Russia Wi Sehtickets on saleTickets for Jamaica’s opening match in the 2018 World Cup Journey, Russia Wi Seh, go on sale today at outlets right across the island.Ticket prices are: Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500; and Bleachers, $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight Wednesday, September 2, or until stocks last within that period.Match time next Friday, September 4, is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.Members of the Reggae Boyz squad begin arriving into the island on Monday, August 31, for this crucial game. Their opponents, Nicaragua, are expected to arrive on Tuesday, September 1.Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol Station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), The Jamaica Pegasus, Captains Bakery (all locations), Richie B’s Liquor Centre, Mary Brown’s Corner.Former Indian spinner on Americascoaching panelDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Former Indian spinner Venkatapathy Raju will be part of the coaching team for the ICC Americas Cricket Combine to be held in Indianapolis, United States, next month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.Raju joins a high-calibre coaching panel for the Combine, which also includes West Indies great Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned American fielding coach Mike Young.”I can’t wait to work with Courtney, Mike and the other coaches, to help the players improve their skills in what really is an exciting initiative for the development of the game,” said Raju.About 100 of the best players within the region will take part in the Combine, following which an ICC Americas representative team will be selected to play in the West Indies Cricket Board’s Nagico Super 50 tournament in January 2016.Australia beat Ireland by 23 runsBELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP):David Warner struck 84 in 80 balls to set Australia on their way to a 23-run win over Ireland using the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-curtailed one-day international yesterday.Warner put on 139 runs for the first wicket with Joe Burns (69 off 70 balls) as the Australians posted a total of 222-6 in 40.2 overs in Belfast.Ireland had a revised target of 181 off 24 overs, but couldn’t get there despite going along at 6.63 an over and seeing Ed Joyce (44) and Niall O’Brien (45) combine for an 86-run stand for the third wicket.Ireland were all out for 157 with two balls left, with Nathan Coulter-Nile taking 3-13 off 4.4 overs.Australia start their five-match ODI series against England next week.Tharanga to replace retired SangakkaraCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lanka has named left-handed Upul Tharanga to replace retired Kumar Sangakkara in the third series-deciding Test against India starting today.Sangakkara quit international cricket after playing the first two games of the series, which is level at 1-1.Captain Angelo Mathews said yesterday the management is still discussing other changes in the team, including whether to hand hard-hitter Kusal Perera a Test debut in place of Jehan Mubarak.Also, off-spin bowler Tharindu Kaushal is doubtful for the game at the Sinhalese Sports Club, having injured the thumb of his bowling hand during the second Test.In his absence, Dilruwan Perera will take the second spinner’s slot.India’s team director, Ravi Shastri, said his team would go all out for a series win after their comeback victory in the second Test.
REGGAE BOYZ head coach, Winfried Schäfer, insists that Friday’s World Cup Qualifying football match against Nicaragua will be the most significant for his team. In a year when Jamaica shot their way into the history books on several fronts, Schäfer outlined that nothing supersedes clearing the first hurdle on the Road to Russia campaign, which is geared at qualification for the 2018 World Cup Finals. “It’s more important than the Gold Cup,” Schäfer noted, referring to Jamaica’s participation in the CONCACAF flagship tournament last month, when they advanced to the championship game against Mexico before losing 3-1. Jamaica thus became the first Caribbean nation to play in the Gold Cup final, having beaten the United States on home soil for the first time ever, with a 2-1 win in a semi-final match played in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica were the first Caribbean country to play in the Copa America, having been an invited guest to the South American championship. Schäfer said the Reggae Boyz are pumped up for Friday’s match. “It’s the first qualification for the World Cup group. All the players are highly motivated,” he said. “We need a full stadium behind us, it’s important. “It’s not easy against Nicaragua; Argentina thought Jamaica would be easy and only won 1-0; the States thought against Jamaica it would be easy and we won,” he outlined. “We have to play with (a lot of) concentration, be disciplined, and everybody has to play for the team,” Schäfer underscored. “It’s not easy.” The coach has also recalled Alvas Powell to the national senior men’s squad. Powell, 21, walked out on the national team at the Gold Cup following their first-round 1-0 win over El Salvador at BMO Field in Toronto. At the time Schäfer indicated that he would not recall the player, but with barely a month gone and with the crucial World Cup engagement at hand, he notes that the unavailability of key players has forced his decision. The countries will play at home and away, this weekend at the National Stadium and in Nicaragua next week Tuesday, with the winners advancing to the 12-team CONCACAF semi-final group stage on aggregate. “We have problems in the defence,” the German coach said. “We don’t have Wes Morgan and we’ve lost Jermaine Taylor (injury), who won’t play for the next two months. “Daniel Gordon is injured (knee ligament) and will be out for six months,” he added of another regular option. Starting midfielders Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Garath McCleary, both based in Britain, are also unavailable as Schäfer pointed out that they have remained with their wives who are expecting. “That is why I took Alvas back,” Schäfer reasoned. “He called me and said ‘sorry for this’, and I told him when you come back, you have to talk with our team. He’s a young player and he told me he made a mistake. I think we’ll give him a second chance. “He loves his country and we need him, we have problems in defence. We have two defenders from Montego Bay and one from Portmore. “For us, it is important to win the qualification. I think I have enough experience to know what is in the head of Alvas and he wants everything good for Jamaica,” the 65-year-old Schäfer expressed. “But first, he has to talk with all the players here.” Boyz pumped up
Large and competitive fields are the order of the day at Caymanas Park tomorrow, with all nine races embracing the Pick-9.The Pick-9 had no takers on Wednesday and the carryover stands at $1.6 million. Both Super-6s start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000.We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a 4-y-o and up restricted allowance race over (non-winners of three) over 1820 metres to be contested by nine starters.This race has a rather open look about it. Horses such as BLACK BOY, NATASHADONTPLAY, PRINCESS SHEMIKA, CHIEF SECRETARIAT, and NO MONEY FRIEND are all capable of fighting out the finish.NATASHADONTPLAY disappointed in her last two races behind HOLIDAY WEEKEND and COURT CALL over shorter distances, but it should be recalled that when last venturing over this trip on August 1, she failed by only a head to catch SHEBIZ.Possible reboundI am inclined to give the Uton Stewart-trained NATASHADONTPLAY (Shamaree Muir up) another chance to rebound at the expense of NO MONEY FRIEND under four-time champion Omar Walker and CHIEF SECRETARIAT.I like the look of ENHANCE PROSPERITY in the third race for five-year-olds and up over the straight in which 13 will run.Trained by Donovan ‘Burru’ Thompson, the five-year-old mare finished a close sixth over the straight to to LORD STORM on a $350,000 tag in a claiming race on September 12, beaten by mere 2-3/4 lengths. Back in action, well drawn, and in good nick, ENHANCE PROSPERITY, with promising new apprentice Linton Steadman aboard, should win from GREAT BROWN and YOUR EMINENCE in a field of 13.Race No. 4 for maiden three-year-olds over 1820 metres (the third in the first Super-6) also looks an open affair in a 12-horse field. The winner, however, more than likely will emerge from a quartet comprising TASHIE BABY, KING WITHIN, MR. GRAND NATIONAL and the one I like best, STIR IT UP, under leading jockey Shane Ellis. Trained by Oneil Markland, STIR IT UP has shown worthwhile ability and now administered Lasix for the first time, this should help her cause.TASHIE BABY, with 4.0kg claiming apprentice Hakeem Pottinger aboard, and the much-raced KING WITHIN with Walker aboard, are twin dangers.In the fifth race for $180,000 conditional claimers, MONEYNEVERSLEEP, having chased home the out-of-class LIGHT BRIGADE over 1400 metres recently, is tipped to go one better over 1500 metres, especially with former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry sticking with the ride.The Bernard Vincent-trained MONEYNEVERSLEEP will report even sharper for this race and gets the nod over TECHNOCAT, JOHN D LINJAH, and TOKICO.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by LEGENDARY PLEASURE (Henry up) and the improving PAPER N LACE, with new apprentice Oneil Beckford aboard. Their respective dangers are GRAN CORAZON and RAJ KAPOOR.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(2) NATASHADONTPLAY/NO MONEY FRIEND(3) ENHANCE PROSPERITY/GREAT BROWN(4) STIR IT UP/TASHIE BABY(5) MONEYNEVERSLEEP(6) LEGENDARY PLEASURE/GRAN CORAZON(7) PAPER N LACE/RAJ KAPOOR
Women allowed to play Despite admitted financial constraints, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has affirmed its ideal of supporting sports at the grass-roots level through a $215,000 sponsorship for the upcoming INSPORTS/JTTA National Table Tennis Club League, scheduled to tee off next Thursday. The event was launched at the INSPORTS Board Room, at the National Arena, yesterday. Ian Andrews, executive director of INSPORTS, said he was passionate about seeing the sport return to the “glory days” of the 1950s, which motivated many students during his time as a student and former player at Jamaica College. “As an agency, we are struggling with funds, because funds aren’t easy to come by these days, and sports, unfortunately, sometimes get the bad end of the stick, so to speak. But we decided to dig into our reserves to come up to sponsor this tournament,” he said. “First of all, we have the passion and we know the potential that the sport has,” continued Andrews. There are 15 teams in the current league structure, with matches to be contested on a home-and-away basis in divisions one and two. There is no current women’s league, but women can play in Division Two, and new participants can contact INSPORTS at 906-6389. Jamaica Table Tennis Association president, Godfrey Lothian, who is also an ethics officer at INSPORTS, said: “Today, I am extremely happy because in these difficult times when money is hard to come by, the Institute of Sports has come on board to sponsor this competition, and we want to give them thanks. “INSPORTS is working to ensure that every man, woman and child is involved in sports in this country,” he added. Jamaica’s National Table Tennis Club League was first won in 1998 by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Division One, while Pembroke Hall won the women’s category and Purples of Kingston College took Division Two. Joy Foster, sister of former West Indies cricketer, Maurice Foster, is Jamaica’s long-standing record holder, having won the title at only age eight. Besides the cash injection, INSPORTS also handed over table tennis rackets and balls to the participating clubs.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Six-a-Side community footballThe opening ceremony and dress parade of the third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce Six-a-Side community football competition take place this afternoon at the Spanish Town Road, Waterhouse section (opposite Wray & Nephew Limited), starting at 3:00 p.m.The competition is held in Fraser-Pryce’s Waterhouse community where she grew up and will see two matches today – Moshouse vs Penwood at 4:00 p.m. and Chappaz vs Carrifters at 5.00 p.m.The competition has attracted 24 teams divided into six zones of four each. Each team will play each other once in a round robin format, with the winner of the six zones and the two best second-placed teams advancing to the knockout round.The final is tentatively set for Saturday, December 12 and there will be prizes and awards for the top four teams, most valuable player, leading goalscorer and the most disciplined team. Telecommunications giant Digicel, for which Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, is the title sponsor, while Grace Kennedy, Wisynco, Tank-Weld Metals, Sagicor Bank and the NCB Foundation are associate sponsors.SERHA clip RJR in BH netball finalSouth East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) defeated the RJR Communications Group 43-41 in the exciting Business House Intermediate ‘B’ netball final at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday.Both teams held a victory over each other in the preliminary round and the much anticipated final lived up to expectations.RJR, led by radio personality Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small and including ace goal shooter Chantae McKinley, Krystal Tomlinson and Janella Precius, kept pace with their opponents up to the third quarter, but allowed SERHA to slip away in the latter stages.Despite a strong rally, the Winston Nevers-coached RJR were just too late and a leg injury to McKinley at a crucial stage did not help matters.For SERHA, goal shooter Tamara Russell scored 33 points, while McKinley replied with 31 for RJR.Kiwanis Club charity golf tournamentThe Kiwanis Club of New Kingston will be hosting a Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday November 15.The Theme is “Swing for Life – Follow through for Kids with Cancer” and proceeds will be used to fund charities serve d by the organisation, including its major project for 2015, which will help children with cancer.In this regard, it’s focus will be placed on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time.West Portland women’s cricket leagueThe inaugural 2015 West Portland Women’s Cricket League, to be hosted by the West Portland Sports Committee, under the patronage of Member of Parliament, Daryl Vaz, under the theme ‘We are the Inspiration’, gets going tomorrow with an opening ceremony at Lynch Park (St Georges Sports Club), Buff Bay.Action commences 5:00 p.m. with a march and an on-field parade, after which Chepstowe takes on Windsor Castle at 5:30 p.m., followed by Shrewsbury vs Industry at 7:30 p.m.The competition, which is structured in a semi-league format, is sponsored to the tune of $800,000 and the finals are expected to be held on Sunday December 20 at Lynch Park. A total of 52 matches will be played over the six weeks, with the league director being Stephen Williams of the West Portland Sports Committee. He can be reached at (tel.) 308-7455, (fax) 913-6119.UTech beat GC Foster in intercol table tennis competition got underway yesterday afternoon, University of Technology (UTech) defeated hosts GC Foster College 5-0 in male and 4-1 female matches to complete the first round fixtures.In individual results, former three-time national champion, Kane Watson, Glen-Ross McDonald, Curtis Dehaney and Alexander Thomas all scored easy 3-0 singles victories for UTech over Sheldon Price, Oral Sinclair, Travis Martin and Kemal Russell, respectively. In doubles, Watson and McDonald trounced Martin and Wiltshire 3-0 to complete the 5-0 blanking.In the female duels, Kemolyn Frost overpowered Cashane Blackett 3-0, Natasha Wright eased past Suan Reid 3-0 and Tiffany Blake cruised past Ofrecia Jones 3-0 in singles matches for UTech. Frost and Petrina Bogle overwhelmed Reid and Yvonne Foster 3-0 for UTech’s fourth victory. Eight-time national champion, Foster, then strolled past Bogle 3-0 to pull one back for GC Foster.Three-times defending champions UTech males lead the points standings with maximum four points, followed by University of the West Indies (UWI) on three points and GC Foster College with two points. The top two finishers will meet in the final.On the females side, UTech earned two points and GC Foster one from today’s match, the first female match to be played. These two teams will meet in the final, after the return match, as only two teams are participating this year. A new champion will be crowned as six-times defending champions, University of the West Indies, are not taking part this time around.The competition continues next Thursday at 2 p.m., with GC Foster at home to UWI in a males contest.Ken’s beat Passage Fort UnitedDefending champions Passage Fort United crashed to their first defeat of the season as they were humbled 250-231 by Ken’s Wildflower in the penultimate round of the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League last Sunday.With the win Ken’s Wildflower, which had already qualified for the second round, surged to 32 points from 11 games, while Passage Fort United still hold an unassailable 41 points from 11 games.In other results, semi-final bound Westmeade Rising Stars defeated Cumberland 250-216 and another semi-finalist, Waterford, crushed Portsmouth 250-197.Tomorrow’s games will only be of academic interest. The semi-finals will be on Sunday November 7 and the final on Sunday November 22.Flow St Catherine FA Major LeagueThe second set of games in the FLOW-sponsored St Catherine Major League football competition will be played today at four venues in St Catherine.At Lime Tree Oval, Royal Lakes entertain beaten finalists Old Harbour Bay United; at Christian Pen, Christian Pen host New Raiders; at Dela Vega City Community Centre, Dela Vega City will play Portsmouth; while Newland FC will host GC Foster. The League officially began last Friday.Last year’s winners, Portmore United, have since regained promotion to the Red Stripe Premier League.INSPORTS netball begins next FridayDefending champions Portsmouth Primary will open their account against Waterford Primary in the 12 p.m. feature match of a double-header at Kensington Primary School. Host school, Kensington Primary will play Belmont Park at 10:00 a.m.Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine, Arnaldo Brown, will cover the expenses for the preliminary round of the League.Portsmouth won last year’s final, with an exciting 13-12 win in overtime. This year’s competition is expected to be another humdinger.Spit Fyah hammer ExceptionalExceptional put in a less than spectacular performance and were hammered 250-182 by leaders Spit Fyah (53 points), in the Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) League last Sunday.In other results, second place Caribbean Classic (52 points) whipped Eradication 300-268, third place Giants (46 points) thumped Feluchie 300-202, Right Stuff oultlasted Waterhouse United 300 -291, Spring Village downed Naggo Head 300-281, Small Axe cut down Ten To Ten 300-268, Tamarind Tree beat Highlight Strikers 300-295 in a countdown and Soursop Tree got the better of Memory Lane- 300-295.Horizon Park netball rally November 27Preparations are in high gear for Horizon Park Primary School’s netball rally, which will be held on Friday November 27 on their school grounds, starting at 8 a.m.Organisers said the event will be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”.There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.For registration details, contact Vaswani Samuels at 981-8114. All entries must be submitted before the closing date of Friday November 13. The cost of registration is $2500.Portmore Primary football kicks offThe 2015 season of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Chubby Portmore Primary Football League will kick off on Tuesday November 3 at the Portsmouth Primary football field, with an opening ceremony and two matches.Defending champions Portsmouth will play Independence City at noon and Waterford take on Bridgeport Primary at 1:30 p.m.Chubby are the main sponsors of the League, which includes cash incentives and also products from the sponsors.
Remained unbeaten Jamaica also dominated the 1500m winning three out of four. Cemore Donald remained unbeaten this season after capturing the Under-18 girls’ event. The Edwin Allen High student won in 4:42.50 ahead of teammate Britnie Dixon. Ashani Robb won the girls’ Under-20 1500m in 4:39.20 while defending champion Shevon Parkes won the Under-20 boys’ event in 3:56.72. Earlier in the morning session, Hydel High’s Shian Salmon pocketed Jamaica’s first gold medal of the meet. Salmon, the defending champion in the Under-18 high jump, cleared a season’s best 1.82 metres to win the event. Teammate Lamara Distin picked up silver with a best of 1.77m. Bermuda’s Sakari Famous, also 1.77m, was third. Jamaica’s other medal in the morning session came from Akio Jones, who captured bronze after finishing third in the girls’ Under-18 shot put with a heave of 13.87m. Jamaica should also win several medals today as 19 finals, 10 on the track and nine in the field, will be contested. Track events include the 4×100 metres in both age groups. ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: DEFENDING 400 metres champions Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield retained their titles in fine style as Jamaica picked up 18 medals – eight gold, 7 silver, and three bronze – on yesterday’s opening day of the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada. Taylor, the record holder in the Under-18 boys’ one-lap event, was not tested as he won in 47.36 seconds away from Antoni Hoya Small of Barbados, 48.23. Third went to Onal Mitchell of Trinidad and Tobago in 48.72. ” I just came out and did what I had to do to win the event,” said Taylor. Bloomfield ran a relaxed race throughout to take the Under-20 title, just doing enough to win in a season’s best 46.02. Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands was second in 46.23, with bronze going to Kinard Rolle of The Bahamas in 46.88. “I just came out to win and defend my title as I want to finish competing here, so I can focus on the Penn Relays and World Junior Championships,” Bloomfield said after his victory. Stacey Williams had earlier captured gold in the Under-18 girls 400 m in 54.00, getting the better of Amanda Crawford of Grenada, 54.16, with Britni Fountain of The Bahamas taking third in 54.68. Jamaica’s Sanique Walker, the silver medallist a year ago, was fourth in 55.25. Sada Williams of Barbados prevented a Jamaican sweep of the 400m as she raced to a personal best 52.07 to capture the Under-20 girls’ event. Shaquina Dorset of The Bahamas was second in 52.59 while Jamaica’s Tiffany James took third in 52.70 ahead of her teammate Semoy Hemmings, fourth in 53.89.
Barrett Jr eyes pro careerBuoyed by his Under-20 shot put record at the recent CARIFTA Games, outgoing Calabar High standout Warren Barrett Jr, says he is now focused on going professional and making a number of Jamaican teams in the coming years.Barrett threw a personal best of 19.97m to emphatically claim gold on the final day of the regional championships at the Grenada National Stadium, last week and is now looking forward to improving to the 20m range.Sanjae Lawrence of Jamaica produced 18.89m for silver and Josh Hazzard of Grenada got bronze with a throw of 17.18m.”It’s kind of expected because I put in the work in shot put. I just did what I had to,” he said of his exploits. “I would really like to go pro because I really like the sport.”Barrett, who will continue his studies at the University of the West Indies added: “(I will) continue training with my coach (Julian Robinson) and, hopefully, I will make a couple national teams this year and the year after.”Barrett said this summer he wants to make the team to the NACAC Junior Championships, which will provide added competition and challenges for him with the presence of athletes from regional powers such as the United States.”They have a couple of 20m guys and I am yet to surpass 20m and that is the ultimate aim. With competition, I am sure I will surpass it though,” he reasoned.Despite finishing a disappointing third in the shot put event at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, he said he was happy to turn the tables at the CARIFTA Games.”Mentally, I am very strong, so the disappointment at Champs it wasn’t really hindering me, I just had to forget that. Going into CARIFTA, I knew I was representing my country, so I had to lay it all down for my country,” he underlined.
“We have to go out there and fight hard for the three points against Boys’ Town. We are aware of Boys’ Town’s history and it won’t be an easy win. We don’t watch where they are in the standings. It’s about going there to execute the team plan,” the head coach added. Jamalco’s diminutive midfielder Rohan Richards is the competition’s top scorer on four goals. However, Johnson says that other players have been contributing as it is about team effort. “He (Richards) is in good form, but the focus is on team. We expect other players to score goals as well, moving forward,” he said. Richards apart, former Boys’ Town striker AndrÈ Dawson and Sean Coleman are expected to give support. Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price says the four losses came with mostly young players, and with the senior players like Garfield Gillespie, Wayne Ellis, Daemion Benjamin, and Asrick Samuels back in the squad after returning from the United States of America, there has been renewed energy. “We started preseason late, and like other clubs, have suffered from senior players being overseas during the summer. Now we have them back, and they will add to the young talents that are in the squad. Shemar Nicholson has been shouldering the goalscoring on three goals. He will get quality support come Sunday,” Price disclosed. “We are aware that Jamalco is a quality team, but we will go there to execute and, hopefully, come away with a positive result,” Price also said. In another game of high interest, MBU and Humble Lion will clash in what should be a close encounter. Jamalco FC will look to continue their impressive form when they face Boys’ Town FC in match day six of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) today at Barbican Complex in St Andrew. Kick-off time is 3 p.m. The Jamalco team is having a wonderful start to life in top-flight football and is leading the 12-team league on nine points, the same as reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and Humble Lion. However, hot debutants Jamalco enjoy a superior goal difference. On the other hand, seasoned Boys’ Town are struggling without a point on the board after four games played by the team. With that scenario, the matchup, to be live on Television Jamaica, is of high interest. All eyes will be focused on Jamalco to see whether they can build on the fine start, while Boys’ Town will look to score their first points of the new season. Jamalco’s head coach Rayon Johnson says that it is all about preparation for each game. “It all boils down to team preparation. We have to keep the team focused as we can’t get carried away by the start to the competition,” Johnson said during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday morning. – 3 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Jamalco at Barbican Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Maverley-Hughenden at Edward Seaga Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Montego Bay United at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon – 3:30 p.m.: FC Reno vs UWI at Frome Complex in Westmoreland – 6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Portmore United at Anthony Spaulding Complex – 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Waterhouse at Harbour View Stadium Today’s games WON’T BE EASY
A persistent two-fisted body attack, was the tactic used by Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis last Friday night, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in St. Michael, Barbados, to earn himself a split decision verdict in his six-round junior middleweight bout against Barbadian Christopher ‘Shaka’ Henry.Two judges voted 59-56 each for Lewis, while the other judge voted 58-56 for Henry. This was the main event on a six-bout, Pro-Am Card. In one of the three amateur contests, Jamaica’s Felice Groves lost on points to Barbadian Mary Frazer, in a bout in which she should have been declared the winner by tko in the first round.The Lewis versus Henry contest was a bruising, action-packed affair from start to finish. Henry, who is 6 feet tall, had a distinct reach advantage over the 5′ 5″ Lewis, and tried to use the jab as his main weapon. Lewis caught on to this quickly, however, and kept boring in successfully. His body shots rattled Henry, who although outgunned, had a few moments of glory himself. Lewis told The Gleaner that Henry was particularly decisive in the fifth round.”He came on strong in the fifth and caught me with some really good shots, but I was able to hang in there, and then come back strong in the final round,” Lewis said. “It was a good hard fight, and I had to work hard to beat Shaka, who had the crowd behind him all the way, and this assisted him.”Lewis added that he was happy for the victory and that it will boost his confidence going into 2017.Groves met Mary Frazer in a four- round amateur bout, and started aggressively. A recording of the bout showed that within the first 30 seconds of the contest, she was all over Frazer, and caught her with a solid right to the chin that floored her. Frazer landed on her back with legs in the air, but got to her feet as the referee reached the count of two. She stumbled back, however, and was falling to the canvas again, when she was caught by the referee and taken to a neutral corner.He then spoke with her for about 30 seconds, while she recovered. Instead of awarding the bout to Groves, the referee inexplicably signalled that it be resumed. Frazer survived the remainder of the round, regained her composure in the second round, made it a close contest thereafter and was eventually awarded a points victory.Coach Carl Grant, who accompanied the boxers to Barbados, told The Gleaner that there was no doubt in his mind that the referee blundered, and that Groves clearly won the bout in the first round.
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