National Triathlete Llori Sharpe is one of three Caribbean athletes selected to participate in the UWI-CDB-Regional Emerging Athlete Development Programme in Barbados next month.

Twenty-six-year-old midfielder Havana Solaun is the final player selected to Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz squad that will campaign in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next month.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey sent a ripple of excitement through social media platforms after promising to wear the country’s national colours with pride and dignity.

The 21-year-old and his country’s football governors, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), were embroiled in a protracted dispute for the last couple of years, but recently announced the issues to be at an end.  The player has as a result been called up to a 40-man provisional team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and is expected to make his debut next month.

In previous seasons, talented young Jamaica was linked with a move to several top-flight clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.  Despite a slower season than his 2017-2018 campaign where he scored 12 goals, Bailey still netted five times as the team sealed fourth place and European football in the Bundesliga. 

With his full focus now on the national team, however, Bailey has promised to wear the Reggae Boyz colours with pride and further hopes to serve as a role model.

“I promise to wear the colours black green and gold with honour, pride, and dignity while aiming to be a positive role model for kids with a dream,” Bailey post via social media platform Instagram.

   Jamaica are set to open the Gold Cup on June 17 against Honduras in Kingston in the first Gold Cup match to be played in the Caribbean.

The sport of netball is likely to be included in the 2022 CAC Games following news that the executive of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CASCO) accepted a report of the CACSO Technical Commission that netball is to be included as one of the new sports on the CAC Games Programme.

Jamaica talismanic striker Khadijah Shaw found the back of the net in typically routine fashion as the national team registered a 2-0 win over Panama at the National Stadium on Sunday.

The match-up served as part of a final set of preparations ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June.  It was nonetheless, a closely contested affair in a blossoming rivalry between the teams.  Shaw, however, proved to be the early difference between the teams when she found the back of the net in the 29th minute.  The forward doubled the lead soon after the resumption, but Panama pulled one back through Natalia Mills in the 68th minute.  It proved to be a mere consolation, however, as Shakira Duncan rounded out a well-deserved win for the home team with a goal in the 80th minute.  The Jamaicans will open their campaign against Brazil on June 9, before facing Australia and Italy.

Even while revealing that he spending more time perfecting his 100m, 2018 European champion Zharnel Hughes said he is considering taking on the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar at the end of September.

 Jamaica’s Head Coach Romeo Monteith has named several debutants in a 17-man squad to participate in the inaugural America’s 9s Championship in Toronto on Saturday, May 18.

Jamaica is expected to face Canada at 12:20 pm, the USA at 2:20 pm and Latin Heat (combined South American Team) at 4:15 pm.

The debutants –based locally and in Canada - include teenagers Kahil Green, Makhaya Anderson and Lawrence Drummond, a trio, who have been among Jamaica’s top high school players for the past three years.

Their progress has been rewarded with a call up to the senior Nines team.

Jerome Laird and Roland Grey have also been impressive for the Jamaica Defence Force team in recent seasons and are expected to add some speed in the squad.

Other local based debutants include Daniel Morrison and Chawn Henry, both of whom were former standout youth players at Calabar High and Edith Dalton High, respectively. They have transitioned well to the senior club competitions and will feature prominently in the halves.

Mohenjo Thompson and Uriah Martin are the two players based in Canada who will don the Reggae Warriors colours for the first time. Thompson has plenty of experience as he is one of the few remaining players who played in the first ever rugby league club competition on the island in 2005.

The familiar faces in the squad are Adrian Hall, Greg Hall, Antonio Baker, Demone McDougal, Orlando Jones, Nicholas Wright, Chevaughn Bailey and Tyronie Rowe.

The team is also travelling with a match official in Kemoy Whyte who is expected to take the middle in some of the games.

 In addition, Jamaica will look to put together a female representative team of players based in Canada to face Canada and Ontario Select teams in exhibition matches.

“The team is looking forward to a good tournament. We have deliberately gone out for some younger players as we have begun the revitalization of our program, the next generation of Jamaica rugby league stars is now, so young players such as Anderson, Drummond and Green are our future,” said Monteith.

“Our veterans will provide plenty of guidance and we are looking forward to a good tournament. We are also excited by the potential to field a female representative team in the tournament. It’s the ambition of all the nations involved to establish full international female teams in the next few months.”

Jamaica National 9s Squad - Chawn Henry (Caribbean Maritime Institute Spartans), Makhaya Anderson ( Calabar High School), Antonio Baker (Cedar Grove Cyclones), Kahil Green (Excelsior Community College), Chevaughn Bailey- (GC Foster Lions) Lawrence Drummond (Kingston College), Jerome Laird, Roland Gray (Jamaica Defence Force Warriors), Daniel Morrison, Demone McDougal , Mohenjo Thompson (Washington Blvd. Bulls), Greg Hall, Orlando Jones , Tyronie Rowe, Uriah Martin (Unattached).  Tremaine Garrison (Reserve)

 

 

Trinidad and Tobago continued their reign as kings of the quarter-mile after a narrow win in the men’s 4x400m final at the IAAF World Relays, in Yokohama, on Sunday.

A powerful final leg from Machel Cedenio, not only held off a late surge from perennial rivals Jamaica, who were anchored by Nathon Allen but also overhauled tiring USA anchor leg runner Paul Dedewo.  T&T claimed the event in a world-leading 3:00.81.  Initially Allen seemed to have stumbled across the line for second, but the USA were later disqualified.  The decision saw the Jamaicans claim the silver medal in 3:01:57 with Belgium third in 3:02.70.

Demish Gaye began the relay for the Jamaicans before handing off to Akeem Bloomfield, with the third leg run by Rusheen McDonald.  Cedenio received the baton from Asa Guevara, with Deon Lendore handing off to Jereem Richards prior to that.

In the women’s equivalent, the Jamaicans faded away badly on the stretch to finish in 5th place.  The event was surprisingly won by Poland (3:27:49) who held off a late surge down the stretch from the United States who finished second in 3:27.65.  Italy finished in third place in 3:27.74.

 

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts has offered congratulatory messages to members of the World-Cup bound Reggae Girlz squad who graduated from university this week.

Khadija Shaw (Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee), Deneisha Blackwood (Bachelor of  Science, Sports Management from the University of West Florida) and Chanel Hudson-Marks (Bachelor of Science, Marketing Management from the University of Memphis), attended graduation ceremonies on Thursday.

Ricketts was full of praise and pride for the recent graduates who, incidentally are among the 24-member squad named to play against Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston on May 19.

"On behalf of the people of Jamaica and football fans, in particular, I wish to extend the most sincere congratulations to Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw, Deneisha Blackwood and Chanel Hudson-Marks,” Ricketts said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“These degrees by members of the senior Reggae Girlz were achieved in four years in the main alongside a period of excellence in football as they played for college, club and country whilst studying.

"If there is any doubt in the minds of any young Jamaican girl that you cannot successfully combine playing sports at the highest level and achieving your best academically, you can look at the lives of these Senior Reggae Girlz who will in less than a month participate on the highest stage of world football."

Ricketts said the JFF offers its congratulations to these women as shining examples of hard work, discipline, achievement and excellence.  The JFF, he said, is confident that all the others in school will rise to the occasion and accomplish their dreams.

He encouraged football fans to show their real pride in the Reggae Girlz by turning out in their thousands on Sunday, May 19 at 6:00 pm at the National Stadium when the team plays Panama in their last international friendly on home soil before the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fancies Jamaica’s chances in the 4x200m relay at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan.

Jamaica honoured its successful Special Olympics team to the World Summer Games at a special reception at Jamaica House on Friday, May 3.

Jamaica’s young Reggae Boyz secured their first win of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, following a 4-2 win over Bermuda at the IMG Academy on Sunday.

On the back of losses to Mexico and perennial rivals Trinidad and Tobago, the Jamaicans were powered to their first points of the season courtesy of a hat-trick from Rajay Wright.  It was, however, his strike partner Revaldo Mitchell who got the ball after hitting the back of the net in the 4th minute.  Wright scored the first of his three goals five minutes later, before adding another on the 15-minute mark.

Bermuda, however, showed signs of life after getting on the scoresheet two minutes after the teams resumed play for the second half.  It was Jayce Basden who found the back of the net on that occasion, but much to the team’s disappointment Wright completed his hat-trick four minutes later.  The team captain Arnezha Astwood pulled another goal back for the Bermudans from the spot in the 64th minute, but it proved to be a consolation effort.

The Trinidad and Tobago U-17s received a blot on their perfect start to the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, following a 5-0 loss to Mexico, at the IMG Academy on Sunday.

Following wins over Bermuda and perennials rivals Jamaica, the young twin-island republic players eyed moving to the top of Group E with a potential win over Mexico.  El Tri, however, had other ideas. 

Midfielder Bryan Gonzales gave Mexico the lead with an 8th-minute header, with Santiago Munoz doubling the lead with another goal 20 minutes later. 

The goal was one of three for Munoz who scored again in the 35th minute before completing his hat-trick in the 88th.  Efran Alvarez added the team’s other goal in the 59th minute.

Prior to the defeat, Trinidad and Tobago scored a 3-1 win over Bermuda and a 3-2 win over Jamaica.  The performances brought a deserving win for the Stern John-coached outfit who secured their place in the second-round knockout phase.

Jamaica lost their second straight game at the  2019 Concacaf Under-17 Championship at the IMG Academy in  Bradenton, Florida on Friday, going down 3-2 to Trinidad and Tobago. 

They're destined to be teammates at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in around a months’ time but New York Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence insists that the battle with Cincinnati FC forward Darren Mattocks will be a fierce one for pride when the two meet in Saturday’s MLS encounter.

The 26-year-old defender, formerly a staple in the Red Bulls line-up, has been eased back into action after suffering an MCL injury.  The defender also missed the last two games with an illness.  Having moved to Cincinnati from DC United in the summer Mattocks has begun life slowly at his new club, coming off the substitute’s bench in FC Cincy’s first three games - picking up an assist, but failing to register a start in those combined 106 minutes.  Since making his first start in March, however, Mattocks has scored one goal.

 “When we meet, it’s something more personal. It’s kind of a bragging rights thing,” Lawrence said.

 “When we get to national team camp, you want to say you beat that Darren Mattocks, Alvas Powell, [Andre] Blake, whoever it is you’re facing on the day. You need those bragging rights before you get to camp,” he added.

 “You’re going to get that guy who is going to try his best to score, he’s going to always be running, always be pressuring the defenders.”

 

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