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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Vere Tech first team to qualify for Inter-zone round http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Vere-Tech-first-team-to-qualify-for-Inter-zone-round_75576 OLD HARBOUR, St Catherine &mdash; Former champions Vere Technical are the first team to qualify for the Inter-zone round of the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition after beating Tacius Golding High 2-0 in their Zone N return-round game played at Bodles, Old Harbour, yesterday.<br /> <br /> The win was Vere Technical&rsquo;s sixth in seven games and pushed them to 19 points, ensuring they can finish no lower than second in the zone to take one of the two automatic spots in the Inter-zone round.<br /> <br /> Garrington Baker scored his fifth goal of the season and Ryan Hope got the other for Vere Technical, who will make their fourth-straight trip to the Inter-zone round.<br /> <br /> At least three teams, former winners Cornwall College, Rusea&rsquo;s High and Dinthill Technical, could all secure early places in the Inter-zone round with wins as the return-round continues with 19 games today.<br /> <br /> Zone A leaders Cornwall College would clinch at least second place if they can beat third-placed Irwin High at Irwin &mdash; as they would improve to 21 points.<br /> <br /> Cornwall are unbeaten so far, winning all six games played, including a 3-0 win in the first round over today&rsquo;s opposition, their best start in two years, while Irwin High are in third place on eight points and are coming off a 3-1 win over Green Pond High on Tuesday, their second win of the season.<br /> <br /> Irwin High, who are taking orders from former Rusea&rsquo;s High Coach Anthony &lsquo;Follies&rsquo; Williams, are enjoying their best season since 2008, the last time they won two games in the same season, and also the only time they beat Cornwall, 1-0 at Irwin.<br /> <br /> Second-placed St James High could also advance with a win at Anchovy High, but would need winless Maldon High to beat Green Pond.<br /> <br /> Rusea&rsquo;s High will play away to a hard-running Green Island team that is also in position to take one of the two automatic places. Rusea&rsquo;s have won all three games played so far, including a 2-1 win over Green Island in their first game of the season. They have scored 13 goals so far.<br /> <br /> Dinthill Technical have also won six games so far, and if they can repeat their first-round win over Guy&rsquo;s Hill, would secure their place from Zone K.<br /> <br /> In Zone M Garvey Maceo, the third team to win their first six games, and Glenmuir High could improve their chances of advancing significantly with wins over Winston Jones High and Porus High, respectively.<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo are on 18 points, three more than Glenmuir, and it is unlikely either of the teams would fail to make it out of the zone.<br /> <br /> Manchester High and Mile Gully are in a similar position in Zone F, both on 16 points, four more than third-placed BB Coke High, the only other team with any hopes of replacing one of the two leaders.<br /> <br /> Today Manchester play last-placed deCarteret College, the only school of the 87 taking part yet to score a single goal, while Mile Gully will be at Belair High.<br /> <br /> Defending champions and Zone E leaders St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will seek to make it three wins in a row when they take on Newell High in Santa Cruz.<br /> <br /> STETHS are on 15 points, four more than second-placed Lacovia, who will host Black River, while Munro College on nine points in third place, face a must-win game at home to Maggotty High. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320890/231437_58535_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM On the attack http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/On-the-attack_75559 The legal team for cricketer Andre Russell was on the attack yesterday as the cross-examination of Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) witness Nadia Vassell continued in the disciplinary hearing at Jamaica Conference Centre to determine whether the West Indies player violated a whereabouts clause.<br /> <br /> JADCO, represented by attorney-at-law Lackston Robinson, is presenting a case to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel that the 28-year-old Russell was negligent for not filing whereabouts for dates January 1, 2015, July 1, 2015 and July 25, 2015.<br /> <br /> During yesterday&rsquo;s session, which lasted about 45 minutes, Queen&rsquo;s Counsel Patrick Foster, the lead attorney representing Russell, while sharing a few lively exchanges with Vassell, probed possible procedural breaches related to the two alleged filing failures in July.<br /> <br /> There were tense moments punctuated by extended periods of pause after questions were posed during the cross-examination.<br /> <br /> Foster unrelentingly pitched repeat questions when he deemed Vassell&rsquo;s replies unsatisfactory. And the JADCO employee made great effort to mount a defence, though at times taking shelter behind seemingly tentative responses.<br /> <br /> Continuing from his cross-examination of Vassell, which began September 19, Foster sought to punch holes in her testimony that indicated negligence on Russell&rsquo;s part.<br /> <br /> Foster pointed to e-mail correspondence between Vassell and a person by the name of Will Quinn, who was described as acting on Russell&rsquo;s behalf as his agent/manager.<br /> <br /> Foster noted that in Vassell&rsquo;s e-mailed response to Quinn on July 20, 2015, regarding an extension request to allow Russell time to file his whereabouts, she copied several recipients including JADCO Executive Director Carey Brown, but not the cricketer.<br /> <br /> In-between one of her relatively lengthy pauses under questioning by Foster, she confirmed that Russell was indeed not among the recipients in that particular e-mail.<br /> <br /> But Foster posited that Russell should have been among those recipients.<br /> <br /> When the lawyer asked the reason for not including Russell in the correspondence, Vassell said the player was already aware of the matter.<br /> <br /> But that did not sit well with Foster, who insisted that his question was not answered. The JADCO employee simply repeated her answer and eventually Foster moved on.<br /> <br /> Foster later took aim at Vassell for a comment she made about her unwillingness to share &ldquo;private&rdquo; material with Quinn regarding Russell&rsquo;s whereabouts filings.<br /> <br /> Asked if private information was provided to Quinn and to Russell, several minutes delay ensued from Vassell; Foster suggested that she was seeking to deflect.<br /> <br /> Foster asked the panel&rsquo;s chairman, Hugh Faulkner, to intervene and have Vassell answer the question at which point Vassell responded with &ldquo;perhaps&rdquo; to his question.<br /> <br /> This elicited an objection from Robinson, who eventually told the panel that Vassell had already indicated the answer &ldquo;yes&rdquo; to that same question earlier in the proceedings.<br /> <br /> Soon after, Foster ended his cross-examinatiion of the JADCO witness.<br /> <br /> Robinson, who had completed examination-in-chief of Vassell on September 19, took a few moments to peruse documents before advising the panel that he will not re-examine Vassell.<br /> <br /> The panel then declared adjournment for the day and announced that the hearing is set to continue October 6, 2016 at the same venue. <br /> <br /> Robinson is expected to call Brown and JADCO employee Tajae Smith to provide witness testimony on behalf of the commission.<br /> <br /> Thereafter, the respondent&rsquo;s legal team is set to present his defence. Russell is expected to be the main witness.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was just cross-examination of Ms Vassell on the filing failure allegations and whether JADCO followed the procedures as required,&rdquo; a relaxed-looking Foster told journalists after the adjournment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I just explored that with her, particularly in relation to the July to September quarter, where issues arise as to whether or not they have the right to make two filing failures or one,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Robinson declined to comment after the hearing.<br /> <br /> JADCO is accusing Russell &mdash; present at yesterday&rsquo;s hearing along with his wife Jassym &mdash; of failing to file his whereabouts resulting in him missing three doping tests over a 12-month period.<br /> <br /> Under World Anti-Doping Agency regulations that constitutes a failed test.<br /> <br /> The rules require that athletes make their whereabouts known to local anti-doping agencies to facilitate testing. An athlete may face a ban of up to 24 months if found in violation.<br /> <br /> The disciplinary panel comprises Chairman Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell, and former Jamaica cricketer Dixeth Palmer.<br /> <br /> Russell, a prominent West Indies all-rounder, has represented Twenty20 (T20) cricket franchises in India, Bangladesh, Australia and England.<br /> <br /> He was an integral member of the West Indies team that won the 2016 T20 World Cup in India in April.<br /> <br /> Russell played a star role as Jamaica Tallawahs lifted the Caribbean Premier League T20 crown for a second time last month. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319967/231421_58531_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Digicel and MVP host clinic to develop young athletes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Digicel-and-MVP-host-clinic-to-develop-young-athletes_75540 One hundred promising young athletes in eastern Jamaica were among the first to get first-class training in several competitive events at the start of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Clinic. <br /> <br /> Now in its fourth year, Digicel has again teamed up with the MVP Track and Field Club to host the series of clinics across Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The first of the five clinics was held at Morant Bay High School last Saturday, at which the youngsters from schools in the Surrey county underwent a day of intense training with professionals from the internationally acclaimed athletics club.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our outstanding success at the Olympics just last month is the reason we see it necessary to continue this programme. Unfortunately, a day will come when these amazing athletes will hang up their spikes. Therefore, development programmes such as the MVP clinic will help to ensure that Jamaica always has a fresh crop of athletes ready to continue our successes on the world stage,&rdquo; said Danielia McLean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.<br /> <br /> During the day of training, students were taken through six disciplines in track and field &mdash; sprinting, hurdling, relays, throws, long distance, and jumps. These sessions were led by stalwart coaches such as Paul Francis, Linval Swaby and Shanikie Osbourne.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The idea is that through this programme students and their coaches are introduced to world-class training methods. Additionally, they, are introduced to athletic disciplines that they may not have had much exposure to before. Take, for instance, Junelle Bromfield, who competed in hurdles, relays, sprints, and middle distances while at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), she is now focused on the 400m sprint, where she won the IAAF World Under-20 bronze medal this July,&rdquo; said Bruce James, president of the MVP.<br /> <br /> The clinic will &mdash; in the next two weeks &mdash; head to Vere and STETHS after which a number of the top-performing students will be selected to participate in advanced training camps in St James and St Catherine. At the end of the advanced camps, one outstanding athlete will receive a scholarship valued at $1 million to attend the University of Technology and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.<br /> <br /> Sponsors of the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme are Nike, Reggae Jammin, National Commercial Bank, and Gatorade. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319964/231384_58513_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Martial artists hone skills at camp ahead of international tourneys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Martial-artists-hone-skills-at-camp-ahead-of-international-tourneys_75436 JAMAICA&rsquo;s combined martial artists have been sharpening their skills in a &lsquo;champions camp&rsquo; for the last two weeks, preparing fighters for three major tournaments this month, starting with Sunday&rsquo;s 21st annual New York International Taekwon Do Federation (ITF) tournament in New York.<br /> <br /> The champions&rsquo; camp comprises fighters who have won gold medals at various international tournaments this season, topped by female fighter Subrina Richards&rsquo; double gold medal performance at May&rsquo;s International Sports Kick-boxing Association&rsquo;s Amateur Member Association World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany,<br /> <br /> Richards and Richard Stone, who also won gold in Stuttgart, are being prepared for the ninth World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Pan-Am Championships in Riviera Maya, Mexico, October 22-26.<br /> <br /> Jamaica&rsquo;s squad to this weekend&rsquo;s New York ITF tournament is seven-strong, all gold medallists from July&rsquo;s United States Open, joined by Marissa Jones, who recently won the microweight title at the fifth Africa Cup in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.<br /> <br /> US Open double gold medallist Sheckema Cunningham leads a team which includes junior high-potential squad members Tahj Hewitt, Joshane Thompson, Daniel Azan, Tye McKay and Romario Cole, who had missed the US Open due to not being in possession of a visa then.<br /> <br /> The ITF New York Taekwon-Do Tournament will be held at the Fitzgerald Gymnasium of Queens College.<br /> <br /> It has grown to be one of the biggest ITF tournaments in the United States, with upwards of 400 competitors. The tournament features black belts, 13 years and over, using official ITF electronic scoring system and real-time monitor.<br /> <br /> This year will offer a new incentive for senior black belts only, first-place winners, in any division consisting eight or more competitors, will receive a free set of Martial Arts Depot, ITF-approved gloves and shoes.<br /> <br /> Ackeem Lawrence, Jamaica&rsquo;s top ITF black belt microweight fighter, rounds out the champions in camp. Lawrence will be the country&rsquo;s lone representative at the October 11-16 ITF World Cup in Budapest, Hungary.<br /> <br /> He last fought at the US Open Night of Champions, beating many-time world champion Maxime Bujold of Canada in an ESPN-televised match. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319833/231387_58500_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM MBU/Arnett clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MBU-Arnett-clash_75511 CATHERINE HALL, St James &mdash;Defending champions Montego Bay United (MBU) and Arnett Gardens, the team they replaced at the top of the Red Stripe Premier League last season, will clash for the first time this season in a first round game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, starting at 6:00pm on Sunday.<br /> <br /> It will be the first time the teams, separated by two points early in the season, will be meeting since their hot-tempered return leg semi-final in Kingston last season.<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United held on for a 2-2 draw to win on 4-3 on aggregate, but Arnett Gardens were fined and had their venue suspended for the first two home games this season, for a number of incidents.<br /> <br /> On Sunday, Montego Bay United will go into the game with a momentum after winning their last three games, including a 2-0 win over FC Reno at Frome on Sunday, and are tied for the lead on nine points with promoted Jamalco FC.<br /> <br /> Despite not fielding the same starting eleven in their four games played so far, the champions are rounding into form and will be seeking their first win over Arnett Gardens in the regular season since the first round in the 2014-15 season, almost two years.<br /> <br /> The last time Montego Bay United beat Arnett Gardens in the regular season was a big 5-0 spanking in November 2014.<br /> <br /> Arnett, who are coming off a scrappy 1-0 win over Harbour View at home on Sunday, beat Montego Bay United by 2-1 margins twice last season, after coming from behind to draw the first meeting in Montego Bay.<br /> <br /> The Kingston team have only scored three goals in their four games played so far, and face a Montego Bay United defence that has only given up one goal in three games since their opening loss to Maverly-Hughenden.<br /> <br /> At the attacking end, the tandem of Allan Ottey and Dino Williams have started to click, and has accounted for four of the team&rsquo;s six goals scored so far and three of the last four. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319813/231353_58447_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM St James CA/TEF T20 champs to be known Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-James-CA-TEF-T20-champs-to-be-known-Sunday_75513 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; The champions of the St James Cricket Association's Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) T20 cricket competition will be decided on Sunday at Barnett Oval following Saturday's semi-finals at the same venue.<br /> <br /> After last weekend's quarterfinals, Farms Heights and Rose Heights will meet in the first semi-final game on Saturday, starting at 10:00am, followed by Elgin Town against Gutters, set to start at 2:00pm.<br /> <br /> The winners will then meet on Sunday in a 40 overs game to decide the champions.<br /> <br /> Last Saturday, Gutters beat Police by three wickets and Elgin Town got by Full 100 on faster run rate in a rain-shortened game; while on Sunday Rose Heights beat Green Pond by seven wickets, while Farm Heights beat Orange by 38 runs.<br /> <br /> In a match reduced to 18 overs, Police were sent to bat first on Saturday and were all out for 83 in 15.5 overs with Clive Hunt top scoring with 16 runs against Sandre Wilson's three wickets for 16 runs and Tremaine Robinson who took two wickets for 22 runs.<br /> <br /> In response Gutters made 84 for seven as Jose Glovers led the run chase with 46 runs. Rajaun Ford took three wickets for 17 runs and Gregory Ferguson took two wickets for five runs.<br /> <br /> After winning the toss and batting first, Full 100 made 133 for nine in their game against Elgin Town who were on 84 for two from 10.3 overs when the game was called off due to rain<br /> <br /> Rose Heights bowled out Green Pond for 69 in 14 overs as Randy Brown took seven wickets for seven runs, then easily got to 70 for three with Everett Taylor making an undefeated 28 runs.<br /> <br /> Farm Heights won the toss in their game and elected to bat, making 125 all out then bowled out Orange for 87 runs.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Paul Reid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10677419/cricket-ball_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM CUMI Come Run a success &mdash; Taylor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CUMI-Come-Run-a-success---Taylor_75515 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; CHAIRMAN of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI) Fund-raising group, Junior Taylor has described last Saturday&rsquo;s staging of the 8th annual CUMI Come Run as a tremendous success. <br /> <br /> Taylor told the Jamaica Observer West yesterday that the committee expects to raise roughly $4 million from the staging of the event, which had almost 700 participants. <br /> <br /> The event, which is CUMI&rsquo;s major annual fundraiser, was held at the Tryall Club in Sandy Bay. <br /> <br /> Last year, the run raised just under $4 million for CUMI to bolster the CUMI Trust Fund and support the rehabilitation of the mentally ill in St James and its environs. <br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Pacers&rsquo; Running Club&rsquo;s Karlene Blagrove secured her 10K championship title for the third consecutive year at the event. <br /> <br /> Blagrove completed the run in 49:09 minutes ahead of Danielle Terrier who clocked 49:31. <br /> <br /> The Spanish Town resident said that this was her hardest race yet, as she had to fight to retain her title. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am happy I was able to retain my 10K title. Elisabeth [third place finisher] did a good run all the way into the last stretch, but I was able to push through to win,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Champion&rsquo;s Image&rsquo;s Ronique Williams who is known for dominating most of the 10K road races held in Montego Bay, finally made it into the CUMI Come Run 10K winners circle, with his first championship title, which he secured in 37:09 minutes. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was an awesome run and I had fun. This is my town so I had to come for the title this year. My rival who won last year wasn&rsquo;t here, so it was much easier to achieve. I came second last year on my first go and I&rsquo;ll definitely be defending my title next year,&rdquo; said Williams. <br /> <br /> Rainforest Seafoods dominated the 5K race in both male and female classes with their runners Troy Pennington and Jozanne Harris who secured their first championship each in 18:12 minutes and 23:50 minutes respectively. <br /> <br /> The first-time entrants both said that it was a challenging run but were happy they did it as it was in support of a great cause. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319588/231361_58444_repro_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM MANNING CUP: KC, Wolmer's expected to continue winning form http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MANNING-CUP--KC--Wolmer-s-expected-to-continue-winning-form KINGSTON, Jamaica &ndash; Kingston College (KC) and Wolmer's Boys School are expected to continue their impeccable run or form in this year's Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup competition in two of 12 games scheduled to be contested across four groups on Friday.<br /> <br /> All games are set to kick off at 3:30 pm.<br /> <br /> KC are currently scorching on maximum 18 points from six outings, and are well on their way to taking Group C honours  from where they should be a dangerous candidate for at least one of, if not all three titles on offer.<br /> <br /> They are by far the most attacking team in the competition, so far, this year with 35 goals in six games with a mere one against, and their gulf in class could again show when they travel to the Edward Seaga Complex to battle Denham Town High School.<br /> <br /> Denham Town, a semi-finalist from last year, currently occupy second spot on 15 points with their only loss coming against the same opponents in a 4-0 score line in first-leg action.<br /> <br /> Both teams have already cemented their spots in the second round following comfortable victories on Tuesday. KC marched past St Mary' College 5-0, while Denham Town had a 3-0 score line against Norman Manley.<br /> <br /> This should make for an interesting contest, but the West Kingston-based team though optimistic about turning the tables, are once again faced with a stiff challenge of getting past the Ludlow Bernard-coached KC unit lined with a vast amount of talent.<br /> <br /> The prolific Rashawn Mackinson, who netted all four goals in their previous meeting, is once again expected to lead from the front for KC and improve is tally of 14 goals as the competition's leading marksman.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Group F leaders Wolmer's Boys (18 points), like KC have secured a second round berth, but will be looking to maintain their impressive run against fourth-place Dunoon Technical (six points) at Rockfort Football Club.<br /> <br /> The Heroes Circle team is the second most attacking team so far this season with 22 goals in their six outings without conceding. The newfound attacking ability of the Vassel Reynolds-conditioned team should again see them proving a handful for the opponent that they defeated 2-0 in a previous meeting.<br /> <br /> Friday's schedule<br /> <br /> Group C<br /> <br /> Denham Town vs Kingston College @ Edward Seaga Complex<br /> <br /> Ascot vs Norman Manley @ Cedar Grove Field<br /> <br /> St Mary's College vs Papine @ Above Rocks<br /> <br /> Group D<br /> <br /> Jonathan Grant vs Meadowbrook @ Jonathan Grant<br /> <br /> Haile Selassie vs Ardenne @Haile Selassie<br /> <br /> St Catherine vs Pembroke Hall @ St Catherine<br /> <br /> Group F<br /> <br /> Dunoon Technical vs Wolmer's Boys @ Rockfort Football Club<br /> <br /> Jose Marti vs Kingston Technical @ Jose Marti<br /> <br /> Edith Dalton James vs Camperdown @ Duhaney Park<br /> <br /> Group G<br /> <br /> Campion College vs Cumberland @ Campion College<br /> <br /> Calabar vs St Jago @ Calabar<br /> <br /> Hydel vs Bridgeport @ Caymanas Field<br /> <br /> *All games are scheduled for 3:30 pm kick-off<br /> <br /> Sherdon Cowan<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13322783/Football_w504_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:00 PM Windies hoping to turn corner on poor run http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-hoping-to-turn-corner-on-poor-run SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC) &ndash; On the heels of an embarrassing whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, West Indies&rsquo; three-match One-Day International series against Pakistan will take on new value when it bowls off here Friday.<br /> <br /> The reigning T20 World champions showed little of their usual swagger as they suffered heavy defeats in every game and with the tour quickly going horribly wrong, it will be left to the ODI side to arrest the slide, especially with the Test series following.<br /> <br /> West Indies&rsquo; batting looked a shadow of the fearsome machine it has become in recent years as it stumbled and stuttered on slow pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and against both pace and spin.<br /> <br /> However, ODI captain Jason Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have more time. It&rsquo;s 300 balls in one-day cricket whereas in T20s there are less balls,&rdquo; he told reporters here Thursday.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s obviously an opportunity for our guys to have a longer look. In terms of our opening batsmen they can have a longer look and not have to run the game down.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I just think it&rsquo;s important that we lay that foundation and as we always speak about in the dressing room, it&rsquo;s always important for one of our top four batsmen to bat as deep as possible and get a big score.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think once we do that, more often than not we get a very, very good total and that&rsquo;s just the way we go about planning our cricket.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Holder will also be confident that the West Indies fortunes can turn around with the several changes made to the ODI side.<br /> <br /> He welcomes the experienced quartet of wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin, left-hander Darren Bravo, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and Test vice-captain, Kraigg Brathwaite &ndash; though the latter is yet to play an ODI.<br /> <br /> Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, another seasoned campaigner in domestic cricket, has also joined the squad along with talented 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and experienced left-hander Jonathan Carter.<br /> <br /> The Windies, with the same core of players, were good enough to reach the final of the Tri-Nations Series involving Australia and South Africa back in June in the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> And Holder believes they can use that momentum to get the better of Pakistan and also improve their status in the international rankings, with qualification for the 2019 World Cup also in mind.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Obviously with the points system and the way the ICC has structured the cricket going forward, we have to take each game as a very, very serious game,&rdquo; Holder pointed out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every game is points-related obviously and the points are very close [with Pakistan&rsquo;s] at this present time. We can only control what we can control and that&rsquo;s us playing good cricket so we just want to start this series.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We had a very good series last series in the Tri-Nations Series and it&rsquo;s just important that we continue on from there, keep the momentum going into that one.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The last time the two teams met in an ODI, West Indies inflicted a heavy defeat on the Asian side, with a 150-run victory during last year&rsquo;s Cricket World Cup.<br /> <br /> However, West Indies have not beaten Pakistan in a bilateral series in 24 years, a disappointing trend which the Caribbean side will be hoping to end.<br /> <br /> Holder said West Indies were looking at different aspects of their game &ndash; especially the death stages of the innings &ndash; during planning sessions and were focussed now on executing properly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve obviously mentioned the death overs in our meetings. If it is one area we need to pay special attention to is obviously the death,&rdquo; Holder noted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Most teams around the world structure their plans around the first few overs and also pay special attention to the death overs. Most games are won and lost there and I just think it is very, very important that we sit down and plan properly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think most of the bowlers have a general plan of what they are looking to do and it&rsquo;s just important for me and them to be on the same page. I think once we have good communication in terms of bowlers and the captain, then it make life a bit easier, and if you have options &ndash; in terms of a Plan A and then a Plan B &ndash; it also makes life a lot easier going into pressure situations.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The game bowls off at 3 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean time).<br /> <br /> SQUADS:<br /> <br /> PAKISTAN &ndash; Azhar Ali (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan.<br /> <br /> WEST INDIES &ndash; Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13322453/jason-holder_w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:34 PM &lsquo;I was always confident,&rsquo; says debutant Williams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-I-was-always-confident---says-debutant-Williams_75565 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) &mdash; Fast bowler Kesrick Williams said making his international debut in a series West Indies had already lost, had no bearing on his approach.<br /> <br /> Playing in the third and final Twenty20 International here Tuesday, the right-armer produced a superb spell, taking two for 15 from his four overs, as West Indies slumped to an eight-wicket defeat to suffer the embarrassment of a 3-0 whitewash in the series.<br /> <br /> The right-armer said, though West Indies had already surrendered the series, it was still important to make the most of the opportunity.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t say it wasn&rsquo;t an ideal time [to make my debut]. Cricket is cricket, so whenever you get a chance it&rsquo;s just about your time to execute,&rdquo; the Vincentian told reporters.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As long as you get that shot you have to grab it with both hands. I just went out there with my mind free, not thinking that we lost the series, and just played positive cricket. I did it in CPL (Caribbean Premier League) and enjoyed myself playing CPL, and that&rsquo;s what I did here tonight.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t look at it as I was playing against Pakistan, or against Sharjeel Khan, or whatever. At the end of the day, it&rsquo;s the same cricket. I look at it like I&rsquo;m playing cricket at home; don&rsquo;t try to overthink it, and do what I do best &ndash; bowl and just execute.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Sent in, West Indies stumbled to a hugely disappointing 103 for five off their 20 overs &ndash; their fourth-lowest total in T20s.<br /> <br /> In reply, Pakistan eased to their target in the 16th over to win their third-straight game against the Windies, following back-to-back victories in Dubai last week.<br /> <br /> Williams proved impressive, removing both openers to reduce Pakistan to 40 for two in the sixth over before Shoaib Malik&rsquo;s unbeaten 43 saw the hosts home safely.<br /> <br /> Despite the uphill task of defending such a small total, Williams said his confidence never wavered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They (Pakistan) were batting well all through the series. They have good players and it was just up to us to go out there and play hard cricket and give 100 per cent,&rdquo; the 26-year-old noted.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Pakistan really, really played well &hellip; and coming into this series they showed they were about 100 per cent confident playing us. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;[For Tuesday&rsquo;s game] they had already won the series, there was nothing to lose. I went out there with a confidence, not just saying they have 103 to win [and asking myself] what am I going to do? How am I going to get wickets? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I went out there, and yes it was my debut, but at the end of the day, cricket is cricket. It&rsquo;s played with bat and ball, so I just went out there and [did] what I had to do. If I got four wickets, you never know, it could have been a big setback [for Pakistan].&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Williams, a late call-up to replace explosive all-rounder Andre Russell, conceded the series had been a difficult one for the Caribbean side.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s tough, it&rsquo;s really tough &hellip; it&rsquo;s really hot there, and takes a while to get adapted to the conditions, but we are tough cricketers and we always look to give our 110 per cent,&rdquo; he pointed out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Cricket is a game of uncertainties so you just can&rsquo;t come out and say you&rsquo;re going to win today or win tomorrow, you just have to put in a lot of work.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Pakistan played good cricket, kudos to them. We just have to come out for the ODIs and do well.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The ODI series bowls off in Sharjah on Friday. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319838/231428_58506_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Rose, Schloss are Western Basketball MVPs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rose--Schloss-are-Western-Basketball-MVPs_75525 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Levar Rose of Granville Jaguars and Michael Schloss of Muschett Falcons were named Most Valuable Players of the Western Basketball Association&rsquo;s Elite Basketball League (EBL) and Men&rsquo;s Basketball Championships (MBC) respectively, at the recent awards ceremony held at the Montego Bay Cricket Club.<br /> <br /> Catherine Hall All-Stars were declared winners of the EBL title, while Muschett Falcons won the MBC in the season that ended recently.<br /> <br /> Rose was the top scorer in the league with 254 points, ahead of Holland Saints&rsquo; Shavaughn Reid-246 who had the most three-point baskets &ndash; 29 &ndash; and was second in assists with 45.<br /> <br /> Hoopers&rsquo; Rayon Gardiner led in assists with 54 and also had the most steals &ndash; 66.<br /> <br /> Sherwin Gilzine of Lucea Flames was the top rebounder with 187, beating Tafari Vassell of Hoopers who had 177, while All-Stars&rsquo; Jermaine Rerrie had 138.<br /> <br /> Reid of Holland Saints had the most blocked shots with 24, one more than Rerrie, with Gilzine next with 21.<br /> <br /> Schloss was the top scorer with 159 points and top in assists with 50, while Andrew Parkinson of Montego Bay Boyss Club was the top rebounder with 124.<br /> <br /> Antonio Spence of UWI/WJC was the top shot blocker with 24 rejections. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10740009/basketball_w300.jpg Observer West Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM We were better than the Windies, says skipper Sarfraz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/We-were-better-than-the-Windies--says-skipper-Sarfraz_75529 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) &ndash; Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said his side outplayed West Indies in every department during their 3-0 whitewash of the reigning World champions in the just concluded Twenty20 International series.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We never imagined that we would win the series 3-0. They are the world champions and they are a strong team, conditions wise,&rdquo; Sarfraz told reporters.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;So, I would like to praise my team for the way they worked hard. Despite the humidity and other factors, the way the boys didn&rsquo;t lose confidence. If you look on the field, we were better than them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We fielded well, bowled well and took some good catches as well. So, the credit goes to the entire team.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> West Indies were humbled in the two opening games in Dubai, losing the first game by nine wickets and the second by 16 runs. In the other encounter, the Caribbean side were handicapped by poor batting displays and never really challenged.<br /> <br /> In the final T20I here Tuesday, West Indies were once again sub-par when they batted, scraping together a staggeringly disappointing 103 for five from their 20 overs, to eventually crash to an eight-wicket defeat.<br /> <br /> Sarfraz said at no time did Pakistan relax after taking a 2-0 lead in the series, as the objective was always to pull off a clean sweep.<br /> <br /> This, he contended, was a sign the side was beginning to develop.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we were 2-0 coming to Abu Dhabi, our focus was that if we are to become a good team, we will have to bring in the consistency,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is a new team and the way the new boys have responded, it is very good for them. We had Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees played, Imad (Wasim) as well. Even when you look at the senior players, the way Shoaib (Malik) has responded, I think this is a good sign for the Pakistan team.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a good combination that is working between the junior and senior players and I hope that in the immediate future too, this team will go on and perform well.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The success against West Indies comes on the heels of their convincing victory over England in a one-off T20I in Manchester earlier this month.<br /> <br /> And Sarfraz said even though the team was performing well, they were still a work in progress.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Obviously we are doing well in all three departments of the game and one major focus of our game is the fielding,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If you see, most times we lack in the fielding &ndash; some dropped catches, fielding lapses. So, the focus is on the fielding as well as the body language. Also, the boys are working on their fitness and it is improving.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But we still need to work on all these elements and improve them.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13320673/231415_58505_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Windies to face Kent in Canterbury week celebrations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-to-face-Kent-in-Canterbury-week-celebrations_75527 LONDON, England (CMC) &mdash; West Indies will take on Kent in a first-class warm-up match on their tour of England next summer, the English County has confirmed.<br /> <br /> The Caribbean side is scheduled to visit St Lawrence Ground for the game from August 6-8, 2017 in the build-up to the start of the Test series, with the club hoping to make the fixture part of the 166th Canterbury Cricket Week.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re delighted to welcome the West Indies to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, next summer,&rdquo; Kent&rsquo;s chief executive, Jamie Clifford said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have a proud history of Caribbean cricketers at the club including John Shepherd, Bernard Julien, Eldine Baptiste and Carl Hooper, so to welcome the exciting West Indies to Canterbury will be a great occasion for our supporters.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> West Indies are set to face England in three Tests and five One-Day Internationals from August 17 to September 29.<br /> <br /> The first Test is set for Edgbaston from August 17-21 with the second carded for Headingley from August 25-29. Historic Lord&rsquo;s will be the venue for the final Test bowling off September 7.<br /> <br /> Old Trafford will host the first ODI on September 19 with Trent Bridge staging the second two days later and Bristol the third ODI on September 24.<br /> <br /> West Indies will clash with England in the fourth ODI at the Oval on September 27 before closing out the series two days later at the Rose Bowl.<br /> <br /> Clifford said there was already a strong response to the fixture.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Memberships and ticket packages are already selling well on the back of an encouraging season and we hope to see lots of new and old faces for a fantastic occasion.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11013427/West-indies-logo_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Pakistan thrash hapless Windies to sweep series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pakistan-thrash-hapless-Windies-to-sweep-series_75433 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) &mdash; Pakistan exposed West Indies weakness to spin bowling and large outfields by cantering to a comfortable eight-wicket win in their final match to complete a three-nil whitewash here yesterday.<br /> <br /> West Indies lost three front line batsmen to the ordinary left-arm spin of Imad Wasim before stumbling to 103 for five in their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.<br /> <br /> Shoaib Malik struck an unbeaten 43 to guide his side to victory with 29 balls remaining.<br /> <br /> Debutant fast bowler Kesrick Williams launched his international career by snatching, in one over, the only two Pakistan wickets to fall.<br /> <br /> Asked to bat after Pakistan won the toss, West Indies innings careened into disarray in the third over when Wasim picked up two wickets in two balls.<br /> <br /> Johnson Charles gifted his wicket when he attempted a heave over midwicket but missed and lost his middle and leg stumps.<br /> <br /> Wasim&rsquo;s next delivery kept low enough to hit the toe end of Chadwick Walton&rsquo;s bat before crashing into the stumps.<br /> <br /> Two overs later, the world champions plunged to 17 for three when Andre Fletcher was run out for nine.<br /> <br /> Fletcher worked a ball towards square leg and took off without approval from Marlon Samuels but Rumman Raees&rsquo; throw was pounced on by Sarfraz Ahmed, who whipped off the bails.<br /> <br /> A couple of partnerships in the middle of the innings attempted to repair the damaged caused primarily by West Indies&rsquo; failure to adapt, loose shots and bad running.<br /> <br /> Samuels and Nicholas Pooran stitched together 37 runs for the sixth wicket until Pooran attempted a shot that would have cleared most grounds only to be caught by Malik on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 16.<br /> <br /> Samuels and Kieron Pollard, negociating spinners that were constantly attacking the stumps including Wasim who finished with three for 21, then compiled 37 runs for the sixth wicket.<br /> <br /> Samuels finished unbeaten on 42 off 59 balls, while Pollard, in conditions not favouring big hitting, ended up not out on 16 off 17 balls without hitting a boundary or clearing the ropes.<br /> <br /> Pakistan experienced a minor setback at 42 for two after Williams, the pacer from St Vincent and the Grenadines, kicked off his international career in spectacular fashion grabbing two wickets for 15 runs.<br /> <br /> Williams angled his first delivery of a new over away from Sharjeel Khan who edged to Fletcher behind the stumps, while Khalid Latif was beaten by the final ball, a slower delivery, which removed his stumps.<br /> <br /> But an unbroken stand of 68 for the third wicket between Malik and Babar Azam, who was unbeaten on 27, steered them home. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12090712/225px-Flag_of_Pakistan-svg.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Celtic hold City in thriller, Atleti sink Bayern http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Celtic-hold-City-in-thriller--Atleti-sink-Bayern_75561 Paris, France (AFP) &mdash; Raheem Sterling netted at both ends as Manchester City were made to fight for a 3-3 draw with Celtic in a Champions League thriller on Wednesday, while Atletico Madrid once again defeated Bayern Munich.<br /> <br /> While City&rsquo;s perfect start to the season was ended in Glasgow, their Premier League rivals Arsenal eased to a 2-0 victory against Basel.<br /> <br /> Atletico had eliminated Bayern in the semi-finals last season and repeated the trick at the Vicente Calderon to make it a double for Spanish clubs against German opposition as Barcelona downed Borussia Moenchengladbach.<br /> <br /> On paper, the Group C clash at Celtic Park appeared to be a bit of a mismatch, with City looking to equal Tottenham Hotspur&rsquo;s English record of 11 successive victories at the start of a campaign from 1960.<br /> <br /> But instead, Pep Guardiola&rsquo;s men found themselves having to come from behind three times to claim a point at a raucous Parkhead, with Celtic first scoring in the third minute when an Erik Sviatchenko header went in off Moussa Dembele.<br /> <br /> Fernandinho equalised only for a Kieran Tierney cross to go in off Sterling and restore the Scottish champions&rsquo; lead.<br /> <br /> Sterling&rsquo;s brilliantly-taken goal at the other end restored parity before the half-hour mark, but Dembele capitalised on an Aleksandar Kolarov error to make it 3-2 just after the break.<br /> <br /> However, Nolito got City&rsquo;s third equaliser, and it was the English side who looked more likely to go on and win it.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know how many chances they had after the third goal. We should have won it,&rdquo; said Guardiola.<br /> <br /> It is Barcelona who are top of the section after the Spanish champions followed their 7-0 trouncing of Celtic last time out with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Gladbach in Germany.<br /> <br /> Thorgan Hazard slotted the Bundesliga club in front in the first half, but Arda Turan came off the bench to level after the break before Gerard Pique got the winner on 74 minutes.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They put in a huge effort in the first half, but overall I think we were better and it is a deserved result,&rdquo; said Pique.<br /> <br /> Five-time European champions Barca, who were without the injured Lionel Messi, can now look forward to a fascinating double-header with their old coach Guardiola&rsquo;s City.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Theo Walcott made the difference as Arsenal eased to three points against Basel at the Emirates Stadium.<br /> <br /> The Swiss champions have enjoyed excellent results in European competition against English sides in recent years, but a first-half brace by Walcott ensured it was a comfortable night for the Gunners.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We had pace, technical quality and movement. My only regret is we didn&rsquo;t take all our chances,&rdquo; said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.<br /> <br /> They are level atop Group A alongside Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Ludogorets 3-1 in Bulgaria.<br /> <br /> A Natanael free kick gave Ludogorets the lead in Sofia, but Blaise Matuidi restored parity before the interval.<br /> <br /> Edinson Cavani then grabbed two goals in the second half, either side of a Cosmin Moti penalty miss for the Bulgarian champions, to complete the comeback.<br /> <br /> In Madrid, Atletico inflicted Carlo Ancelotti&rsquo;s first defeat as coach of Bayern as Yannick Carrasco&rsquo;s first-half strike separated the sides at the Vicente Calderon in Group D.<br /> <br /> The Spaniards eliminated Bayern on away goals in the semi-finals of last season&rsquo;s Champions League and there was to be no revenge for the five-time European champions, who would have lost by a wider margin had Antoine Griezmann not struck the bar with a late penalty.<br /> <br /> Atletico have maximum points before a double-header with Rostov, who claimed their first-ever point in the competition in a 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in Russia.<br /> <br /> All the goals came in the first half, with Dmitri Poloz twice having Rostov in front only for Davy Proepper and Luuk de Jong to score for PSV.<br /> <br /> The Dutch champions could have won the game but Proepper saw his second-half penalty saved.<br /> <br /> In Group B Napoli continued their excellent start to the season by beating Benfica 4-2 in Italy.<br /> <br /> Marek Hamsik gave them a first-half lead at the San Paolo before three goals in seven second-half minutes, a Dries Mertens brace coming either side of an Arkadiusz Milik penalty.<br /> <br /> Goncalo Guedes and Eduardo Salvio got goals back for Benfica, but they slumped to a first defeat of the season.<br /> <br /> Also in Group B, Dynamo Kiev came back to draw 1-1 with Besiktas in Istanbul, substitute Viktor Tsygankov cancelling out Ricardo Quaresma&rsquo;s opener. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13319961/231424_58515_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:00 AM Simpson&rsquo;s three-timer lifts KC to 6th straight win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Simpson-s-three-timer-lifts-KC-to-6th-straight-win_75432 With leading goalscorer Rashawn Mackinson having an ordinary day, full-back Denilson Simpson feted himself to a three-timer, as Kingston College (KC) brushed aside St Mary&rsquo;s College 5-0 in Group C of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup action yesterday.<br /> <br /> Simpson found the net in the 27th, 57th and 81st minutes, with Ronaldo Robinson (23rd) and Mackinson in the 43rd getting the others in what was a commanding display by KC at Stadium East Field. Mackinson has now improved his tally to 14 goals so far this season, as the North Street-based team maintained their lead atop the standing on maximum 18 points from six outings with an impressive 35 goals and a mere one against.<br /> <br /> Denham Town kept in touch on 15 points, after they blanked Norman Manley 3-0 at Maxfield Park, while Papine slipped into third position on the six-team table with seven points with a 6-0 beating of Ascot.<br /> <br /> Following their first-leg 4-0 beating of the same opponents, the Ludlow Bernard-coached KC, sporting light blue armbands as a show of support to neighbours St George&rsquo;s College in their time of mourning, were all over the opponents from the opening whistle.<br /> <br /> They inevitably broke the deadlock courtesy of Robinson, who dismissed a defender before firing a sweet left-footed drive past his namesake, Yahshua Robinson in goal for St Mary&rsquo;s College.<br /> <br /> Simpson doubled the lead four minutes later when he fired home from inside the box close to the half-hour mark.<br /> <br /> KC continued to press the ascendancy and wasted numerous chances before Mackinson finished off a cross from Dashawn Donaldson to make it 3-0 at the break.<br /> <br /> The one-way traffic continued 12 minutes after the resumption when Simpson slipped down the right channel and inside the area to fire past the advancing Robinson.<br /> <br /> An extended period of profligacy and poor decision-making in the final third followed on the hour mark with Bernard utilising his five substitutions to shift the fortunes, but the goals dried up.<br /> <br /> It took some individual brilliance from Simpson to put the finishing touches on the contest nine minutes from time when he got by three defenders before tucking home.<br /> <br /> Bernard was pleased to see other players come to the fore.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is kind of becoming monotonous now playing these games, but the good thing is that we continue to get good results, we still continue to create a lot of chances and more importantly we did not concede. These are some of the things that we set ourselves to do when we come to play and the versatility of the goal scoring was also on exhibition today (yesterday),&rdquo; he told reporters in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A lot of players on the team have shown the ability to score, so Mackinson and (Trayvone) Reid weren&rsquo;t prolific today but others stepped up and that is important. There will be games when it is going to be tight and other persons will be required to turn up,&rdquo; Bernard noted.<br /> <br /> His counterpart Omar Williams conceded that his young team was outclassed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have a young, inexperienced team and we are trying our best to see how well we can work with them, so we are basically in a building process. This was expected from the KC team because they are a well-rounded team, so I lift my hats to them for a job well done,&rdquo; said Williams.<br /> <br /> The competition resumes on Thursday.<br /> <br /> Yesterday&rsquo;s results<br /> <br /> Group C<br /> <br /> Kingston College 5, St Mary&rsquo;s College 0<br /> <br /> Papine 6, Ascot 0<br /> <br /> Norman Manley 0, Denham Town 3<br /> <br /> Group D<br /> <br /> Ardenne 1, Jonathan Grant 3<br /> <br /> Pembroke Hall 0, Haile Selassie 2<br /> <br /> Meadowbrook 0, St Catherine 3<br /> <br /> Group F<br /> <br /> Kingston Technical 1, Dunoon Technical 0<br /> <br /> Camperdown 1, Jose Marti 1<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; 6, Edith Dalton James 0<br /> <br /> Group G<br /> <br /> St Jago 5, Campion College 0<br /> <br /> Bridgeport 0, Calabar 2<br /> <br /> Cumberland 0, Hydel 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317262/231157_58273_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM Jose Marti hold Camperdown in dour 1-1 result http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jose-Marti-hold-Camperdown-in-dour-1-1-result_75430 Camperdown High and Jose Marti High played to a dour 1-1 draw in their Group F ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at the Alpha Institute yesterday. <br /> <br /> Substitute Romario Ricketts gave Camperdown High a 62nd-minute lead, but Earon Elliot earned a share of the points for Jose Marti, converting from the penalty spot in the 67th.<br /> <br /> Camperdown missed a series of easy chances and the opportunity to stay in touch with the group leaders Wolmer&rsquo;s Boys&rsquo; in the hunt for top spot. In fact, they dropped two crucial points but remained in second spot on 13 points<br /> <br /> Wolmer&rsquo;s, who defeated Edith Dalton James High 6-0, moved to 18 points with four rounds of games left.<br /> <br /> The Lebert Halliman-coached Kingston Technical High edged Dunoon Technical 1-0 and jumped into third spot with seven points. Dunoon are fourth on six points. Jose Marti remained in fifth on five points.<br /> <br /> Playing on a lovely surface at the Alpha Institute on South Camp Road, both Camperdown and Jose Marti turned in a poor display, which was very difficult on the eyes &mdash; to once again raise the topic of Jamaica&rsquo;s overall poor standard of play. <br /> <br /> Neither Camperdown nor Jose Marti deserved victory and it could be argued that neither team should progress to the second round, though Camperdown are on the verge of securing their berth.<br /> <br /> If body language is anything to go by, then coaches Christopher Bender and Calvert Fitzgerald had a difficult time controlling their emotions with each bad play.<br /> <br /> Camperdown High, who thrilled fans in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, when Bender played, looked a shadow of any of those teams.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are still in second position, but I am extremely disappointed with how the team played. One of the things with these youngsters is &hellip;they are on a high, having won 4-0 in their last game, and you could see the attitude even before the game. And I was warning them, and that&rsquo;s what affected us today,&rdquo; claimed Bender.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The team is a young one but should be able to win games like these. We were actually playing bad and still got the lead and should have been able to hold on. They will bounce back and solidify themselves in second position,&rdquo; said Bender.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Fitzgerald said that his team&rsquo;s late arrival at the venue was the reason for their slow start.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We came here knowing that in order to finish anywhere in the top two in the zone we had to get three points. We started a bit slowly because we arrived at the venue extremely late, so we didn&rsquo;t get a proper warm-up, so we took a little time (to settle),&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We pushed and tried to get the winner, but we didn&rsquo;t get it; so we just have to satisfy with the point and hope that we can get three points in the other games coming,&rdquo; said Fitzgerald. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317259/231160_58272_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM JOA says Gracekennedy helped maintain world-leading performance of athletes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JOA-says-Gracekennedy-helped-maintain-world-leading-performance-of-athletes_74798 The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has described the support of the GraceKennedy Group for the athletes as unparalleled and essential. <br /> <br /> This is according to Mike Fennel, president of the JOA, who spoke at a special luncheon hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus on September 15, 2016 to thank the GraceKennedy Group for its support of the 63-member Jamaican contingent at the Rio Olympics.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is our way of saying thank you for your unparalleled support, especially for the recent Olympics Games in Rio. You have provided assistance through products and essential nutritional advice, which have assisted us in maintaining our world leading performances, and for that we are grateful,&rdquo; said Fennel.<br /> <br /> Representing GraceKennedy were Mrs Andrea Coy, CEO of GraceKennedy Foods, Jamaica (Domestic); and Mrs Angeline Gillings, Chief Global Category Officer, GraceKennedy Foods. Also present was Chef Karl Thomas, who was contracted by GK Foods to oversee the preparation of meals for the Jamaican Olympians.<br /> <br /> In response, Mrs Coy said, &ldquo;We are elated that you chose us to come on board for yet another Olympics, and we are proud to know that with our support, the team demonstrated a winning spirit and delivered such spectacular performances.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Chef Thomas, who was also the lead chef for GraceKennedy Foods at the 2012 Olympics, said he was happy to have served the team and the country for the second consecutive Olympics. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a thrilling feeling to be a part of this exceptional contingent, and it was an honour to prepare our athletes to take on the world, and to see them deliver so well,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Special thanks to GraceKennedy for not only being a part of this from the financial perspective, but to have considered nutrition and its significance to the athletes&rsquo; performance.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> As a token of its appreciation the JOA presented the trio with gift packages of official Jamaican team gear.<br /> <br /> As the official Food & Nutrition Sponsor of the 2016 Jamaican Olympic team, GraceKennedy Foods, a part of the GraceKennedy Group, provided food products and other nutritional support for the contingent at the pre-Olympics training camp in Rio.<br /> <br /> GraceKennedy has a history of supporting the development of Jamaican sporting activities as part of its contribution to nation building. This is in keeping with its philosophy to use organised sports as a vehicle to promote fair play, discipline and a drive for excellence among Jamaica&rsquo;s youth. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317188/230051_58236_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;There&rsquo;s a lot I can offer the programme&rsquo; &mdash; Whitmore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-There-s-a-lot-I-can-offer-the-programme----Whitmore_75425 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; If offered the full-time job of coaching the Reggae Boyz, Theodore Whitmore, who was named to his third stint at the helm to guide the team through their two games in Scotiabank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Championships third round, said he would gladly take it.<br /> <br /> A day after Whitmore was named to coach the team along with Arnett Gardens&rsquo; coach Jerome Waite as his assistant, the former midfielder told the Jamaica Observer he thought he had a lot to offer the national football programme.<br /> <br /> Ironically, Whitmore will replace German Winfried Schaefer, the man who was hired after his firing in 2013, and who presided over Jamaica&rsquo;s disastrous FIFA World Cup campaign that ended with back-to-back losses to Panama and Haiti.<br /> <br /> Asked whether he would want the job on a permanent basis, Whitmore, who was getting ready to guide his St James High team in an ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup Zone A game at Jarrett Park yesterday, responded: &ldquo;Why not?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is a lot that I can contribute and there is a lot I can offer to the national programme,&rdquo; he added. Whitmore, who was relieved of his duties in his second stint in 2013 after three years, then said: &ldquo;We have all made mistakes, we all have grown and seen where we can improve the game in Jamaica.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> During his previous stint, Whitmore, who had replaced John Barnes as the head coach, won the Caribbean Cup title and had a good run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing to the United States in the quarter-finals in Washington&rsquo;s RFK Stadium.<br /> <br /> The man who has served as the Under-20 and Futsal coach, said while the initial appointment was on an interim basis, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s always an honour serving your country in any role regardless of anything&rdquo;, and said in the three years since he was last in charge, he had improved his craft. &ldquo;As each day goes by whether football or in life, it&rsquo;s a learning process and this is the case with me now.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Like most Jamaican football fans, Whitmore said he was &ldquo;very disappointed&rdquo; with the failure of the Reggae Boyz to advance to the CONCACAF final round, &ldquo;because you always want your country to do well, regardless of the situation. We are part of the game and we have a lot to offer as far as football is concerned, so it&rsquo;s always a disappointment&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Like the skilful midfielder he was in his heyday of playing with Violet Kickers and Seba United, Whitmore deftly sidestepped questions of what in his opinion caused the breakdown with the team and who could be at fault.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I wouldn&rsquo;t want to say (what happened with the team); every coach has his own philosophy and strategy and I don&rsquo;t want to point fingers.&rdquo; Instead, he suggested that &ldquo;the best thing for us is to develop local players and give them the international experience that they need to start playing at the level that everyone wants to see them&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> He said there was enough blame to spread around with the World Cup failure, and not just coach Schaefer. &ldquo;Everyone has to sit and see where we went wrong, the JFF, the coaching staff and players as well, we can&rsquo;t point out any one person.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Whitmore also refused to get into grading Schaefer&rsquo;s body of work and said while the World Cup disappointment was hard to accept, he noted that there were high points, winning the CFU Caribbean Cup and advancing to the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.<br /> <br /> Presently, he said, the two-game stint would not affect his work with a young but promising St James team. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just two games and so it won&rsquo;t disrupt anything right now, and then we have to sit down with the JFF and see where we go from there.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Whitmore&rsquo;s technical staff has named a 20-man squad which will be prepared to face Suriname next week Wednesday at 8:00 pm at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.<br /> <br /> The squad is goalkeepers Andre Blake and Ryan Thompson; defenders Rosario Harriott, Damion Lowe, Ladale Ritchie, Alvas Powell, Dicoy Williams, Shaun Francis and Kemar Lawrence; midfielders Omar Holness, Andrew Vanzie, Ewan Grandison, Michael Binns, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Dwayne Ambursely; forwards Darren Mattocks, Cory Burke, Allan Ottey, Dino Willims, Owayne Gordon. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317201/231162_58265_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM Hill captures Boys&rsquo; 18 and Under singles title at Guardian Life Junior Tennis Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hill-captures-Boys--18-and-Under-singles-title-at-Guardian-Life-Junior-Tennis-Championships_75406 THIRD-SEEDED Daniel Hill defeated top-seeded Cliff Dwyer in straight sets to capture the Boys&rsquo; 18 and Under singles title at the 2016 Guardian Life Open Junior Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on Sunday.<br /> <br /> The boys&rsquo; final, which lasted around an hour and a half, saw Hill winning 7-6 (7-5 tie-breaker), 6-4 to gain his third hold on the title. He won in 2013 and 2015.<br /> <br /> Hill said that he played well, and was producing some good shots with his back and forearm. &ldquo;My serves were really good. This is also the first singles tournament since February of this year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Dwyer is a very good player and does not give up easily, as he can rally strongly. I was getting a few cramps and down 2-3 in the second set but I played the ball on its merit and got my shots going well,&rdquo; Hill added.<br /> <br /> Dwyer congratulated Hill on his victory and said he played well. &ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t getting my shots going too well, and it was a bad day for me. My serves were off and a few of my returns, however, my opponent got the better of me this time around and came out winner.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Girls&rsquo; 16 and Under was won by top seed, 13-year-old Michaela Stephens by default over third-seeded Emma Dibbs, who did not report for her match. In the semi-finals, Dibbs had beaten second-seeded Hayley McNair 6-2, 6-2, and Stephens easily eliminated third-seeded Kailey Chin 6-0, 6-1.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was very disappointed not playing the final because I was confident of winning. I really wanted to play her,&rdquo; Stephens said.<br /> <br /> Stephens had won this title last year and was expecting a tough challenge from Dibbs, who she has beaten on many occasions. &ldquo;I was well prepared for another battle between us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Top seed John Azar won the Boys&rsquo; 16 and Under final by defeating Mario Campbell from Montego Bay in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. In the semi-finals played the previous day, Azar brushed aside fourth-seeded Romeo Edwards 6-2, 6-0, while Campbell upset second-seeded Ryan Cox 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 (super tie-breaker).<br /> <br /> Azar said it was a good match although he had to work very hard for each point against Campbell.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I really wanted to play in the Boys&rsquo; 18 and Under singles to have more and better competitiveness. However, I am very glad for win,&rdquo; said the 14-year-old Azar, who has been dominating his age group throughout the year.<br /> <br /> Top seed Daniel Azar was the winner of the Boys&rsquo; 14 and Under singles final, winning 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 (super tie-breaker) over second seed Cole McNair. In the semi-finals, Azar beat Russell Fairman 6-2, 6-1, while McNair beat Keyondre Clarke 7-5, 4-6, 10-3 (super tie-breaker).<br /> <br /> Moesha Fox, seeded at number one, captured the Girls&rsquo; 14 and Under final with a 7-5, 6-2 win over second-seeded Katherine Dibbs. In their semi-finals, Fox defeated unseeded Gabrielle Bernard 6-2, 6-3, while Dibbs beat third-seeded Savannah Thomson 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 (super tiebreaker).<br /> <br /> Second seed Alexander Bicknell won the Boys&rsquo; 12 and Under singles final with a 6-7 (9-7 tiebreaker), 6-4, 10-8 (super tiebreaker) win over top seed Jordan Vaz. Bicknell in his semi-final had beaten third-seeded Arjan Trehan 8-4, and Vaz had whipped fourth-seeded Joshua Haye 8-1.<br /> <br /> Raquel Pusey from Guardian Life Limited, who presented the trophies to the winners and runners-up, said she was very pleased with the turnout of players and will again be sponsoring this tournament next year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It has been 15 consecutive years Guardian Life has been the sponsor and has seen some good matches over the two-day competition. Our sponsorship is also a part of growing tennis in Jamaica,&rdquo; Pusey said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, tournament director Llockett McGregor thanked Guardian Life for their continued sponsorship.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have witnessed some splendid and fine tennis from these junior players that include many upsets of the seeds, so we have seen a great improvement by everyone,&rdquo; McGregor said. <br /> <br /> He also thanked the coaches for letting their players participate in the tournament. &ldquo;There would be no development of tennis without coaches.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317196/231140_58249_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM Squash ace Julian Morrison favourite to win 2016 Liguanea Club Open Tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Squash-ace-Julian-Morrison-to-win-2016-Liguanea-Club-Open-Tourney_75399 Rising star Julian Morrison served off as the favourite as the 2016 Liguanea Club Open Squash Tournament kicked off Monday night. <br /> <br /> The former Caribbean Junior Champion is among 38 players vying for top honours in the week-long competition. <br /> <br /> Although highly touted, Morrison can take nothing for granted as the tournament employs a handicap format which creates a level playing field regardless of competitors&rsquo; experience and skill levels. In addition, male and female players are going head-to-head as the competition has a gender-neutral draw.<br /> <br /> Facing stiff odds due to the handicaps, Morrison beat Roger Grant 21-19, 21-19 to start his campaign on the right note. The senior national team player has come into the competition razor-sharp, having played two highly competitive overseas tournaments within the last two months. <br /> <br /> However, the wide open field of competitors includes senior national team member Nathlee Boreland, who beat Mark Haddad 21-19, 21-19 in first-round action. Also in contention is the skilled and strategic Stewart Maxwell, who defeated Alan Johnston 21-19, 21-19. Other early winners include Dave Morrison, who beat Nicola Guy 9-21, 22-20, 21-18; and Andrew Shim, who stopped Stuart Reid 21-16, 21-13.<br /> <br /> Tournament director David Harrison said the competition&rsquo;s handicap format will keep spectators guessing right up until the final match. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re talking about a situation where the most skilled and experienced players are on even footing with any other contender, so every match is unpredictable,&rdquo; he explained. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The Liguanea Club Open is always one of the most exciting tournaments on the squash calendar and we anticipate that the 2016 competition will continue this tradition,&rdquo; Harrison added.<br /> <br /> The competition, which began on Monday night, will run until October 1 at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The early rounds will be played up to today and then the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively. The matches start at 5:30 pm each day. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10857896/tennis_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM St James, Dinthill, Garvey Maceo remain perfect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-James--Dinthill--Garvey-Maceo-remain-perfect_75434 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Three former champions, St James High, Dinthill Technical and Garvey Maceo, extended their winning records to six straight in their return-round games in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition yesterday.<br /> <br /> Cornwall College stayed on top in Zone A with a 4-0 win over Anchovy High, Dinthill Technical beat Bog Walk High 2-0 in Zone K, while Garvey Maceo edged Porus High 1-0 in Zone M.<br /> <br /> Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) meanwhile increased their lead in Zone E with a 3-0 win over Black River High, as the other two games ended in draws. Manchester High and Mile Gully are still tied in Zone F after contrasting wins yesterday, while there were big wins for former champions Frome Technical and Glenmuir High.<br /> <br /> At Cornwall College, doubles from Jourdaine Fletcher and Peter-Lee Vassell led them over Anchovy High as they improved to 18 points ahead of St James High, who rebounded from their 0-3 loss to Cornwall College on Saturday with a 6-0 blanking of Maldon High at Jarrett Park.<br /> <br /> Eighth grader Tyreque Clarke scored a hat-trick to lead St James High, taking his scoring tally to seven goals this season.<br /> <br /> Irwin High scored their first win in the competition since the 2011 season when they beat Green Pond 3-1 in Zone A, with Andre Tate, Nicholas Pusey and Kemar Brown getting the goals.<br /> <br /> Alwayne Harvey scored his sixth goal and Kahreen Parris got the other as Dinthill Technical continued their good run, brushing aside Bog Walk.<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo stayed ahead in Zone M with a 1-0 win over Porus High to move to 18 points, while Glenmuir High stayed in second with an 8-0 drubbing of Foga Road, and Denbigh High were 6-0 winners over Winston Jones.<br /> <br /> Demar James scored twice and Jovoney Brown scored his seventh goal for STETHS in their win over hapless Black River High in Zone E and improved to 15 points, four more than second-placed Lacovia, who drew 1-1 with Maggotty High, while Newell High and Munro College also ended 1-1.<br /> <br /> Brandon Brown scored twice to lead Manchester High to a 6-2 win over Cross Keys in Zone F, but Mile Gully also won, edging deCarteret College 1-0, while Andre Castle scored a hat-trick for BB Coke in their 6-0 win over Belair High.<br /> <br /> Jermaine Lindo scored four times for Frome Technical in their 7-0 trouncing of Knockalva Technical in the lone Zone B game as they improved to seven points, behind leaders Rusea&rsquo;s High on nine points.<br /> <br /> The competition continues with 23 games today and former champions Clarendon College could improve to six straight wins in Zone H when they play away to Edwin Allen, who they had beaten 4-0 in the first round.<br /> <br /> Clarendon College have steam-rolled the competition in Zone H scoring 27 goals in their five wins so far while conceding just one in the process.<br /> <br /> St Mary High, on 13 points, could move to within a few points of securing their spot in the Inter-zone round from Zone J with a win over Brimmer Vale High today.<br /> <br /> In Zone C, leaders Spot Valley High and Cedric Titus could create more space between the rest of the group with wins over a fading Herbert Morrison and Holland High, respectively.<br /> <br /> Both are on 11 points with Spot Valley having a game in hand, against Holland, who they beat 4-0 on Monday.<br /> <br /> Petersfield High, a quarter-finalist last year, are in an almost must-win situation when they take on Zone D leaders Godfrey Stewart at home.<br /> <br /> Godfrey Stewart lead with 15 points and a second win over Petersfield this season in today&rsquo;s game would all but wrap up an Inter-zone spot for them and leave Petersfield High, on seven points, in deep trouble.<br /> <br /> Surprise second-placed team Little London, on 12 points, would give themselves some breathing space with a win over Grange Hill at Belle Isle.<br /> <br /> In Zone G, fresh off their win over Holmwood Technical on Monday, Alston High will be on the hunt for back-to-back big scalps when they take on leaders Spalding High seeking to avenge a 0-4 loss at home in the first round.<br /> <br /> Alston High are tied in second place with Holmwood Technical, both on 12 points, three behind Spalding, all from six games played as the group looks to become a three-team race for two automatic spots.<br /> <br /> Holmwood are at home to Bellefield whom they had beaten 3-0 in the first round.<br /> <br /> Games for today<br /> <br /> Zone C<br /> <br /> Holland vs Cedric Titus<br /> <br /> Herbert Morrison vs Spot Valley<br /> <br /> Muschett vs William Knibb<br /> <br /> Zone D<br /> <br /> Petersfield vs Godfrey Stewart<br /> <br /> Manning&rsquo;s vs Maud McLeod<br /> <br /> Grange Hill vs Little London<br /> <br /> Zone G<br /> <br /> Holmwood vs Bellefield<br /> <br /> Spalding vs Alston<br /> <br /> May Day vs Christiana<br /> <br /> Zone H<br /> <br /> Lennon vs Claude McKay<br /> <br /> Edwin Allen vs Clarendon College<br /> <br /> Knox vs Thompson Town<br /> <br /> Zone J<br /> <br /> Horace Clarke vs Tacky High<br /> <br /> Iona vs St Mary Tech<br /> <br /> St Mary High vs Brimmervale<br /> <br /> Zone L<br /> <br /> Port Antonio vs Oracabessa<br /> <br /> Happy Grove vs Fair Prospect<br /> <br /> Zone N<br /> <br /> Bustamante vs Central<br /> <br /> Tacius Golding vs Vere Tech<br /> <br /> Old Harbour vs Kemps Hill<br /> <br /> Zone O<br /> <br /> Morant Bay vs Seaforth<br /> <br /> St Thomas Tech vs Paul Bogle<br /> <br /> Yallahs vs Robert Lightbourne<br /> <br /> Results from yesterday<br /> <br /> Zone A<br /> <br /> St James 6, Maldon 0<br /> <br /> Cornwall 4, Anchovy 0<br /> <br /> Green Pond 1, Irwin 3<br /> <br /> Zone B<br /> <br /> Frome 7, Knockalva 0<br /> <br /> Zone E<br /> <br /> Black River 0, STETHS 3<br /> <br /> Newell 1, Munro 1<br /> <br /> Maggotty 1, Lacovia 1<br /> <br /> Zone F<br /> <br /> Manchester 6, Cross Keys 2<br /> <br /> BB Coke 6, Belair 0<br /> <br /> Mile Gully 1, DeCarteret 0<br /> <br /> Zone I<br /> <br /> Aabuthnott Gallimore 1, Brown&rsquo;s Town 2<br /> <br /> Zone K<br /> <br /> Guys Hill vs Charlemont was not played (no referee)<br /> <br /> Bog Walk 0, Dinthill 2<br /> <br /> McGrath 0, Ewarton 0<br /> <br /> Zone M<br /> <br /> Denbigh 6, Winston Jones 0<br /> <br /> Garvey Maceo 1, Porus 0<br /> <br /> Glenmuir 8, Foga Road 0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317261/231168_58271_repro_w300.jpg Dacosta Cup Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM Russell&rsquo;s disciplinary hearing resumes today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Russell-s-disciplinary-hearing-resumes-today_75398 The hearing convened by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel into the allegation that West Indies cricketer Andre Russell violated a whereabouts clause is scheduled to continue this morning at 10:00.<br /> <br /> It is to be held at Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. <br /> <br /> The disciplinary panel is set to comprise Chairman Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell, and former Jamaica cricketer Dixeth Palmer.<br /> <br /> The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) accuses Russell, 28, of failing to file his whereabouts, resulting in his missing three doping tests over a 12-month period. Under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations that amounts to a failed test.<br /> <br /> The rules require that athletes make their whereabouts known to local anti-doping agencies to facilitate testing. An athlete may face a ban of up to two years if found in violation.<br /> <br /> Russell&rsquo;s alleged filing failures were dated January 1, 2015, July 1, 2015 and July 25, 2015. <br /> <br /> At the previous hearing on September 19, all parties agreed to an early afternoon adjournment. At the time, Queen&rsquo;s Counsel Patrick Foster, the lead attorney representing Russell, was cross-examining JADCO employee Nadia Vassell and was probing the basis of the last two alleged filing failures. Vassell&rsquo;s cross-examination is expected to continue today.<br /> <br /> Earlier, Lackston Robinson, the JADCO lawyer, while leading Vassell through her witness testimony, had built a case pointing to negligence on Russell&rsquo;s part.<br /> <br /> Also at last week&rsquo;s hearing, tentative dates were set for the hearing to be completed on October 6 and 7. <br /> <br /> The October dates were set to allow sufficient recuperation time for JADCO&rsquo;s Executive Director Carey Brown, who is listed as the second witness to be called by the commission. The panel was informed that he had been injured in a mishap and was unable to take the witness stand.<br /> <br /> Russell, a prominent West Indies all-rounder, has represented Twenty20 (T20) cricket franchises in India, Bangladesh, Australia and England.<br /> <br /> He was an integral member of the West Indies team that won the 2016 T20 World Cup in India in April. <br /> <br /> Russell played a star role as Jamaica Tallawahs lifted the Caribbean Premier League T20 crown for a second time last month. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13157800/217185_58264_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM Molly Rhone to be honoured during CB Group UWI 5K http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Molly-Rhone-to-be-honoured-during-CB-Group-UWI-5K_75402 She might not be pounding the netball courts anymore, but her continued devotion to the sport is evident in the service she continues to provide in all areas of the game and the wider sporting arena. <br /> <br /> Address her today as Honourable Molly Rhone OJ, CD &mdash; as among her 19 local and international accolades is the prestigious national awards from the Government of Jamaica which she received in 1999 and again in 2011 for her contribution to sports administration &mdash; regionally and internationally, and in particular netball.<br /> <br /> This netball and sports enthusiast will have to make space on her shelf for another award which she will be receiving on Sunday, November 13 at the CB Group/UWI 5K in the presence of thousands of walkers, runners and wheelchair participants expected to turn out at the annual fund-raising event to support students wishing to pursue a tertiary education. <br /> <br /> Rhone&rsquo;s passion for sports and netball did not happen overnight but started as early as 13 years old at her high school, Knox College where she was also a champion track and field athlete for six consecutive years. While there, she captained the netball team which won the All-Island Championship on many occasions. She represented her country several times and led Jamaica to the fourth World Netball Championships as a vice-captain.<br /> <br /> Currently the president of the International Netball Federation, Rhone has been involved in the governance and leadership of the organsation since 1999 when she became vice-president and then the president in 2003. Prior to that, she served as president of the Jamaica Netball Association from 1993 to 2003 and president of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations from 1998-2014. Her most significant achievement as president of the JNA was the very successful hosting of the 11th World Netball Championships. Her presence in the international arena has been distinguished as she has seen the organisation grow from being run by a few dedicated volunteers to the establishment of a professionally run, UK-based office. <br /> <br /> Because of her professionalism, she has been sought after to serve on many sporting bodies such as the Sports Development Foundation; the Jamaica Olympic Association and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission among others. Over the years, she has also been appointed to lead high profile delegations to sporting council meetings and world championships in the wider Caribbean, and other parts of the world. <br /> <br /> When asked how she felt about this recognition, Rhone said: &ldquo;I feel thrilled to be chosen as this year&rsquo;s nominee. Sport has been an integral part of my life and will continue to be. I am particularly pleased to be associated with this event as the sole beneficiary is education, which is changing so many young lives.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Past honorees include Michael Fennell, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association; Glen Mills, head coach Racers Track Club, and Alfred &ldquo;Frano&rdquo; Francis, managing director, Running Events Limited.<br /> <br /> The event is under the distinguished patronage Douglas Orane, business leader, fund raiser and author; and Donnette Chin-Loy-Chang, PR Counsel, fund raiser and co-patron of the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala as well as co-chair, Food for the Poor, Canada. <br /> <br /> The fund-raiser, under the direction of Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director, Institutional Advancement Division, UWI, with Alfred &ldquo;Frano&rdquo; Francis as race director, raised a sum of $10.5m and has a target of $20 million for this year&rsquo;s event. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317195/231138_58248_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM Camperdown start with 51-29 win over Jose Marti in ISSA/Urban netball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Camperdown-start-with-51-29-win-over-Jose-Marti-in-ISSA-Urban-netball_75397 DEFENDING champions Camperdown High defeated Jose Marti Technical High 51-29 as the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Urban High School Leagues continued on Monday.<br /> <br /> The Wayne Stewart-coached aggregation from East Kingston was playing their first match of the season after last Wednesday&rsquo;s rained-out encounters against Campion College.<br /> <br /> He said despite winning so convincingly, he was forced to field only six players on court, as three key players suffered from the flu.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Both teams played well in different spells of the match, but we managed to put things together quickly and take control of the match early. Their players are not as experienced as ours,&rdquo; Stewart said.<br /> <br /> He added that his comfortable 38-21 win in the juniors was also their first game of the season.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Majority of my junior players are playing in the under-16 age group junior league for the first time as they have all played in the under-14 competition and are quite new to it.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Camperdown vs Jose Marti Junior League encounter saw the winners leading 9-7 at the first-quarter break, before going on to increase the margin by one to 17-14 at half-time. Camperdown dominated the third quarter in which they totally outscored Jose Marti to lead 28-15. They applied more pressure on their opponents to come out easy winners.<br /> <br /> In the senior league match between both teams, Camperdown, playing with six players, led 16-7 at the first quarter, before taking a commanding 30-17 lead at half-time.<br /> <br /> Camperdown&rsquo;s shooters Idara McCarthy and Romana Lawrence combined well to rapidly outscore Jose Marti 42-23 at the third quarter.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Urban Schoolgirls Junior and Senior Leagues continue today at 2:30 and 3:30 pm.<br /> <br /> ZONE A &ndash; Edith Dalton James High vs Spanish Town High; Ardenne High vs Wolmer&rsquo;s High; Mona High vs Merl Grove High; Oberlin High vs Gaynstead High.<br /> <br /> ZONE E &ndash; Charlie Smith High vs Hydel High; Cedar Valley High vs St Catherine High; Papine High vs Excelsior High; Tarrant High vs St Jago High. (Home teams are named first). <br /> <br /> Rural High Schools Netball<br /> <br /> Action also continues this afternoon in the Rural High Schools Junior and Senior Leagues starting at 2:00 and 3:00 pm, respectively.<br /> <br /> ZONE B &ndash; Herbert Morrison High vs Spot Valley High; Montego Bay High vs William Knibb High.<br /> <br /> Zone E &ndash; Holmwood Technical High vs Christiana High; Knox College vs Mile Gully High.<br /> <br /> ZONE G &ndash; Denbigh High vs Kemps Hill High; Foga Road High vs Glenmuir High; Garvey Maceo High vs Bustamante High.<br /> <br /> ZONE K &ndash; Aabuthnott Gallimore High vs St Hilda&rsquo;s High. (Home teams are named first.) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13317198/231005_58246_repro_w300.jpg Local Sports Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:00 AM