Ru­ral, ur­ban net­ballers on show at GC Foster

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

GLEN­DON ‘AD­MI­RAL’ Bai­ley is the new head coach of strug­gling Red Stripe Premier League Club Water­house. In a re­lease yes­ter­day, the club said they had parted ways with Martvin Tate ‘on mu­tual agree­ment.’

Dono­van White, pres­i­dent of Water­house FC said: “These are tough times in foot­ball and re­sources are ex­tremely scarce, there­fore, we must be ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive in util­is­ing the sup­port we do have from our com­mit­ted spon­sors and fans by de­liv­er­ing con­sis­tent per­for­mances and pos­i­tive re­sults. Our team, while ex­tremely tal­ented, has strug­gled with lead­er­ship, con­sis­tency, and dis­ci­pline on and off the field.”

SEV­ERAL TI­TLES

Bai­ley, a for­mer Tivoli Gar­dens and Ar­nett Gar­dens coach, has sev­eral ti­tles to his credit in­clud­ing two two Na­tional Premier crowns.

The other mem­bers of the new Water­house foot­ball staff are Cur­tis Hamil­ton, as­sis­tant coach; Leighton Mur­ray, goal­keeper coach. The team man­ager is Keith Sails­man.

Tate is out af­ter 13 games into the 2016-17 sea­son. Water­house have strug­gled un­der the for­mer Vil­lage United coach and sit se­cond from bot­tom with 11 points, four more than last place Boys’ Town and two adrift of pro­moted teams Maver­ley/Hugh­en­den and Ja­malco. They have won just three of their 13 matches while los­ing eight.

Last sea­son Water­house es­caped rel­e­ga­tion on the fi­nal day of the sea­son, thanks to vic­tory over Boys’ Town. HIS­TORY WILL be cre­ated at the G.C. Foster Col­lege to­day as for the first time both the ru­ral and ur­ban school­girls’ net­ball semi-fi­nals will be played on the same day and at the same venue.

Ju­nior ru­ral ac­tion be­gins at 9:30 a.m. with Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal fac­ing Manch­ester High be­fore de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Den­bigh High op­pose first-time semi-fi­nal­ists St Thomas Tech­ni­cal.

Many-time cham­pi­ons Holm­wood will be seek­ing an­other fi­nal berth among the se­niors. They tackle Manch­ester High at 11:30 a.m. The team got a scare in their quar­ter-fi­nal match against Glenmuir win­ning 38-37. They will have to im­prove on that per­for­mance if they hope to ad­vance as they will be up against a con­fi­dent Manch­ester High team that blew away Thomp­son Town 46-19.

BIG FAVOURITES

Den­bigh will start as the big favourites to ad­vance to the se­nior fi­nal when they bat­tle Knox at 12:30 p.m. They were easy 52-10 win­ners over Her­bert Mor­ri­son Tech­ni­cal, while Knox edged An­chovy High 31-27.

In the ur­ban semi-fi­nals, ju­nior cham­pi­ons, Gayn­stead High will face Nor­man Man­ley High at 1:30 p.m. be­fore Queen’s face Cam­per­down at 2:30 p.m.

De­fend­ing Se­nior cham­pi­ons Cam­per­down and Excelsior, who suf­fered their first de­feat this sea­son against Queen’s at the same venue last Thurs­day, will meet in a high power se­nior semi­fi­nal at 3:30 p.m.

For­mer cham­pi­ons Queen’s and Gayn­stead will close the day’s pro­ceed­ings when they meet in the se­cond semi-fi­nal at 4:30 p.m.

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