“IT is difficult for my team to win the title as while a few of my main rivals are bolstering their squads, they are, at the same time, doing their best to deplete my team.” This is the perspective of a frustrated Corey Bennett, head track and field coach at Hydel High School, as he slammed rivals St Jago for consistently poaching his top talent. “We lost a quality girl, last year in Shaneil English, who went to St Jago, and at the start of this season, a similar situation occurred as Alysha Kelly, who missed Champs last year after transferring from Guy’s Hill, was ready to compete for us at the Championships, but like English, she was lured away to St Jago High,” said a very disappointed coach Bennett. “It is sad when one invests in these athletes and selfish people try to break what you try to build,” added Bennett, who stated that it would always be hard for his team to really challenge for the title if they consistently lost their athletes to other schools. Pressure mounting Despite losing English last year, Hydel, who, in fairness, also recruit heavily, was still able to overcome that hurdle and finished second behind Edwin Allen, and ironically, in front of St Jago. However, this time, Bennett believes things will be even more difficult for his team. “We have a good all-round team, but with those losses and twin sisters Shadae, an outstanding thrower, and Shardia Lawrence a very excellent triple jumper migrating to college overseas, we will have to dig deep to remain among the top three,” continued Bennett, who also stated that he would be taking a different approach this year. “We used to compete at every development meet in the past, and because of this, they were very exposed, and when they are beaten by other athletes, they are kind of unmotivated going into “Champs”. Now we are going to be a bit quieter by going to fewer meets and especially low-keyed ones – and then make a big push for Champs,” he said. Meanwhile, Bennett is tipping Edwin Allen to successfully defend its title. “Based on what I have seen so far, Edwin Allen looks a safe bet to win again as I don’t think they have lost much of the 100 points they won by, while teams like Vere Technical and Holmwood Technical have looked really good so far,” assessed Bennett. Hydel is undoubtedly the most improved team in the country in schoolgirl track and field. After entering the Inter Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2011, where they finished 11th among the girls, Hydel has enjoyed tremendous movement up the table. They secured their first top-10 finish the following year and have remained in the top five, with their best finish being last year’s second-place finish.
CLASSY three-year-old colt BUZZ NIGHTMARE seeks his fourth consecutive win, in the opening race over 1000 metres (round) for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park today, and should have little difficulty in putting away his six opponents. Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny for owners Paul Hoo and Herbie Chong, the fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHTMARE, with Paul ‘Country ‘ Francis in the saddle, is prepping for the 27th running of the Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metres on ‘Superday’, November 14, and having moved impressively at exercise – galloping five furlongs in 1:00.3 on October 26 – should use this as a stepping stone to much bigger things. Unraced as a two-year-old, the bay colt by Into Mischief out of Queen of Battle has won four of his five races to date, his only blemish coming in the Prince Consort Guineas Trial on March 22, when finishing fifth to fast-time winner SEMPRE FIDELIS over 1400 metres. Since then ‘BUZZ’ has won his three races over sprints in fast times, returning splits of 22.3, 46.0 in winning by 10 lengths over 1100 metres on July 18. He should prove the worst nightmare for his opponents, including recent winner BORDER LINE, who seems best equipped to follow him home. Another horse expected to extend his winning streak is bang-in-form FORCE DE JOUR, who bids for his sixth consecutive win in the ninth race over 1100 metres for $550000-$500,000 claimers. The 4-y-o gelding, who now takes orders from veteran trainer Robert Darby Sr, having beaten SUNLIGHT EXPRESS over the straight recently, is fit as ever and with Darby calling up promising 4.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, reducing the weight to 53.0kg, the speedy FORCE DE JOUR ought to be followed in a field of 11. I also like SIR BIGGS to go one better in the third race over 1820 metres, the well-forward 2-y-o debutante RALLY BABY in the fifth, TECHNOCAT in the sixth and FRANKENSTORM in the seventh over the straight.
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Competitions Officer of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) George Forbes says that while the idea is noble, it is currently not feasible for female cricket to be played at the local high-school level. This follows calls made by West Indies Women captain Stafanie Taylor. This, he says, is as a result of the current lack of interest by high school girls to play the sport, as well as funding, which, he says, will be key if the situation is to be changed. “It’s not feasible for us to play a girl cricket competition, as currently there are few girls and schools who have expressed an interest in playing,” stated Forbes. “In fact, I don’t know any school that has more than two or three girls who are interested in playing cricket. “Then there is the matter of funding. We don’t even have enough money to play age-group cricket for our boys, much less to take on schoolgirls cricket at the moment,” he added. ISSA currently stages cricket competitions for high school boys at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-19 levels. Girls, however, are allowed play in two of these competitions – the Under-14 and Under-16. But they are barred from participating at the Under-19 levels due to what ISSA expressed as associated “dangers”. TAYLOR A BENEFICIARY Meanwhile, Forbes, who pointed out that Taylor herself was a beneficiary of playing at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels, said his association would be open to supporting a feasibility study to ascertain whether schoolgirl cricket was viable. “It is the duty and responsibility of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), not ISSA, to do such a feasibility study to determine whether there are enough girls and schools available to participate,” he said. “ISSA acts on the interest of students wanting to play a sport, and, until there is evidence to suggest same, we can’t act. “If after their study and the JCA then comes to us and say we have identified girls in four or five schools who are interested, then it would be something that we would be willing to look into.” Taylor, in the aftermath of West Indies Women ICC World Twenty20 triumph last week, stated: “We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out. “I think we do have girls who are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it.” – Jermaine Lannaman
KINGSTON COLLEGE’S head coach, Neil Harrison, is banking on top performances from his athletes in the 4×100 and 4×400 metres at this weekend’s Penn Relays in the United States. Harrison’s KC will be trying to rebound from a 30-point loss to Calabar High at the recent Boys and Girls’ Championships and with titles and bragging rights up for grabs at the prestigious relay carnival, battle lines have already been drawn. Harrison is of the view that any win over his school’s longtime rivals will be a welcome one. “We are ready … we are going after the 4x100m and the 4x400m and we are hoping that in the 4x800m we will do well,” he pointed out in a recent interview. According to Harrison, the 4x100m this year would feel special. He stressed that the double would be nice. “I won two titles with the 4x400m team, so I am pretty much interested in the 4x100m,” he continued, while adding: “Not that I am not interested in the 4x400m, but we will see how things work out.” The coach said his charges are motivated to do well. “Yes, especially coming out of last weekend’s 39.52 seconds clocking. The Penn Relays will be keenly contested, but we are optimistic. We are hoping that things will go in our favour,” added Harrison. Anchor leg runner, Shivnarine Smalling told The Gleaner after their fast time at the MVP track meet that his KC team “changed up their 4x100m running order and are confident of victory ahead of Penns”.
Portmore Primary football October 28 INSPORTS Portmore Primary Netball Rally will be on Wednesday, October 12, at Ascot High School at 9 a.m. Some nine schools are expected to complete in the one-day rally. Portsmouth are the defending champions for the Netball League and are expected to put on a good show, while Naggo Head, Kensington and Waterford and others will press them for the title. The league will commence on Wednesday, October 26. Mandeville hosts Church Teachers’ College 5k road race today The second staging of the Church Teachers’ College 5k road race run and walk will take place in Mandeville today. The race was first organised with considerable success last year with more than 200 participants. The organisers have advertised a 6 a.m. start, which means all participants have to be on spot by 5:30 a.m. to participate in the pre-race warm-up exercises. The race starts at the institution’s premises on Manchester Road, takes a route further south, before returning to its base. The school has been able to attract major sponsorship from Manchester Co-op Credit Union. Prizes will be offered in all age categories. Registration can be done online at fitness.ctc.edu.jm. Defending champions in the walk category are Jon Oliphant for male and Natasha McKenzie for females. Both are already signed up. Waterford Primary will defend their INSPORTS Portmore Primary League title as they oppose Ascot Primary in the feature match of a double-header as the league kicks off with a uniform parade and opening games at Portsmouth Primary playing field at noon. Prior to that match, third-place Portsmouth tackle Gregory Park at 10 a.m., while at 11 a.m., a uniform parade and opening ceremony take centre stage. Waterford are in a rebuilding stage as most of their star players have left. However, they have a young crop of ‘ballers’ that are eager to shine. Third-place Portsmouth have retained most of their players and are gunning for a title charge. Independence City, Bridgeport, Gregory Park and the ever-improving Kensington will be in the mix of things. Portmore Netball Rally on Wednesday Braeton All Stars, Waterhouse in mid-season showdown Portmore Business House football starts on Wednesday Central Manchester netball finals tomorrow Braeton All Stars and Waterhouse United will clash in the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League mid-season final tomorrow at the Olympia Crown Hotel located at 53 Molynes Road, match time 11 a.m. The winning team will receive a trophy and cash prize. Meanwhile, in a rescheduled match last Sunday, Right Stuff defeated Jade Strikes 300-259. MFA sends condolence to family of Mandeville sportscaster Weather permitting, the finals of the Central Manchester Sports Development Committee Netball leagues will be hosted tomorrow at the May Day High School grounds. The third-place match in the Junior League between Porus and Broadleaf will kick off the afternoon’s programme at 2:15. This will be followed by the Senior League third-place play-off between the Police team and Newleigh All Stars at 3:00. Following the third-place play-offs, football takes centre stage with the finals of the Knockpatrick Division at 3:30. The Junior League final featuring Albion and Pear Tree gets under way at 3:45. The grand Senior final between Williamsfield and Bombay is earmarked for 4:30. The organising committee, which works out of the constituency office of central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, promises substantial prizes to the top four places. The Manchester Football Association (MFA) has sent formal condolences to the family of long-standing Mandeville-based journalist Paul Byfield. Byfield, who primarily worked as a correspondent for CVM TV, has been a fixture in the coverage of domestic football in the parish for the last 15 years. He passed away last Friday after battling cancer. According to the official message on the association’s Facebook page by its president, Dalton Wint, “The Manchester FA is grateful for the sterling interest Byfield took in the coverage of all its football competitions and programmes annually.” It notes that Byfield’s last assignment was his coverage of the South Central Under-13 competition in August, which Manchester won. A date for his funeral is being finalised. Portmore Gas and Network Plus will kick off the Portmore Business House Football League in a 7:30 p.m. curtain-raiser at the Sunshine playing field in Naggo Head on Wednesday. In the feature game at 8:30 p.m., C&S ‘A’ play Tyre Warehouse. The inclement weather forced the organisers to postpone the opening-round game, and it will be played on a date to be announced. Cable Pro are the defending champions and sponsors include INSPORTS and Charles Chocolates.
MAINTAINING GOOD FORM “It was an okay race for me and I enjoyed the route, and this is background training for me in preparation for the Girls’ Championships, and I am hoping that I can maintain my good form this season,” said the 17-year-old Green. Yesterday’s staging, which will see proceeds going in aid of the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP) & Scholarship funds, was well attended, and race coordinator Ian Forbes was impressed with the support and the organisation of the event. “I think this first staging was a huge success and I am very elated and thankful. It was excellent and the course was superb as we saw some good times, and I think the participants enjoyed it,” said Forbes. G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Archibald and Hydel’s Monifa Green took top honours at yesterday’s first staging of the Pump It Up Mico 5K Run/Walk, which started and ended at the college campus in Cross Roads. Archibald, who has been in great form for the past two years on the road and who, the previous day, had captured the Knox College 8K road race in Manchester, was an impressive winner, covering the course in 15:19.46, ahead of Garfield Gordon, 15:27.15, and Shane Buchanan, who closed off the top-three among the males in 15:32.14. Taking over the lead from Buchanan at the 2K mark, Archibald expressed satisfaction with his performance. “I just came out today to do my best knowing that I had some good competitors to compete with, and the hard work paid off,” said Archibald, who stated that his next target is this Sunday’s Burger King 10K Race in Portmore. Despite competing the first time on the road this season, Green, who had several successes last year, made a winning seasonal debut as she was the first female to cross the line and 34th overall in 18:39.89. It was, indeed, a clean sweep of the top-three places among the females by the Corey Bennett-coached Hydel High school as Aaliyah Stewart was second in 19:07.44, with third going to Jade Jones in 19:19.53.
“Some players were given the opportunity to leave or take a salary cut. We have a squad of 40 players with about seventy-five percent of the squad on contract,” he also disclosed. “We are trying to have a meeting with the players before the end of the week to explain the new situation moving forward. Now, we are looking at a budget of between $1.3 to $1.4 million in salaries. The PLCA gives each club $300,000 monthly, but we have to find creative ways to meet our budget,” Roberts explained. He also said the entire board was still in place, but there had been changes to the security arrangement. “We have a change in the security as we need stricter gate control. We had also planned to play the game against Tivoli under lights, but because it was a planned television game, the 3 p.m. start time could not be changed,” he further said. On the field, veteran Tivoli goalkeeper Edsel ‘Robbie’ Scott was forced into a number of spectacular saves as his nine-man team held the hosts in a hotly contested match. Scott’s heroics were the highlight of the game and he was duly awarded the Man of the Match. Tivoli lost their captain and central defender Romaine Breakenridge, who received a red card in the 31st minute for violent conduct after hitting Arnett’s striker Damari ‘Hustler’ Deacon in an off-the-ball incident. Mitchily Waul was then given his marching orders after yellow cards in the 42nd and 52nd minutes. However, Arnett failed to capitalise on their two-man advantage. Among Scott’s saves was a penalty kick taken by Arnett’s substitute Kemal ‘Tull’ Malcolm in the 81st minute. He also denied Deacon early in the game. Humble Lion 3 Maverley-Hughenden 0 Portmore United1 Waterhouse 0 Montego Bay United 1 UWI FC 0 FC Reno 4 Boys’ Town 0 Arnett Gardens 0 Tivoli Gardens 0 Harbour View 3 Jamalco 0 Upset by a salary dispute brought on by a restructuring exercise at their club, Arnett Gardens’ players stayed away from training for three days last week ahead of yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League clash against rivals Tivoli Gardens at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. All things considered, the 0-0 scoreline – despite coming against nine men – can hardly be considered a negative with reports that the players were at one point considering to not show up for the fixture. This after the club’s hierarchy decided early last week to cut the squad size and chop the salaries of players as well as members of the technical staff. President of Arnett Gardens FC Patrick Roberts said that because sponsors withdrew their support, the club was faced with a situation that required these decisions. “Following a meeting of the club’s executive body last month, a decision was taken to cut salaries. Our budget was between $1.7 million to $2 million previously on a monthly basis,” Roberts told The Gleaner after yesterday’s match. “We looked at our situation, which is not unique because of the economical crisis. What happened is that the chairman met with the other executive members last month to look at downsizing. We still tried to come up with the additional funds, but that did not happen. NEW SITUATION Yesterday’s results
DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Superstar Chris Gayle announced his arrival in the Bangladesh Premier League like only he can, hitting a boundary-studded cameo to help propel Chittagong Vikings to a nine-wicket win over Rangpur Riders here yesterday.The left-hander blasted 40 from 26 deliveries in his first innings of the tournament as Vikings easily chased down a target of 125 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, with 24 balls to spare.Gayle, who has not played any form of international cricket in three months, dominated a 70-run opening partnership with Bangladesh stroke-maker Tamim Iqbal, whose Man-of-the-Match unbeaten 62 came from 48 balls.The 37-year-old Gayle started slowly with his first 13 deliveries yielding just seven runs, but he quickly found his strike to entertain with two fours and four sixes.He issued his first warning with back-to-back sixes in the seventh over off off-spinner Sohag Gazi and followed up with another pair of sixes in the ninth over off leg-spinner Shahid Afridi before finally succumbing to the same bowler.Earlier, Riders had scrambled to 124 for six after opting to bat first, with opener Soumya Sarkar top-scoring with 26 from 21 balls.Vikings are third in the tables on 10 points, two adrift of leaders Dhaka Dynamites and the second-place Khulna Titans, both on 12 points.
COMPETITIONS The meet will see competitions in the 100, 110, 400 and 1500, 100, and 400 metres, the long jump, high jump, discus, and shot put in the Boys and Girls’ Championships class categories. Four competitors per school is the maximum allowed entry size for track events, with three being the maximum for field events. In addition, schools are being asked to bring their own throwing implements, which will be weighed to ensure they meet the requirement specifications. Also on the agenda for the meet are Olympic Development 400- and 800-metre races for both men and women. The meet is scheduled to start at 8.30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. – H.L. After a successful first staging of the McKenley-Wint Classic last year, organisers are planning for growth when the meet is contested for the second time at Calabar High School on January 21. Accordingly, plans are in place to accommodate more patrons this time around. Central to these plans is the erection of a temporary stand beside the track. This was revealed by organising committee member Lincoln Eatmon at the launch of the meet at the offices of the Jamaica Baptist Union yesterday. Speaking just after the launch, Eatmon indicated that the temporary stand would be on the back straight side of the track and would add seating to that provided last year on the finish straight side. “We’re going to have stands on both sides of the track so that spectators will be able to sit,” he said. Last year, reported Eatmon, the meet saw more than 2,000 patrons. “This year, we expect much larger than that,” he projected.