Cana­dian ju­nior box­ers score close vic­tory over Ja­maicans

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -


St Ann Or­chids suf­fered heav­ily from an un­der­manned team, with their na­tional goal at­tacks Thristina Har­wood and Re­bekah Robin­son un­avail­able.

“What I think worked against the team is the fact that we played with­out our two goal at­tacks. We were play­ing with ac­tu­ally one shooter. We were ac­tu­ally (do­ing a) makeshift in the goal at­tack po­si­tion be­cause Re­bekah (Robin­son) did her surgery, so she’s out and Thristina (Har­wood) is nurs­ing an in­jury, so we played with eight play­ers only. Two of those play­ers who were ab­sent are the shoot­ers, which was crit­i­cal,” said Shawn Mur­dock, as­sis­tant coach of the Or­chids.

Mur­dock added: “I must com­mend the girls though. With­out hav­ing our start­ing goal at­tacks we were able to fight to the very end.”

In the open­ing game on Thurs­day, red-hot Manch­ester Spurs burned St. James 63-33 to record their fourth win in as many games and lead with 12 points. The Spurs, which led 12-6, 24-12, and 43-22 at the end of the first three quar­ters, were led in shoot­ing by An­naKay Grif­fiths, who scored 33 goals from 42 at­tempts, while Ni­cole Dixon scored 17 of 22 and Gezelle Al­li­son 13 of 23.

St. James Sharpes’ goals were scored by Danielle Masters, 13 of 21 at­tempts; Pe­tal Smith, eight of 10, Amanda Pinkney, five of eight, Shedieky Hamil­ton Barnes, six of 11; and Mis­cha Creary, one of three. The Sharpes have three points.

All four teams will re­turn to ac­tion in to­day’s triple-header. St. Catherine Rac­ers will face red-hot Manch­ester Spurs at 5:00 p.m., at 6:30 p.m., it will be Sharpes vs Gaters, and in the 7:45 p.m. night­cap, Kingston Hum­ming­birds will play St Ann Or­chids. JU­NIOR BOX­ERS from the Eska­soni Red Tribe Box­ing Club in Canada scored a 3-2 vic­tory over their Ja­maican coun­ter­parts re­cently at the Mon­tego Bay Cricket Club, as the Ja­maica Box­ing Board took its Gloves for Guns project out­side of the Cor­po­rate Area for the first time. There were also four other bouts on the pro­gramme, fea­tur­ing box­ers from gyms in other parishes.

The board has es­tab­lished a re­la­tion­ship with the Canad­abased box­ing club, and sent a team of ju­nior box­ers there last year. Plans are al­ready afoot for a team from Ja­maica to visit Canada next June when the Red Tribe will be hav­ing their an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The box­ers who par­tic­i­pated in the dual tour­na­ment var­ied in ages from 14-16 and from fly­weight to heavy­weight di­vi­sions. The Red Tribe box­ers got off to a good start, when light­weight Ethan Mar­shall scored an easy points vic­tory over Kevin Brown from Ja­maica’s Sugar Olympic gym. There was plenty of ac­tion in this bout, with the Cana­dian be­ing the ag­gres­sor through­out.

Ja­maica’s Arnold An­der­son from the St Thomas Box­ing Club evened the score im­me­di­ately, how­ever, with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in his light­weight bout against Canada’s Kobe Peck. He took charge from the open­ing bell and over­whelmed his op­po­nent. Canada moved back into the lead in the next bout for heavy­weights as burly and hard-hit­ting Arthur John­son had too much power for his op­po­nent, Robert Napier Jr. from St Thomas, and the ref­eree stopped this con­test at 1 minute 59 sec­onds of the sec­ond round.

Fly­weight Ashawney Lawes from Stan­ley Couch gym gave a gutsy per­for­mance to bring Ja­maica level when he out­pointed the Red Tribe’s Brae­don Paul Levy, but ban­tamweight Bray­don Leblanc clinched the team vic­tory for the Red Tribe when his op­po­nent, Howard McLaugh­lin, who was mak­ing his ring de­but, was dis­qual­i­fied in the sec­ond round.

In other bouts, Daniel Hyl­ton from Stan­ley Couch won on points over Sa­muel Grant from Sugar Olympic gym, Alando Lewis from Sa­vanna-la-Mar gym de­feated Rey­naldo Beck­ford from Ora­cabessa gym on points, Kevonne Wil­lis from the Ja­maica De­fence Force out­pointed G. C. Fos­ter’s Calvin Mig­nott, and Ian Darby from the Ja­maica De­fence Force, out­pointed Janathan Han­son from Stan­ley Couch gym to bring the cur­tain down on a good night of box­ing.


Rac­ers’ cen­tre Qua­nia Walker (right) makes a des­per­ate lunge for ball be­tween Or­chids pair of de­fend­ers Shanique McFar­lane (left) and Kim­berly Thomas (partly hid­den)

Pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Box­ing Board of Con­trol Stephen Jones.

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