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.

Two of the women responsible for getting Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz to a historic World Cup berth, are calling out equipment brands for not paying enough attention to the sex of athletes.

According to defender Allyson Swaby, men’s gear can, at times, be comfortable.

"It can definitely be frustrating wearing men's-fit clothing," she said. "Likewise, it can be frustrating wearing 'women's' gear that is built for the average shaped women but not an athlete. No one wants to be constantly adjusting their attire during training or competition."

Research showed that Claire Rafferty, an English footballer, who suffered through cruciate ligament injuries, could have eased those troubles had her footwear contoured to her feet.

According to goalkeeper Chris-Ann Chambers, she has become accustomed to wearing ill-fitting gear because there are no real options.

"It would be great if there was equipment specifically made for us because our bodies are shaped differently, and weight distribution is different," said Chambers.

"Having equipment that's specifically made for females definitely improves the quality of play because you feel more comfortable playing,” she added.

According to the goalkeeper, if there are gears made for women, she doesn’t know about it and that poses a million problems.

"Most of the gear that we get are from the men's line. There's none specifically made for females, that I know of, anyway,” she said.

“They may just change the name on it to say Reggae Girlz, but the ones I know are made for men. For instance, a lot of men's calves are bigger, so for us, we have to be finding ways and means to keep our shin guards in place. They are sometimes a lot bigger, so if you want shin guards for us, you'd probably have to go down to children's sizes. My gloves don't always fit perfectly because they're men sizes. A lot of times we can't find half sizes, especially in Jamaica."

Barbados may not be able to qualify for the CONCACAF Nations League after the governing body overturned a 2-2 draw with Guyana over the use of two ineligible players.

The two persons involved, England-based Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce, made their international debuts in the fixture but CONCACAF fielded a protest from Guyana’s football authorities which changed the landscape of Nations League qualifying for Barbados.

Hope’s influence on the game was significant, the English-based player, scoring a second half brace putting Barbados ahead after a Trayon Bobb goal had them trailing.

“The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced its Disciplinary Committee has decided to sanction the Barbados Football Association, by declaring as a forfeit the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match played against Guyana, on September 6, 2018,” a Concacaf statement said.

“After due examination of the evidence, the committee determined that the Barbados Football Association infringed the applicable articles of the tournament regulations and the regulations governing the application of the Fifa statutes in relation to the eligibility of players to play for representative teams by fielding ineligible players Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce.

Against El Salvador on October 13, Hope and Pearce also featured, but the result never mattered since Barbados lost 3-0.

The CONCACAF decision means Barbados now have three points and lie 23rd in the 34-team competition. With Nicaragua their only remaining fixture next March, Barbados have many problems.  

The CONCACAF Nations League also acts as a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup next year.

Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies middle-order batsman believes the Windies need to return to a format where West Indies-born coaches take charge of the side’s fortunes. 

Manning Cup champions Kingston College were not at their ruthless best, but nothing should be taken away from the performance of Clarendon College, who became the first Rural-Area team to hold on to the Olivier Shield.

Those were the sentiments of Kingston College coach Ludlow Bernard after his Corporate Area champions were bested 1-0 courtesy of a brilliant goal from substitute Andre Nicholson in the 87th minute.

However, KC did have their chances to make their mark on the game before Nicholson’s strike.

“Today was a perfect example of us not taking our chances and they capitalizing on one of the few they would have gotten,” said Bernard.

The entertainment value of the game was high for Bernard and he thought that was important and that his time pushed the pace.

“But I thought today was a good game of football for the crowd. We did entertain, we did try to get goals and even before they scored we thought that we had it but they found something and kudos to them,” said Bernard.

KC were missing a couple of it’s stars injured skipper, Casseam Priestly and Ari Rodgers, however, Bernard believes that while those absences were notable and could have made a difference, his team should have done better in front of goal.

“I believe it did affect our performance today but I believe in the guys we had out there. I think they gave a gallant effort out there,” he said.

“We wanted to do it for Casseam and Ari, but that’s just life. It is just one of the lessons to be learnt. When some of our key persons are out some of our other players have to step up. We got some very good opportunities early and had we capitalized on them, probably I would have been doing the last interview.”

In 1978, when Lenny Hyde held the Olivier Shield aloft, his coach at Clarendon College was Winston Chung Fa. In 2018, when Clarendon College again raised the shield, Chung Fa, now deceased, was also there.

Clarendon College, through a special goal from substitute, Andre Nicholson, claimed the all-island trophy, symbol of schoolboy supremacy, with a 1-0 win over Kingston College and Hyde, now the coach of the Rural Area team, believes the victory had much to do with Chung Fa.

“ … the 12th man on the team today was Winston Chung Fa,” said Hyde after speaking about the myriad of emotions he felt after the win.

According to Hyde, his charges had promised to win the all-island title, something no Rural Area team has done on its own since 2004, for Chung Fa, who passed away just last month.

“We carried out our mandate. We told him we were going to win it today and we delivered it today,” said an emotional Hyde.

The importance of the title showed in the way Clarendon College played according to Hyde.

Kingston College, the legendary Jamaican footballer, explained, pushed his team back, and the result was a matter of will.

“We couldn’t play the way we wanted to play today but the discipline and the determination that we showed today helped us across the line,” he said.

Hyde was part of a Clarendon College team in 1977 and 1978, that has largely been considered the best schoolboy football team of all time.

A mix of Kingston College (KC) profligacy and a brilliant strike from Clarendon College’s (CC) Andre Nicholson led to the latter holding aloft the Olivier Shield, becoming the first rural school do so alone in 14 years. The trophy was shared between Glenmuir High School and Bridgeport High School in 2006. 

The 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association Olivier Shield final takes place on Saturday at 6:00 pm inside the National Stadium as Kingston College (KC) and Clarendon College face off in the final match of the senior schoolboy football season.

The Olivier Shield brings together the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions and the ISSA/Wata daCosta Cup champions in a clash to decide the best schoolboy football team in the country.

The Olivier Shield was contested in a home-and-away two-leg format with the possibility of the title being shared if the scores were tied after two games. However, the format was changed by ISSA to a one-leg format following the 2013 season which meant the title could no longer be shared.

KC won the Manning Cup on November 30 to take the title as best urban area senior football team, while Clarendon College were crowned best rural area senior schoolboy team on December 1 by winning the daCosta Cup title.

Urban area schools have dominated the Olivier Shield over the last 13 years. During that period urban area schools secured 12 outright titles, except in 2006 when Bridgeport High shared with Glenmuir High.

Clarendon College will be looking to break that the urban-area dominance and win their fourth Olivier Shield, following victories in 1977, 1978 and 1998 when they shared the title with Dunoon Technical.

KC will be searching for their 10th Olivier Shield title following outright victories in 1949, 1952, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1975, and 1986. They shared the title twice, with Dinthill Technical in 1981 and Rusea's High in 1985.

KC will enter the Olivier Shield battle high on confidence as their Manning Cup title ended a very long championship drought in that competition.  They defeated North Street neighbours St George's College 3-2 in a dramatic final, at the National Stadium in Kingston, to win the urban area’s biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years.

The Ludlow Bernard-team had to come from behind  twice with the winning goal coming at the death.

The victory handed KC their 15th Manning Cup title, the third most successful team in the history of the competition.

Twenty-four hours after KC’s triumph, Clarendon College earned the right to meet the North Street-based school in the Olivier Shield when they turned in a big performance to beat Cornwall College 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex for their eighth daCosta Cup title.

The Lenworth Hyde-coached team prevailed despite playing with 10 men for most of the match following the ejection of goalkeeper Tafari Chambers in the 14th minute.

Clarendon College ended the competition with a perfect record but the title was also a special moment for Hyde, a former Clarendon College star, who became the first to win the daCosta Cup as a player and then as a coach.

Hyde won the competition as a player in 1977 under the guidance of coach Winston Chung-Fah.

Both schools take impressive records into the Olivier Shield.

KC won 15 of 18 games over the Manning Cup and the all-island Champions Cup Knockout heading into the Olivier Shield. During that period they scored 70 goals and conceded eight. On the other hand, Clarendon College won 15 of 16 games over both competitions during which they scored 65 goals and conceded five.

 

Both schools have only suffered one defeat, which came in the opening round of the Champions Cup.

With both teams on a high an interesting Olivier Shield battle looms.

The Windies lost to a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI by 51 runs courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Savar Cricket Ground on on Thursday.

The Windies, choosing to bat first, amassed a good-looking 331-8 from their 50 overs, with Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Roston Chase, and Fabian Allen getting among the runs, but were blown out of the water, as the board XI raced to 314-6 off just 41 overs.

Powell started steadily, scoring 43 as he was partnered for the first time in the opening slot by Hope. Hope was even more certain in his strokeplay and scored 81 from 84 deliveries, while the returning Darren Bravo, batting at three, scored 24 from 33 deliveries.

Batting has continued to prove a struggle for veteran batsman Marlon Samuels, who, coming in at four, could only manage five.

Shimron Hetmyer, as has come to be expected, added some impetus to the innings, smashing 33 from just 26 deliveries before he was out caught by Soumya Sarkar off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

Skipper Rovman Powell did not have a good outing in his first attempt at captaining a Windies side, the allrounder going for nought. However, the lower-order batting of Allen, 48 from just 32 deliveries, and Chase, 65 from 51, gave the Windies what should have been a very defendable total.

That was until centuries from Tamim Iqbal, 107, and Sarkar, 103 not out, took the game away from the Windies in no uncertain terms.

Iqbal smashed his 107 from just 73 deliveries and after Imrul Kayes, his opening partner got out for 27 from 25, Sarkar proved just as savage, his unbeaten ton, coming from just 83 balls.

Sarkar had begun to lose partners toward the end of the innings, with Mohammad Mithun, 5, Ariful Haque, 21, Towhid Hridoy, 0, and Shamim Patwari, nine, all fell victim before skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, scored an unbeaten 22 from 18 balls.

Pacer Kemar Roach came in for a fair amount of stick, ending with figures of 0-49 from just five overs, while Oshane Thomas, had 1-57 from seven overs. Chase was the best of the bowlers, grabbing 2-57 from 10 overs, while Devendra Bishoo, who also had two wickets, leaked 81 runs from his 10 overs.

Allen was also good, bowling five overs for a wicket that cost just 19 runs.

The Windies are preparing for their first ODI against Bangladesh after being swept 2-0 in a Test series last week. There will be three ODIs, two in Dhaka, and one in Sylhet. Three T20Is are also to follow.

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) is up in arms over the attack of noted sports journalist, Lasana Liburd.

Liburd, the founder and editor in chief of online magazine, Wired868, and a veteran freelance sports journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, was reportedly attacked during an Intercol football game with other allegations being banded about the reason for the abuse.

According to a letter from MATT, the organization had been made aware of the incident and viewed it as ‘disturbing’.

According to MATT, the incident was sparked by an article Liburd wrote and consequent actions where the journalist, once an executive of the organization, sought the court’s intervention.

“MATT views this situation as unacceptable and unequivocally condemns the attack on any journalist performing their duties,” read the release.

According to MATT, the incident flies in the face of the tenets of Freedom of the Press, something the organization points out, “is enshrined in [the] country’s Constitution.”

The MATT release went on to say there were avenues for persons to seek redress against the media and that physical attacks should never be one of them.

The matter, MATT went on, was made ultimately worse because the incident occurred in view of children.

Matt has lauded Liburd for reporting the matter to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and gave that body a call to action.

“we trust that it will be dealt with expeditiously in order to send a message that such acts will not be tolerated,” the release ended.

Despite holding a perfect record in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying to date, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have witnessed a drop in their latest FIFA ranking, moving from 51st to 54th in the world.

The Jamaicans, who have played three games in the Nations League to date, are fifth on the tables and are one of six unbeaten teams to date. The Reggae Boyz have been fairly impressive defensively, letting in just one goal to date, while scoring 11.

Those results have not proven as impressive as that of Curacao’s, Haiti’s, Canada’s, or Cuba’s though.

Curacao stand top of the tables having scored a whopping 21 goals in their three wins and are yet to concede, while Haiti, who like Jamaica have had one goal go against them, have celebrated an international notch, 17 times.

Both Canada and Cuba have scored 14 goals without conceding.

Martinique, who have also had a perfect start, have scored nine goals and let in two.

Jamaica’s last game came against Suriname, a 2-1 victory providing the Reggae Boyz with their biggest challenge to date.

The Reggae Boyz had earlier beat the Cayman Island 4-0, and Bonaire, 6-0.

Their next international assignment comes up on March 23, against El Salvador.

Jamaica are one place below the Korea Republic and one place above Finland, but still remain fourth among CONCACAF teams.

Ahead of them are Mexico, who leads the region and are ranked number 17 in the world, with the United States second at 25th. Costa Rica hold down the number three position at 36 in the world.

Johnny Grave, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Officer, is not pleased with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who revised their eligibility criteria in a bid to make sure that Barbadian paceman Jofra Archer can turn out for the country.

According to Grave, the concern is not just over Archer, but that other talented Caribbean players could be lured away from playing for their region, using the same ‘long-term county contracts’ that have paved the way for Archer.

The Windies were hoping they would have had Archer for the World Cup in 2019, but the exciting 23-year-old, one of the brightest prospects in world cricket today, made it clear, his intentions to turn out for England whenever eligibility requirements were met.

The ECB had previously required that for a player to be eligible to turn out for England, they must have seven years of residency under their belt, however, last week that was reduced to just three.

“We respect Jofra’s decision, the rules allow him to [switch country]. But on a personal level, and as an Englishman, I don’t like the concept of the ECB poaching players who have been part of another system up to the age of 19,” said Graves.

“I hope no other West Indian cricketers follow that path and hope it doesn’t lead to counties doing their talent ID in the Caribbean, taking our players into the public school system and then on to offering them lucrative long-term county contracts and then possibly on to playing for England.”

Interestingly, Archer’s first game for England could very well be in the Caribbean next year when England tour the region for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s from January 23 to March 10. Archer would become eligible to play for England in March, right in time for the T20 fixtures.

Kingston College head coach, Ludlow Bernard, the man who brought the Manning Cup title back to North Street for the first time in 32 years, has asked that everybody look to the players for all the accolades that should come with breaking a long, long losing streak for the former football kingpins.

Bernard oversaw a massive final that also doubled as a North Street Derby with neighbours, St George’s College. The game included five goals and had all the drama and plot twists of good final, with KC coming from behind twice to earn a hard-fought 3-2 win.

“A little birdie told me today that coach you’re going to have to work for this one. A lot of goals are going to be scored and you’re going to have to play catch up,” Bernard told SportsMax’s Shawana Ebanks after the game.

“I have a bunch of boys who are full of fortitude. They told me when they were down 2-1. My captain said to me, ‘coach, wi goin’ win it’,” said a more-animated-than-usual Bernard.

Bernard singled out Nathan Thomas for praise, saying he was going to substitute him but found an obstinate player demanding that he remain on the field.

“I was going to take off Nathan Thomas and he said, ‘no coach, don’t take me off. Believe in me. Believe in me.’ And he scored the winning goal. That man neva score a goal yet!,” said Bernard.

“I have a bunch of boys who are full of fortitude. They told me when they were down 2-1. My captain said to me, ‘coach, wi goin’ win it’. We are not going to lose this.”

Bernard said even as his spirits waivered, the boys remained full of belief and for that, all credit should go to them.

“’We owe you this one’,” Bernard said his charges told him.

“I must take my hat off to these boys. They won it. They said they wanted it and they delivered and that was what the brave is made of.”

Clarendon College are the 2018 ISSA/Wata DaCosta Cup Champions, outlasting the previously unbeaten Cornwall College 2-1 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Sunday night. 

Anthony Nunes’ BIGDADDYKOOL has had a chequered career, which saw him improving into the country’s top handicapper going two turns.

He has had 'Lady Luck' smile with and against him, his connections suffering the agony of being part of a historic double disqualification after passing the post second in the Jamaica Derby behind FUTURE KING, which was awarded to his third-place stablemate, ORPHEUS.

However, he was handed the 2016 Superstakes in the stewards’ room when repeatedly hindered by FRANFIELD in the stretch run.

Burdened by topweight last season, BIGDADDYKOOL was beaten by a rapidly improving WILL IN CHARGE and SHE’S A MANEATER in four consecutive races before easily winning the 12-furlong Harry Jackson Memorial.

Bothered by a hoof injury, he never returned to the races until June this season, almost six months after his Harry Jackson walkover. His first run was a third-place finish in the Chairman’s Trophy behind WILL IN CHARGE at seven and a half furlongs.

Kingston College (KC) are Manning Cup champions againt after 32 years of watching others lift the coveted urban area football crown. 

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