Goalkeeper Damion Hyatt was flocked by children, some of whom shook his hands, patted him and still others just tried to touch him while declaring their ‘saviour’ man of the Man of the Match.Adults soon joined them and even club chairman, Dr Omar Davies, made his way to the middle of the field to congratulate him and shake his hands.Moments earlier, the 30-year-old goalkeeper had pulled off a fine penalty save to give his team, Arnett Gardens, the three points and a place at the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League as they defeated former leaders Montego Bay United 2-1.Arnett Gardens’ 38 points inched them to one above the vanquished Montego Bay United and Portmore United, who were due to play Harbour View on Monday Night.”It was wonderful performance. I just came up big after my error and coming up big for my team in the dying moments with a penalty save. It is awesome,” said Hyatt perhaps feeling much taller than his just-over-6’0″ frame.Hyatt’s comments were also an acknowledgement of how differently things could have gone. After sailing comfortably into the first half through goals from the impressive Vishunul Harris in the 17th minute and Dicoy Williams in the 24th and ending the half comfortably in the lead, Hyatt conceded a long-range drive from Ronaldo Rodney in the 46th minute in a move that started straight from kick off.fine savesThe former Glengoffe High School star sank straight to the ground, but was quick to pick himself up. And pick himself up he did, as he pulled of off a series of fine saves to keep his team ahead.He saved his best for last as with the minutes ticking away, the outstanding Jabeur Johnson made a rare error in taking away the leg of the hard-running Owayne Gordon inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty. That is when Hyatt gave of his best.Marksman Dino Williams and the competition’s leading scorer stepped up and powered his effort on goal as the small band of travelling Montego Bay United supporters looked on expectantly. The cries of jubilation which went up, however, were from the home fans.leading up to the penalty”I was really feeling disappointed after letting in a soft one and when we gave away the penalty I did not panic or anything. I just took a deep breath and just took one step to my left to throw him off because he saw me looking to my left so I just gave him the right side of the goal and dived to my right,” was how Hyatt described the moment leading up to the penalty and immediately after.”After that, it was an excellent feeling making that save as I helped my team to get a win and move to the top of the table. This can only get better right now. As long as we win the last three games in this round, we will be at least be joint leaders so that is a great feeling,” he continued.The performance, Hyatt said, reignited in him a desire to again be among the Reggae Boyz.”The last time I got called was when (Theodore) Tappa Whitmore was there and I still have hopes of getting back there. I am just 30, so I still have hopes,” he said.Getting there would be something for the man who represented Glengoffe High.”I played for Glengoffe High, the school without a field. I have to big them up because we had no field and for a talent like me to come out of there is really special and I want to do even more,” said the man who had a season of Under-20 football for Constant Spring, and two seasons of senior football with August Town before making his way to Arnett Gardens where he has been for the last nine years.
Striker Brian Brown looked like his old self on Sunday night as he marked his return to the Harbour View Stadium with one goal as the ‘Stars of the East’ recorded a rare win, 3-1 over Cavalier.The 2013-14 Golden Boot winner, who had 18 goals that season, had his 57th-minute goal sandwiched by Jorginho James’ 52nd-minute opener and substitute Kevaughn Frater’s 88th-minute finish, helping to bring back the attacking presence Harbour View lacked for most of the season.As he did in that season, Brown made it clear that he is ready to shoulder the attacking burden of his team.”Coming home to help Harbour View get to the top of the table and, hopefully, win the championship is where my mind is at right now, and then we will see what happens from there,” said the player who spent the last season and a half on loan to MLS club Philadelphia Union and NASL team Indy Eleven, respectively.Sunday night’s win followed four previous matches which were divided equally between draws and losses and helped them to narrow the gap on fourth-placed Humble Lion to two points, while keeping them firmly in fifth.DOWNINTHESTANDINGSThe vanquished Cavalier, on the other hand, who were let down by uncharacteristically poor defending, slipped a position to seventh as they were overtaken by UWI FC.The last season, Brown said, was not the greatest for him, and the rest of the season at Harbour View will be used to rebuild his game and confidence.”It wasn’t one of the greatest seasons for me, but going there (Indy Eleven) was a great experience. I learnt a lot. I played about 24 games and scored five goals.”The aim right now is to get back sharp, rebuild myself one step at a time, day by day and get my fitness up, and everything else will follow,” said the player who has been capped once by the national team.After the Indy Eleven season, Harbour View was what Brown needed.”I am great here. Harbour View is my home. It is not hard for me to fit in. These are guys I have played with before, mostly, and I have a great relationship with them, and to deliver in front of my home fans in only my second game back was special.”I plan to get one goal a game for the remaining games in the competition. I know I am one behind that target now, but I can catch up,” the player, who is eyeing more national caps, stated confidently.
Underdogs Central Kingston created a massive upset in the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over favourites Molynes United yesterday at Barbican Complex.They will meet the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Friday’s final after the soldiers turned back Duhaney Park 4-2 on penalties as the teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time.In the feature clash, Central jumped into the lead through Romario Davey after 49 minutes. Akeem Robotham made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick in the 68th minute. Molynes pulled back a goal at the 90th minute, but Arsenio Hamilton cooly dispatched a penalty kick to send his team into the final.Central’s coach, Vincent Watson, said they were always confident of victory over Molynes despite that team being unbeaten in 18 games this season.NEVER BEATEN”Molynes have never beaten us in anything. Every time they meet us, they get busted,” he said. “(After going 2-0 up) I spoke to the players and told them to hold tight and do what we practised.”In the first game, the JDF took the lead when Marlon Ellis’ direct free-kick eluded the entire Duhaney Park defence and goalkeeper after only seven minutes, but the Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park drew level on 23 minutes when Tevoy Colespring nodded home from a corner.The JDF retook the lead after the interval on a quick counter-attack when Henry Clarke scored, but Duhaney Park restored parity four minutes before the end and sent the game into extra-time when Jermaine Myers fired home from close range.However, when extra-time failed to separate the teams, the JDF, who missed their first penalty kick, rallied to take the shoot-out 4-2.JDF’s coach, Mark Miller, said it was a tough game and credited the character and determination of his team.
Members of the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association voted unanimously yesterday to withhold nominations for this Saturday’s Emancipation Day race meet at Caymanas Park (and beyond) as a protest against Caymanas Track Limited’s (CTL) failure to grant a 10 per cent purse increase demanded by them.Nominations for Saturday’s racemeet, the 11th annual Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission raceday, are due today.The trainers, who have received the backing of the Laurence Heffes-led Jamaica Racehorse Owners’ Association, had rejected a five per cent increase by CTLat an emergency meeting on Wednesday, July 1.The trainers immediately wrote to CTL’s chief executive officer, Cedric Stewart, outlining their position and in his reply on July 21, Stewart said that “after further discussions and negotiations, CTL has been instructed to now make an offer of 7.5 per cent purse increase effective August 1, 2015 (appro-ximately $44 million).”offer rejectedThis offer was flatly rejected by the Dale Murphy-led United Racehorse Trainers’ Association at yesterday’s meeting at Caymanas Park. The trainers have said that they will not accept less than 10 per cent this year and 10 per cent as of April 1 next year.The four-week ultimatum ends today, and according to Murphy, “We have had several meetings with the CTL board and management for months but our proposals have fallen on deaf ears.”Meanwhile, CTL’s chairman, Christopher Brown, and deputy chairman, Andrew Azar, both expressed the view that CTL is not in a position to offer more than 7.5 per cent at this time.”Although CTL has cut losses this year and is in a better position with sales looking up for the past three months, I think it is very, very unfortunate for the stakeholders to be asking for 10 per cent at this time,” Brown said.He added: “Fact is that CTL currently owes $1.2 billion to entities, such as United Tote, NYRA, McKay Security as well as the simulcast and cable providers … We are now on the brink of total collapse and appeal to the stakeholders for better understanding in the circumstances.”Azar was more blunt in his response: “Since divestment is on the horizon, to lock it down at this time is irresponsible. If they want to lock it down, then lock it down,” he stated.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Former West Indies and Jamaica captain Courtney Walsh will manage the 14-member West Indies Under-15 squad which will tour England later the month.The coach will be Robert Samuels who is also a former Jamaica and West Indies player. The team management unit is completed by Floyd Reifer (assistant coach) and Beverly Nelson (Physiotherapist).The tour, which runs from August 21-31, has been organised following an invitation from the England Barmy Army Colts.”The tour has the potential to become an annual event depending on its success this year,” said manager, Cricket Operations of the WICB Roland Holder.”This will provide our younger players with the opportunity to showcase their skills against their peers from another country. It will serve as a great tool for talent identification and development for our 15-year-old players,” Holder added.The tour includes a series of limited-overs matches comprising 50 overs-a-side, 45 overs-a-side and Twenty20 including an opportunity to play at the spiritual home of the game, Lord’s, against the Chris Gayle Academy on Monday, August 24.”There is a lot of excitement about the emerging West Indies talent that will be on display and this has added something extra to the normal fixture schedule,” said Mark Stear, the director of the England Barmy Army Colts.”We hope that this is the start of an annual invitation to the West Indies Under-15s.”The captain of the WICB Under-15 Invitational squad will be named at a later date.SQUAD: Collin Barlow, Joshua Bishop, Kilano Brathwaite, Dane Edwards, Johnnel Eugene, Kirstan Kallicharran, Joshua Persaud, Nico Reifer, Dominik Samuels, Raewin Senior, Kevin Sinclair, Crystian Thurton, Sanjay Williams, Nyeem Young
Dottin leads the way ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Deandra Dottin took centre stage for the first time on the tour as West Indies barely broke a sweat in disposing of Pakistan Women by eight wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series here yesterday. Opting to bowl first at the National Stadium, West Indies Women restricted the visitors to 74 for nine, with seamer Dottin taking two for 10 from her two overs. She then returned to stroke a fluent unbeaten 38 as the hosts cruised to their target, with 22 balls remaining, to take a 1-0 lead in the series. West Indies Women were slumping at 24 for two in the sixth over after losing openers Hayley Matthews (9) and Stafanie Taylor (8) cheaply, but Dottin partnered with former skipper Merissa Aguilleira, 15 not out, in an unbroken 54-run third-wicket stand, to pull the innings around. Kiwanis Club of New Kingston charity golf The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston will host a charity golf tournament on Sunday, November 15, at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club. The theme for the tournament is ‘Swing for Life – Follow through for Kids with Cancer’, and proceeds of the event will be used to fund the club’s charities and its major project for 2015, which is focusing on helping children with cancer. The tournament will be played on an 18-hole stableford format with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The main categories are men’s, men’s senior, men’s super senior, ladies and juniors (boys and girls 11-17). Entry fee is $4,500 and this includes lunch. Tournament director is David Mais. Other activities on the day include a 10 a.m. Kalooki tournament and a fashion show and awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Jamaican Johnson among winners at Woodbine TORONTO, Canada (CMC): Recently crowned Fort Erie champion Jamaican Kirk Johnson was one of three Caribbean riders who landed winners on Wednesday’s midweek card at the prestigious Woodbine racetrack. Riding on the eight-race programme, Johnson took the last race of the day with 13-1 outsider Mindfulness, in a seven furlong trip. He was joined by reigning Woodbine champion, Barbadian Patrick Husbands, who captured race two with 11-1 bet Awesome Overture and Juan Crawford, also of Barbados, who scored in race seven with 9-1 chance Bold Aljabr. Husbands, who will be dethroned as champion this season, continues to close in on 100 wins for yet another season as he sits third in the standings on 95 wins. Brazilian Eurico Rosa da Silva, the 2010 champion, leads the standings with 151 wins, four clear of three-time former champion Luis Contreras.
THE 2016 Berger Elite League (BEL) netball competition got off to an interesting start inside the National Indoor Sport Centre on Thursday night as St Ann Orchids and former champions Kingston Hummingbirds got off to winning starts. The Orchids got the better of the Under-21 Shiners 63-55, while the Hummingbirds were impressive 47-29 winners over defending champions Clarendon Gators 47-29. Goal shooter Kera Christie was in good form as the Hummingbirds, the 2014 champions, rushed to a quick 5-0 lead inside three minutes, a lead that set the tone to a dominant first-quarter display by the fitter, quicker outfit. Despite a good defensive display by captain Kasey Evering, the Gators struggled to control their turnover rate and failed to make the most of their offensive opportunities, with front pair Taniel Roberts and Marcella Thompson finding things particularly tough. While they struggled, Christie and goal attack Shinel Riley thrived, helped by positive play from mid-court led by wing attack Kerry-Ann Brown and centre Tracy Robinson as the Hummingbirds pushed to a 25-13 half-time lead. For the next two quarters it was the same story, as Hummingbirds continued to dominate the game as both Stacey-Ann Facey at goal defence and goalkeeper Shameera Sterling proved too good for the Gators’ offence. Christie scored 23 from her 28 attempts with Riley sinking 22 from 31 for the Hummingbirds, while Roberts had 12 from 17 and Thompson eight from 13 for the losing team. Coach Anderson was very pleased with her team’s winning start. “I am elated with the win and I am very proud of the ladies. This is our first game and we didn’t have enough time to practise and get together as a team, but I think they performed well and what we saw tonight was a team competing for this year’s championships … we want to win the title this year,” said Anderson. Despite the loss, coach of the defending champions, Dalton Hinds, was not too perturbed. “Congratulations to the Kingston Hummingbirds. We haven’t played together as a team before and this was the first time they were actually playing together. We are very confident that we can retain the title and we are taking one game at a time,” said Hinds. In the opening game, former national player Simone Forbes, who has not played competitive netball for some three years- showed that she has not lost her zip as she brought back memories of former years with some acrobatic and brilliant plays. Today’s matches 4 p.m. St. James Sharpes vs St. Catherine Racers 5:30 p.m: Under-21 Suns vs Manchester Spurs 7 p.m: Under-21 Shiners vs Kingston Hummingbirds
SPEAKS VOLUMES MILAN, Italy (AP): Gonzalo Higuain’s return to form couldn’t have come at a better time. The Juventus forward scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Torino after having scored only once in the previous eight matches. And with the league leaders next facing second-place Roma tomorrow, Higuain’s goal-scoring touch will be in demand again. “I didn’t miss scoring,” Higuain said. “It was an outside problem, but not for me. I was always relaxed and calm.” Higuain, however, has struggled at times since joining Juventus for an Italian-record US $100 million after scoring a Serie A record 36 goals for Napoli last season. Higuain’s goals have come at the same time as the return from injury of Paulo Dybala. Five of the eight matches before Dybala’s injury were decided by goals from the two Argentines. Dybala came on for the final 20 minutes of the derby against Torino, when the score was still 1-1, and changed the match. Meanwhile, Roma striker Edin Dzeko hasn’t had any problems scoring. The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season four more than he netted in 31 appearances in his debut campaign, and three more than Higuain. “Both of them know how to play,” Roma midfielder Diego Perotti said. “They don’t just sit in the area waiting for the ball. They go in the middle, track back to get the ball. They know how to provide assists. They are two complete footballers, among the best in the world.” Dzeko has also drawn praise from the man tasked with stopping him on Saturday Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. “Right now Dzeko is their most dangerous player,” Buffon said. “He’s slotted into (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti’s playing system very easily and evidently understands it to perfection, judging by their results. “He probably just needed a bit of time. Dzeko’s past career speaks volumes, just as his current form does.” Buffon also praised Roma captain Francesco Totti. The veteran pair Totti turned 40 in September and Buffon will be 39 next month played together many times for Italy and won the World Cup in 2006. “You can’t take anything away from Francesco. He has the same class as when he started playing, in fact I think he’s even better in some aspects,” Buffon said. “He’s an icon for the team and for the city of Rome.”
Shericka Jackson1. On the possibility of going under 49 seconds ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics:”Nothing is impossible, but sometimes it takes patience. If I do break 49 seconds, that would be a bonus, but for now, I am just focused on getting things right in training.”2. After clocking a personal best of 49.83 seconds to advance to the Women’s 400-metre final in Rio:”I was a bit surprised. I really didn’t know I was going that fast, and was focused on following my coach’s (Stephen Francis) instructions as best as possible.”3. After claiming bronze in the final:”I got a medal for my father’s birthday and I am happy. I have to give God thanks.”4. Thoughts on her coach:”He’s a patient person and I think he understands his athletes. He helps to develop athletes to perform at their best, especially at championships. So his guidance is like 100 per cent good.”5. About competing in the 400m sprint:”I think I’ve kind of grown to love the 400m a bit more, and being the youngest from Jamaica to win a medal, it’s a great feeling.”
ELECTRONIC TIMING SYSTEM Cynthia Cooke, committee chairperson for the Camperdown Classic, remains confident this year’s 13th renewal of the meet will present top-quality competition for junior and senior athletes, while remaining true to helping the development of Jamaica’s track and field. The event will take place on February 11 at the National Stadium with competition set to begin at 8:30 a.m.; with the organisers indicating schools will be restricted to three events in the hope of completing the final by 6:55 p.m. A total of 40 high school events are listed, while 10 will be open to men and women from clubs and institutions. Patrons will be asked to pay $500 to attend, while the closing date for entries is February 8. “Camperdown Classic started off as top quality, so it would take an extraordinary happening to bring us down. We try our very best, and (we hope) our performance will say everything,” Cooke, a former Camperdown principal and a co-founder of the meet told The Gleaner at yesterday’s launch, which was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Cooke noted that the organisers are again hoping to utilise an official electronic timing system and pointed out that several athletes from the Racers Track Club, which is headed by Glen Mills, who also played a leading role in the creation of the meet, should be making their season debut at the meet. Mills was actually in charge of Camperdown’s sports programme during the ’70s and ’80s. With Racers’ biggest athlete, Usain Bolt currently in Australia ahead of the inaugural Nitro Athletics series, other possible appearances are Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Annsert Whyte, Jevaughn Minzie and Michael Frater. “Bolt wanted to be here but will have engagement in Australia,” she said. Commonwealth Games 200m gold medallist Rasheed Dwyer is expected to compete at the meet this year. Meanwhile, dancehall artiste Agent Sasco, who was a part of the East Kingston institution’s class of 1998, was also unveiled as the new brand ambassador for the meet at yesterday’s launch event. “I am very happy to be the brand ambassador of the Camperdown Classic, although I can’t run,” joked the popular recording artiste. Boys track team captain, Joshua Smikle, who gave the vote of thanks, says he is confident he can help lead Camperdown to a top 20 finish at this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship.