Action at the Douglas Forest meet got off to a late start this morning inside the National Stadium with the competition starting a full hour after the scheduled 8:00am start. St Jago’s Andrenette Knight and Kingston College’s Orlando Smith, were among the early winners, as they came out on top in the respective girls and boys 400 metres hurdles events, which got things going at the meet. In the female event, Knight who was being strongly challenged by Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker in the opening heat, took advantage after Walker fell at the sixth hurdle to win the event in 1:00.56 for the overall top time. Shian Salmon of Hydel finished second overall in 1:01.21 with Vere Technical’s Jonelle Thompson coming third with 1:03.89. Kingston College athletes dominated the boys open 400 metres hurdles event with Smith leading the way after posting 53.91 seconds to win his heat and register the fastest time overall. Calabar’s Aykeem Francis clipped Kingston College’s Chadrick Brown on the line to win his heat in 54.34 seconds and finished second overall with Brown being time in 54.53 seconds for third overall. Sherwayne Campbell, also from Kingston College rounded out the top four after he won his heat in 54.89 seconds.
Jamaica’s national men’s senior football team handed over $250,000 to three organisations on Thursday at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) offices in New Kingston. After finishing second in the Gold Cup last month, the Reggae Boyz decided to donate a portion of their prize money to those in need. The Jamaica Special Olympics football team received $100,000, the same as Mannings Boys’ Home in western Jamaica. Glenhope Nursery in the Corporate Area was handed $50,000. “We started this a couple years ago, during the World Cup Qualifiers, where we contributed to Glenhope. Now, this is a continuation of that,” Roy Simpson, JFF senior team manager, said during a brief ceremony. LIFTING YOUNGSTERS “The players decided that they are now privileged young men and came through humble backgrounds, so they want to give to others who seek to emulate them,” he said. “Before we played against Mexico in the Gold Cup final, the Special Olympics team was all over the media, so we decided to contribute to those youngsters. The players will also be contributing funds to other organisations from money gained during the upcoming World Cup Qualification games, starting next month,” Simpson disclosed. Audrey Budhai, director of the Children and Family programme at the Child Development Agency, collected cheques on behalf of Mannings Boys’ Home and Glenhope, presented by local-based Reggae Boyz Andre Clennon and Hughan Gray. Lorna Bell of Special Olympics Jamaica accepted on behalf of her organisation.
INSPORTS CommunityNetballFrazers Content and 3 West United were on fire, as they scored very emphatic wins in the Institute of Sports St Catherine Community Netball competition on Sunday.Frazers Content registered the biggest victory, hammering Spring Village 37-6 in their Zone Three encounter. In other group matches, DB Basovak won 17-10 over Dochecon, while Spanish Town Spartan and Old Harbour played out an exciting 19-19 tie.In Zone Two action, 3 West United pulverised Dream Team 32-3, while Marchlett beat Team Barnaby 30-9.In Zone One, Strikers United beat Phoenix Strikers 24-10 and Riverdale won 24-17 over Harkers Hall. The competition continues on Sunday.Ghetto World CupMeanwhile, as INSPORTS’ Kingston and St Andrew Community Football League – The Ghetto World Cup – continued on Sunday, Woodford Strikers notched a comprehensive 7-0 win over Kingston and St Andrew Strikers.In two other games, Stadium Gardens clipped Nannyville 1-0 and Kintyre turned back High Light View 2-0.FIFA coaching courseFIFA will host a Coaching Course from November 30 to December 4, which will focus on the coaching of female players. The course will be under the instruction of well known former England international footballer, Hope Powell. The course, which will be held at the JFF Football Centre, UWI, will have as participants coaches from the Sherwin Williams Women’s League, selected former national female players, national coaches and representatives of parish associations.The JFF has also invited GC Foster College, University of Technology and the Ministry of Education to send representatives.Powell, who has parental roots in Jamaica, is a former international football player who was the coach of the England women’s national football team and the Great Britain women’s Olympic football team up until 2013. She won 66 caps for England, making her debut for England at the age of 16 and played in the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. At 31 she became the youngest ever coach of an England national football team, as well as the first woman and first black person to hold that position.The JFF’s coaching development programme is supported by the Joan Duncan Foundation of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers.
NEW DELHI, India (CMC): Neither Jason Holder nor Sunil Narine could conjure up the magic required as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – without influential West Indies and Jamaica allrounder, Andre Russell (injury) – produced a weak effort in a 22-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad, to bow out of the Indian Premier League yesterday. Chasing 163 for victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, KKR faltered badly to finish on 140 for eight, with Manish Pandey top-scoring with 36 from 28 balls and opener and captain Gautam Gambhir chipping in with a run-a-ball 28. Holder, the West Indies Test and one-day captain, made just seven, while Narine finished on one not out. KKR were meandering on 69 for four in the 11th over before Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav (23) put on 46 for the fifth wicket. When they were separated, KKR required 48 runs from 25 deliveries, but failed to find the acceleration they needed at the death. Earlier, Sunrisers reached 162 for eight off their 20 overs after being sent in, with veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh top-scoring with 44 off 30 balls and Moises Henriques getting 31. Seamer Holder claimed two for 33, but Narine was disappointing, finishing wicketless from four overs which went for 35 runs. Sunrisers will now take on Dwayne Smith’s Gujarat Lions in tomorrow’s final play-off game, for a place in Sunday’s final against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Double Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will publish a tell-all autobiography this year. The book will detail her many struggles and obstacles along her path to becoming an Olympic champion. Titled Pryceless Journey, the book, according to a release yesterday, will reveal soul-searching testimony, very personal information, as well as provide success tips in overcoming personal challenges. Teaming up with veteran journalist Ian Boyne, host of Television Jamaica’s long-standing motivational-inspirational programme Profile, Fraser-Pryce said Pryceless Journey will demonstrate the power of positive thinking, diligent application and resilience. “I am normally a shy and very private person, so some things told in this book will be revealed for the first time, even to some of my closest friends!” she admitted in the release. “I want people to read this book and be inspired by my personal determination that led to my Olympic success and realise you can accomplish your goals, no matter where you are from,” she added. Ian Boyne, who conducted interviews with Fraser-Pryce over a nearly one-year period said: “Working with Shelly-Ann on this project has been one of the highlights of my career. She is the complete package.” Pryceless Journey will be released locally by Pelican Publishers, with international release to be negotiated and finalised.
Former Calabar High School star basketballer Vashil Fernandez has signed a contract to play for the Miami Heat in this season’s National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in the United States of America. The Heat announced the signing of Fernandez yesterday, but did not disclose the terms of the deal, citing club policy. The 24-year-old Fernandez is the all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso University, playing all four seasons with the Crusaders and appearing in 131 games. The 6’10” Fernandez last represented the Jamaica senior team at the Tournament of Americas in Venezuela in 2013. President of the Jamaica Basketball Association, Dr Mark Broomfield, said he is elated with Fernandez’s achievement and expects him to do well in the NBA. “I know where Fernandez is coming from because he has worked hard, and so he deserves to be where he is at now,” said Broomfield. “It’s also good to see a basketball player coming out of our high-school system and signing for a team in the NBA, because it augurs well for the development of basketball in Jamaica,” he said. “This goes to show that we have the talent here in Jamaica, but we just need the support to help our players to get to the next level,” Broomfield said. Fernandez averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and two blocks while shooting 54 per cent from the field during his collegiate career. As a senior, he led the National Collegiate Athletic Association in blocks per game and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Fernandez, who finished his career with 289 blocks, will wear the number 14 jersey for the Heat. Former Jamaica College star Jerome Jordan is the last local player to suit up for an NBA team. Jordan, who plays centre, represented the Brooklyn Nets in 2015.
After dismal performances in their past two overseas assignments in New Zealand and Australia, Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls will be hoping to redeem themselves when they depart the island later this month to take on world No. 3 England in a three-Test series in England. Ranked at No. 4, the Sunshine Girls will be hoping for better performances on this trip, and yesterday, Netball Jamaica released the names of 12 players, headed by the very experienced Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Fowler-Reid, who missed the past two overseas assignments, has been drafted to shore up the shooting area. Accompanying her will be Shantal Slater, Shanice Beckford, and Hasana Williams. Veteran Paula Thompson has been called out of retirement to strengthen the centre court, where she will be supported by Khadijah Williams, Adean Thomas, and Carlalee Tingling. In defence, there will be the vastly experienced duo of Malysha Kelly and Vangelee Williams, alongside Stacian Facey and Shamera Sterling. Jamaica Netball Association President Dr Paula Daley-Morris has expressed her satisfaction with the squad selected. “We do have a stronger and well-rounded unit from that which went to New Zealand. We are happy to have Fowler-Reid back in the squad, and with her experience, we expect better coordination with Slater and Beckford. We had some problems in the centre court, and this time around we expect better results than in New Zealand,” said Daley-Morris. The squad will depart the island on November 23 and will return on December 5.
Former outstanding local schoolboy athletes Akeem Bloomfield and Obrien Wasome started their collegiate athletic careers with impressive wins, while Olympian Clive Pullen also scored a strong win at separate indoor meets over the weekend.Bloomfield, who made his name as a student of Kingston College during a run that saw him break the national junior record in the 400m, was impressive for his new school, the University of Auburn, while competing in his pet event on Saturday at the Commodore Classics in Nashville, Tennessee. Bloomfield stopped the clock at 46.68 seconds to win the event in a world-leading time and in the process produced the eight all-time mark over the distance for Auburn.The athlete, who spoke about his first ever experience in an indoor race, was naturally pleased with his performance in his first competition at this level.”I won the event in a good time just shortly after running a good split in the 4x400m. Since it was my first ever indoor race, the goal was simply to have fun and enjoy this new experience. Now I have a race under my belt, I can really now get into the mood of competing. Indoor track and field is a new experience for me and I will need a few races to get in shape for the outdoor season,” said Bloomfield.The same meet brought mixed fortunes for two other Jamaicans. Also competing for Auburn in his first indoor competition, former leading St. Jago sprinter Raheem Chambers had a top three finish, coming in third in the mens 60m final in 6.70 seconds. His teammate Odean Skeen formerly of Wolmer’s Boys School was disqualified in the event after false starting.Former Jamaica College jumper Obrien Wasome continued from where he left off at the high school level in his first competition for Texas A&M University. Competing in front of his new home fans at the Texas A&M Invitational, he hopped, skipped and jumped to an impressive 15.58m to capture the men’s Triple Jump event.Pullen, who competed at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, produced 16.66m to win the men’s triple jump at home at the Arkansas Invitational meet. Pullen, the defending indoor champion in the event had opened up with 16.21m.
LONDON (CMC):English County club Derbyshire have abruptly ended their pursuit of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels ahead of the upcoming season.In a statement, the East Midlands outfit said that their decision had been reached “in view of recent events”. The club did not elaborate further.”Derbyshire can confirm it has been in contact with West Indies international Marlon Samuels and his agent regarding opportunities at the club,” the statement said.”The club remains committed to exploring all options to strengthen the side ahead of the 2017 season.”However, we have a number of routes available and, in view of recent events, the club is no longer pursuing Marlon Samuels.”The 36-year-old Samuels revealed earlier this week that he was pondering a three-year deal offered him by Derbyshire, worth up to £135,000 per year.He said, at the time, that he was undecided as it meant that he would have to sign a Kolpak deal – an arrangement in which he would be considered a non-overseas player and give up playing for West Indies.Samuels’s international career is now in doubt after he was ruled ineligible for selection for the three-match one-day series against England in the Caribbean next month.
Head coach Cleon-Mark Stewart, who led Stella Maris Prep to this year’s Burger King-Popeyes-YMCA Prep and Primary Schools Swim Meet title, says he is proud of his team for winning the two-day event at the National Aquatics Centre on Saturday, despite not being considered favourites to do so.Stella Maris scored 410.50 points combined, in boys and girls 6-12 and under categories. They dethroned last year’s overall champion, Immaculate Conception Prep, who held on to the girls category this year with 298 points, but had to settle for fourth overall.”Winning this meet, we are very elated, as we weren’t favourites. I think my swimmers did an awesome job to win by over 100 points, and it speaks well to our swim curriculum, which tries to unearth gems,” said the coach.”It’s a work in progress, and we are very happy that the hard work paid off, “he told The Gleaner.Stella Maris’s 11-12 age group did most of the damage this year, and the coach remains confident that though they will be leaving the institution soon, his team will fight to defend their title next year.Stella Maris had to settle for two second-place finishes with 188.50 points, behind Immaculate, the girls’ champions, with 298 points, and one point behind Sts Peter and Paul Prep, boys’ champions, with 193 points.The top-five finishers, via combined team scores were Stella Maris 410.50, Sts Peter 337, Mona Prep 329, Immaculate 298, and Hillel Prep, 125 points.The top 10 were rounded out by Emmanuel Christian Academy (118), Vaz (114), Mount Alvernia (114), Hopefield (85) and Windward Road Primary (72).NEW CHAMPIONS CROWNEDOver 50 schools competed and new champions were crowned in all categories except returning Girls’ Champions Immaculate.Sts Peter and Paul won the Boys’ category in the absence of last year’s winners’ Wolmer’s Boys, who did not compete.Windward Road Primary were crowned overall primary champions for the first time, with 72 points, dethroning last year’s champions, Excelsior Primary.They finished seventh in the boys section (50) and 10th in girls competition with 22 points.Meanwhile, 10 individual records were broken. Four fell to Liberty Prep’s Nikolos Gordon-Somers in the Under-12 category, while 11-year-old Safiya Officer of Emmanuel set two new marks.