WESTERN BUREAU: Facing what is likely to be the most serious challenge to his presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell is refusing to respond to comments made by Montego Bay businessman Orville Powell, who is seeking to boot him from the sport’s top position locally, until nomination closes next week Thursday. Powell announced that he is making himself available for the presidency of the JFF at a press conference on Tuesday, slamming the Captain Burrell-led administration for presiding over a period of rapid decline for the country’s football. However, Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday he has nothing to say on the list of issues laid out by Powell. “He has to first be nominated by four parish associations, so until he is nominated, it makes very little sense in making a comment at this time,” Burrell said. “Mr Powell has made himself available and there is a process where he will have to receive the support of at least four associations,” Burrell reiterated. “When he (Powell) becomes a credible candidate, then I will issue a statement, but at this time, he is not a candidate. I will do so after nominations,” stated Burrell. Gauging his support and weighing his words, Powell said on Tuesday the feedback he has been getting suggests that his candidacy is just a matter of formality. “Let me put it this way; discussions are ongoing and I am confident as can be. All we have to do now is to wait until such time when we will know what we will know,” he said. “As it is now, it’s highly possible I will get the required amount for nomination. Discussions have been good and the support I am already feeling is a positive one,” Powell added. According to a source, who requested anonymity, Powell, who also owns Montego Bay United Football Club – which won the Red Stripe Premier League two seasons ago and were runners-up last season – should get the required nomination from neighbouring parishes Westmoreland, Hanover and his resident parish, St James, while Trelawny’s stance is less certain. Powell is a former JFF vice-president and chairman of the JFF Western Confederation.
“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 Games
Lebert Halliman will be the Manning Cup football head coach at Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) next season. “Yes, this is definitely so,” Halliman confirmed to The Gleaner. “I will be taking over the reins as football coach at Kingston Technical High School as next year is their big anniversary celebration and I am hoping I can give them a gift for that,” he added. Halliman was asked why he never coached his alma mater this season. “At Excelsior (High), if you are working and you resign your job, your boss would want to know why, but this was not the case. I tendered my resignation because of certain things and they have not asked any questions. “I was going through some internal difficulties there and I think they really wanted me to go, so not hearing from them, I had to make my own decision,” explained Halliman, who is ‘ready’ to start working at KTHS. “It is a challenge,” he said. “They (KTHS) have a rich tradition in sports, but in the last 20 years they have not been doing so well, and I think it will be a challenge for me as there is a lot of inner-city youth, male and female, who need help and I think I can contribute in that area and also ensure that Kingston Technical can assist me in that area,” he continued. Halliman was asked about his immediate goals. “I have seen the team play and there is talent there, but at the same time, there is a lot of indiscipline among the players and I think they need to get organised and have that sense of wanting to represent the school. I do not think they know about the history of the school, and this is why they behave like that,” said Halliman. The coach said he had been in discussions about the job for some time. “It has been a long journey, as we have been in discussions for the past few months, and the alumni and the Kingston Technical family really wanted me to return. So I think you should take the opportunity where people want you to come and support them,” he reasoned. “If you plan to work hard and you are getting the support, your job will become easy. It was the same thing at Excelsior, they were nowhere around, as they were at the foot of the table. And in the 12 years I have served them they have done well, as we won our zone, won Manning and Walker Cup along with Colts Under-16 more than once, and it is just to take on a new challenge and work,” he said. Asked if he had any regrets leaving Excelsior, Halliman said: “Every past student wants to contribute to their old school and I think I have done enough there, but the way I left it was not the fitting way. But that is now water under the bridge.”
LONDON (AP): Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended prematurely Thursday with the team in decline only seven months after the Portuguese coach won his third Premier League title with the club. Although Chelsea are only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old Mourinho had been defiantly insisting he was the right man to oversee the team even as it collapsed on the field with a succession of humiliations. Mourinho’s departure, characterised by Chelsea as “mutual”, came two and a half years after his return to Stamford Bridge and only four months into a new four-year contract. The worst-ever start for a defending champion team in the Premier League was compounded on Monday by a 2-1 loss at surprise leaders Leicester. After the match, Mourinho said he was “betrayed” by his players. The personal conduct of the self-styled ‘Special One’ was also proving damaging to Chelsea, with Mourinho engaging in public spats with referees, a television-rights holder and even the club’s doctor over the last year. Chelsea are engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Dr Eva Carneiro after she was publicly criticised and then demoted following Mourinho’s opening-day outburst. Now it is Mourinho leaving Chelsea, with Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich preparing for his 10th managerial appointment since buying the team in 2003 and transforming its fortunes with a huge injection of cash. “Both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways,” Chelsea said in a statement. STILL ON GOOD TERMS “The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.” Throughout weeks of turmoil, Mourinho retained the support of fans who loyally chanted his name. There was no immediate announcement about a replacement ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Sunderland. “The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential,” Chelsea said. First hired by Chelsea in 2004, the Portuguese coach ended a 50-year league-title drought and defended the trophy among other successes before losing a power struggle three years later with Abramovich. He was brought back in 2013 by Abramovich in an attempt to restore unity to the club following the divisiveness caused by the appointment of Rafa Benitez as interim manager, who was regularly jeered by fans. Mourinho presented himself as a figure transformed from the fiery character who fell out with Abramovich in 2007, but it was not long before the combativeness returned. He survived a first trophyless season back at Stamford Bridge before cruising to the title in May. “All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013,” Chelsea said. “His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history.”
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, (CMC):Half-centuries from Keemo Paul and Gidron Pope failed to save West Indies Under-19s from a 61-run loss to England Under-19s in their opening game of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup here Friday.Chasing an imposing 283 for victory at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, West Indies collapsed for 221 all out off 43.4 overs, with Paul top scoring with an aggressive 65 and opener Pope gathering an equally fluent run-a-ball 60.However, the Caribbean side were hamstrung by the loss of two wickets off the first four deliveries of the innings and never recovered.Fast bowler Saqib Mahmood tormented the Windies with four for 42 while left-arm seamer Sam Curran (2-23) and leg-spinner Dan Lawrence (2-38) provided support with two wickets apiece.Earlier, England paced their innings well to reached 282 for seven off their 50 overs, after opting to bat first.Callum Taylor, with 59 and Lawrence, 55, stroked half-centuries while George Bartlett struck 48, James Burnham, 44, and Curran, 39.Pope was the best West Indies bowler, picking up two for 45 with his off spin.England benefited from several partnerships early on which provided the ideal foundation.Lawrence, who faced 56 balls and counted eight fours, posted 43 for the first wicket with Max Holden (4) before adding a further 41 for the second wicket with Burnham.When Lawrence was bowled by off-spinner Michael Frew in the 15th over, Burnham and Taylor put on 62 for the third wicket to give England momentum at the half-way stage of the innings.Pope got the breakthrough in the 28th over when he removed Burnham caught and bowled but Bartlett anchored two key partnerships to sustain the momentum, posting 50 for the fourth wicket with Taylor and another 67 for the fifth wicket with Curran.
The progressive American 4-y-o filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN made it two wins from as many starts this season, slamming her five opponents in the annual renewal of the Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy grade one feature over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a short priced favourite at 2-5 with former champion Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, LONG RUNNING TRAIN chased and disposed of long-time leader RAGING PROSPECT (31-1) leaving the half mile and moving away to win by seven lengths from SOUTHERN CRUISE (5-1). Following a stewards’ inquiry, BRAWN (3-1), who passed the post third with Aaron Chatrie aboard, was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference to topweight HOVER CRAFT (4-1), who was promoted to third. Last season’s Most Improved Trainer, Harry Parsard, said that LONG RUNNING TRAIN is turning out to be a top-class filly and racing fans are yet to see the best of her. “She won with the minimum of fuss today and although effective over middle distances, she has progressed to a point where it’s going to be difficult for any horse to beat her going two turns,” argued Parsard, who also owns the bay filly by Flower Alley – Cuz You Never Know. “This was her first win in grade one company and I suspect it will be the first of many,” he added. Henry, on the other hand, described LONG RUNNING TRAIN as an ‘exceptional filly’ who is ready to go places. “I am happy that my recent shoulder injury, which kept me out of the saddle for almost a month, has healed in time to secure the ride and provide me with yet another win aboard her,” said Henry, who rode two winners on the card, including the 52-1 outsider PAPER N LACE for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in the second race over a mile. Meanwhile, on a day of upsets, LAZZA (4-1), the first of two winners for apprentice Hakeem Pottinger, won the Jockeys’ Guild of Jamaica Trophy race in post-to-post fashion, while CHEXIMAKIT, with Harleston Lewis up, scored a 15-1 upset in the Al Gopie Memorial Cup for maidens over the straight. Disqualified
RESULTS (DIVIDENDS)Caymanas Park Results for October 6, 2016Track Condition : Dirt : WETRace 1 1200 M (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #2 TRUE WHISPER JInnis3 48.52. #1 FLOWERS THIRTY AndreePowell4 51.5 1/2L3. #5 FEARLESS SAMURAI OWalker 54.0 1- 1/4L4. #4 TERRI’S PRINCESS AGray4 52.5 10LWIN: $162.00Qu: $2,222.00 Ex: $5,627.00Trifecta: $1,923.00Final Time : 1:15.3 Splits : 23.3, 48.0Winner : 2yo b filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – JUST WHISPERTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Race 2 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JUNE 6.1. #9 SIR D HPottinger2 51.52. #8 FIX IT UP VNajair 50.0 3/4L*3. #10 SMART BIDDER AntThomas4 51.0 1/2L4. #5 BALA BAD GAL LINKS SBlake 50.0 4LWIN: $525.00PLACE: $153.00, $107.00, $62.00Qu: $1,115.00 Ex: $3,089.00D/E : (2-9) $2,839.00Superfecta: $10,663.00Final Time : 1:10.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.3Winner : 8yo ch horse – CONCERTO (USA) – ANOTHER MOOCHIETrainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : RAPHAEL GORDONBred by STUD EL AGUILARace 3 1600 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #7 BURLIN NBerger4 53.02. #6 WAITING FOR ONE DDawkins2 51.0 Neck*3. #1 GOFORHOME AntThomas4 50.0 1- 1/4L4. #2 RAWALPINDI EXPRESS AndreePowell4 50.0 5-1/2LWIN: $661.00PLACE: $181.00, $113.00, $64.00Qu: $2,123.00 Ex: $3,079.00D/E: $10,447.00Trifecta: $4,256.00Rolling Triple: $123,217.00Final Time : 1:45.2 Splits : 24.3, 49.0, 1:15.0Winner : 4yo ch colt – DISTORTED – STAR OF THE SEATrainer : PAUL HYLTON Owner : PAUL HYLTONBred by JOSEPH & PETER-JOHN RHODENRace 4 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE-NOT FINISHED 2ND-4TH1. #2 LEIGHTON REID DDawkins2 56.02. #3 HE’S A MACHINE OFoster 52.5 2-1/4L3. #8 TWILIGHT CAT PParchment 56.0 2-1/2L*4. #9 MRS. K. T. JJackson 53.0 3/4L5. #1 BIGMAN UNION DBadaloo 55.0 2-1/4L6. #4 RED DREAD HPottinger2 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #5 EMPIRESTRIKESBACKWIN: $172.00PLACE: $73.00, $71.00, $74.00Final Time : 1:16.0 Splits : 23.0, 47.0Qu: $312.00 Ex: $603.00D/E: $3,626.00Hit-6: $2,844.00Rolling Triple : (9-7-2) $28,819.00Winner : 3yo ch colt – REGION OF MERIT – SUPER LASSTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Race 5 1500 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. #6 JAMAI RAJA OEdwards2 50.5 *4/5 92.002. #7 WILL IN CHARGE OMullings 51.0 7/5 4 1/23. #4 MR. DOITBETTA HPottinger2 51.0 9/2 9 1/24. #3 PRINCESS EMANUELLE JInnis3 48.5 9/2 1Late scratch : #2 FRANCIA’S PRIDEWIN: $92.00Qu: $90.00 Ex: $172.00D/E: $381.00Trifecta: $82.00Rolling Triple: $7,864.00Final Time : 1:30.2 Splits : 23.0, 45.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – MARKET RALLY – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner: M.AZAN, R.AZAN, W.BAGWANDEEN & G.BROWNBred by HAM STABLES LTD.CECIL C. CHARLTON MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 6 1300 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW41. #6 UNBREAKABLE AChatrie 54.02. #1 TITANIC AntThomas4 50.0 1-1/2L*3. #7 FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RHalledeen 54.0 Neck4. #9 LADY BELRIDGE KRobinson 52.5 2LLate scratch : #8 SCOOP JORDYNEWIN: $241.00PLACE: $65.00, $96.00, $78.00Qu: $506.00 Ex: $932.00D/E: $456.00Superfecta: $10,367.00Rolling Triple: $1,949.00Pick-4: $27,776.00Super-6: Carry-over : $840,927.75Final Time : 1:20.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, 1:12.3,Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – ONEMOREFASHIONTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : STEVEN TODDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP ($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2&6YO-NW41. #2 FIFTYONESTORM BebHarvey2 53.0*2. #5 GIRLY GIRLY LINKS OWalker 52.5 HD3. #7 PLAY STATION PFrancis 52.0 8L4. #10 WARRIOR PRINCESS JErwin 53.0 3-1/4LLate scratch : #8 BORDER LINEWIN: $137.00PLACE: $51.00, $51.00, $57.00Qu: $145.00 Ex: $460.00D/E: $700.00Superfecta: $1,066.00Rolling Triple: $1,567.00Final Time : 0:58.4 Splits : 22.0, 46.0Winner : 5yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – SHE’S A GEMTrainer : DENRICK CHAMBERS Owner: DENRICK CHAMBERSBred by ALLAN L. FLOWERSMONICA TODD MEMORIAL CUPRace 8 2000 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. #1 DR. TRAIN RHalledeen 57.02. #9 YES SHE WILL AndreePowell4 47.0 18-1/2L3. #4 COLORS OF WAR HPottinger2 50.5 3/4L4. #6 SMART TRAIN RLahoe 55.0 2-1/2LWIN: $219.00PLACE: $98.00, $145.00, $72.00Qu: $5,539.00 Ex: $6,817.00D/E: $773.00Superfecta carry-over : $10,698,025.00Rolling Triple: $3,100.00Final Time : 2:13.0 Splits : 26.0, 52.4, 1:18.4, 1:44.3Winner : 3yo b gelding – LIQUIDITY – SILVER MINTTrainer: IAN PARSARD Owner : IAN PARSARDBred by DR. PATRICK GRAHAMFONTAINBLEU TROPHYRace 9 1500 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. #5 HOUDINI’S MAGIC SEllis 54.0*2. #1 PHINEAS RHalledeen 57.0 Neck3. #2 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 55.0 2L4. #3 MOM’S STUDENT JPatterson2 49.0 HeadWIN: $134.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $51.00Qu: $122.00 Ex: $244.00D/E: $757.00Trifecta: $83.00Rolling Triple: $2,893.00Final Time : 1:31.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.2, 1:10.3,Winner : 4yo b colt – PERFORMING MAGIC out of MILESTONE by VANADIUMTrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : DERRICK H BRANDTBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Race 10 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)-FILLIES1. #14 GOLD MINER OWalker 53.02. #10 LIKE A LADY SEllis 54.0 2L*3. #11 DREAMING THE CODE HLewis 52.5 1L4. #8 LOTTERY TICKET JInnis3 48.0 Neck5. #12 CROWN PRINCESS OMullings 52.5 3/4L6. #2 HELLO LADY DDawkins2 51.0 3/4LWIN: $161.00PLACE: $88.00, $96.00, $70.00Qu: $973.00 Exacta: $1,211.00D/E: $490.00Trifecta: $1,104.00Hi-5: $39,026.00Rolling Triple: $2,945.00Pick-4: $8,580.00Super-6: $34,185.00Pick-9: $8,548.00; $164.50Carry-over : $1,075,319.70Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.2Winner : 3yo b filly – LEGAL PROCESS – GOOD AS GOLDTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,
Shamar Nicholson scored in his fourth successive match to give Boys’ Town their first win in five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), beating newcomers and former table-toppers Jamalco 1-0 at The Barbican Sports Complex, yesterday.The lanky striker, who scored in successive losing efforts against Harbour View, Montego Bay United and Portmore United, finally saw his goal give his team some much-needed points and he said there is more to come.”It’s a good feeling, knowing we lost our four games and to come and win the fifth game and get the MVP is a good feeling. You can’t imagine how I feel!” he told The Gleaner.The 19-year-old, who is in his third season in the RSPL, says he feels at home in the league, and with his team relying heavily on him to get goals and points, he expects to carry on his form and continue to deliver through the season.”I expected this performance because, throughout the pre-season, it was just hard work and this just don’t come like this. It takes hard work. My team is looking up to me a lot and I have been doing the job, but we have been making basic mistakes, but we are working on correcting those errors. So you can expect better from Boys’ Town,” he said.Boys’ Town started brightly and were rewarded for their early spark when Nicholson turned his marker and unleashed a well-placed shot past Levar Williams in the seventh minuteOVER THE TARGETJamalco eventually came into their own and created a few openings, the best of which fell to Akeem Henry on top of the area, but he placed his effort just over the target.Nicholson continued to be Boys’ Town’s biggest threat after the break, forcing Williams into a diving save from Xavian Virgo on 58 minutes, then curling a shot just wide minutes later, before heading just wide of the target from a corner. However, they held off wave after wave of attacks from the visitors, although goalkeeper Kirk Porter was rarely threatened despite Boys’ Town being on the back foot.Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price believes the win was long in coming and complimented his team on their collective work defensively.”I told them as long as we start getting clean sheets, we are going to start winning games … and we defended well collectively,” he said.He also praised Nicholson for stepping up, but issued a hands-off warning to local suitors who might be thinking of prying away the young striker in the January window.”He’s a big player. I told him that being the top striker on our team, he has to get goals. Every game he should get one goal, and if he can get two or three, which he should, then that would be a plus. But there are always going to be suitors (local), but we will only be looking at offers from overseas,” he said.
Last Saturday, KC went into the last race, the 4x400m relays, on 309 points, smelling victory, courtesy of holding a four-point advantage over Calabar, and needing to finish at least second to become champions. However, Calabar showed that being favourites meant very little, they sped away to victory in a very fast 3:08.76 for 12 invaluable points. Jamaica College was third on 203, St Jago High fourth (157), and St. Elizabeth Technical High School completed the top five on 114.5 points. “That motivated the team so much so we just came out and worked extra hard, we came here at 80 per cent fitness for the most part. “Most of the athletes who garnered points for us on a yearly basis had issues with injuries. We had to be careful of where to run them, how to run them and why to run them,” the assistant coach outlined. Though jubilant in victory, he pointed to other factors that helped to deny KC. “We got some help because we can’t deny the fact that a St Jago team, a St Elizabeth team and Jamaica College team did the work that allowed us to be champions tonight, apart from the addition that we did, so we are glad for that as well,” he said. Hawes called Calabar “the team that never says die”. Hawes revealed to The Gleaner that the school will be throwing an upcoming celebration dinner to express gratitude for its athletes and parents in the near future. SMELLING VICTORY Defending ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Athletics Champions Calabar High might have gone in with five consecutive titles under their belts, yet, for many, they were the underdogs to retain the coveted Mortimer Geddes Trophy, inside the National Stadium. As the curtain came down on the meet last Saturday night, assistant coach Omar Hawes said he was happy ‘sweet victory’ was theirs yet again. But, before the dust even settled, he made it clear that C’bar has a programme in place to hold on to the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for at-least another five years. “Definitely! It’s not about boasting or showing off, but I think Calabar can go on probably another five years with what we have in terms of talent, so once we continue to marshal the troops, harness the talents, and keep the programme like it is now, I don’t see why we can’t continue to win,” a confident sounding Hawes noted. C’bar could be considered the current de-facto of local Boys Champs’ supremacy, overcoming arch-rivals and overall leaders with 31 titles Kingston College (KC), for a sixth consecutive season. “Calabar fraternity, this one is special, this one is for all of you out there who had worries about the analysts who said we were going to be down by 50 points. We did it for all of you across the world and across Jamaica. Big up, six love!,” gushed Hawes.