Month: January 2020

  • ‘Positive’ Jamaica U23s hunt berth in CONCACAF Finals

    first_imgSince 2004, Jamaica’s Under-23 men’s football team has not made it to the CONCACAF Final round of the Olympic qualifiers, with the team making early exits against underrated Caribbean opponents on the last two occasions.However, assistant coach Jerome Waite said they are looking for a positive result when they take on Cuba in one Caribbean Football Union (CFU) semi-final this Friday at Stade Sylvio Cater in Haiti for a place in the CONCACAF Final, set for the United States in October.Both CFU finalists will advance to the CONCACAF Final. Haiti and St Vincent & Grenadines will contest the other semi-final. The final is set for Sunday.”We are looking forward to positive results in this semi-final round. The objective is to move past this hurdle and get to the final leg. It will be a challenge, but despite that, the players are up for the challenge,” the Arnett Gardens Premier League-winning coach told The Gleaner yesterday.”We have seen some of the top attacking players out of the Cuban team because they played in the Gold Cup. But the head coach (Miguel Coley) has taken the time to assess the Cuban Under-23 team and we expect they have a strong unit.”They are very fast and they play good football, so we expect a tough game.We don’t expect an easy run like in the first round,” he insisted.There have not been many changes to the Jamaica squad that secured qualification in the Dominican Republic in June and Waite expects the players to continue improving.”The fact that most of these players are the same players who cleared the first hurdle, it will make it much easier because you have less newcomers in the squad,” he explained.”The preparation has been going on well and the players have been responding. They have improved pretty well, although there is room for improvement … and you can see the team is gelling,” he added.SQUAD: Omar Holness (captain), Kereem Manning, Paul Wilson, Junior Flemmings, Amal Monte Knight, Vishinul Harris, Brandon Anderson, Joel Johnson, Kevaughn Frater, Christopher Campbell, Michael Seaton, Cardel Benbow, Haddad Khouri, AndrÈ Morrison, Sean McFarlane, Nico Campbell, Ricardo Oldham, AndrÈ Lewis, Romario Williams, Damion Lowe.last_img read more


    first_imgASTON VILLA VS WEST BROMJust four miles separate these Birmingham rivals and there is little between the teams in the Barclays Premier League, with Aston Villa in 15th place following Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion are just 14th, with just one more point than their neighbours. But Albion have kept clean sheets in 13 games since the arrival of head coach Tony Pulis in January.BOURNEMOUTHVS SUNDERLANDThese teams are strangers; they have met six times, and only four in the league. Their first clash was in August 1988 in the old Second Division, and it ended in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland winning 1-0 at Bournemouth. The following season (1989-90) Bournemouth lost 3-2 at Sunderland and 1-0 at home while, in the League Cup that season, the Black Cats won 1-0 at Bournemouth following a 1-1 draw at Roker.NEWCASTLEVS WATFORDNewcastle have now won just three of 24 Premier League matches played in 2015, and they have not scored since the opening day of the season – a run that stretches for 402 minutes. Their failure to score in four successive Premier League games is their worst run since April 2014. A fifth would represent their longest-ever spell without a Premier League goal.SWANSEA CITYVS EVERTONEverton boss Roberto Martinez remains a popular figure at Swansea. The Spaniard played in 122 games for the Welshmen before taking over as player-manager at the age of 33. He stayed two years before moving to Wigan Athletic. And if history repeats itself, Everton should leave with at least a point. In 10 visits, Everton have never lost, winning eight and drawing two.TOTTENHAM VS CRYSTAL PALACESpurs have suffered their worst start to a Barclays Premier League season since 2008, when they had just two points after five games, but went on to finish in eighth place. Crystal Palace, by contrast, are enjoying a fine start to the campaign. They are fifth in the table, despite losing their unbeaten record to leaders Manchester City last weekend.LIVERPOOL VS NORWICH CITYLiverpool have gone three games without a win, losing their last two, their worst run since last November, when they drew one and lost the next three. They have scored just three goals in five games in the Barclays Premier League, the fewest number netted in their first five outings for 10 years.last_img read more

  • BB Coke ambush STETHS to log surprise victory

    first_imgWestern BureauLast year’s beaten finalists St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) were surprised 1-0 by B.B. Coke in Group E action from the ISSA-Flow daCosta Cup yesterday, a result that ripped the group wide open, making it the most interesting of this year’s competition.Group E is still being led by Lacovia, who defeated Maggotty High 2-0, while Munro logged their first win of the campaign courtesy of a 1-0 victory over the cellar-dwelling Newell High.But the surprise of the round has to be B.B. Coke’s win that put them second in the group on seven points, three behind Lacovia, with Maggotty and the inconsistent STETHS next with five points. Munro are next with four points from four matches.Omar Wedderburn, the STETHS head coach, certainly knew his opponents were much better than last year. He told The Gleaner in a previous interview that the group possesses teams that could win on any given day.It was clear that yesterday was never STETHS’ day, as B.B. Coke made them pay for a number of missed opportunities to come away with what could amount to their biggest scalp in many years.Petersfield High, meanwhile, jumped to maximum nine points from three matches, with midfielder Akeil Brown netting a late winner against Godfrey Stewart High in Savanna-la-Mar.Brown struck in the 80th minute to send his school clear of both Godfrey Stewart and Manning’s School in Group D.”It was another hard game for us, but we managed to score that late winner and are very pleased with this result,” said Godfrey Drummond, Petersfield’s head coach.”They missed some chances in a good game, but we held our composure to grab the win. Brown did well all game and will feel very confident ahead of our next match on Saturday against Little London,” added Drummond.Elsewhere, the previously unbeaten Vere Technical suffered their first loss of the season, as Kemps Hill stung them 1-0 at Hayes in a key Group N clash. Vere, however, lead the group with nine points. Kemps Hill kept pace on five points.Yesterday’s resultsB.B. Coke 1, STETHS 0Godfrey Stewart 0, Petersfield 1Vere 0, Kemps Hill 1Munro College 2, Newell 1Charlemont 0, Dinthill 0Maggotty 1, Lacovia 2last_img read more

  • Riettie hits smashing first – Jamaican is first ever to hold four ITTF coaching certificates

    first_img COACHING CERTIFICATES Sandra Riettie, the former Jamaica table tennis representative, is now the first person in the world to hold four International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) coaching certificates. Riettie, a former women’s singles champion of Jamaica on nine occasions, sat and passed the ITTF’s Para Level One course in Kingston in June when the ITTF’s Christian Lilleroos was the course conductor and was notified of her success a few days ago. Her other coaching certificates are the ITTF Level One, the ITTF Level Two, and the ITTF Level Three certificates for regular coaching. In congratulating Riettie, Lilleroos said: “Congratulations on fulfilling all the ITTF requirements for certification as Para Table Tennis Level one coach. “You are also the first coach in the history of the ITTF to have four different coaching certificates – the ITTF’s Level One, Level Two and Level Three certificates, and the Para Level One certificate.” Lilleroos added: “You are currently the highest certified table tennis coach in the world as certified by the ITTF. When the Para Level Two comes next year, be ready to take the course as well in order to stay on top.” Riettie, who attended courses in Budapest, Hungary, served as an umpire during the recent World Championship in Japan and at the North American Cup in Toronto, Canada, and is also a Level One referee of the ITTF. Apart from being a former champion of Jamaica on a number of occasions, Riettie also represented Jamaica at the Caribbean Championships many times, at the Commonwealth Championships in the Isle of Man, and at the World Championships in Sweden in 1985.last_img read more

  • Early shopping for Cavalier – Alex Marshall among strikers added to struggling team

    first_imgSt George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall is among four strikers who are expected to add fire to Cavalier’s attack for the remainder of the Red Stripe Premier League football season. Marshall was the most outstanding player in the FLOW-ISSA 2015 Manning, Super Cup, and Walker Cup competitions for the North Street-based institution. He was prolific in front of goal and dazzled with his dribbling skills and passes and led his school to the high-profile Super Cup trophy. Marshall spent three weeks training with United Soccer League club Philadelphia Union in the United States of America and benefited tremendously. The 17-year-old also played in two RSPL games for Cavalier last season. “He has completed the paper work and is awaiting a medical and will not turn out against Boys’ Town this Sunday,” Rudolph Speid, Cavalier’s technical director, told The Gleaner yesterday. Speid also disclosed that Aldaine Grant, Suela McCalla, and Cleon Pryce had been transferred from Portmore to Cavalier. “They (the three strikers) will turn out on Sunday. The players have moved from Portmore and doing well in training,” he added. A fifth striker is on Cavaliers’ radar, but this transfer has not yet been finalised. “Our build-up plays have been good but we missed a lot of chances because we pushed midfielders into strikers’ roles. “We have scored the least amount of goals in the league so far. Now, we have some genuine strikers,” Speid said, beaming. Cavalier are currently in 10th position on 18 points, just above relegation zone in the 12-team RSPL. The club has scored 11 times and conceded 18 goals in 18 games.last_img read more

  • Lennon are female champions again … Beat XLCR on penalties to retain title

    first_img BETTER PLAY Lennon High School defeated Excelsior High 2-0 on penalty kicks in the ISSA Schoolgirl football final at Prison Oval yesterday, to win their seventh championship and their second in succession. After battling to a 0-0 regulation and extra-time scoreline, Renae Gordon and captain Petakaye Green converted from the spot for the Clarendon-based school, while Excelsior missed all their four kicks. Lennon had to go through extra-time and penalties in the semi-finals against Denham Town on Tuesday and although they had to do it all over again coach Sherlon Lennon, said they were well prepared. “We got most of the chances in regular time, but we didn’t finish off the game and we had to go to penalties but we were well prepared for it, and winning the title and bringing it back to the community is a wonderful feeling,” he said. Lennon had the better play for most of the game with Gordon, Shanesia Smith, Judian Jones and Christine Graham putting the Xavier Gilbert-coached team on the defensive for most of the regular time, but lacked the quality to get the job done. Excelsior were not totally outplayed and did have their moments. They relied heavily on the presence of Tarania Clarke and her deliveries from set-pieces. For losing coach Gilbert, his team exceeded his expectations this season. “The girls were every disappointed they didn’t win, but I am proud of them, we did not expect to reach this far. We did not execute well (penalties) but their legs were tired and I don’t know if played a part,” he said.last_img read more

  • Coaches react to student’s passing

    first_imgA number of the island’s schoolboy football coaches have commented on the passing of St George’s College footballer Dominic James, who collapsed during his team’s ISSA/Manning Cup contest against Excelsior High at Stadium East yesterday.James fell to the ground in approximately the fourth minute of the game and later died at the University Hospital of the West Indies.The youngster arrived at St George’s College from Jamaica College (JC) two years ago and JC head coach and national senior team assistant coach Miguel Coley remembers the student fondly, describing him as a “true player”.”His parents always said he is a true player of the game as he always wanted to win and do well and excel in football.He was happy where he was (at St George’s). We always followed up with him as he is someone who has represented us well since he was 15,” said Coley yesterday.Christopher Bender, coach of Camperdown High, was also saddened by the death of the 18-year-old St George’s College Upper Sixth form student.”Well, condolences to the parents of Dominic. We can only pray for them. It is a tough situation for the family,” Bender expressed.Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, St George’s assistant coach, was at a lost for words when contacted.”I knew him before he came to St George’s. It is tough, and I cannot really talk about it now,” Gayle said.The game was a top clash in the group and was entertaining up to the time when it was called off by referee Wilverglen Lamey.St George’s College scored early when Akeem Robotham produced a beautiful goal from just outside the 18-yard box.Thorne Buchanan then scored two quick goals for Excelsior to put them ahead. Excelsior led 2-1 when the game was stopped.last_img read more

  • Woman weeps in testimony against NBA star Rose

    first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP):A woman who accuses Derrick Rose and two friends of gang rape in a $21.5 million lawsuit became emotional yesterday after the NBA star entered the courtroom for the first time as she testified about how intoxicated she was on the night in question.”I’ve never felt like that before,” the 30-year-old said. “I just felt I was less in control, more goofy.”As she began to connect a night of drinking at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion on August 26, 2013, with the disputed incident in the early morning at her apartment, there was a long pause as she wept quietly, hiding her face behind a computer screen on the witness stand.During a break with the jury out of the courtroom, defence lawyer Michael Monico complained that they couldn’t have her “crying all day” and suggested the judge issue a “no crying” order.US District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said he’d never heard of such an order and said the defence was welcome to mock her later or say the crying was ridiculous.”I’m not going to order the witness not to cry any more than I’m going to order her not to breathe,” Fitzgerald said.Rose, 28, and his friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton have denied the accusations in the lawsuit.last_img read more

  • Blackwood’s effort fails to save Scorpions

    first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood narrowly missed out on his fifth first class hundred, but there was otherwise little enterprise from Jamaica Scorpions as they suffered a 181-run crushing at the hands of two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars yesterday.Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions failed to find the character necessary to save the encounter even with the entire second session lost to rain, and were dismissed for a disappointing 147 on the final day of their opening round Regional Four-Day clash.The right-handed Blackwood stroked 96 off 223 deliveries with 13 fours and two sixes, but lacked support as he was one of just three specialist batsmen in double figures, and the only one to pass 13.Gudakesh Motie helped wreck the innings with four for 35, while fellow left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul finished with three for 63, and seamer Keon Joseph, three for 18.POINTSJaguars picked up 17.8 points, while Scorpions took away 4.8 points.Resuming the day on nine for two trying to avoid their fifth straight defeat to Jaguars, Scorpions lost wickets steadily to crash to 38 for five.Guyanese Trevon Griffith, on four at the start, perished in the day’s third over for 13 bowled by Joseph at 19 for three and night-watchman Jason Dawes followed for three at 32 for four, holing out to long-off off Motie.When AndrÈ McCarthy was lbw to Permaul for two, Scorpions seemed unlikely to last until lunch, but Blackwood and Chadwick Walton (13) put on 54 for the sixth wicket to push the visitors to the interval at 47 for five.After a long break for rain, the pair frustrated Jaguars with their stand before Walton was eventually lbw to Motie, and nine balls later, with a single run added, Derval Green was lbw to Permaul without scoring, as the rut set in.Blackwood seemed sure to reach his landmark when he was last out, caught at the wicket off Joseph.last_img read more

  • The Wright View | Stop Abusing Our Junior Athletes

    first_img Unanimous votes Every year, November is celebrated as Youth Month, with November 19 being World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The celebrations of these important landmarks have been muted here in Jamaica. Recent occurrences affecting the lives of our children here at home seem to have been the attention grabber that has galvanised ACTION that may have the required effect of altering how we look at the lives of our children. The problem that I have with the term child abuse is that it is used to refer predominantly to sexual abuse. To me, the abuse of a child encompasses more than sexual (or even physical) abuse. Things that we do to our children, or allow them to do, when we know that what they are doing will (at some stage) result in either physical or mental harm is child abuse. It took the death of at least eight children, dating from as far back as 2009 (a footballer), before the authorities began looking at the causes and possible ways of identifying those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the most probable cause of their demise. The move by the organisation in charge of school sports (ISSA) to insist (for now) that participants in school sports will need a Pre-Participation Evaluation Clearance certificate before being allowed to compete is most welcome. Kudos must also be given to Team Jamaica Bickle, a diaspora organisation that has come forward with equipment that should be mandatory at every ISSA-controlled sporting event. This should result in a welcome reduction in cases of SCA in children who show no outward signs of a possible cardiac problem, but who really are disasters waiting to happen. Children who show signs of ‘difficulty’ in responding to the dictates of coaches and trainers in practice or games, claiming that they are tired, can now be examined by trained specialists to determine if they have medical problems that may be the cause of their tiredness. No longer will our children in sports be the subject of abuse by enthusiastic ‘drill sergeant’ coaches. Similarly, the sight of our children doing multiple events at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships (Champs) will now come to an end, as the controlling body for school sports in Jamaica, ISSA , ruled last Friday that children at Champs will not be allowed to run, jump, and throw themselves into injury mode or overuse syndromes. As can be expected, this has not gone down well with coaches or those who have nightmares thinking that these ‘new’ rules may adversely affect their chances of winning no matter, what happens to the child next year or the year after. Thankfully, the principals that make up ISSA voted unanimously last Friday to (for the first time at last) take the control of Champs out of the hands of past students and coaches and assert their rightful status, as the ones who the Government and parents expect to save the children in their care from abuse. The fact that ISSA had a meeting on December 5 last year, attended by coaches and interested parties where suggestions were solicited in an effort to prevent burn-out and overuse injuries affecting our children, seems to have been lost on some of those protesting the decisions ratified by the principals last Friday. The acceptance of this ‘win-no-matter-what’ culture in school sports has adversely affected the lives of our children, who are not equipped mentally or physically to decide what is best for them. The age of consent exists because it is universally recognised that children NEED help when making decisions that can adversely affect their future. So, when a coach says that so-and-so (a child) wants to do four events that is why he/she is allowed to do them, we now recognise that such a coach is guilty of neglect in the discharge of his duty to the child. Congratulations to ISSA. We are, at last, taking actions to minimise the possible abuse of our children. January 20, 2017, was the Jamaica Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.last_img read more