Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

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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’s Chrissann Gordon is feeling confident about the season ahead following her win in the 400m at the Meeting International D’Athletisme De La Grande Caribe Region Guadeloupe on the weekend.

Jamaica on Wednesday named a 22-player squad that will campaign in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that set to kick off on June 7 and conclude on July 7 in France. A 23rd player is to be named by Friday, May 24.

There are a couple of new faces in the squad including Kayla McCoy, the former Duke University forward and Olufolasade Adamolekun, who played in an exhibition game against Nottingham Forest in late 2018. However, the majority of the players who competed at the CONCACAF Women’s Championships in October 2018, have retained their places.

The squad was named less than 72 hours after the Reggae Girlz defeated Panama 3-1 before a crowd of about 10,000 at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, May 19. The Reggae Girlz have not lost a match since they qualified for the World Cup in October 2018 after defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties. The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation and extra time at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.

Since then, Jamaica defeated Chile 1-0 and 3-2 in Jamaica, drew 1-1 with South Africa and Sunday’s comprehensive victory.

In light of the progress shown by the team under the coaching staff of Hue Menzies, Lorne Donaldson and Andrew Price, Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts said he was confident in the squad selected.

“The JFF is extremely proud of the achievement of the Girlz who are a true representation of what makes us Jamaicans. We are also proud of the coaching and other supporting staff who together make a fantastic unit,” Ricketts said after the squad was announced.

“Based on the makeup, capabilities and ambassadorial spirit of the players and staff, the Federation is absolutely confident that the country will be represented with pride.

“We must also point out that none of this would have happened without the commitment and sacrifice of those Girlz, who battled for us in the qualifiers but will not be a part of the group for France, we express sincere thanks to those Girlz also.”

The JFF president also paid tribute to the sponsors who have come on board with the JFF to make the trip to France possible.

“The JFF expresses thanks to our loyal sponsors, football fans, the government and the media for the outpouring of support,” said Ricketts, who also had a special word for the young female footballers who are inspired by this achievement and the pioneers who started the movement in the country.

The 22-member squad includes: Allyson Swaby, Ashleigh Shim, Chinyelu Asher, Chantal Hudson-Marks, Deniesha Blackwood, Dominique Bond-Flasza, Khadija Shaw, Lauren Silver, Marlo Sweatman, Nicole McClure, Sashana Campbell, Konya Plummer, Toriana Patterson, Trudi Carter, Yazmeen Jamieson, Chantel Swaby, Kayla McCoy, Chenya Matthews, Tiffany Cameron, Jody Brown, Sydney Schneider and Olufolasade Adamolekun.

Jamaica’s gymnastics association has signed a deal with an American apparel manufacturer Alfa Factor that will see the company provide Jamaican gymnasts with gear and cash over a period of two years.

Netball Jamaica has named a strong and experienced squad that will go for glory at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England from July 12-21, 2019.

The decision by the Jamaica Football Federation and the Premier League Clubs Association to dissolve the Professional Football Association of Jamaica was the result over consultations with representatives of CONCACAF that began more than a year ago.

Yohan Blake, Kendra Harrison, and Ajee Wilson are the latest top-drawer athletes confirmed for the Racers/Adidas set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

West Indies vice-captain Chris Gayle said his only focus is trying to win the World Cup, as he has nothing to prove.

Elaine Thompson won the 200m dash at the two-day 2019 Nanjing World Challenge meeting in China on Tuesday in a season’s best 22.40.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has declared that he is fit and ready to give his all for the West Indies at the ICC World Cup in England that bowls off in just over a week.

He has also urged fans of the team to pay scant regard to the recent results from the tri-series in Ireland where the West Indies lost all three matches to Bangladesh.

Russell, who left Jamaica for England on Monday, played for his club St. Catherine CC who were up against St Elizabeth CA in the JCA JamT20 Bashment on Sunday at Sir P's Oval in Treadlight, Clarendon.

Asked to bat St. Catherine posted 167 for seven from their overs with Russell scoring 88 runs. Bowling, Russell picked up two for 12 but St. Elizabeth won by seven.

Speaking between innings on Sunday, Russell said those who are concerned that the West Indies lost all three matches against Bangladesh in Ireland, need not worry. A full-strength West Indies will be dangerous.

“This is England, so anything can happen. Once you bowl in good areas, stick to the plan we can hurt teams,” he said.

“We are a good unit at the moment. Apart from what happened against Bangladesh in Ireland, fans don’t need to pay that any mind because a few of us who will be in the eleven were not there so I am not even studying that series, to be honest.”

Russell, regarded as one of the best T20 players in the world, said he is in great shape and ready to battle for the West Indies as the Caribbean side goes hunting for their third hold of the ICC World Cup trophy. The West Indies last won the trophy in 1979.

“I am in good shape. My knees are feeling a lot better. I can move around a lot easier. I would be ungrateful if I said I am not where I want to be because a few months ago I could not even run properly so I am giving thanks and I appreciate the hard work the physios and others have been putting in behind the scenes and I am just looking forward to the World Cup,” Russell said.

 "I am hitting the ball well and the ball is also coming out of my hand well so I hope I can contribute with the ball as well. I am looking forward to contributing with the bat or the ball, or if I need to take a brilliant catch I will do that as well.”

The star player said the West Indies’ job is simple – just get the job done.

“We have a good team. The selectors have done well select a balanced team. Once the batters score runs we have the opportunity to defend it with the bowlers that we have,” he said.

“I am just focused on getting there, getting acclimatized, getting my body right and making sure that I leave everything on the field for the West Indies."

Trinidadian all-rounder Britney Cooper has been named as the replacement for Deandra Dottin for the West Indies Women’s tour to Ireland and England later this month.

The high press is expected to a feature of Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz play during their campaign at the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. However, head coach Hue Menzies believes the team needs to a better job of taking advantage of those situations once they win the ball back in their opponents defensive third.

Jamaica pressed Panama high up the pitch during their 3-1 win at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday night. Their forwards – Bunny Shaw, Trudi Carter, and Mireya Gray, and midfielders Marlo Sweatman, Laura Jackson and Olufolasade Adamolekun – closed the spaces down on the Panamanian defenders and forced turnovers during the opening 30 minutes of the fame but failed to capitalize.

A brace from Bunny Shaw and one from Shakira Duncan sealed the Jamaican win over the Panamanians for whom Natalia Mills scored.

However, in the early exchanges, Jamaica missed several clear opportunities to score before Shaw managed to give the home side a 1-nil lead in the 29th minute. It could easily have been three-nil had Trudi Carter, playing in her first match since last October, Shaw, and fullback Dominique Bond-Flasza, not muffed easy chances to score.

“We talked about defending a little higher up the field so we can capitalize on some things. We won a lot of corner kicks, which was good but we still need to capitalize on those opportunities,” he said.

“We should have been up some goals early in the game. We just didn’t capitalize on them.”

Menzies pinpointed other issues that he plans to work on before the team makes their berth in the World Cup against Brazil on June 9.

“Our possession game, playing out the back, our midfield was a little stagnant. Obviously, we don’t have all the players here, but it shows the depth of what we have created,” he said, saying Shakira Duncan’s goal, Jamaica’s third was evidence of how well the team has progressed in recent months.

“Shaki’s goal dictates how good we are, getting forward with numbers. We think we are the best in the world at that. We lured them into possession and then we countered and that’s what we talked about.”

He also talked about the number of turnovers caused by errant passes, another they have identified that they have to work on before they get to France next month.

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