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Mico B launch title defence

Mico B launch title defence

first_imgAn intriguing 2016 season-opener in the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League netball competition will take centre stage at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, at the Leila Robinson Courts in Kingston.Following what is expected to be a colourful opening ceremony and uniform parade at 1:00 p.m., two sets of matches are scheduled to be played.The competition will feature a total of 72 teams vying for supremacy, and the defending champions are Mico ‘B’.The Mico team is coached by Annette Daley and they will no doubt be looking to retain their trophy and play an exciting brand of netball.Meanwhile, the consolation ‘B’ trophy was won by Molynes United ‘A’, who according to coach George Pryce are “confident of winning another trophy this year”.”We are always ready. We have gotten back players from other leagues and colleges overseas, so our team is a good mixture of youth and experience, and we have a full complement,” he said.They will line up against Wolmer’s A in the ‘A’ competition and against Duhaney Strikers in the ‘B’ category.Another winner who will feature today is Westchester, who defeated Maxfield Park Community Club 8-5 to take the Jo Wigman Rally.Today’s competition will mark the 23rd year of sponsorship by JN of the competition which welcomes one new team, Rose Town. Each team will play two games per day.last_img read more

‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

‘We didn’t take anything for granted’ – Jamaica’s Frew credits teamwork for historic Windies’ U-19 victory

first_imgOutgoing Jamaica Under-19 captain, Michael Frew, a member of the victorious West Indies Under-19 team, has listed teamwork as the main reason their historic ICC Under-19 World Cup triumph. The West Indies, led by Man-of-the-Match Leeward Islands batsman, Keacy Carty, who scored an unbeaten 52, defeated title-favourites and previously unbeaten India by five wickets in the final yesterday in Bangladesh. “It was definitely, team performance,” off-spinning all-rounder Frew told The Gleaner.  “It wasn’t one person who really carried the team. Everyone chipped in at the right time. “Our opening bowlers, again, gave us a good start with the new ball and the bowlers in the middle came and finished the job. “In the batting we knew we had a lot of balls and the guys batted patiently,” he added. The triumph, which was wrapped up with three balls to spare, after the West Indies scored 146 for five in response to 145 made by the Indians, represented the first time the regional outfit was lifting the title. The previous best performance was a second place finish in 2004, when the West Indies, led then by current wicketkeeper, Denesh Ramdin, lost to Pakistan in the final, also in Bangladesh. Fast bowlers – the impressive Alzzarri Joseph of the Leewards and, Ryan John of the Windward Islands – spearheaded the West Indies bowling performance with three for 39 and John, three for 38, respectively. “Leading up to the final we were winning matches so our confidence was at a pretty good level,” expressed Frew. “However, we knew that India was a good team and didn’t take anything for granted.” Guided by captain Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana, the West Indies, after going down to England in their opening match, rebounded to defeat Fiji and Zimbabwe in their subsequent group fixtures. They then defeated long-standing nemesis, Pakistan, who also knocked them out of the tournament in 2014, in the quarter-finals, before getting the better of Bangladesh in the semi-finals. One of three Jamaicans in the West Indies squad along with fast bowler Odean Smith and batsman Shahid Crooks, Frew, also said he hoped the win would make the people of the Caribbean happy. “I hope it has made them proud,” he said. “We wanted to do this for the people of the Caribbean, including our family and our friends.”last_img read more

More sports in brief

More sports in brief

first_imgRooney breaks scoring record LONDON (AP): Wayne Rooney has broken Bobby Charlton’s 45-year-old scoring record for England by netting his 50th career international goal. Rooney converted a penalty in the 84th minute for a 2-0 lead against Switzerland yesterday in a European Championship qualifier at Wembley Stadium. The Manchester United forward blasted his spot kick high into the net before pumping both fists and running over to celebrate in front of the England supporters. Charlton scored 49 goals in 106 England games. Rooney needed 107 games to get to 50. He had equalled the record by netting a penalty in a 6-0 win against San Marino on Saturday. England have already qualified for Euro 2016. England win MANCHESTER, England (AP): England kept alive the one-day series against Australia by winning the third match by 93 runs at Old Trafford yesterday, thanks to a first ODI century by James Taylor and a stunning display of fielding in the reply. Taylor held up one end in hitting 101 off 114 balls to allow Jason Roy (63) and Eoin Morgan (62) to make rapid contributions, as England posted 300-8, their highest total so far this series. Recalled opener Aaron Finch top-scored with 53 as the Australians were dismissed for 207, ending their seven-match winning run against England in ODIs. Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett took three wickets each in a tight overall bowling performance. Australia lead the five-match series 2-1 as they look to end the tour on a high, having lost the Ashes series 3-2 and also the one-off Twenty20 international. The fourth ODI is at Headingly on Friday.last_img read more

Batsmen shine at trial

Batsmen shine at trial

first_img Left-arm spinner Patrick Harty with four for 81 was the top wicket taker yesterday while there were two wickets each for fast bowlers Marquino Mindley and Nicholson Gordon. “The game is a competitive one, and interestingly poised, and is the sort of encounter we wanted at this stage of our preparation,” said Jamaica coach, Junior Bennett. “The only regret is that despite so many fifties, none of the batsmen in either has gone on to triple figures. “However, there is a day to go and let’s hope that will happen.” Half-centuries from Andre McCarthy, young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith and Brandon King highlighted yesterday’s third and penultimate day of Jamaica Scorpions’ sixth and final trial match at Sabina Park. McCarthy who scored an undefeated 163 in the fifth trial fixture, topscored with 63 while Griffith and King hit 57 apiece, as Paul Palmer’s XI, batting a second time, were dismissed for 317. This is to go with their equally competitive first innings total of 302.  Also getting among the runs were wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton 36, and, all-rounder, David Bernard Jr, 26. Campbell’s XI, set a victory target of 309, were six without loss when stumps were drawn.last_img read more

Leave world records alone – JAAA boss

Leave world records alone – JAAA boss

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, says he does not support calls made by one of the sport’s most powerful bodies to reset all world record marks amidst the ongoing doping crisis affecting international track and field.Chairman of UK Athletics, Ed Warner, recently announced a list of suggestions his organisation believes will return credibility to a sport that has been reeling after a doping crisis, which has seen Russia banned after alleged ‘state-sponsored doping’ and former IAAF president Lamine Diack facing criminal investigations, after he was accused of taking a bribe to protect drug cheats.However, Blake was quite clear in his opposition of the proposals, which would of course see the five IAAF world records held by Jamaica removed from the books.Usain Bolt currently holds world record marks in the men’s 100m and 200m, with Jamaica also responsible for the best ever men’s 4x100m and 4x200m times in history. Merlene Ottey also has the best mark in the women’s indoor 200m.”I don’t think that this is a viable or fair suggestion because it would penalise athletes, who have legitimately worked hard and excelled, athletes who have never been under any cloud of suspicion or anything like that, and we in Jamaica, we have a few records that would go as well,” Blake responded when asked for his views on UK Athletics’ suggestion to reset the clock.”I know over time people have wondered about certain records, but I have always been of the position that if nothing has ever been proven against the people in question, no matter what the suspicions are, you can’t do anything about that. We have to accept those records,” Blake added.BOLT’S DETRACTORS”Everybody loves to target Flo-Jo’s (Florence Griffith Joyner) record (10.49 seconds in the women’s 100m) more than any other, but let us say down the years and we look at our own Usain Bolt, his record is similarly way ahead of the competition, granted that he has always been running fast from he was a little kid, but there are doubters in the world that seem to think that Jamaica has some magic potion giving to Bolt, so what do we say to those people?” Blake reasoned.The JAAA president, who himself has had to deal with public scrutiny and failed drugs tests by high-profile Jamaican athletes, underlined his belief that the sport will move forward, while showing his support of IAAF president Seb Coe’s response.”I have looked at the five points outlined by our president and I think there is a lot of merit in those plans,” said Blake.Among other things, Coe has promised to double the anti-doping budget to US$8 million, appoint a new chief executive by the middle of the year, establish a separate integrity unit for athletics before August’s Olympics in Rio and double the current international testing pool of athletes to 1,000.See related story on B4.last_img read more

Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

Jamaica net emphatic win

Jamaica net emphatic win

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jamaica’s junior Sunshine Girls produced a convincing performance to trounce hosts Barbados and clinch the Caribbean Netball Association Jean Pierre Championship at the National Stadium here on Friday night. In the long-anticipated clash of the unbeaten teams, Jamaica started strongly and never relinquished the advantage, as they stormed to an emphatic 35-21 result. Their success was propelled by goal shoot Lori Daley, who scored 24 goals from 32 attempts, while Zandra Cohen provided support with 11 from 12 attempts. For Barbados, goal attack Brianna Holder scored 11 from 19 attempts, while the usually prolific Tower Lorde was a perfect eight from eight. Jamaica threatened to put the game out of sight from the first quarter when they stormed to an 11-2 lead at the first break. In the second quarter, they outscored their opponents 9-5 to lead 20-7 at the half-time whistle. Jamaica again dominated in the third quarter, thanks to Cohen, who netted seven from seven, while Daley sank four of her five attempts. ASSURED VICTORY They were virtually assured of victory, leading 31-12 at the start of the final quarter and even though they were outscored 9-5 by the Barbadians, the Caribbean powerhouses were never in any real danger of losing. Jamaica ended on 35 points, four clear of the second-placed Barbados, while Dominica were a distant third on 22 ahead of St Lucia, courtesy of goal average. Grenada and Bermuda were fifth and sixth, respectively, after finishing on 17 points each, with Trinidad and Tobago second from last on eight points. Antigua and Barbuda finished without a win or a point. Dominica’s third-place finish came after they came from behind and produced a thrilling final-quarter effort to edge Bermuda 21-20 in a close contest. They were down 3-6 after the first quarter, 10-11 at half-time and had fallen behind by five, 12-17, at the start of the final period. However, goalshooter Celena Langlaise came up huge when it mattered, sinking eight goals from nine attempts, as Dominica outscored the Bermudians 9-3 to snatch victory. Overall, Langlaise finished with 20 from 25 attempts, while for Bermuda, Donnauri Robinson shot 15 from 21. Meanwhile, Grenada trounced the hapless Antigua 47-8, behind Brianna Durant’s 21 from 26 attempts and fellow goal shoot Carlene Alexander’s 21 from 28 attempts. In the other game of the evening, St Lucia beat T&T 31-18.last_img read more

Gallant Hudson gets fourth

Gallant Hudson gets fourth

first_imgJamaica’s Shane Hudson clocked a season’s best 49.07 seconds for fourth in the men’s T45/46/47 400 metres final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. “I gave it my all,” Hudson said after he narrowly missed out on the bronze medal. He added: “This will make me more determined to continue. The time, 49.07, is my season’s best. I look now to London next year, where the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships will be held”. Jamaica Paralympic Association president Christopher Samuda described Hudson’s run as “valiant and inspiring and what we expect from an athlete who is determined to give his best on the day”. Hudson was strongly tipped for a medal after he advanced from Friday’s semi-finals with the fastest time. Yesterday, however, he was outrun by the medallists in a very close finish for the top four spots. Cuba’s Ernesto Blanco, beaten by Hudson in the semi-finals, won gold in a personal best 48.79. Silver went to Brazil’s Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos (personal best 48.87), while Gunther Matsinger of Austria pocketed bronze after clocking a season’s best 48.95. Jamaica, with just three competitors, ended the Games without a medal. The other members of the team are Alphanso Cunningham, who competed in the F53/54 javelin throw and the F53 shot put; and Dana-Gaye Weller, who competed in the women’s F51 club throw. Strongly tippedlast_img read more

Genosyde, McKoy Lands to contest INSPORTS/Babsy Grange final

Genosyde, McKoy Lands to contest INSPORTS/Babsy Grange final

first_img PENALTY ROUND St Catherine: FOLLOWING highly exciting and competitive semi-final matchups, Genosyde and McKoy Lands secured their places in the final of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Babsy Grange Community Football competition in Gordon Pen, St Catherine. In a very tight affair that finished 1-1 after full and extra-time, Genosyde went on to beat Brunswick 5-4 on penalties, while McKoy Lands also endured a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out to prevail over Rebel United, following a 2-2 regulation and extra-time scoreline. Kenano Allen had fired Brunswick into a 16th-minute lead, but with the celebrations hardly over, Nick Williams (19th) notched the equaliser. The second half saw the teams battle without scoring goals, thus advancing to the shoot-out, which Genosyde won. In the McKoy Lands-Rebel United semi-final match, Roshane Myrie scored the opening goal for McKoy Lands, after only two minutes. Rebel United answered with a goal from Roger Francis in the eighth minute, but McKoy Lands regained the lead as Andre McLeod scored the team’s second goal. Determined to stay in contention, Rebel United made one last push and found another goal through Roger Francis to tie the scores 2-2. Another penalty round was in order and McKoy Lands sealed a 3-2 victory, along with their place in the upcoming final. The competition is similar to others held in various communities, both in rural and urban Jamaica, and fits within the mandate of INSPORTS to unearthing talent in sports across the country. The main objective of these competitions is to provide a structured medium through which talents can be displayed and identified for further development through the state agency’s coaching programmes. “INSPORTS is here to provide those opportunities and to give athletes the chance to excel within their sporting disciplines. The fact that there is untapped potential becomes clearer when we host these kinds of competitions and invite players to display their talents on the field. What we are doing through our football community programme is priming players for professional advancement,” noted Ian Andrews, administrative director of INSPORTS. Rudolph Barnes, assistant national sports coordinator, also commented on the semi-final matches. “What we saw here today makes me very optimistic about the future of football in Jamaica,” he said. “This just speaks to the fact that with continued efforts behind the INSPORTS community football programme and coaching clinics, Jamaica will be able to produce world-class football players.” INSPORTS will be extending its coaching clinic programme to St Catherine next month.last_img read more

NCB pumps $3m into Intercol Champs

NCB pumps $3m into Intercol Champs

first_imgTHIS year’s Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships, which is scheduled for Friday, April 7, and Saturday April 8, was yesterday launched with the National Commercial Bank (NCB) continuing as major supporters with a $3 million sponsorship.The championship, which will be held inside the National Stadium will also see the top male and female performers each receiving $100,000 with Gregory Peart, sales manager of Payment Services at NCB, making the wire transfer yesterday to the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association during the press briefing.Christopher Vendryes, sales manager of NCB Insurance Company, lauded Intercol and stated that his firm had no hesitation in again supporting the championships as he saw this as a good transition for those students leaving high school.Intercol president Dalton Myers, who thanked the various sponsors, stated that he was pleased with what has been happening over the past two years, which coincides with Quality Logistics Event Management joining up with association to execute the meet.”We are indeed pleased with the progress made at this level as Intercol is about developing student athletes, and it helped to develop at both the amateur and professional levels,” said Myers. “We have had some outstanding athletes who have performed at these championships over the years and we will use the meet to select a squad in preparation for the World University Games, which will be held in Chinese Taipei between August 19-30.”NEW FEATUREManager of Quality Logistics Event Management, Paul Francis, who is also the coach at the University of Technology, gave an overview of the championships where some 15 teams, including defending male and female champions, G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports.”Once again, we expect another high-quality meet as there will be some 36 track and field events, and I can’t wait to see the women’s 400m and based on form so far this season we could see some eight finalists under 53 seconds and this could become one of the closest ever championships, especially among the females where we could see at least three teams going down to the wire,” Francis said.He also spoke about a new feature as this year the party stand, where students partied just outside the stadium will instead be inside the venue.Other sponsors of the meet include Gatorade, Island Grill, Pure National Ice, SportsMax, and Puma, which has come on board for the first time and will be in charge of outfitting the officials.last_img read more