Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Jamaica’s men did not enjoy their last outing at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar but the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is already looking into the fixes for the situation.

Jamaica’s men weren’t just woeful individually, they were also bad as a unit.

The team didn’t even manage to make the final of the 4x100 metres in Doha, an event for which the Jamaicans hold the World Record.

“We are hoping to have a few relay camps where we will have all our relay teams competing,” said Donald Quarrie, who represented the JAAA as the team’s technical leader in Doha.

In addition, the technical director is intent on getting the teams some live action.

“Definitely the Penn Relays; we are also looking at the Mount Sac Relays and two or three meets in Europe,” said Quarrie.

One of the things that the JFF official, former Olympic and World Championship medallist, pointed out was that the JAAA needed more help than they were getting from the private sector.

“These are areas in which we will need added assistance and we can’t just rely on the Government and the JAAA spending everything they have for the athletes.”

Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, barely broke a sweat as 10-man Kingston College (KC) were easy 2-0 winners over Garvey Maceo in the feature game of the ISSA Champions Cup at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

KC joined the teams to be involved in the draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup thanks to a Dwayne Atkinson brace but the performance, though comfortable, did not look as polished as that of Jamaica College (JC), who were 7-0 winners over debutants McGrath High.

McGrath would start well enough and did not look out of depth until a goal against the run of play, followed by a penalty knocked the wind out of their sails.

After that it was just a matter of how many JC would get and seven would not have been an underestimation.

In other games yesterday, St George’s College were leading BB Coke High School 3-2 when persistent rain brought about a postponement, while St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) were 2-1 winners over the Manning’s School.

Cornwall College had to wait until extra time to squeeze out a 1-0 win against Charlie Smith.

The results mean, Cornwall, JC, KC, and STATHS will join Clarendon College, who beat Wolmer’s Boys’ 2-0 yesterday, and Excelsior, who got by Dinthill High 4-3 on penalties, in the quarterfinals.

St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Wolmer’s Boys secured victories on the opening day of quarter-final action in the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

A brace from Shemar Daley (60th and 77th minutes) led STATHS, the 1987 champions, to an impressive 4-0 victory over seven-time champions Excelsior High in the first game of the doubleheader.

Warner Brown (10th minute) and substitute Rushean McFarquhar (62nd minute) scored the other goals for STATHS as the Spanish Town road-based school claimed the early lead in Group B of the quarter-final round.

Ten-time champions Wolmer’s Boys received a scare after going two goals up but held on for a 3-2 victory over Camperdown High to take the lead in Group A.

Ronaldo Webster (21st minute) and Revaldo Mitchell (25th minute) had put Wolmer’s 2-0 up in the space of four minutes, but Camperdown High, the 1978, 1979 and 1982 champions roared back through Shaqueil Bradford (60th minute) and Tivelle Edwards (63rd minute) to tie the game at 2-2. However, Mitchell found the back of the net for the second time with a 78th-minute strike to give Wolmer’s Boys all three points.

The quarter-final round continues on Thursday at the same venue with the other four teams in action.

Defending champions Kingston College (KC) and Charlie Smith High will face off in the other Group A fixture at 2:00 pm, while Jamaica College (JC) will meet last season’s beaten finalists St George’s College in the other Group B game at 4:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
STATHS 4, Excelsior 0
Wolmer's Boys 3, Camperdown 2

THURSDAY’S GAMES
Charlie Smith vs Kingston College at National Stadium - 2:00 pm
St George's College vs Jamaica College at National Stadium - 4:00 pm

Naparima College just need to avoid losing to successfully defend their Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division title for a second consecutive time and for the second consecutive time, they will have to do it on the final day.

Last year’s runners up, Presentation College, had pushed Naparima to the final day to ensure they would be crowned champions and after Wednesday’s games, they are set to gut check Naps again.

Needing to win to get within three points of Naparima College on Wednesday, Presentation doled out six unanswered goals against Queen’s Royal College.

The result not only means Presentation are a win away from evening the tables against Naparima, it also means they are guaranteed to have a healthier goal difference than the defending champions.

Presentation are now on 30 points and enjoy a healthy goal difference of +26, having scored 33 goals and conceded just seven.

Naparima, who were idle on Wednesday with just one game to go in their fixture list, are on 33 points, a good enough cushion, except if they lose. The defending champions have scored a whopping 31 goals and only conceded 10, leaving them a goal difference of +21, a tally that would normally guarantee bringing victory in a tie-breaker, but not this season.

In fact, there are three teams, including Presentation with better goal differences.

East Mucurapo, who are third, and St Anthony’s College, in fourth, both boast a +22 goal difference.

In other games on Wednesday, East Mucurapo Secondary destroyed Speyside High 5-0, while Carapichaima East Secondary were comfortable enough with a 4-2 Trinity College East.

St Augustine Secondary were possibly in the game of the day, beating Pleasantville Secondary 3-2, while relegated St Mary’s College just can’t seem to find a win from anywhere, losing 4-0 to Trinity College Moka.

West Indies Test captain, Jason Holder, believes the time is ripe for him to make his mark in the shortest form of the game he has risen to the top of in its more traditional form.

The Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division will possibly not be decided until the final round of games as two teams, defending champions Naparima College, and last year’s runners-up, Presentation College could still claim top honours.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, thanks to their performances in the CONCACAF Nations Cup, have continued to move up the Coca Cola World Rankings and now lie at 45.

That jump means the side, apart from continuing to lead all Caribbean countries are now third in the CONCACAF region after surpassing Costa Rica.

Only Mexico at 11th and the United States at 23, find themselves above the Jamaicans.

Canada, who beat the United States in CONCACAF Nations League action two weeks ago, have moved up to 69 to lie sixth in the region.

Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore had expoused the importance of improving the team’s ranking ahead of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.

Whitmore had explained to the country’s football governing body, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), that getting the team’s ranking up was paramount to his efforts as coach and it seems somebody was listening.

The new format for World Cup Qualifying means the region’s top six teams, based on the FIFA Rankings earn automatic passage to the hexagonal round of qualifiers.

In addition to qualification to the hexagonal, the Reggae Boyz are also just one point away from qualification to Group A of the CONCACAF Nations League, as well as an automatic bert to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 

RSPL Monday Night Football returns on October 28 following an agreement signed between the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and Caribbean sports cable giant, SportsMax.

The Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake is now in full support of a government to government agreement with Kenya to exchange technical expertise in track and field.

Kenya, long known as giants of middle and long-distance running, has agreed to help Jamaica in that area of the track, an area they have had little to no impact. Jamaica, though, have been masters of sprinting, making an impact where a tiny nation probably wouldn’t be expected to. There, Jamaica has promised to help Kenya, who have recently begun to produce sprinters of fair talent, but have yet to grab real success at the global stage.

According to Blake, the Jamaican government and the JAAA are on the same page, despite the fact that they did not liaise on the initial agreement.

“Even though we were not included in the initial process, it is part of the thing that we are trying to do, which is broaden the scope of Jamaican track and field as that is the only way we are going to stay on top for the long term,” Blake said. “Veronica Campbell-Brown’s statue will be unveiled on Sunday at the Stadium, so I am hoping I get a chance to raise it with her (Sports Minister Olivia Grange). If not, next week I will to do that,” he said.

“We haven’t excelled in distance running. We have had occasional athletes who have performed reasonably in the area like Kemoy Campbell, Aisha Praught[-Leer] and Natoya Goule, but we are not consistent in putting out middle- and long-distance runners.”

According to Blake, the process must not be rushed and it will take time for Jamaica to get a foothold into middle and long-distance sprinting.

Blake explained that this project was attempted in 2012 but with little to no success and asked for patience this time around if the exchange was to bare fruit.

Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division challengers, St Anthony’s College and Presentation College both took advantage of idle leaders and defending champions Naparima College with wins in Saturday’s round of games.

Getting into the business end of the tournament, the defending champions will have to keep winning now, as St Anthony’s College are three points adrift of the leaders, while last season’s runners up, Presentation College are four points away, having played one less game.

The difference between the teams if everybody keeps winning is just one point. Presentation kept things close by virtue of a 1-0 win over Trinity College East, while St Anthony’s kept up the pressure by dominating relegation-troubled Malick Secondary 4-1.

At the other end of the table, St Mary’s College continue to find this season more than a little challenging, remaining rooted to the foot on four points after a 5-0 loss to Carapichaima East Secondary.

In other games on Saturday, Pleasantville Secondary were 3-1 winners over Speyside, East Mucurapo College beat Trinity College Moka 5-2, while Queen’s Royal College clipped St Benedict’s College 1-0.

San Juan North Secondary continued to do good work toward the top of the table, with a 3-1 win over St Augustine Secondary, leaving them lying seventh.

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

11

9

2

0

30

10

20

29

2

St Anthony's College

11

8

2

1

35

11

24

26

3

Presentation College

10

8

1

1

26

6

20

25

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

11

6

4

1

21

14

7

22

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

11

6

3

2

23

11

12

21

6

Queen's Royal College

10

6

1

3

19

20

-1

19

7

San Juan North Secondary

11

5

2

4

26

10

16

17

8

St Augustine Secondary

11

3

4

4

26

21

5

13

9

Pleasantville Secondary

11

4

1

6

15

17

-2

13

10

Trinity College East

10

3

2

5

13

17

-4

11

11

St Benedict's College

11

3

1

7

12

20

-8

10

12

Speyside Secondary

11

2

2

7

14

34

-20

8

13

Malick Secondary

11

2

1

8

16

26

-10

7

14

Trinity College Moka

11

1

1

9

13

38

-25

4

15

St Mary's College

11

1

1

9

5

39

-34

4

 

 

 

Japan will be opening a brand new National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on December 21 and former sprinter, the world’s fastest ever man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will be headlining its launch.

While the details are still sketchy, Bolt is expected to be running again in “a new type of race that has never existed before.”

Bolt, the world record holder over 100 and 200 metres, made the Olympics his stage when he won both events in Beijing in 2008, in London in 2012, and in Rio in 2016.

Bolt will be joined by Japanese performing arts group Kodo.

Also part of the inauguration will be the Tohoku Kizuna festival.

The New National Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics, as well as athletics and football tournaments at throughout. It will also host the Paralympics.

The first official sports event at the stadium will be the Japanese emperor’s cup on January 1, 2020.

The Jamaican football fraternity was plunged into mourning earlier this week when a former player from Cornwall College, a dominant team in the country’s rural area schoolboy football competition, the DaCosta Cup was murdered.

Dead is 22-year-old Leonardo Murray,now a customer service representative on the Western side of the island, Montego Bay.

According to reports, Murray was in a vehicle that was sprayed with bullets, killing him and injuring a 36-year-old woman who is set to surivive the attack.

Another former Cornwall College student, Craig Oates, remembers Murray, otherwise known as ‘Nardo’, as a talented player and wondered about somebody killing him.

“It is yet another sad chapter in the life of Montego Bay. It is hard to understand why anyone would kill a promising youngster like this,” said Oates in The Observer, a Jamaican newspaper.

According to eyewitness reports, Murray was in a Toyota Voxy when another vehicle pulled up beside it. A man exited the vehicle and fired a number of rounds before the Voxy drove off and crashed.

The shooter, apparently hopped back into his vehicle and drove away.

The police were called and found Murray and his female companion suffering from gunshot wounds.

The two were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where Murray was pronounced dead and the woman was admitted in serious condition.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey has picked up another hamstring injury, just days after the Bayer Leverkusen winger stated on social media that he had fully recovered from a similar setback on September 18.

The 22-year-old was expected to be in Bayer squad for the German Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday. However, just before the start of the match that Bayer lost 3-0, Bailey announced the further setback on his Instagram page.

"Found out this morning, the day of the game that I tore my hamstring again and now ruled out for some weeks," the post said.

"It's really been a rough month and half for me but I do trust in God and God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. Thanks to everyone who's been truly supportive during this difficult period. I promise I will come back stronger than ever before."

Earlier this week, Bailey had posted on his Instagram page that "I am back now, and I feel very good.  But of course, after an injury, it's important not to rush anything. Maybe I come off the bench,” Bailey said in making reference to the game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

"I think I'll be in the squad, but I do not know if I'll start."

Just four weeks ago, Bailey suffered a muscle injury and was replaced at half-time in a 1-2 loss to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League.

Bailey has scored two goals in six games for Bayer this season.

Former West Indies captain and legendary batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, believes Hayden Walsh Jr, can reap more success than did the world’s foremost T20 bowler at one time,Samuel Badree.

Badree, once known as the number-one leg spinner in T20 cricket, came into the West Indies line-up in similar fashion to Walsh Jr.

Walsh claimed 22 wickets in the recently concluded Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), to lead all wickettakers and earn a debut callup to the West Indies.

Sir Viv, just like Walsh Jr is from Antigua and believes the achievement, especially coming from one of the smaller islands, is remarkable, saying he wished the Leeward Islands had picked him more often.

“I think at that particular point, that particular achievement of him getting the most wickets as a spinner and to be coming from these parts, I am wondering what would have happened earlier for him not to have been utilized by the Leewards a little bit more,” Sir Viv pondered.

Walsh Jr’s limited selection in the Leeward Islands side is something Sir Viv believes begs bigger questions about the way the team is selected and their ability to spot talent.

“And so, all these questions need to be asked but I think that certainly, he has thrown his hands in the ring for the next T20 World Cup. I personally believe that he has done well enough to be considered and to be part of that particular unit,” Sir Viv had said before Walsh Jr’s selection to te West Indies’ white ball squads.

Making the comparison to Badree, Sir Viv said:

“And especially with this last performance in terms of being on the winning team with the most wickets, this is how I think Samuel Badree came into contention for the West Indies … I think he came in and he had some success … I don’t think he was as successful as what Hayden Walsh would have [been].”

According to Sir Viv, Walsh Jr can offer more to the West Indies than did Badree because he has other attributes.

To be fair as well, too, he brings so much as well, especially as a spinner; his athleticism in the field. Everything is so brilliant about him, you need some sort of an individual like that for those sort of tournaments,” he said.

Few would have heard of the 27-year-old Antiguan-American before the start of this season but it's safe to say his whirlwind leg break bowling took the competition by storm.  His 22 wickets in 9 matches representing a tournament-high that earned him the Hero Player of the Tournament award.

Twice this season the spinner proved completely unplayable for the opposition, claiming five wickets against the Trinbago Knight Riders and four against the St Lucia Zouks to help catapult the then-struggling team into the playoffs. 

Eventually, it set the stage for one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history with a win over the previously unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.  

Perhaps even fewer would remember the bowler’s forgettable CPL debut season for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2018 where his two overs in just two matches went for a costly 54, with no wickets to show. 

For Walsh, the gentle placing of the CPL crown on a head once plagued with uneasiness, surely once again proved the old adage, the price of success is hard work.

Naparima College, with three games to go in their Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division title defence campaign have tightened their grip at the top of the table after Wednesday’s round of games.

Beginning the day with a four-point lead over Presentation College, Naparima did themselves a big favour with the 5-0 thrashing of Carapichaima East Secondary on Wednesday.

The result pushed Naps to 29 points from 11 games, six ahead of St Anthony’s College, who were comfortable 2-0 winners over Pleasantville Secondary.

That result helped St Anthony’s jump from third to second and may have put Presentation under pressure after their game against Queen’s Royal College was not played.

Presentation just needs to win their remaining games to keep pressure on Naps and to stave off St Anthony’s, who, while a point ahead,have a game in hand and could perceivably regain their second-place position. Without a mistake from the leaders, Presentation can finish at best, one point off the leaders.

Carapichaima are still fourth despite the heavy defeat with their 19 points, giving them one point more than fifth place East Mucurapo, who were clipped 1-0 by Trinity College East.

In other games played on Wednesday, San Juan North Secondary were 4-2 winners over Malick Secondary and Trinity College Moka were slammed 4-nil by St Benedict’s College.

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

11

9

2

0

30

10

20

29

2

St Anthony's College

10

7

2

1

31

10

21

23

3

Presentation College

9

7

1

1

25

6

19

22

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

10

5

4

1

16

14

2

19

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

10

5

3

2

18

9

9

18

6

Queen's Royal College

9

5

1

3

18

20

-2

16

7

San Juan North Secondary

10

4

2

4

23

9

14

14

8

St Augustine Secondary

10

3

4

3

25

18

7

13

9

Trinity College East

9

3

2

4

13

16

-3

11

10

Pleasantville Secondary

10

3

1

6

12

16

-4

10

11

St Benedict's College

10

3

1

6

12

19

-7

10

12

Speyside Secondary

10

2

2

6

13

31

-18

8

13

Malick Secondary

10

2

1

7

15

22

-7

7

14

Trinity College Moka

10

1

1

8

11

33

-22

4

15

St Mary's College

10

1

1

8

5

34

-29

4

 

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