PARTICIPATION Having said all that, Foster’s Fairplay has been made aware of an ill wind that is blowing over cross participation of athletes in this or that meet. It is a pleasing tribute to the advances in the sport that the calendar offers multiple options on any given weekend. Choices must be made by team management as to where the athletes should go to seek the competition that is required. Achieving the qualifying marks for Champs is also a major factor. If it means a squad split, taking in different locations, so be it, as long as selected requirements are met. Unfortunately, there are instances when these decisions are known to be made for questionable reasons. This columnist has heard, coming from at least two camps, sounds that are unwholesome to the ear. To cite, “Oh, so I support you and you do not support me, so I will no longer give you my support”. This is not what the country or its most globally prominent sport should be trying to build or maintain, and which it inevitably will be called on to repair. No one benefits from this malice aforethought. This columnist will leave it at that for now. There is no desire to destroy reputations for fair play that could be long and burdensome in rebuilding. The baton of abatement must now be passed to the custodians of high school sports. These are the principals. Working as the oversight group, they are known to be strident in the execution of their duties in several other areas. Rightly so, but these include pockets that are doing well, and in the view of Foster’s Fairplay need no meddling. This columnist sees the cauterising of confrontational thoughts, as mentioned, as matters for urgent attention. As the process streams towards the gala event – Champs – let there be a resolve to participate in the meets which best suit the particular programme. It should never be out of spite or a payback for a perceived wrong. High School sport is so sweet. Do not try to spoil it. – For feedback email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

  • India, NZ clash in Twenty20 World Cup Super 10 opener

    first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP):New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is wary of the threat Indian spinners could pose for his batsmen in their World Twenty20 match yesterday.”The pitch will be on the slow side and perhaps take a little turn,” Williamson said yesterday ahead of the Super 10 opener. “In Indian conditions, we can expect spin to play a big part, and it’s important that we adjust our game accordingly.”The pitch used here for a Test match against South Africa last year was rated as poor by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the game ending inside three days.The World T20 qualifying games also saw the ball turn. That could magnify the challenge in batting against India’s Ravichandran Ashwin-led spin attack, which also boasts all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, part-timer Suresh Raina, and the backup of Harbhajan Singh.New Zealand have the added challenge of adjusting quickly to the format as their last engagement was a Test series against Australia, but Williamson played down this concern.”In international games, you get to change formats consistently,” Williamson said.Hosts India are the favourites to win the tournament but start their campaign against an opposition they have never beaten in four previous meetings, including in the 2007 edition, which India won in South Africa.”I don’t think our previous record has any meaning. We go into the match tomorrow with a clean slate. India is a strong side, and Twenty20 cricket is fickle in nature,” said Williamson, who has match winners of his own such as batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill and all-rounder Corey Anderson.India’s in-form batsman, Virat Kohli said that the team’s fine recent run gave them a lot of confidence.”We’re pretty confident after winning 10 of 11 games and hope to take that momentum into the World Twenty20,” Kohli said. “This is going to be far more challenging. This is a big event and the whole feeling, vibe, is different.”India’s recent successes include winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well as a 3-0 series victory in Australia. Kohli led the way, scoring 352 runs in eight T20 games at a strike rate of 134 and an average of 117.33, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also among the runs.”The middle order has not got too much of an opportunity in recent games. So it becomes our responsibility to get the runs at the top of the order,” Kohli said. “I come in at No. 3, so I have a better chance of getting runs than batsmen to follow. We all understand that.”India and New Zealand are with Australia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in Group Two. Group One consists of the West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.- APlast_img read more