Waterhouse FC’s survival in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could hinge on the result of today’s match against Tivoli Gardens FC at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.Having struggled in the nation’s top flight league for more than two-thirds of the preliminary stage this season, Waterhouse face a crucial encounter in Match Day 25. With nine sets of games remaining before the top four battle for the title, Waterhouse are in last place on 21 points in the 12-team league.Waterhouse’s top forward, 23 year-old Kenroy Howell, is confident that the club will survive.”Well, every game is like a final for us. We are aware of the situation and the goal is to stay in the league and take it from there next season. We are not used to this, but we will stay up,” Howell said.easy taskThe Drewsland club is a point behind Rivoli (22) and five points behind 10th-place Tivoli Gardens (26) as the relegation battle gets intense.It means that today’s game is a must-win for Waterhouse in order to move up the points standings. Although playing at home, it won’t be an easy task for the home side.Since the return of Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey as technical director/coach, Tivoli Gardens have been unbeaten in their last three games, with two wins and a draw. On the other hand, Waterhouse have only one win in their past five games.Waterhouse, under the guidance of coach Paul Young, will rely on their leading marksman Kenroy Howell, with eight goals, as well as veterans such as Kevin Lamey, Devon Hodges, and Nicholy Finlayson for a victory at home.Tivoli Gardens’ leading scorer is Junior Flemmings on nine goals, and he is expected to get support from former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Anderson and captain Andre Morgan.In the other games, RSPL leaders Montego Bay United hope to maintain their good form against Boys’ Town at the Barbican field.Portmore, coming off three straight defeats, could get back to winning ways against the lowly Rivoli United. Humble Lion face UWI FC in another interesting clash. Humble Lion are currently in fourth position on 35 points, while new boys UWI FC are only two points off the Clarendon outfit.Defending champions Arnett Gardens are expected to get the better of Reno at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Today’s games• 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Montego Bay United at Barbican Complex• 3 p.m: Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Prison Oval• 5 p.m: Humble Lion vs UWI FC at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon• 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs FC Reno at the Anthony Spaulding Complex• 6 p.m: Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens at Waterhouse StadiumTomorrow night’s game 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier SC at Harbour View Stadium
Jamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.
Football fans are in for a treat as the curtain comes down on the Sandals Resorts International-sponsored St Ann-St Mary Business House football competition at Drax Hall today. The title match will feature a clash of the two heavyweights and the last two unbeaten teams: defending champions Couples Tower Isle, and title aspirants Gran Bahia Principe. Match time for the feature is 6 p.m., with St Ann Development Company (SADCo) and North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) in the third-place play-off game at the same venue, starting at 4 p.m. Couples enter the final on a high, scoring 36 goals so far, while conceding just four. They have the most high-powered offence in the league and have looked unstoppable all season. With Mauracio Gordon, Gregory Tate, Dwayne Silvera and Carlos Smith, they have a core that’s the envy of the league. Tate and Gordon, in particular, have the potential to unlock any defence. The Gran Bahia defenders will have their hands full all evening staving of attack after attack. Both teams reached the finals in contrasting style. The champs hammered NERHA 4-1 in their semi-final clash, while Gran Bahai edged a fighting SADCo, 2-1. Gran Bahai will be looking to Kirk Ramsay, the man many believe to be the best forward in St Ann. Ramsay, however, has not been finding the net with regularity, but has the potential to explode at any time. Devon Ward, veteran member of the Gran Bahia team, is confident his team will win. “I know Couples have been playing well all season and we respect them, but we believe in our team and we have some great players. We know the game of football and we are ready,” Ward noted. NERHA hammered
win Division TwoIn the Division Two final, Peak Bottling defeated Sagicor Group 2-0 in the final thanks to goals from Maurice Ricketts in the 41st minute and Andrew Morrison in the 84th.Division One champions Petrojam won a third trophy on Wednesday when beating Peak Bottling 3-1 in the Challenge Shield match at Barbican. Goals from Andrew Christie, Leon Strickland, and Jarron Richards sealed the issue, while Andrew Morrison got a consolation goal for the Emelio Clarke-coached Peak Bottling in the 74th minute.Petrojam will play St Ann Business House champions Couples next Saturday in the all-island Champion of Champions final.Spit Fyan are Petrojam are BH Remember’ CupOrville Henriques showed his dominance of Professional Practical shooting at the local level when he won the latest challenge match dubbed ‘September to Remember’ at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club.Henriques tallied the maximum attainable score of 670 points after winning all eight stages. It was the highest margin of victory in recent years. Ellsworth Dixon, who finished second on two stages, was the runner-up with 70 per cent, gaining 471 points. Third and fourth, respectively, were female shooter Sue Ann Henriques and Evan Grant.Cleon Stewart was fifth, Thomas Jones sixth, and Owen Campbell seventh. Young shooter Desmond Prince made the top 10 for the first time with a creditable 246 points.Howie Chin Memorial Cup, October 2The fifth staging of the Howie Chin Memorial Football Cup for preparatory schools in Manchester will take place next Friday. Hosts for the opening games and dress parade will be defending champions Mt St Joseph Prep. Start time is noon.The competition is named in honour of Howie Chin, the former Manchester FA executive and previous owner of Brumalia House, which is also a current sponsor of the Manchester KO Cup.Eight teams will participate. one-day rallyBank of Jamaica (BoJ) won the Interbank five-a-side one-day rally at the NWC playing field last Sunday, clipping Jamaica National 1-0 in the final through a Roger Bucknor goal.Many-time champions Scotiabank, who were beaten in the semis by Jamaica National, won the dress parade for the 14th time, however, ahead of BoJ. The Interbank league kicks off tomorrow with two matches: defending champions Scotiabank vs BoJ at Alpha starting at 1:30 p.m. and Jamaica National vs NCB at 3:30 p.m.Peak Bottling mid-season champsCaribbean Classic’s unbeaten run in the 2015-2016 Jamaica Domino Council Association League came to an end as arch-rivals Spit Fyah overpowered them 300-267 in the mid-season final last Sunday.The Bayside, Portmore-based team assumed a 28-point lead (153-125) at half-time and never looked back.The teams will now focus on League play, which will resume tomorrow with a full slate of matches.George Lee Memorial 5K road race tomorrowThe George Lee Memorial 5K Run/Walk Road Race is on tomorrow starting at the Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portsmouth, St Catherine. Warm-up is at 6:15 a.m., with the race set to begin at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds of the event will go towards a children’s scholarship/ grant fund and a senior citizens recreational centre. The entry fee for individuals is $1000. For groups of 10 the fee is $800 per person. George Lee, affectionately called Mr Portmore, was instrumental in Portmore becoming a municipality. He was the first directly elected mayor of Portmore. He is also the only man to serve as mayor twice. Dover Lawrence of Sun City Radio and Dana Thomas of Bridgeport High School were last year’s male and female winners, respectively.90 juniors vie for Guardian Life Open titlesOver 90 of Jamaica’s best junior players will vie for Titles at The Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Tournament at the Liguanea Club.The tournament is scheduled to begin this morning at 9 o’clock with players, vying for trophies. The categories are Boys’ 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 and Girls beginners, intermediary and advanced levels.In addition to trophies, the winners in each category will also receive points toward their national ranking. The semi-finals will be played tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the finals scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. The closing and presentation ceremony will follow directly after the finals.Portsmouth Primary Football RallyThe Portsmouth Primary one-day football rally will be played next Friday, October 2 on the school grounds. Registration is set for 9 a.m., and matches are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.Entry fee is $3,000 and must be paid by Thursday, October 1. The main aim of the competition is to promote and develop football within the schools and build the confidence of young players, while providing the experience needed for upcoming competitions. The competition is open to both primary and preparatory schools in Jamaica. The event was last contested in 2013, where McAuley Primary won from Spanish Town. They defeated the host school 3-2.South East St Catherine Domino League returnsUnbeaten Passagefort United will host Garveymeade at Myrtle Way when the South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League returns with three games tomorrow. In other encounters, Waterford take on Westmeade Rising Stars at Waterford, while Cumberland are at home against Portsmouth.Recently, Passagefort thwarted the challenge of Westmeade Rising Stars 250-242 to jump to maximum 28 points from seven games, 10 points clear of Waterford (18 points).Waterford beat Garveymeade 250-226 in their last match. Ken’s Wildflower (18 points) beat Cumberland 250-242. Garveymeade (17 points) have dropped to fourth place, while Cumberland are fifth with 17 points, Westmeade, sixth with 11 points. Portsmouth are at the foot, of the table on two points.Wint returned as Manchester FA bossDalton Wint was re-elected to serve another two-year term as president of the Manchester FA at the parish’s annual general meeting recently.In winning his fourth straight term, Wint defeated challenger Duane James 27-14. Baron Watson was returned as first vice-president, but there is now a new second vice-president in Dudley Powell. Powell takes the post that was vacated by Nyron Goodhall. Janice Grant was returned as treasurer and Clarence Jackson as general secretary.There are two new faces on the executive committee. They are Omar Robinson and Derick Reid. Donovan Senior, Brian Sterling, and Cranston Kelly remain members of the executive.Henriques lands ‘September to Football championsPetrojam completed the Business House football double last Saturday when they defeated the previously unbeaten GraceKennedy 3-2 on penalty kicks in the KSAFA/Western Sports Division One final at Barbican playing field.The Lennie Hyde-coached Petrojam, which won the knockout title earlier this month, were winning the Division One title for the fifth time in the last six years.In a closely contested league final, Petrojam and GraceKennedy played to a 1-1 stalemate in regulation and extra time.Petrojam took the lead through Arnett Gardens Premier League player Jarron Richards in the 74th minute, beating the Grace goalkeeper, Edsel Scott, from close range.Despite having to play with 10 men from the 64th minute when Kerat HoSang was shown the red card for dangerous play, GraceKennedy gained the equaliser from Adrian Coley, his header beating goalkeeper Damion Hyatt in the 83rd minute.BoJ win Interbank
Western Bureau:It’s crunch time for the three teams in contention for the top places in Group E of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup.None can afford to misfire today in what is shaping up as a win-or-go-home scenario.Lacovia High (19 points) will take a three-point lead into their clash with the group’s third-place team Munro College (16). This game will be played at St Elizabeth Technical’s (STETHS) playfield in Santa Cruz. STETHS (18) will meet Newell who have registered a measly two points. They meet at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.With two to advance as automatic qualifiers and the best third-place team also a possibility these match-ups take on added significance.STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn, though pleased with his team’s 4-0 rout of B.B. Coke on Wednesday, knows that to top the group his team will have to win and hopes that rivals Munro can do them an enormous favour by defeating Lacovia.”Come later this evening, we are looking for a three-point result,” Wedderburn told The Gleaner.”We know we have what it takes and are confident that we will defeat Newell. In the same breath, if we are to top the group, Lacovia must lose so we are hoping that Munro will stop them,” Wedderburn said.It is almost a similar storyline in Group H, which features the defending champions Clarendon College. They lead with 15 points, one more than Lennon High (14).The champions are set to meet one of the weakest teams in the group in Thompson Town while Edwin Allen (13 pts), third in the group, will no doubt have three points on their minds when they tackle second-place team Lennon (14).Meanwhile, the free-scoring Manchester High will travel to DeCarteret in their final Group F game, having already secured the top place with a perfect nine wins from as many matches.Today’s matchesGreen Pond vs IrwinFrome vs Rusea’sWilliam Knibb vs Herbert MorrisonSpot Valley vs MuschettMannings vs Maud McLeodPetersfield vs Godfrey StewartMunro vs LacoviaMaggotty vs B.B. CokeNewell vs STETHSBelair vs Winston JonesMile Gully vs Cross KeysDeCarteret vs ManchesterSpalding vs HolmwoodAlston vs KnoxEdwin Allen vs LennonClarendon College vs Thompson TownOcho Rios vs Cedric TitusBrown’s Town vs York CastleTacky vs IslingtonBrimmervale vs St Mary HighSt Mary Tech vs Annotto BayDinthill vs CharlemontMcGrath vs Bog WalkEwarton vs Tacius GoldingBuff Bay vs TitchfieldPort Antonio vs Happy GroveDenbigh vs GlenmuirGarvey Maceo vs PorusOld Harbour vs Kemps HillCentral vs Vere TechSeaforth vs Robert LightbourneSt Thomas Tech vs Paul Bogle
German coach Jurgen Klopp says it is possible that he will end his career at Liverpool after celebrating a year in charge at the Merseyside club. After an inconsistent season last year, Klopp, in his first full season in charge at Liverpool, has enjoyed a strong start to the campaign, with many onlookers tipping the Reds to challenge for the title. “I certainly will (return to Germany) to live, but I don’t know if I will be back there as a coach yet. The day will come when I say, ‘thanks, it was a pleasure,’ Klopp told German media. The 49-year-old further noted that he intends to end his coaching career within a decade. “It’s very, very unlikely that I will still be sitting on the bench when I am 60. And, if at the end of my career I only got to coach Mainz, Dortmund, and Liverpool, then it will certainly have been three fantastic clubs.” Liverpool have been largely impressive this year and were today scheduled to play Swansea in search of a fifth straight win. The coach is also looking to make the most of their lack of European commitments this season. “We lost at Swansea last season in a difficult week for us. We had to play there at 12 p.m. on the Sunday, and that was really hard for us. We didn’t perform really well so deserved the defeat. “This time we want to deserve something else. We have absolutely no excuses. We have time to recover, we have time to train, we have time to analyse and we have to use it.” Appointed on October 8, 2015 First game in charge – October 17, 2015 Matches in charge – 60 Goals scored – 71 (most in EPL) Record – 29 wins/18 draws/13 losses Points per game – 1.75 Klopp at ‘The Kop’
The Jamaicans will be joined by captain Malysha Kelly and Vangelee Williams, from Australia and England respectively, where they play club competition. A full-strength Jamaican team is expected for the traditionally fierce match-ups and national coach Minneth Reynolds said she is expecting a much better performance this time around. “We are going out there to compete at our best, and if our best is good enough, then we can be victorious. Our shortcoming was in attack and with the inclusion of Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson we should be able to compete much better than we did in New Zealand,” she assessed. Other squad members include; Stacian Facey, Adean Thomas, Shamera Sterling, Khadijah Williams, Shantal Slater. Under-21 players Hasana Williams and Carla-lee Tinglin are also included in the squad. “I am hoping to take my time and play the ball, and play my own game and prove myself on the court,” said Williams, 17-year-old from the Queen’s School. Tinglin, an 18-year-old University of the West Indies student is also looking forward to the experience. “I have always had this dream, didn’t know it would come so early though, but the Lord knows best and I will be giving it my all,” Tinglin said. NEW ADDITIONS Netball Jamaica President Dr Paula Daley-Morris is expecting the Sunshine Girls to put recent disappointments behind them and fight to defeat hosts England in their three-match international test series, slated for November 29 to December 4. Ten members of the national team, their management and coaching staff departed Netball House, located in Barbican, yesterday for the Norman Manley International Airport. According to the president, the team is targeting improvements following their recent 3-0 loss to number two ranked New Zealand. The Jamaicans also had a dismal Fast5 World Netball Series showing in Australia, winning two games against lower-ranked teams and losing four. “Well, we are hoping to improve on our performance from the other tours. We definitely need to improve, so that’s the plan,” she outlined. Daley-Morris, describing her team as a mix of youth and experience, feels they will be equipped to take on third-ranked England at home. The Sunshine girls are ranked fourth, behind Australia, New Zealand and England, respectively. “I am confident that it’s going to be fierce in terms of competition,” said the president. “Higher-ranked England? Listen, that is a matter of which year you are talking about, we are equally ranked, no fears, no. I am sure they are more fearful than we are, they have a lot more to lose,” she reasoned. Jamaica will be bolstered by the return of senior ace shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and Paula Thompson, while goal shooter Shanice Beckford will be hoping to continue her good run from New Zealand.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Florida, (CMC):Rajiv Maragh got off the mark this season at Gulfstream Park on Monday’s 11-race card.The Jamaica-born jockey landed a double on the Boxing Day card, but remains way off the pace being set by Paco Lopez with 20 wins.Maragh got the day’s racing off to an exciting start with a one-length victory aboard the 10-1 chance COLD BLOOD in the US $15,000 first race contested over 1,400 metres on the dirt.COLD BLOOD brushed a rival at the start before Maragh put the three-year-old, chestnut gelding to press the pace from the two-path into the stretch, where they finished determinedly to edge to victory in a time of one minute, 24.43 seconds.Maragh was involved in another tight finish astride the 17-2 chance BAREEQA which won 11/2 lengths clear in the US$24,000 fifth race going 1,500m on the turf.BAREEQA was taken in hand at the start, saved ground a couple paths off the inside and continued in a relaxed gallop near the back.Maragh began to move up the three-year-old, bay filly midway through the far turn and swung her into action entering the top of the stretch, where she was set down eight wide, responding willingly and rallied under a strong hand ride to finish in a time of 1: 29.88 secs.
Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt thanked his fans for their support after yesterday becoming the joint most successful Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award winner, following his latest Olympic domination. Bolt, who won gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, followed up on his successes in 2013, 2010 and 2009 to join tennis great Roger Federer as the men with the most Laureus Sportsman of the Year awards, with four each. The Jamaican got the nod at yesterday’s ceremony in Monaco over a field that included fellow track star Mo Farah, tennis player Andy Murray, football star Cristiano Ronaldo, and basketball standouts LeBron James and Stephen Curry. The ceremony took place at the Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte Carlo. “I wish to thank the (Laureus World Sports) academy for this award and I want to thank the fans for continuing to believe in me and for their support,” said Bolt after receiving his award. “Believe in your dreams and do not think limits. Remember, anything is possible. I was just a youth from Jamaica and I’m now recognised as one of the greatest athletes in the world. “It’s all about believing in your dreams and working hard,” Bolt added. Jamaica’s Olympic star Elaine Thompson, who won double gold in Rio, lost out in the Sportswoman of the Year award race to American gymnast Simone Biles, who won four gold medals at the Games. The Chicago Cubs won the Team of the Year nod, with Formula One star Nico Rosberg claiming the Breakthrough of the Year Award. Swimmer Michael Phelps won the Comeback of the Year, while English Premier League champions Leicester City won the Spirit of Sport award.
Jamaica’s top-rated female martial artist, Subrina Richards, who notched a triple-double of international gold medals last season, has been pointed at four major world championships this season by her handlers, setting an unbelievably high bar for 2017. The lanky 20-year-old will start her international season by defending double gold medals, starting with June’s International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Member Association World Championships in Greece. In July, she takes her show to the International Sport Karate Association’s United States Open in Orlando, Florida, again defending continuous and points sparring gold medals won last year. It gets tougher in October when Richards travels to Ireland for the International Taekwondo Federation World Cup and even more so a month later when she debuts at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisation’s (WAKO) World Championships in Mexico. Despite facing a gruelling campaign, Richards said that she wants to set the bar so high that “whoever is behind will have a far way to top that”. “I want to raise the bar, do something nobody has ever done. I won four international world titles last year – the double at WAKO Pan Am Champs, ISKA World Champs in Germany, and US Open in Orlando,” she pointed out. Richards’ coach, Jason McKay, described her 2016 run as perfect, pointing out that it was the first time any Jamaican fighter, of any gender, had won six gold medals in three major tournaments in one year. “She has been on a run of four straight double gold, 2015-16. She had also won two gold medals at the 2015 US Open. This year will be tougher. Let’s see what she’s made of,” he said. GRUELLING CAMPAIGN