LONDON (CMC):GRENADA’S national coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie has painted a bright future and believes that with continued development, the country can challenge for a spot at the Netball World Cup scheduled for England in 2019.”I don’t see any reason why we can’t do it. It’s a tall task, but it can be done and based on what we have (it is possible),” the former Jamaican player and national coach told the Grenada Sports website.”Right now, we have 17-year-olds touring with the team, so you can imagine we have 19-year-olds, 20-year-olds who are touring with the team, so it means that these are the girls in the next three or four years and they should be ready for World Championship,”she said.Pitterson-Nattie has been working with the Grenada netball programme over the last year and has been seeing signs of development at the national level.The national side is currently participating in the challenge section of the Netball Europe Open, which involves Gibraltar, Israel, Ireland, Malta, Switzerland and the United States. It ended yesterday in Newcastle.Pitterson-Nattie said Grenada’s netball would excel once the focus was placed on grassroots development.”What will be important is the work that is done at the schools, and that is where it starts,” she continued.”We have to create that developmental pathway so that you can see players improving as they go along. We have to look at the coaches who are working with the kids at schools.”Grenada is currently ranked 30th in the International Netball Federation rankings.
Boys’ Town 1 Portmore United 2 FC Reno 0 Montego Bay United 2 Maverley-Hughenden 2 Jamalco 3 Humble Lion 1 Waterhouse 0 Tivoli Gardens 1 UWI FC 2 Arnett Gardens 1 Harbour View 0 Dicoy Williams punished his former club, Harbour View FC, when he scored for Arnett Gardens in a 1-0 victory in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town, St Andrew, yesterday. Williams played a big role as he also marshalled the backline to ensure a clean sheet. He found the winner for Arnett Gardens, popularly named ‘Junglists’, in the 12th minute. “It was a good performance from the team following a loss last week to Humble Lion. We stuck in and came away with the three points,” Williams, who was duly adjudged Man of the Match, told The Gleaner. “It was definitely a big plus for me to score the winning goal. I had said to myself before the game that I have scored many goals in the Premier League and want to continue doing that. My aim is to score at least five goals this season,” the central defender disclosed. Williams transferred from Harbour View, know also as Stars of the East, three seasons ago and holds no grudge against his former club. “Harbour View has done well for me. It wasn’t anything special to score against them. It is a regular game for me,” the 29-year-old pointed out. Arnett won the title two seasons ago, but finished third last season, and Williams said the aim is to win the Premier League again. “The goal is to build a family of players just like we did when we won the title. Last season was not good. We have to focus on team unity and spirit in order to challenge for the championship title,” the former national defender said. With regards to representing the national team again, Williams said: “There is always hope to play for Jamaica.” Arnett’s head coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite said his team should have won by a wider margin. “We created numerous goalscoring chances, especially Lennox Russell, who missed three chances, and Damari Deacon, who missed one chance. We played in spurts, but it was an important win,” Waite said. Harbour View’s captain John-Ross Edwards was the best player for his team. The midfielder troubled Arnett with his dribbling and passes. However, striker Ross Burton was ineffective upfront. Yesterday’s Results
Facing a financial crisis, administrators at local cricket clubs say they have been forced to take a wider approach to keep their clubs in operation as they struggle to deal with monthly expenses that climb in excess of $500,000. This against the backdrop of little or no direct financial support from the Jamaica Cricket Association, pushing clubs to tackle the situation by adopting a more multipurpose approach and placing focus on fundraising efforts, ranging from after-work socials and road races to wall advertising and venue rental. Mark Neita, president of the Melbourne Cricket Club, which has turned out West Indies stars such as Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh and Marlon Samuels, says his club has put together a 10-year plan which it hopes will lead to greater financial security, while noting that the institution fully understands the need to diversify in the face of scarce revenue potential in local cricket. “We understand that if we were to just focus exclusively on cricket, then we would not be able to make the revenue needed to sustain a club like Melbourne. You have to see what programmes will work for your club, but if you just focus exclusively on cricket, your club will die because there is not enough revenue from cricket,” Neita stressed. Neita pointed to 12 sponsors who he says play a major role in the club’s continued existence, with other revenue streams such as cricket clinics, membership fees, plus an active bar and restaurant also keeping the lights on. Lucas Cricket Club, another cornerstone in local club cricket, with famous alumni including George Headley and Chris Gayle, according to long-serving vice-president Brian Breese, has also been looking to go beyond cricket to help with the offsetting of expenses. Among the club’s focus is the establishment of a cricket tourism component as well as a focus on community cricket. “We have tried to expand to more than just cricket. We have a group that comes in the mornings to exercise, and we call them the Lucas joggers. We have people who play table tennis, couple of dart boards and we are always trying to go beyond cricket and to put in a multipurpose court as well,” said Breese. The management is also looking to renting the ground to other cricket teams, while looking to its membership of close to 90 persons to pitch in with membership fees. Breese, meanwhile, will be heading back to England to work on their cricket tourism business component, which he hopes will help bring visitors from schools and clubs in the off-season from September to March. According to Breese, they have a partnership with Jason Henzell of Jakes in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. TRIP OUT OF TOWN “The idea is to take them (tourists) out for two weeks and they stay in St Elizabeth and play some matches and help raise funds for the club, where we would have them come to Kingston and play matches, see Bob Marley Museum and other attractions,” he confirmed. Meanwhile, chairman of the Boys’ Town Cricket Club Lindel Wright noted that his club, the home of West Indies’ Collie Smith, continues to struggle to cope with its massive budget, which, when considering its football team, raises to $14 million a year. “It is tough going. We are nowhere near 50 per cent of that amount at the moment. We are more than a club, though. We are dealing with the ‘have nots’ of the society and we operate out of Trench Town,” he explained of the 76 year-old club. “We are struggling. It’s day to day. It is terrible. The burden now falls on a number of individuals and stalwarts of the club to assist,” Wright bemoaned.
BEARING FRUIT The preliminary-round matches are scheduled to run from February 20 to March 20. Teams comprising both boys and girls, will compete to be named in the top eight. These top eight schools will playoff at the Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Festival, scheduled to take place on April 7. Billy Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association, endorsed the expanded programme. Heaven said it has been bearing fruit with several alumni now playing at the highest level. Scotiabank is the exclusive sponsor of Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket and the official bank of West Indies Cricket. According to Hope McMillan-Canaan, manager – public and corporate affairs at Scotiabank, the bank was committed to the programme for the long haul. Eighteen new schools have been added to the Kiddy Cricket lineup, moving the number of participants from 224 up to 242 for the Scotiabank-WICB Kiddy Cricket programme. The 2017 programme was officially launched at Sabina Park yesterday. Key stakeholders from the West Indies Cricket Board, the Jamaica Cricket Association, the Ministry of Education and Scotiabank were on hand to welcome the participants. There has also been an increase in the number of coaches, one for each parish, an adjustment that will allow at least 16 schools in each parish to get special attention during the programme. According to Phillip Service, West Indies Territorial Development Officer for Jamaica, “with this new structure, we have been able to provide greater quality coaching to more boys and girls, improved assistance in the cricket skill development of young cricketers, as well as to have a closer link with the schools in the programme”. Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket started in Jamaica in 2001 and has exposed thousands of young children to the game in a modified form, where they play ten overs per match consisting of ten persons per team. Since its inception, numerous players have gone on to represent their countries and the West Indies. Some former Kiddy Cricketers of note in Jamaica are Brandon King, who now represents Jamaica, and Jermaine Blackwood, who plays for the West Indies at the highest level.
Training sessions for the 2017 National Carifta age group swim team took place on Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30, then the follow day between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Alvaranga noted that there are eight debutants in the 11-12 boys and girl’s age groups, who will compete on those relay teams. “It’s a balanced team, with strength in very stroke in various age groups, and the mood is very good. “All training sessions have the children bonding and playing, and parents coming together and preparing meals for swimmers. We are all looking forward to a wonderful event,” the coach outlined. He will be joined by fellow coach Matthew Campbell, while the team will be managed by Tastey Blackman. Meanwhile, Jamaica will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling or bettering the eight gold, nine silver and eight bronze (25 medals) achieved at last year’s championships in Martinique. The Jamaicans will start leaving the island shortly, with the first contingentbatch set to depart on Thursday. Rory Alvaranga, national coach of Jamaica’s team to next week’s Carifta Swimming Championships in The Baha-mas, described his team as well-balanced, confident and ready. The 32nd edition of the annual championships will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Easter weekend, beginning on Saturday and climaxing the following Tuesday. This year, a larger contingent of 28 swimmers will represent the country, 17 are local based, while 11 live overseas. “All is well in terms of Jamaica’s Carifta team. I am just looking for everybody to do well and match last year’s medal tally, or better it, and really score a lot of points and medals,” Alvaranga told The Gleaner Saturday, following training sessions held at the National Aquatic Centre. Competitors
Thompson along with the rest of her the 4x200m teammates which comprises of Sasherlee Forbes, Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson and Anastacia Le-Roy were put through their paces by coach Paul Francis during a training session today. Francis who is also a coach at the MVP Track Club is also in charge of the women’s 4x400m relay team here. Jamaica won the silver in the 4x200m at the last championships which was held in 2015. Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says that she will only be competing in the women’s 4x200m relays at this year’s IAAF World Relays. The two-day championships will be held at Nassau’s Thomas A Robinson Stadium. “(I will be competing in) Tomorrow’s 4x200m heats and final, we are going out to kill it,” said Thompson.
The Canadian camp is also very confident. Trainer Frank Dugay said that they have reviewed tapes of Holmes and know what to expect. “We are here to win,” he volunteered. This is the fourth round of the preliminaries in which there are eight fights. The winners will then square off in the quarter-finals over five rounds, and those winners will graduate to the semi-finals with over seven rounds each. The final will be over 10 rounds. The title belt and $2 million will go to the winner, the runner-up pockets $500,000; third place, $250,000; and fourth place, $200,000. Very confident Jamaica’s Richard Holmes will make his Wray and Nephew 2017 Contender debut tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, against Canadian Mike Breton, in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for five rounds. The action starts at 8.30 p.m. with two amateur bouts. The main event will start at 9.30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on TVJ. Holmes, who is 29, was a finalist last year, but lost to American Demarcus Corley. He told The Gleaner yesterday that it is his dream to be a Contender champion, and he will therefore be fighting hard this year to make that dream into a reality. He goes into the contest with 12 wins and six losses. His opponent is a 30-year old native of Quebec, Canada, who entered the professional ranks last year and has had four fights, winning one and losing three. He is, however, reported to be well schooled in the sport, fighting as an amateur, and has had over 40 bouts. Holmes told The Gleaner yesterday that despite the fact that Breton has not been a professional for long, he will be going into the ring tonight with a lot of respect for him. “We have seen in all the fights so far that although the Canadian boxers do not have great records, they can fight. I am expecting a tough fight tonight, and I am prepared for it.”
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New Zealand’s top big man Steven Adams is open to playing for the national team as long as his schedule permits.Adams is an integral part of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, which is in midst of the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “But he’s got to weigh things up. Every off-season he’s had has been really busy in terms of his camps, and building his brand and things like that. In terms of having direct conversations with him personally we’ll have to wait till after his season,” Henare said in the same interview.Fiba made major changes with its tournament format and timeline. Among the changes are the merging of Oceania, with Australia as its other country, and Asia in one zone.“We got bored just by playing against Australia. We lost every year,” said Adams with a laugh.The 23-year-old Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the Thunder in November 2016.ADVERTISEMENT “If the timing is right,” said Adams during his media availability Tuesday at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City.The 7-foot center missed the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Manila in July of last year after reportedly begging off from his duties with the Tall Blacks due to a scheduling conflict.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’New Zealand will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon from Aug. 8-20 and Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare thinks there’s no better time for Adams to finally suit up for his country.Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark Giongco“I would like to think the Asian champs is a good option for him,” Henare told Stuff, a New Zealand-based news website. “It doesn’t directly clash with anything, the pressure is off, and it’s away from home soil.” National team pool slots at stake at BVR nat’l championships Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation
View comments LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes, though, was still pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BaliPure ousts Creamline, faces Pocari Sweat in PVL Finals Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long, it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino as she put up six points at Alonte Sports Arena.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team skipper Mika Reyes admitted there were first-day jitters when the Philippines faced off against Hong Kong in the opening day of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday.The Philippines made quick work of Hong Kong 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, in the group stages to take a 1-0 record atop Pool A but there were times when some of the players seemed stiff while on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend