Galaxy of stars for Bell-Ziadie Memorial
Jermaine Johnson (left) of Tivoli Gardens FC sends Andre McFarlane (centre) of Waterhouse FCthe wrong way during the Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Drewsland Mini Stadium yesterday. Looking on is Oshane Roberts of Waterhouse FC. Waterhouse won 1-0.
COMETH THE hour, cometh the man. Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, in his first full game for Waterhouse FC this season, scored the game’s only goal to give the struggling Drewsland club a 1-0 win over Tivoli Gardens FC in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Drewsland Mini Stadium yesterday.
Tivoli played the last seven minutes with 10 players after Jermain ‘Teddy’ Johnson received a second yellow card.
Anderson, who has had his off-field issues with the club before and during the season, had to leave the game after 35 minutes due to a clash of heads with Rosario Harriott in his first match last week. But after fluffing his lines on a couple chances in the first half and coming close on a few occasions in the second period, ‘Tuffy’ broke the deadlock 65 minutes into the contest when he turned home a pass from last week’s twogoal hero Rodave Murray from six yards.
“This is my job (scoring goals) and I always come out and give my all for Waterhouse fans., These fans build me, they fight for me. When I score, I go and give the fans my heart because, trust me, even when I went on trial and made that team (overseas), those fans are still not like Waterhouse fans,” said Anderson.
FOR THE FANS
“They are the ones that fight for me, and every time I touch the field, they are the ones I want to play for because they motivate me. So this win is for the fans,” he said.
Anderson was also happy to get off the mark for the season and he believes they are now a force to be reckoned with again. UWI FC 3 Arnett Gardens Humble Lion 1 Portmore Waterhouse 1 Tivoli Gardens Jamalco 1 Reno FC Maverley-Hughenden 1 Boys’ Town MoBay United 0 Harbour View 2 1 0 0 1 0
“Five straight (wins) is what I want, but the motivation from senior players has been good. With me and English back in, everything has been moving on the right track. We can’t do nothing wrong right now,” Anderson commented on the recent addition of himself and long-time club stalwart Irvino English to the squad. “We just have to work as one and fight as one.
“I just want to kick it (scoring) off. I’m off the mark now, I’m back now,” he added.
Both teams had the share of chances in the first half, with Anderson getting Waterhouse’s best opportunities and Mitchily Waul wasting two great chances to put Tivoli in front.
“All the pressure that existed before Jermaine came in was lifted when he came in. He brought a level of leadership. Along with English and Weston Forrest, they have guided the youngsters and this is what we needed,” said Marvin Tate, Waterhouse’s coach. MANY FORMER national representatives and celebrities will be in action at the 30th staging of the Bell-Ziadie Memorial football matches today at Winchester Park, St George’s College.
Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, chief organiser of the Masters and Celebrities Inc-promoted event, said all is in place for the matches.
“Everything is in place for the matches, which are set to kickoff at 2 p.m., which will honour the memory of two great football stalwarts,” Campbell told The Gleaner.
“It is a hype thing as we are playing for the Bell-Ziadie Trophy and bragging rights,” Campbell said about the banter leading up to the yearly showdowns.
Four persons will be honoured: former FIFA referee Peter Prendergast and former national player Kenneth ‘Bop’ Campbell;and two posthumously, former Jamaica and St George’s College player, Leighton Hugh and former Santos and Jamaica outstanding goalkeeper, Orville Edwards.
Also, the RJR Communications Group will be honoured by the Master and Celebrities Inc, which has been supporting the event for all its 30 years.
Three teams will participate in the football competition, and the top team will receive the BellZiadie trophy.
David James, father of Dominic, the former St George’s College football captain who died on September 20 after he collapsed, will play in the matches.
The event is in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Ziadie, who passed away in an accident during the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico City, Mexico.
The St George’s College Invitational comprise Dennis’ son, Nick Ziadie, Shavar Thomas, Orlando Walters, Ken Ellis, Ali Rose, David James, Sean Polack, Ryan Dawes, Marcel Gayle, Mark Miller, Denton Manning, Peter Johnson, Lawrence Passley, Gregory Messam Snr., David Laylor, David Williams, Richard McCallum, and Wayne Marshall.
Chris Martin Invitational – Christopher Martin, Usain Bolt, Jermaine Gonzales, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Walter Boyd, Marvin Chin, Simba Harris, Richard Currie, Kwame Falconer, Peter Gordon, Sadiki Bolt, Adrian Pitter, Rupert Hines, Shamar Glanville, and Sayco Gordon.
Masters and Celebrities – Ian Wilkinson, Michael Williams, Jaheel Hyde, Kasai Hines, Rudolph Speid, Ian McNaughton, Alicia James, Sherona Forrester, Stephen Miller, Kirk Williams, Cornel Chin-sue, Kevin Wilson, Denton Sheddon, Durrent Brown, Hector Wright, Hugh Blair, Eldorado Mullings, and Robert Scott.
The sponsors include RJR Communications Group, WATA, Power 106, Burger King, Pure National Ice, B Riley Signs, Chess Foundation, DATZmy DJ, Cuddy’s Restaurant and Grill, and Masters and Celebrities.