UWI look to re­bound against Port­more United

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

Roshon Primus on the at­tack for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force against the Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes in the Dig­i­cel Re­gional 4-Day Tour­na­ment on Satur­day at Queen’s Park Oval. ST JOHN’S, An­tigua (CMC): TRINIDAD AND Tobago Red Force have taken a nar­row lead over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Guyana Jaguars af­ter the open­ing round of the 2016-17 Dig­i­cel Re­gional 4-Day Tour­na­ment.

Red Force have edged ahead on 18 points com­pared to Jaguars 17.8 af­ter both out­fits posted open­ing wins, while a third fix­ture be­tween Lee­ward Is­lands Hur­ri­canes and Bar­ba­dos Pride ended in a draw.

Jaguars earned their points from a 181 run win over Ja­maica at the Na­tional Sta­dium, in Guyana while Red Force blew away Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes by nine wick­ets at Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad.

Hur­ri­canes are on 8.8 points, Pride on 6, Scor­pi­ons 4.8 and Vol­ca­noes 4.

Teams earn 12 points for an out­right vic­tory while ex­tra points for bat­ting, bowl­ing and pace bowl­ing are also up for grabs.

The 2016-17 Dig­i­cel Re­gional 4-Day Tour­na­ment en­ters its se­cond round this week­end with Scor­pi­ons tak­ing on Vol­ca­noes at Sabina Park, Red Force play­ing Pride at Queen’s Park Oval and Hur­ri­canes do­ing bat­tle with Jaguars at Warner Park.

THE UNIVER­SITY of the West Indies (UWI) will look to re­bound when they host Port­more United in a top-of-the-ta­ble clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) today at the UWI Bowl, Mona. Match time is 3:00p.m.

The game is one of six sched­uled to end Round One of the na­tion’s elite com­pe­ti­tion. Teams P Hum­bleLion10 UWI FC 10 Port­more 10 MBU 9 Ar­nett 9 Tivoli 10 FC Reno 10 Ja­malco 10 Mav-Hugh 10 Water­house 10 Har­bour View 10 Boys’ Town 10

3 p.m. - UWI FC vs Port­more United FC at UWI Bowl, Mona

3 p.m. - Tivoli Gar­dens FC vs Hum­ble Lion FC at Ed­ward Seaga Sports Com­plex

3 p.m. - Ja­malco FC vs Mon­tego Bay United FC at Wem­b­ley Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, Claren­don

3 p.m. - Boys’ Town FC vs Ar­nett Gar­dens FC at Bar­bican Com­plex

3 p.m. - Water­house FC vs FC Reno at Drewsland Sta­dium

3 p.m. - Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den FC vs Har­bour View FC at Con­stant Spring Com­plex

IIIIIIRSPL STAND­INGS

W D L GF GA GD Pts 6 2 2 13 6 720 6 2 2 13 8 5 20 5 3 2 10 8 2 18 5 1 3 10 7 3 16 4 3 2 12 7 5 15 4 2 4 12 9 3 14 3 43 9 9 0 13 3 16 1215 -3 10 1 7 2 11 14 -3 10 3 16 9 12 -3 10 2 3 5 8 12 -4 9 2 1 7 9 21 -127

Red Force in com­mand af­ter Round One

UWI’s Cap­tain Rochane Smith (cen­tre) in ac­tion against Hum­ble Lion’s Michael More­land (left) and Jer­maine Christian in a Red Stripe Premier League en­counter at the UWI Bowl last sea­son.

UWI was pulled down from their po­si­tion as sole lead­ers af­ter a 1-0 loss against reign­ing cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United on Novem­ber 6.

They are now joined by Hum­ble Lion at the top on 20 points; how­ever, the Claren­don­based team has con­trol of the 12-team stand­ings by virtue of a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence.

UWI, who are in their se­cond sea­son in the RSPL went on an un­beaten seven game run that started on Septem­ber 18 and will look to get back on track against third placed Port­more United in today’s big clash.

The Mar­cel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle coached team will look to the likes of skip­per Rochane Smith, who is the com­pe­ti­tion’s joint lead­ing top goal scorer on six goals, the same as Boys’ Town’s Shamar Ni­chol­son.

Smith is ex­pected to get sup­port from Dawyne Smith, An­drae Ber­nal, An­thony Green­land Flem­mings.

Port­more started the sea­son a bit slowly but has picked up mo­men­tum and should give UWI a stern test. Port­more’s top play­ers in­clude cap­tain Ewan ‘Butter’ Gran­di­son, Stephen Wil­liams, Kam­buji McCalla and Damion Binns.

In an­other game of high in­ter­est, Hum­ble Lion are given the nod against the in­con­sis­tent Tivoli Gar­dens. and Ke­mar

St An­drew Hockey cel­e­brates 75 years

THE ST An­drew Hockey Club – the old­est ex­ist­ing women’s club in Ja­maica, is cel­e­brat­ing 75 years and in hon­our of this spe­cial oc­ca­sion, the club will be host­ing the St An­drew Cup mixed tour­na­ment Novem­ber 19-20 at the Mona Hockey Field.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful launch last Thurs­day that saw a huge turnout from par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, spon­sors and well-wish­ers it’s now down to the busi­ness end of things this week­end.

The tour­na­ment spon­sored by Toy­ota Ja­maica, Ja­maica Na­tional, Avis, Home and Gar­den Care lim­ited, Art and Fab­ric Co Ltd and Im­age One will trans­form the Mona Hockey Field this week­end.

The eight teams vy­ing for the in­au­gu­ral cham­pi­onship ti­tle are placed in two groups.

Group One con­sist of Ea­gles, St An­drew Hockey Club, Sharpe’s Rebels Hockey Club and Pap­ine Strik­ers. Group Two has Trop­i­cal Cir­cus, Munex, In­ferno and Mighty Dragon.

The tour­na­ment will pro­vide lo­cal clubs with the op­por­tu­nity to form com­pet­i­tive mixed teams that will be vy­ing for the right to be crowned St An­drew Cup cham­pi­ons. The par­tic­i­pants will be mem­bers of the lo­cal Hockey fra­ter­nity who will com­pete in eight teams. All the teams are com­pact with an abun­dance of tal­ent, some with a host of past and present na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives on show.

This com­pe­ti­tion the first of its kind in Ja­maica will be of a highly com­pet­i­tive na­ture and is a pre­cur­sor for the in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, teams will be vy­ing for the Myrna Brown cham­pi­onship tro­phy and over $60,000 in cash prizes.

Myrna Brown, who is a St An­drew Hockey Club life mem­ber, will be the pa­tron of the tour­na­ment in hon­our of her ser­vice to the club for over half a cen­tury

RI­CARDO MAKYN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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