Ardenne hold St George's

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Vauxhall High's Emelio Rousseau (right) battles with Spanish Town High's Tevan Green for possession during their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at Vauxhall playing field yesterday. Vauxhall won 4-0.

St George’s College, strong favourites for the 2015 ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title, dropped vital points yesterday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Ardenne High.

The draw ensured that the battle for top honours in Group C remains wide open as North Street-based St George’s lead by one point (16) from their seven games. They are currently one ahead of Innswood High School (15) from six games, while Denham Town High have 13. Ardenne are on eight points from seven games.

Elsewhere, an impressive Vauxhall High School climbed to the top of Group F with 16 points from seven matches courtesy of a 4-0 demolition of Spanish Town High at the Vauxhall playing field yesterday.

The Vauxhall team achieved sweet revenge, according to coach Keon Broderick, after they went down 2-0 to Spanish Town in their first match of the season.

Jonathan Grant (15) and former champions Excelsior High School (12) are second and third, respectively, in the group.

A 33rd-minute own goal sent the home team Vauxhall ahead, and that score held until Akeem Whyte slammed home a volley to double their lead three minutes into the second half. Junior Lywood finished off a quick counter-attack to send the Vauxhall team 3-0 up in the 50th minute.

Vauxhall rounded out their biggest win of the season through substitute Rushawn Williams, who came off the bench midway the second half to score a brilliant solo effort. He buried his shot low and hard to the far right-hand corner, leaving goal keeper Keyshawn Doyley rooted to the spot.

Coach Broderick said he was delighted they were able to beat Spanish Town and keep a clean sheet.

“We now have five wins, one loss and one draw, and once the guys remain disciplined and focused, I think we have a good chance of making it to the second round,” Broderick told The Sunday Gleaner.

 

YESTERDAY’S RESULTS:

 

Group C

Ardenne 1 St George’s 1

Kingston Technical 0 Denham Town 4

Group B

Papine 4 Cumberland High 0

Group F

Vauxhall 4 Spanish Town 0

Tony Becca: Wrong stroke, Phil Simmons

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West Indies coach Phil Simmons (left) with former West Indies bowler and current selector Courtney Walsh at Sabina Park earlier this year.
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West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons committed a cardinal sin recently when, speaking about “outside influences” on the selection of the West Indies ODI team to tour Sri Lanka, he broke a long-standing unwritten rule and committed a breach of confidence.

Simmons claims that the chairman of the selection committee Clive Lloyd, himself, and captain Jason Holder agreed that Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard should be the team, but, with Holder quite rightly not having a vote at this time, they were outvoted 3-2.

That was a stunning disclosure. It meant that Simmons had betrayed the trust of his colleagues. It was, indeed, “a schoolboy error in a moment of madness”, he subsequently said.

By naming those who were in favour of Bravo and Pollard, and by saying that they lost the vote 3-2, Simmons told the whole world that the other three selectors, Courtney Walsh, Eldine Baptiste, and Courtney Browne did not vote for them.

That was irresponsible, pure and simple, and, in an atmosphere like that in the West Indies, especially with the level of insularity that abounds, it was begging for trouble. The three selectors suddenly became persona non grata, particularly in some countries.

 

‘sincere apology’

 

Simmons has since been suspended, and although he has since tendered a “sincere apology” for his outburst, the damage has already been done.

It seems West Indies cricket is jinxed. Almost every time the West Indies team is going on tour, almost every time that West Indies cricket makes what appears a promising move, something always seems to go wrong.

This time, the coach has betrayed the confidence of his colleagues.

West Indies cricket, like most things in the West Indies, is suffering from a lot of things. Among them is one-up-manship.

In the West Indies of today, unlike yesterday, every man is a big man, every man does what he wants to do, every man dips his finger in another man’s business, and every man, obviously, believes he should answer to no one.

He is the man in charge of everything, or almost everything, and things must be done according to him.

Unfortunately, and surprisingly, Simmons falls into that category.

Simmons said in his interview that, in keeping Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard out of the West Indies ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, “I think it’s disappointing from the fact that I haven’t got the best 50-over ODI squad that we can select in the Caribbean.”

Who says that is so?

First of all, Simmons must be asked: What is the best ODI squad? Who makes up the best ODI squad? And how long should the people of the West Indies wait for some players to produce?

Bravo has been fairly good, but most times he has been unreliable with bat and ball, but brilliant in the field; and Pollard has been a hit-or-miss player with bat and ball and exceptional in the field.

Most times, Pollard, especially, is only good for a six or two, and if the truth be told, they are both better suited for the T20 game. By their figures, they are not top performers, and they definitely do not help the West Indies to win.

On top of that, and if I am not mistaken, at least one of them led the charge when the tour to India was abandoned recently?

Second, even if they were considered certainties, should the West Indies select players at the players’ own convenience, should the selectors select players whenever and only when they are available and whenever there is nothing else happening?

As far as I am concerned, every man has a right to do what he wants to do, and the West Indies Board has a right to select who it wants to select based on certain guidelines.

The West Indies Board should be fair and upfront with the players, and it should not prevent the players from earning money – even though it may have helped prepare them for doing so.

The board, however, should explain to the players what it wants, and once the players decide what they want, that should be that. They must realise that no one has a God-given right to play for the West Indies, especially only whenever the player wants do so.

Simmons said he wanted the best team. The West Indies also wants the best team, but not at all cost.

Simmons also said that he spoke with the players, and that he and Lloyd, as well as Holder, agreed with the selection of Bravo and Pollard, and it was disappointing to him to lose the vote.

To lose a vote is one thing, to betray the confidence of one’s colleagues is another thing.

 

confusion in WI cricket

 

The Simmons outburst also demonstrated the type of confusion in West Indies cricket. He said that Lloyd, who had earlier said that no one can influence him and had earlier stated that he had spoken with the players and told them that the selectors would like to move on, had agreed with him re the selection of Bravo and Pollard.

Somehow, that is interesting, very interesting.

Simmons was a good cricketer who served West Indies cricket well, and he also served Ireland’s cricket with distinction.

Simmons must realise, however, that Ireland’s cricket is different from West Indies cricket, that he was employed as the coach to the team, and that, apart from being a member of the selection panel, he was employed as nothing else.

And what does “outside influence” mean? Throughout my time as a journalist, and one who covered West Indies cricket for a long time, there has always been interference in West Indies cricket, particularly when it comes to selection, and especially by politicians moving for their man.

All that is par for the course in West Indies cricket, and it is nothing less. Right now, the Trinidadians are talking about victimisation, about anti-Trinidadian feelings, referring to their position on Dave Cameron, on their position on Lloyd, and what has happened to recent West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilliera.

Simmons is a good man and a good coach, and this time, I hope that his “sincere apology” is accepted. As he said, “This is not within my character.”

It's still very close in daCosta Group E

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St Elizabeth Technical clipped ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup Group E rivals Munro College 3-2 yesterday in Santa Cruz to remain a point behind leaders Lacovia High in the race for top spot in what is now being labelled the ‘group of death’.

Lacovia tagged BB Coke High 3-1 to move to 16 points, with STETHS holding second place on 15. Munro, who entered the game as group leaders, slipped to third on 13 points, with BB Coke (11) and Maggotty (9).

STETHS are yet to drop points at home, but are inconsistent on the road.

today we showed grit

Coach Omar Wedderburn welcomed yesterday’s victory.

“We are always going to have bad patches, but, today, we showed grit against this good Munro side,” Wedderburn said.

“They came back at us, but we held on for the win and that in itself is an important part of the game. The ability of the players to hold their nerves against strong opposition speaks volumes of their mental strength,” he added.

But with two rounds of matches left in group play, STETHS cannot afford to drop any further points if they are to advance as group winners. Elsewhere in that group, Maggotty High defeated Newell 2-0.

Meanwhile, the unbeaten Manchester wrapped up yet another win in Group F with a comprehensive 5-0 demolition of Mile Gully. Now with 24 points, Manchester have qualified to the next round.

Two former winners also locked up their spots in the next round. Rusea’s drubbed Merlene Ottey 6-0 in Group B, while Cornwall College made their way with a 2-2 draw with St James High in Group A.

Calwayne Allen opened the scoring for St James in the 35th minute only for Leonard Murray to fire in a 48th-minute equaliser. Peter-Lee Vassell then sent Cornwall College in front with a 52nd-minute penalty.

But hardworking St James midfielder Akeen Campbell scored in the 75th minute to give his team a deserved share of the points, which keeps them second in the group.

Over in Group K, already qualified Dinthill Technical drew 2-2 with Bog Walk High to move to 20 points.

Yesterday’s results

Holmwood 0 Knox College 0

Merlene Ottey 0 Rusea’s 6

Denbigh 1 Porus 1

Herbert Morrison 1 Spot Valley 1

Kellits 1 Edwin Allen 2

Morant Bay 2 St Thomas Tech 3

William Knibb 1 Muschett 0

Bog Walk 2 Dinthill 2

Godfrey Stewart 1 Little London 1

Spalding 0 Bellefield 0

St James 2 Cornwall College 2

Fair Prospect 2 Buff Bay 1

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The heat is on at Waterhouse

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At the bottom looking up is not a position often associated with former champions Waterhouse, but that is where they find themselves after four games in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and anything but a win today against newcomers UWI (University of the West Indies) FC could put pressure on coach Calvert Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald enjoyed success in a previous stint, but has been able to lead his charges to just one point so far. Interestingly, that point was earned away to Rivoli, the club Fitzgerald left to return to Waterhouse.

“We did not retain the services of Tramaine Stewart and Hughan Gray. These are significant losses.

“Hughan was definitely the top attacking player in the league, was one of the top players in the Caribbean Cup last season and is a national representative, so these are not easy players to replace,” said Fitzgerald as he explained the difficulties his team had at the start of the season.

Those losses, he said, were followed by the loss to injury of captain Damarley Samuels coupled with the late return of a number of senior players. Despite that, though, Fitzgerald said the spirit in the camp is high and the performances have been improving.

“The team is definitely playing better as evidenced by the performance against Harbour View. In the second half, we looked more like a Waterhouse team, and we are hoping to pick it up from there. We really need these three points in the win column.

“Even though the team has been going through a poor start, the team is energised. Our confidence and team spirit are not dampened,” he said.

Leading his team into Waterhouse is a man who, last week, had a weight lifted off his shoulders as UWI FC recorded their first win, and a second successive one will increase their confidence. It is, however, not that easy for Marcel Gayle as, up to last year, he was on the Waterhouse bench.

 

‘mixed emotions’

 

“It is a feeling of mixed emotions for me going home to Waterhouse, being on the other side, on the other bench, but it is not about me. It is about the team and what the teams need at this time,” said Gayle, a Waterhouse man through and through.

Gayle said he does not expect his return to be an easy one as the hosts are in a position where they have to get a result.

“Their backs are against the wall. They will be coming hard to get the three points, but I think we have what it takes to go there and get a win. As long as we are disciplined and play to the best of our ability, we will do it,” added Gayle, whose team will be boosted by the return of the experienced Girvon Brown.

At Wespow Park, the hot-again former champions Montego Bay United will be aiming to take over the top spot, at least for 24 hours, when they host Humble Lion FC. The second-placed Montego United should start as favourites, but Humble Lion FC, who are just two points behind the hosts, are coming off a home win over the defending champions and should fancy their chances.

Previous leaders Portmore United will be heading back to Clarendon, a place they called home when they were Hazard United, to take on Cavalier in a battle between the third- and fourth-placed teams. This game will be the first official match to be played at the Middlesex International College.

Eighth-placed Rivoli United will entertain 11th-placed Boys’ Town at Prison Oval while 10th-placed Tivoli Gardens will be hoping to give coach Christopher Bender his first win of the season with a victory over Harbour View, who only recorded their first win of the season on Monday last. Jermaine Johnson’s presence should help Tivoli’s cause.

Tomorrow night, surprise leaders Reno FC will get an early chance to show their title credentials when they play away to defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

 

Today’s games:

 

4 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion – Wespow Park

4 p.m.: Portmore United vs Cavalier – Middlesex Intl College, Clarendon

4 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Boys’ Town – Spanish Town Prison Oval

3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Complex

4 p.m.: Waterhouse vs UWI – Drewsland Stadium

 

Tomorrow’s game:

 

8:30 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Reno – Anthony Spaulding Complex

Points standing

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Reno 4 3 1 0 7 3 4 10

MoBay U 4 3 0 1 10 2 8 9

Portmore 4 3 0 1 5 2 3 9

Cavalier 3 2 1 0 3 0 3 7

H Lion FC 4 2 1 1 3 2 1 7

Arnett 4 2 0 2 7 2 5 6

H View 4 1 3 0 4 3 1 6

Rivoli 4 1 1 2 1 3 -2 4

UWI FC 4 1 0 3 1 7 -6 3

Tivoli 4 0 2 2 3 5 -2 2

Boys’ Town 4 0 2 2 2 9 -7 2

Waterhouse 4 0 1 3 1 5 -4 1

Uncle Taf takes feature

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UNCLE TAF (outside), with apprentice Jerome Innis aboard, defeating ALI BABA (Robert Halledeen) by a head in yesterday's Fontainbleu Trophy feature at Caymanas Park.

The front-running UNCLE TAF staged a spirited rally in the closing stages to beat 2000 Guineas winner and 3-2 favourite UNCLE TAF by a head in the three-year-old and up open allowance feature over 1500 metres for the Fontainbleu Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Offering odds of 9-1 in a knotty field of 14, UNCLE TAF provided recent Jockeys’ School graduate Jerome Innis with his first winner, becoming the fifth from the batch of 17 who started riding on the previous Saturday to ride a winner.

Running in heavy underfoot condition caused by showers earlier in the day, UNCLE TAF raced into a commanding lead from early to turn for home four lengths clear of ALI BABA and 5-1 chance FRANFIELD.

Although he was reeled in by ALI BABA and headed off a furlong out, Innis did not lose his composure and, flashing the right-hand stick, conjured up a late spurt from UNCLE TAF to regain the lead from ALI BABA under in-form Richard Halledeen within shades of the wire for a narrow win.

Both finished clear of FRANFIELD in third as the winner covered the distance in the smart time of 1:30.3 behind splits of 23.0, 46.0, and a brisk 1:10.1 for the first six furlongs.

A five-year-old chestnut gelding by Traditional out of the Star Attitude mare Zaza, UNCLE TAF is co-owned by the father and son team of Solomon and Owen Sharpe and bred by both. Solomon said of UNCLE TAF:

“He ran too well for third behind Perfect Neighbour in the Governor General’s Stakes in grade one company on the previous Saturday and now, stepping down to open allowance company, felt he was light enough to rebound with a win with an apprentice who has worked him constantly at exercise.

“This is a horse who not only won the Governor’s Cup (Lotto Classic) in 2013, but finished second in the derby and Superstakes,” he recalled. “He has earned close to $9 million in stakes and this was, in fact, his second win in his last four starts,” he added.

Earlier in the afternoon, another new apprentice, 21-year-old Bebeto Harvey pushed out 3-5 favourite BORDER LINE for trainer Richard Azan to his first win in the annual renewal of the Cecil C. Charlton Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres for $550,00 – $500,000 claimers.

Leading jockey Shane Ellis (67 wins) rode two winners in the impressive two-year-old debutant ZUGULU for trainer Azan and 2-5 favourite STAN ROY in the fifth to widen his lead over closest rival Halledeen.

Jose Mourinho charged by English FA

Jose Mourinho charged by English FA

Under-fire Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the English Football Association for remarks he made about match officials following his side’s 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute.

Mourinho, who is going through the worst spell of his managerial career, last week escaped disciplinary action after being cleared by the FA of making discriminatory comments towards former club doctor Eva Carneiro.

He felt referee Robert Madley denied Chelsea a penalty and officials were “afraid” to award his side spot-kicks.

He added: “The penalty in this game is more than crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens… they collapse.

“After that the team lost even more confidence. Mentally, psychologically, the team is unbelievably down.

“If the Football Association wants to punish me they can. They don’t punish other managers.”

He has until Thursday to respond to the charge

The defeat meanwhile means The Blues have lost four of their opening eight league games this season, leaving them 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and four points above the relegation zone.

Arnett Garden’s tackles Reno in Monday night feature game

Arnett Garden’s tackles Reno in Monday night feature game

by Dwight Fraser

Defending champions Arnett Gardens will go up against Reno to close out match day five of the Red Stripe Premier League at the Anthony Spaulding’s Sports Complex in a 8:30 kick off this evening.

A win for Arnett would see them moving into the top four of the competition at the expense of humble lion while a win for Reno would see them reclaiming the lead at the top of the standings.

However a drawn result would see Reno moving up to second and Arnett up to fifth.

Portmore United returned to the top of the standings beating Cavalier 1-nil at their new home ground at Middlesex International College in Clarendon yesterday.

Cleon Pryce netted the lone goal of the contest in the 50th minute

Waterhouse moved off the foot of the standings with a three nil win over newly promoted team UWI, on the back of a brace from striker Germaine ‘tuffy Anderson.

It was Waterhouse’s first victory of the season, who saw Romario Campbell being shown red for violent conduct.

In other matches Rafique Thomas scored a triple to help Boys Town to a narrow 4-3 win over Rivoli United.

Tivoli also secured their first victory after shutting out Harbour View 2-nil at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, while the points were shared between Montego Bay united and Humble Lion who played to a one all Scoreline at Wespow Park.

Marloe Rodman pedals his way to Trinidad International Cycling Championship Title

Marloe Rodman pedals his way to Trinidad International Cycling Championship Title

by Dwight Fraser

National champion Marloe Rodman won the 2015 Tobago International Cycling Classic Championship in Trinidad on the weekend.

This after taking the 60-lap criterium at market square in Scarborough, Tobago, in exciting fashion in what was good finish to a competitive series.

However, the Jamaican rider had to wait before he could celebrate his victory after the officials had initially declared team foundation and Dominican Republic rider Norlandy Sanchez as the overall winner of the four-stage event.

The final race in the series pedaled off with Rodman starting the day wearing the yellow jersey reserved for the series leader. On the final day on Saturday he took a more conservative approach to the race than he did on Friday in the third stage in Plymouth, when he attacked the 50-lap stage three criterium from the start.

Speaking to Irie Fm sport from Scarbaborough Trinidad he explained that he was more than satisfied with a job well done.

Marloe Rodman

Brendan Rodgers walks alone……….after being sacked by Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers walks alone……….after being sacked by Liverpool

by Dwight Fraser

The search is on for a new manager of Liverpool after the club sacked Brendan Rodgers after three and a half years in charge of the Anfield side which has been struggling since the start of the season.

Rodgers was dismissed after yesterday’s draw at Everton, which left the reds 10th in the English Premier League, but the decision to show him the door was made before the game.

Former Chelsea and real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, Ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp – both of whom are out of work – and Ajax boss Frank de Boer have been linked with the Liverpool job in recent weeks, and either of them could be the likely replacement.

Liverpool have won only four of their 11 games in all competitions this season, including victory on penalties against league two side Carlisle at home in the Capital One Cup, and drew with one all with Swiss team Fc Scion in the Europa League Cup last Thursday.

 

Neymar to miss two World Cup qualification games after Brazil’s appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration

Neymar to miss two World Cup qualification games after Brazil’s appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration

by Dwight Fraser

Brazil’s appeal against Neymar missing their first two South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers this month has been turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).  

Neymar, banned for four matches at the Copa America in Chile in June by the South American Football Confederation Conmebol, will miss the matches away to Chile this Thursday and at home to Venezuela five days later.

Brazil’s Football Association (CBF), who had declined to appeal in June, changed their mind and went to Court of Arbitration for Sports arguing that the suspension should apply only to the Copa America.

Neymar was suspended after being sent off at the end of Brazil’s 1-nil defeat by Colombia in the group phase of the Copa America. He was involved in a fracas and Chilean referee Enrique Osses reported him for insulting him in the players’ tunnel.

The gifted forward served the first two matches of his suspension in other matches Brazil played at the tournament, including their quarter-final defeat by Paraguay on penalties however Brazil will have to find a replacement for Neymar for those two games fast approaching.