Arnett’s Waite wants three points off Cavalier

first_img “The only thing I think we need to do differently is finish our chances as a team. The last encounter that we had we had the better chances and just weren’t putting them away, so hopefully, this Sunday we can put them away,” a hopeful Cowan said while reflecting on their draw with Tivoli Gardens last time out. It will take more than hope and wishful thinking to get the goals for Cavalier as whenever Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh is not in the team, as was the case on Monday, Cavalier struggle. “We have been putting in extra work on the training ground as it relates to finishing our chances, it’s a problem that we have had from the season before, coming into this season as well. We create opportunities, but just not put them away, that’s what we have to do,” Cowan said of their efforts to improve. Former leaders Montego Bay United could not have asked for a better match to get over their blues, following their loss last week to second-place Portmore United. Their opponents, UWI FC, have shown a lot of fight, but appear to lack the required quality to shake things up at this level. Montego Bay United should look towards Dino Williams, Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey to fire them to a victory, while Girvon Brown should lead UWI FC’s charges. Rivoli United will play their second home match in St Ann when they host title aspirants Portmore United at Drax Hall, while Tivoli Gardens and Boys’ Town will battle it out in the Western Kingston derby at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Waterhouse’s rebuilding job will continue with the visit of former pacesettters Reno, while Harbour View and Humble Lion will take centre stage on Monday night at Harbour View Stadium. FINISH OUR CHANCES 6:00 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Cavalier at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Montego Bay United vs UWI at Wespow Park 3:00 p.m. Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Drax Hall 3:00 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Boys’ Town at Edward Seaga Sports Complex 3:00 p.m. Waterhouse vs Reno at Drewsland Stadium 8:40 p.m. Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Stadium Monday Night’s game: The last time defending champions Arnett Gardens faced Cavalier the more-fancied team was taught a lesson by Cavalier, and today, when they meet again, coach Jerome Waite will be hoping that his Arnett Gardens team will set the record straight. “It is a most-improved Arnett team. As you all know, we started out slow and we have seen a lot of improvements. Currently, we are in third spot so we expect a much-improved performance. Definitely a win, that is what we are aiming for, three points,” a confident Waite told The Gleaner. “Big win is not important, three points is what is important. Whatever happens in the game, the objective is to ensure that we get three points,” he added. Cavalier manager Toni Cowan believes her team is in a good place and just need to correct a few things. Today’s Gameslast_img read more

Impressive Gael Monfils happy to show his serious side in US Open

first_imgSeriousness and Gael Monfils usually go together about as well as fish and chocolate.However, 10 months in the company of Mikael Tillstrom seems to have turned Monfils into a more consistent performer and an impressive 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Spain’s Nicolas Almagro put the Frenchman into the last 16 at the U.S. Open on Friday. (Rafael Nadal fist-pumps way into US Open last 16)Monfils loves to entertain and there is surely no more athletic player on the ATP Tour but there has been a steel about his performances in 2016, with his Swedish coach Tillstrom playing a pivotal role.”He (Tillstrom) is a very serious guy on the court, very picky with every tip he gives me,” said 10th seed Monfils, who will next play Marcos Bahgdatis of Cyprus.”Then he is a very fun guy outside the court. Very sensible and it’s a great mix.”For a man who has been through his share of coaches, Monfils conceded that his partnership with Tillstrom was a case of right time, right place.”I think every collaboration I had was great,” the 29-year-old Frenchman said. “It’s always different, your life, everything’s moving, everything’s growing.”I think I am at a time where I also understand my sport better, understand myself better so for me, it’s for sure a different approach.”Monfils has been to the quarter-finals at the U.S. Open twice before and after missing Wimbledon this year because of illness, he is delighted to be in good form at the season’s final grand slam.advertisement”I feel much better,” he said. “I had this virus which stopped me for quite a while, too much, but I feel good. I am in great momentum so I am happy.”Monfils produced the straightest of faces when asked if he agreed with recent comments made by Tillstrom that the Frenchman could win a grand slam and qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.”I think I need to recover and be ready for the next one,” Monfils said, with just the hint of a smile.last_img read more