UWI look to rebound against Portmore United
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
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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