Barbados have had a plethora of great results over the past few years. In 2016 they beat Curacao 1-0 in the Caribbean Cup and in 2017 they defeated Bermuda 3-2 on the road. Both of those teams were just a few years away from fantastic 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup showings. 

Barbados have also had some of the strongest home form in the entire confederation in recent time, having become a difficult beast to break down when playing at the friendly confines of Wildey. In 2018 the Bajans fended off Bermuda, Belize, Jamaica, and Cuba in four successive home matches, completing three shutouts along the way.

From back to front, Keasel Broome is an excellent goalkeeper who has spent time with multiple clubs in the USL. Emerson Boyce may be gone, but Ricardio Morris was on the back line for many of those famous wins mentioned above, and 19-year-old Kaeson Trench is currently in the Toronto FC system. Captain Rashad Jules plies his trade in Finland, and forward Mario Harte (15 goals for the national team) will cause a lot of headaches for the defenses in this group.

Barbados are a team that is very capable of producing great results, and their record speaks for itself. The players are there, the experience is there, and certainly the passion for the game is there; take a look at the sizable crowds and streaming numbers for the island’s domestic leagues for proof. 

Promotion is the goal for Barbados and a very attainable one at that, but there are six matches in this group and they need to stay focused and organized for all six of them to succeed.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is likely to face a fine, in addition to a bill for reimbursement, after the embarrassing fiasco that forced the team to withdraw from the CONCACAF U-15 Championships last week.

The Jamaicans were originally slated to compete in Group D, alongside Costa Rica, Portugal and Barbados.  The team was, however, forced to pull out of the tournament as not enough players were able to acquire US visa in time.

According to JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint, the organization was unable to secure emergency visa appointments for most of the team, following the US Embassy’s inability to handle the request.   Wint explained that the reason given was that the embassy was short-staffed during the Independence Day holiday period.  Only five of the 21 players held valid travel documents. 

Based on CONCACAF statues the JFF could be in hot water.  The regulations state that ‘if a team withdraws before the start of the competition, they will be fined US$10,000’. The Jamaica Football organizing body could also foreseeably be asked to reimburse CONCACAF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for any costs incurred as a result of its proposed involvement or eventual non-involvement.

Barbados and Suriname will contest the final of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Boys' Under-19 Championships recording identical 3-1 victories over United States Virgin Island (USVI) and Jamaica, respectively, on Thursday at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.

The Jamaican girls’ squad took a silver medal in the team competition at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships, which buoyed Team Jamaica to a third-place finish overall, behind three-peat winners, Barbados and runners-up Guyana, as the tournament wrapped up over the weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

Barbados skipper, Wing Attack, Damisha Croney, says her Barbados Gems are still in good spirits despite a 78-25 drubbing at the hands of former World Champions New Zealand.

New Zealand started quickly, leading 16-9 in the first quarter, before dominating the second to go into the half leading 42-14. The Gems would not recover, as the Silver Ferns pressed home their advantage in the second half, scoring 19 points in the third quarter to ensure the result going into the final quarter. Already leading, 61-20, they would slow ever so slightly, scoring 17 goals to the Gems’ six.

The Gems skipper took heart in the way the Caribbean side started the game, but admitted the Silver Ferns were too fast and too strong for her team.

“We didn't take the W today. It was a challenging game as expected going up against a team in the top 5 in the World who are also past World Champions,” said Croney.

“We started well in the first quarter, which ended 9-16 in their favour. The speed posed a challenge for us as the game progressed but I am very pleased with the great passages of plays that the team presented,” she said.

While the game was a lost cause for the Gems, the team did get a glorious chance to look at what works and what doesn’t against World-Class opposition.

“We were able to work on new combinations and get all 12 players on court,” said Croney.

For Babrados, Latonia Blackman had 3-4 from goal shoot, while Brianna Holder had four goals from six attempts.

Shonica Wharton, despite coming out on the losing end of affairs, had a good time in the circle, scoring 14 goals from just 16 attempts, while Sheniqua Thomas took six shots, sinking four.

The four were up against the powerful shooting of Maria Falou, 21 from 24, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, 20 from 22, and the impressive Bailey Mes, 30 from 33. Ameliaranne Ekenasio scored seven goals from her eight attempts.

Barbados captain Damisha Croney believes her team’s lopsided victory over Singapore on Friday’s opening day of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup was an important step for her team but they will not get carried away by it.

Goal shooter Shonica Wharton scored 27 goals from 29 attempts as Barbados crushed Singapore 69-34 in their opening match of the INF Vitality Netball World Cup that got underway in England on Friday.

Barbados’ Gems seem to be quite relaxed as they prepare to begin their Netball World Cup campaign in Liverpool, England this weekend.

Barbados tennis ace Darian King has continued to find consistent places in majors elusive after falling in a Wimbledon qualifier on Monday. 

Also this week; Brigadier Wood marches to victory at Garrison Savanah and Blue Navigator gets to winner's enclosure at Santa Rosa Park.

Barbadian-born English fast bowler Jofra Archer insists the upcoming match-up against the team he once represented, the West Indies, will be just another game of cricket.

The 24-year-old Archer represented the West Indies U-19s three times in 2014, before moving to England and deciding to represent that nation.  Archer is eligible to represent England since his father holds a British passport.

Initially, the player was not expected to represent the country until 2022 as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules stated that as he did not live in England until after his 18th birthday, he needed to complete a seven-year residency period. 

Last November, however, the ECB changed its rules, reducing the eligibility period from seven years to three, which saw the bowler making his debut in May.

After a strong start to the ICC World Cup, Archer’s next opponents, a match slated for June 10, will represent the place he once called home and players he once stood shoulder to shoulder with.

“It’s just another game of cricket, same as today, same as the last game,” Archer told BBC Sport after a strong performance against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Friday.

 “I know them pretty good. I played with a few of the guys in under-19s, so it will be good to actually play against them this time. I’ll be able to share some knowledge but I do that whenever we play.”

Captain Damisha Croney says she has confidence in her netball team preparing for his summer’s IFNA World Cup in Liverpool, England.

Alex Hales has not given up hope of representing England again and wants to feature at next year's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

The 30-year-old was axed from his country's preliminary Cricket World Cup squad last month due to a suspension imposed for what his spokesperson described as an "off-field incident".

A day after England's 15-man squad for the tournament was confirmed, Hales was selected with the first pick in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft by the Barbados Tridents.

Director of England Cricket Ashley Giles stressed the door was not closed for Hales to return to the international set-up and the opening batsman hopes he can use the CPL, and other limited-overs tournaments, to stake his claim for the T20 World Cup in 2020.

"I hope so, I think it's a good opportunity," he told reporters at the CPL draft.

"These tournaments now are well respected all around the world, particularly by the selectors at the ECB.

"I'd love to use these tournaments to hopefully get back into the frame for next year.

"I hope [the door] is not [closed]. One of my aims is that T20 World Cup.

"I'm going to go through the process and hopefully score some runs in these tournaments and see how we go."

England, the ICC's number-one ranked one-day international team, are favourites to win the 50-over World Cup on home soil and, despite his omission from the squad, Hales is rooting for his compatriots.

"I'm still a fan and I wish the boys all the best," he added.

"What we've done over the last few years has been unbelievable and the guys deserve to win it and I'll be sat there and cheering."

This week, the exciting US import Stranger Danger hit the track again at Caymanas Park as a heavy favourite at 1-9 under ex-champion jockey Omar Walker for trainer Wayne DaCosta.

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