Having secured two new, glistening post-season accolades, Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he is fully focused on ending next season like the last: on top. Bolt, like he did in 2008, 2009, and 2012, followed up another triple gold-medal-winning season by topping tennis star Novak Djokovic for his record fourth Champion of Champions award, handed out by French media outlet L’Equipe. The sprinter was also named the Male Athlete of the Year by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Americas (a grouping of Latin American-based sports journalists). This follows the 29-year-old receiving the top award from the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association. Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. “I am always happy when my hard work is recognised, and so I am pleased to have received these awards. It’s also pleasing to have come out on top over so many other global sporting superstars,” said Bolt, who bettered the likes of Lionel Messi, Steph Curry, and Lewis Hamilton, among others for the L’Equipe award. SERENA WILLIAMS American tennis star Serena Williams won the female Champion of Champions award, while Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva Rodriguez was the AIPS’ Americas Female Athlete of the Year. “I want to thank the organisations for this honour and all the fans for continuing to support me,” Bolt told The Gleaner before going on to underline his ambitions heading into the next season, when he will look to defend his Olympic sprint titles. “Last year was a good year for me, and I am thankful for what I was able to accomplish. However, I am working hard to achieve my goals for the coming season,” said Bolt. “The 2016 Olympic Games represent a major point in my career and ambitions, and I am putting in the work to ensure I will be in top shape in Rio.” Bolt, a six-time Olympic and 11-times World Championships gold medal winner and world record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, has so far confirmed one appearance in 2016, the Anniversary Games in London, which takes place a couple weeks before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The five-time National Sportsman of the Year, has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award (2009, 2010, 2012); the IAAF World Athlete of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013); the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2008, 2009, 2012); and the Jamaica Gleaner Man of the Year award (2008 and 2009).
The 2015 IAAF World Championships is inching closer and it’s beginning to feel like the Chinese are really getting into it now. There are many activities taking place in and around the Bird’s Nest; locals hanging around trying to get a glimpse of what’s happening, volunteers pouring in and out of the compound, athletes and team officials from all over the world familiarising themselves with the area, and security personnel keeping a keen watch on everything and everyone. Yesterday, I got my first glimpse inside the stadium since my arrival as the final touches were being added to what seems like a rather elaborate Opening Ceremony set-up. Judging from the 2008 Olympic Games, we already know that the Chinese know how to put on a show, and it’s looking like it’s going to be another impressive showing this time around. The thing, though, is that the days become longer, or shorter, depending on how you look at it, as the counter ticks over, and yesterday, with the IAAF Congress, training sessions, and interviews all happening at once and creating a scheduling and logistics nightmare, it was easily the toughest one so far. Tough luck for Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake, vice-president Deon Hemmings-McCatty, and Alan Beckford, who all missed out on positions within the IAAF. Massive congrats to JAAA general secretary Garth Gayle, who was elected to the technical committee. It’s imperative that a leading-on track nation like Jamaica also has a strong presence in the seat of power, and though our influence has waned significantly since the passing of giants Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook and Howard Aris, this is a decent start. At least, Dr Blake didn’t decide to lean on any of the traits we see in our political landscape in his bid for power. I feel he’ll have a few more elections to contest, and those will be much closer to home. Sebastian Coe was, of course, elected the new IAAF president after beating Sergey Bubka in a closer-than-some-predicted contest. I have had the pleasure of talking to and picking the brain of both gentlemen and believe they both have something to offer – if you can believe politicians, that is. It’s welcome that Bubka will serve as a vice-president, and we can only hope that the mountain of issues affecting the sport will begin to be properly addressed. Coe, who has himself walked the corridors of The Gleaner, seemed to have quietly been the popular choice among media folks here, but no one is expecting miracles. On another note, the Jamaican media contingent has tripled since our arrival on Monday night. Our cousins from the RJR Group, Kayon Raynor and Oral Napier, have joined us, while Bryan Cummings and Howard Walker from that other place (see what I did there? lol) are also around. Competitors where news is concerned, but we also know that we have to look out for each other on the road, especially this far from home. Plus, the reactions gave a good laugh at first, but it’s kind of getting boring talking patois to people who don’t understand (lol). Something to offer
Once upon a time, not so long ago, 1976 to 1995 to be exact, the West Indies ruled the world unchallenged as the best cricket team in the world, and between 2008 and 2012, Jamaica dominated West Indies cricket as undisputed champions of the region. For the West Indies, it was 19 years at the top, losing only once to New Zealand in New Zealand, and for Jamaica, it was five years in control. Although nothing lasts forever, today, however, both teams are unrecognisable. The West Indies have lost so many times that it has become the norm, while Jamaica, despite saving their skin with a thrilling victory last week, are being beaten left, right, and centre. It has reached a stage where, in terms of poor performances, one is not sure who is first and who is second, whether it is the West Indies first and Jamaica second or vice-versa. As bad as the West Indies have been playing, and as poor as their cricket is, or may be, if you were at Sabina Park last Sunday and you were a betting man, you would have bet your bottom dollar that Jamaica’s cricket, its batting in particular, was worse than that of the West Indies, and by a long way. As one man sitting in the north stand lamented, loud and clear for all to hear, “Oonu worse than the West Indies.” It was the second round of the West Indies franchise cricket, and going into the third day, the scores were Jamaica Scorpions 259 and five without loss, the Windward Islands Volcanoes 212. The day promised a lot. But for the empty stands, Sabina Park looked good. Ten to 20 spectators were on hand to witness some good cricket. As the lone spectator upstairs the club stand, I was hoping that captain Paul Palmer Jr and Brandon King, especially, would get some runs and that we would have a nice day’s play as a prelude to what promised to be a last day filled with reasonably good cricket and excitement. WALTON MISSING IN ACTION I had asked it on the first day, but as the wickets tumbled at Sabina Park last Sunday, I asked the question again, where was Chadwick Walton? In the last year, he played a few matches for Jamaica and did well with the bat. He represented the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Professional League, and he toured South Africa with the West Indies team. He plays cricket in Barbados, but he is a Jamaican and in the Jamaica squad. Even if he could not get into the team as a wicketkeeper, he certainly could make it as a batsman. Without even remembering Sunday’s performances, even though, sadly, I will remember it for a long, long time, Walton must be numbered among Jamaica’s best batsmen. At least he certainly bats with confidence. With fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell still out due to injury, the selectors responded immediately to the performance on Sunday. Apart from bringing back Tamar Lambert, and probably also embarrassed by the batting, they dropped King, surprisingly, and they also dropped Baugh, which means that Walton will be in against Trinidad and Tobago. POOR BATTING What transpired early in the morning was unbelievable – or almost so. It demonstrated how poor Jamaica’s batting is and possibly the need for more practice by the country’s batsmen; more and better coaches in general; the need for a big and regular competition and for a better structured and well-organised competition, which will pit the best against the best in competition, which will then develop good players. In 42 minutes after the start of the day’s play, in 12.1 overs of spin from Shane Shillingford and pace from Marvin Matthew, Jamaica Scorpions lost seven wickets for 20 runs. In fact, all seven wickets tumbled before the water cart first appeared on the field It was truly embarrassing. It was really a procession from and back to the pavilion. It was, for most of them, like batting without a bat in their hands. They appeared timid and afraid. It seemed as if the bowlers were bowling hand grenades at them instead of a cricket ball. They fell, the five top Scorpion batsmen, one behind the other in order: John Campbell, caught by the wicketkeeper; Palmer, leg before wicket; Kirk Edwards, caught at slip; AndrÈ McCarthy, caught by the wicketkeeper; and King, caught at silly-point. Carlton Baugh Jr and David Bernard Jr were the other two batsmen to fall, and they all died without throwing a punch in anger, all except Baugh, who, after playing and missing, drove wildly and edged Matthew to the wicketkeeper; and King, who, after blocking a few deliveries, lost his cool, ran down the wicket to Shillingford, checked himself, and hastily tapped a catch to silly-point. It was really embarrassing! Thanks to Nikita Miller and Damion Jacobs, who, aided by the generosity of the Windward Islands’ fielders, posted an eight-wicket partnership of 76 runs and carried Jamaica to some sort of respectability and on to victory by the day’s end. As a Jamaican, the result was good. It was, however, a bitter-sweet victory with the memory of Jamaica’s batting on a relatively good pitch haunting me ever since. It was not just poor batting, and it was not just the score. It was simply bad batting, with nobody seemingly knowing what to do. With some decent fielding by the Windward Islands, Jamaica may have been dismissed just after the first water cart and long before lunch. The batting of the Windward Islands was only a little better than Jamaica’s early on Sunday. It was more like that of the West Indies.
WESTERN BUREAU:Denmark Gillings had a man-of-the-match performance, scoring his first goal of the season for FC Reno in their 1-0 victory over Harbour View FC, lifting his team to sixth in the Red Stripe Premier League standings.It was their first win in six matches and snapped a series of drawn games that resulted in them sliding into the pack. They are also one point ahead of Harbour View and Boys’ Town, who defeated Arnett Gardens 1-0 yesterday.”Both teams played tactically well, and the win will give us a good feeling for our next game against Tivoli,” cited Reno technical director Wendell Downswell.”It augurs well going forward that we start winning our matches, especially the ones played at home, and today, we did that thanks to that wonderful goal from Gillings,” added Downswell.The pace of the game, particularly in the first half, was nothing to write home about, with the visitors enjoying the better of play.Harbour View had only two shots on goal despite having the lion’s share of possession, and although Nicholas Beckett looked comfortable in midfield, it amounted to little as the Reno defence held firm.Reno handed goalkeeper Dennis Clayton his first start after a long layoff due to injuries, and he did well to keep the score even with a spectacular one-handed save to deny Jorginho James in the 12th minute. Clayton was at full stretch to tip James’ effort over the crossbar with Harbour View threatening.Reno holding-midfielder Romario Downswell had a chance to score, but his header was narrowly off target in the 17th minute.In the second half, Gillings scored from 30 yards out, driving his free-kick out of reach of Harbour View goalkeeper Devon Haughton in the 48th minute.”This is not what we planned at all, coming so far,” said Harbour View coach Ludlow Bernard.”We talked about getting the maximum points from this game, but it was not to be as Reno defended well,” he said.
Jamaica win at World TT ChampsJamaica’s Table Tennis team got off to the perfect start at the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Malawati Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, defeating Morrocco 3-0 in their Group P Division Four match.Jamaica’s team of Michael Hyatt, Mark Phillips and Kane Watson easily brushed aside the Morrocans. Hyatt dismissed his opponent 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 to get the team off to a great start. Watson followed that up with a 13-11, 11-5, 11-7 win in the second match and Phillips wrapped up the victory with a 11-4, 1-10, 11-4 win in the final match.Team Jamaica was out of action during yesterday’s (Monday’s) second round of matches, but will return to action against Laos Republic today (Tuesday).The Caribbean team is competing in Group P in Division Four with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Laos and Morrocco.Easy victory for Red ForcePORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Rahkeem Cornwall’s half-century was in vain as Leeward Islands Hurricanes went down to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by nine wickets, on the final day of their eighth round contest here yesterday. Resuming the day in a dodgy position on 147 for five at the National Cricket Centre, Hurricanes rallied to 287 all out in their second innings, largely due to Cornwall’s bold 65. Orlando Peters stroked 39 while Jeremiah Louis hit a defiant unbeaten 32.Leg-spinner Imran Khan was the main wicket-taker with four for 80 and was supported by part-time off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine (2-44) and left-arm spinner Yannic Cariah (2-48).Set 107 for victory, Red Force wasted little time in racing to their target off 13.3 overs, with opener Evin Lewis smashing a quick-fire 56 off 41 deliveries, with nine fours and a six. He posted 97 for the first wicket with Barbadian Kyle Hope, who carved out an unbeaten 34 off 36 deliveries with four fours and a six.With the victory, Red Force picked up 18 points to move into third place in the standings on 74, while Hurricanes earned three points to remain bottom on 39.
Track: Sloppy after 4th raceWeather: Overcast, rainRace 1 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. AWESOME DESTINY SEllis 54.02. WILL IN CHARGE DaneNelson 52.5 Head3. MY COMPANION OEdwards3 50.0 7L4. COUNTER ATTACK DDawkins4 49.5 NeckWIN: $101.00PLACE: $51.00, $51.00, $53.00Final Time : 1:34.1 Splits : 24.3, 48.3, 1:13.3Winner : 3yo b filly – AFLEET EXPRESS – SEEK(USA)Trainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : WE’RE FAMILYBred by C.KIDDER, N.COLE, J.K GRIGGS & LINDA GRIGGSQu: $103.00 Ex: $186.00Trifecta: $92.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $530,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. SUPERTRONICS RHalledeen 56.02. BIMINI EMurray 54.0 6L3. TASHIE BABY HPottinger4 51.0 2 1/2L4. MEET JUSTIN SMuir 53.0 3/4LWIN: $83.00PLACE: $55.00, $55.00, $104.00Final Time : 1:08.0 Splits : 23.4, 47.1Winner : 4yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY – SUPER LASSTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $150.00 Ex: $206.00D/E: $189.00Superfecta: $2,624.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3O/T)1. COME DANCE WITH ME DDawkins4 48.5*2. BIG GEORGE OWalker 53.0 Head3. DREAMCOMETRUE DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L4. ANOTHER BULLET BebHarvey3 54.0 NeckWIN: $172.00Final Time : 0:58.1 Splits : 22.2, 44.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – SOCA DANCERTrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner: STEPHAN A NARINESINGHBred by HOWARD L. HAMILTONQu: $186.00 Ex: $445.00D/E: $520.00Trifecta: $375.00Rolling Triple: $941.00Race 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger4 50.52. GRAND TRAIN LSteadman3 54.0 2 3/4L3. CLASSICAL TRAIN SMuir 55.0 3 1/2L4. REAL VIBES MACHINE RWilson 56.0 Neck5. MANDEYA BBell 57.0 1/2LDNF #4 POWER OF THE CAT RHalledeen 55.0 7/2WIN: $562.00PLACE: $157.00, $123.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.3, 48.3, ,Winner : 10yo b horse – SKIPPING – SPIRIT OF JAMAICATrainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : DELETA BREWSTERBred by JACK DELISSERQu: $4,159.00 Ex: $7,543.00D/E: $2,669.00Trifecta: $7,172.00Hi-5: $218,062.50Rolling Triple: $7,090.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000)4-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. ABOGADO JErwin 53.02. AQUILO RLahoe 54.0 9/5 1 1/2L*3. CLEARLY OURS SMuir 52.0 5 1/2L4. BATTLE SONG AChatrie 52.5 2 1/2LWIN: $599.00PLACE: $104.00, $58.00, $64.00Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.1Winner : 4yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS – FIRSTBORNTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by PERCY TOMLINSONQu:) $902.00 Ex: $2,929.00D/E: $8,941.00Superfecta: $3,535.00Rolling Triple: $31,329.00Race 6 1400 M (Purse $768,000)NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SOY EL SENOR LSteadman3 53.0 2/12. IAN LINKS OWalker 54.0 4 1/2L3. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.0 Sh.Head*4. GOLDEN GLORY OEdwards3 50.0 3L5. BIG AL SEllis 54.0 2 1/4L6. DUSSELDORF AMartin 54.0 1 1/2LWIN: $158.00PLACE: $65.00, $93.00, $109.00Final Time : 1:28.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:14.3,Winner : 3yo gr colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – JOSE MARSANTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : RAWDON K PERSADBred by RAWDON PERSADQu: $586.00 Exacta: $935.00D/E: $1,686.00Trifecta: $532.00Hit-6: $15,208.50Rolling Triple: $32,022.00Pick-4: $91,264.00Super-6: $172,536.50Race 7 1600 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)1. BRAVE PROSPECT RWilson 54.0*2. BOLD AVIATOR AChatrie 55.0 2L3. OUR CREATION RHalledeen 54.0 3 1/2L4. STAR NEW VISTA OnBeckford4 51.0 HeadWIN: $266.00PLACE: $72.00, $55.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:42.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.1, 1:14.0,Winner : 4yo b colt – SEEKING THE GLORY – GOOD PROSPECTTrainer : VICTOR WILLIAMS Owner: VICTOR WILLIAMSBred by FRANCIS BARNETT, EDISON CHAI & LOUIS LYNQu: $244.00 Ex: $513.00D/E: $2,454.00Trifecta: $517.00Rolling Triple: $38,865.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SLEW DI CLOCK AChatrie 55.0*2. OPTIMUS JInnis4 51.0 1L 102.003. SONG ON TRACK RoshJohnson4 52.0 1 1/4L4. BRAVE HEART CBudhai 55.0 2 1/4L5. CHEXIMAKIT AMartin 54.0 1/2LLate scratch : #5 IMAGE EMPRESSWIN: $247.00PLACE: $120.00, $102.00, $303.00Final Time : 1:03.2 Splits : 24.0, 48.3Winner : 4yo b colt – CLOCK WORK – SHOW ME SLEWTrainer : EDWARD WALKER Owner : LOPEZ DREAM STABLESBred by ALLAN FLOWERSQu: $266.00 Ex: $666.00D/E: $1,682.00 (1-5) $387.00Trifecta: $1,535.00Hi-5: $105,020.50Rolling Triple: $6,328.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. EDISON BebHarvey3 53.02. SHINING LIGHT AChatrie 52.0 Neck3. HOVER CRAFT OWalker 56.0 1L4. RED FLAG RMairs 53.5 Sh.Head*5. COMMANDING CHIEF DaneNelson 56.0 1/2LWIN: $225.00PLACE: $129.00, $82.00, $91.00Final Time : 1:19.3 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:11.3,Winner: 7yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – PERFECT TENTrainer: RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by DAVE A. GIROD & LAURENCE E. HEFFESQu: $561.00 Ex: $1,219.00D/E: $1,060.00Trifecta: $982.00Hi-5: $4,951.00Rolling Triple: $13,194.00Race 10 1500 M (Purse $560,000)NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. LUCKYBEGOOD DaneNelson 52.5*2. NATASHADONTPLAY RMairs 53.5 Neck3. LITTLE RHEA JInnis4 49.5 19/1 2 1/2L4. TRACKING DANIEL OEdwards3 50.0 3/4L5. SURE MAN JErwin 54.5 3 1/4L6. RASHAIDA RLahoe 51.5 1/2LDNF: #11 KABRINA JPatterson4 48.5Late scratch : #10 LITTLE TUFF MANWIN: $271.00PLACE: $127.00, $109.00, $208.00Final Time : 1:37.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.2, 1:14.3Winner : 5yo ch filly – BURNING MARQUE – LITTLERICHGIRLTrainer : BERNARD VINCENT Owner : GORDON BUCKNOR & MEGAN L. VERGO-BUCKNORBred by GREGORY BUCKNORQu: $673.00 Ex: $1,556.00D/E: $1,705.00Trifecta: $4,768.00Hi-5 Carry-over : $104,861.25Rolling Triple: $10,718.00Pick-4: $82,108.00Super-6: $14,428.70 Carry-over: $1,341,873.00Pick-9: $27,008.50; $686.50Carry-over : $1,976,391.90PlacePot 8: $44,141.00
Eltham High are mounting a spirited challenge heading into today’s third and final day of the urban area ISSA/GraceKennedy Shield cricket competition at Melbourne Oval.However, it is still Excelsior High’s match to lose.Resuming on 70 for five, 158 runs in arrears of Excelsior High’s first innings score of 228, Eltham were dismissed for 96 in their first innings.Part-time left-arm spinner, Raewin Senior, with six for 26, was the chief wicket-taker for the boys from the Mountain View Avenue-based institution, with captain Orande Pearson, a part-time off-spinner, claiming three for 23.Enjoying a comfortable lead of 132, Excelsior were then bowled out for 178 in their second innings. Pearson, 74, Raymond Hall, 28, and Okachie Brown, 24, scored most runs against the part-time off-spin of Eltham captain, Ramone Francis, who took four for 53. Javion Brown and Leshawn Heslop, picked up two wickets each.Set 311 for an outright win, Eltham closed the day on 58 for three, 253 runs adrift.
BEIJING, China (CMC): Reigning World champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica and compatriot Veronica Campbell-Brown both stormed to victories at the IAAF World Challenge Meet here Wednesday. Campbell-Brown, the former World and Olympic champion, clocked 22.29 seconds to win the women’s 200 metres, with fellow Jamaican Simone Facey finishing second in 22.63. American Tiffany Townsend was third in 23.06, while the US Virgin Islands’ Laverne Jones-Ferrette trailed in eighth in 23.68. Williams, meanwhile, found her success in the women’s sprint hurdles when she carved out a time of 12.80 seconds to beat American Christina Manning into second in 12.91. Tiffany McReynolds crossed the line third in 12.97 while another Jamaican, Shermaine Williams, was fifth in 13.41. There was little other success for Caribbean athletes, however. In the men’s 100 metres sprint, Trinidadian Keston Bledman could only finish fifth in 10.17 as American Justin Gatlin streaked to victory in 9.94 seconds. His time was just short of Qatar’s Femi Ogunode’s world-leading 9.91. And in the women’s high jump, Levern Spencer’s 1.90 metres was only good enough to land her fifth spot behind winner Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria, who measured 1.93. Last weekend, Spencer registered 1.94m to claim her first Diamond League victory in Shanghai.
VICTORY IS A MUST “It is early days yet, but we are aware that this school, our supporters, and fans want nothing apart from victory. The players know that we need to play a great game today to leave Westmoreland with three points,” he said. “Both schools have identical records coming into this match so we are expecting a very even game. I think the team that makes the most of their chances will win. I am hoping we are the ones,” stated Lawrence. These are schools with real football pedigree. Rusea’s have won ten titles in their history, while Frome has managed to land just one lien so far and that was back in 2003. Elsewhere, front-running Cornwall College are hunting another three points to keep their perfect record intact; this time, they are taking on third in Zone A, Green Pond, at the Cornwall College playing field. Meanwhile, over in Zone E, STETHS, who have already bagged two victories from as many matches, go in search of a third, when they host the out-of-sorts Maggotty, while second-placed Lacovia travel up the mountains to face Munro College in another high-value match. In Zone M, first meet second as Glenmuir entertain Garvey Maceo at the Juici Beef Complex, while Vere should have their hands full with Kemps Hill in a top-of-the-table clash at the Vere playing field. – P.C Today’s matches Irwin vs St James Cornwall College vs Green Pond Frome vs Rusea’s Muschett vs Spot Valley Cedric Titus vs William Knibb Holland vs Herbert Morrison Godfrey Stewart vs Manning’s Petersfield vs Grange Hill Maud McLeod vs Little London STETHS vs Maggotty Munro vs Lacovia Bellefield vs Spalding Holmwood vs May Day High Alston vs Christiana Edwin Allen vs Knox Claude McKay vs Thompson Town Dinthill vs Charlemont Bog Walk vs McGrath Titchfield vs Port Antonio Oracabessa vs Fair Prospect Glenmuir vs Garvey Maceo Central vs Tacius Golding Bustamante vs Old Harbour Vere Tech vs Kemps Hill Morant Bay vs Yallahs Paul Bogle vs Robert Lightbourne Ewarton vs Guys Hill Home team named first; all matches start at 3:30 p.m. WESTERN BUREAU: Although champions St Elizabeth Technical High will be in action against Maggotty later today, it’s the Zone B clash featuring Frome Technical and Rusea’s that is the highlight of the day’s heavy 27-match ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup fixture. Both are sporting identical records after playing once so far, but the Westmoreland-based Frome lead the zone on goal difference, having netted four times, while Rusea’s have scored twice. It is easy to see why this match – the first of two meetings in the first round of the competition between these two – holds such prestige. They boast some of schoolboy football’s most rabid supporters and anytime these schools meet it is usually, fireworks both on and off the field. Rusea’s coach Aaron Lawrence is in his third year running the programme at the former many-time champions. He knows full well that the throng of “Russian” supporters will never be pleased with any result other than a victory.
Jamaica College (JC) could join Calabar High and Kingston College (KC) as locations for synthetic tracks for athletics. That’s the word from Ian Forbes, the chairman of the JC sports committee. Forbes said his school had been contemplating the acquisition of such a track for some time. Speaking in the wake of announced work by KC to install a synthetic track at its Melbourne campus. Forbes said: “It’s something we have considered over a long period of time and I think the will is there to do it.” He continued: “There’s nothing wrong with the natural surface, but as you know, the sport has moved rapidly and we must change with the time. “It’s certainly under consideration,” he reiterated. The Dark Blues’ spacious 189 Old Hope Road campus could comfortably accommodate a synthetic replacement for its existing 320-metre grass surface, he noted. “It’s just a matter of mobilising or completing the process of mobilising the requisite resources,” he estimated. FUNDS RAISED According to figures released last week, the KC track will cost $58 million. Calabar High School, the first high school to install such a facility, raised $55 million to complete the works earlier this year. In 2011, JC inaugurated an innovative five-runway jumps facility, which has helped the school to prominence in the long and triple jumps. Since then, the school has also built and equipped a top class gym. Forbes, who is the manager of the JC football and track and field teams, knows raising that amount of cash will be a challenge, but is confident. “It will always be a challenge,” he evaluated. “But you know we have a rich history and tradition, and we have a committed alumni as well. “It will have to be all hands on deck,” he said in a call to JC alumni and friends of the school. “It is possible, most definitely and it will happen.” Jamaica College, KC and Calabar have dominated the male section of ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships since it was first contested in 1910. Jamaica College last won in 2011 to bring its total of team titles to 21. Kingston College has been on top 31 times, with Calabar first on 26 occasions.