Western Bureau:Arnett Gardens FC swept into third place in the Red Stripe Premier League, on the back of a Marcelino Blackburn double at the Frome Sports Complex yesterday.The defending champions came from behind to clip Reno 2-1 after Tyshan Hill had fired Reno into the lead in the 21st minute. Blackburn levelled the score with a header in the 47th minute then struck again in added time with a dipping left-footed free kick.The victory takes them to third in the table, joining Humble Lion on 26 points, and left the home team in mid-table with 22 points.”I am very pleased with the win, because we have been having trouble scoring lately. These are two wonderful goals from Blackburn, and the team definitely deserves the win,” stated Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite.The result has left Reno coach Michael Graham struggling for words, as he was clearly upset.”This was a game we should have won, but for the lack of concentration in the second half,” Graham said.”After scoring first, we were looking to get all three points but we faltered and they scored an unfortunate goal,” he said.
Foster’s Fairplay finds some of the responses coming after the match-deciding run-out incident in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup to be quite sickening.This columnist was grown up with values that show a clear distinction between what can be accepted or not in the social space. With necessary adjustments to address the passage of time, they should be cast in stone as standards of behaviour to be patented and patterned by all, unless the plan is to succumb to the societal savagery that has crept, unmolested, into what is taken as the norms of today.How many of the present champions of uncultured, unpolished, and uncouth acts understand what it means to say ‘it is not cricket’?It was a game that would decide which of two teams would advance to the quarter-final. The contestants were Zimbabwe and the West Indies. West Indies fast bowler Keemo Paul, bowling the last ball, with three runs for the Zimbabweans to win, removed the bails with the non-striker’s bat on the line.The appeal went up the umpires conferred and asked if the fielding captain wished to sustain the appeal. He was told yes, the innings ending with West Indies victors by two runs.The question must be asked: If it were a matter solely of the Laws of the Game, why was there a consultation before the upraised finger?accurate statisticsThe aftermath sees an avalanche of commentary. Without the benefit of accurate statistics, the feeling is that there are more supporters than those who are talking against what this columnist sees as seizing a win with no regard for what is ethical or not.Reluctantly, this columnist is forced to question personal belief as to which of the many sports persons heard on the matter can sustain their moral credibility.For a few, even their knowledge and understanding of cricket are cast under a shadow.The country is going through a period of falling standards in almost every phase of its existence. Opinions in the sporting context have not escaped the slide.To emphasise, there was the pain in hearing a popular and highly regarded sports journalist invited by a female host on a programme on the station where he plies his trade. The host had confessed a lack of appreciation of the finer points of cricket and was seeking guidance, while expressing her own rejection of the run-out act in terms quite base.She must have been shocked to hear someone she saw as a mentor say, “moral codes do not apply here”, words to the effect that suggested that one should ‘do anything to get ahead’, as well as his unashamed redefining of the basic and universally accepted tenets of sportsmanship.He even went on to recount the incident in a 50-over game where an Australian bowler went “underarm” – call it “underhand” if you will – to deny a New Zealand batsman a six hit, which would have given his team victory.There was worldwide disdain for that act. Plus, from this corner, came utter astonishment and further loss of respect when the argument proceeded to naming the errant bowler ‘one of the greatest of all time’.important winIf all this rejection of ‘the decent thing’ is to be accepted to go for that all-important win, let us be clear that there are other ideals that also have to be jettisoned.Saying that, let us appeal for ‘handled ball’ when a batsman plays a ball at his feet and in good faith picks it up and tosses it back to the bowler. Let the batsmen go for an extra run when a throw-in hits one of them and ricochets out of the reach of the immediate fieldsman.It is hard to believe that this is the same sport where, in a bygone era, a fieldsman on the boundary, far away from the seeing eye, was asked to verify if a catch was taken cleanly or the ball had crossed the line and his call accepted.If the annoying and irrelevant reminders of ‘it is in the rules’ are countenanced, given the circumstances, then there can only be one sad conclusion: The game is indeed ‘gone to the dogs’.For feedback: Email [email protected]
But Chevelle Gordon, the baby’s mother is a PNP supporter and thinks the child will follow her ways. As labourites and comrades mingle outside a polling station in Greenwich Farm, the contrast of young Bernard, dressed in green, resting across his mother’s orange clad chest could not be missed. Chevelle, however, said that the colour of her child’s shirt is merely coincidental. “Its not the father, is me put in him green. It nuh have nuttin fi do with it,’ she said. The PNP wears orange and the JLP wears green. The senior Bernard says green represents prosperity, and that with him being the head of the household his son will follow his lead. The PNP’s Simpson Miller is being challenged by the JLP’s Victor Hyde for the seat she has won since 1976. Bernard told The Gleaner that he expects Simpson Miller to win the constituency but is hopeful the JLP will win the general elections, which would give both him and his partner something to smile about later. Shellando Bernard believes his young son, six months old, Lionel, represents a green sprout in the People’s National Party dominated South West St Andrew. The elder Bernard, is one of the few hundred JLP voters in the constituency controlled by Portia Simpson Miller, the PNP president and Prime Minister of Jamaica.
WESTERN BUREAU:GREGORY DALEY says his all-inclusive approach contributed to the overwhelming manner in which he was returned as president of the St James Football Association.Daley was returned at Monday night’s election of officers, sending challenger Orville Powell to a crushing 82-16 loss.”The outcome here tonight speaks for itself. I believe that most of the things my challenger sought to address are all valid. However, it has to be about the approach. I choose to incorporate the clubs in my decision-making, and that is why the affiliates have given me another term to lead,” said Daley.”We try to make them part of the process of change. We understand the culture they work under and help each club, administratively, to become a lot more professional in their set-up and their development, and I believe that they appreciate how we deal with things,” he added.Daley noted infrastructural development and upkeep, coaching, refereeing, discipline of players on and off the field as important areas that will be getting major attention.”We must come to understand what is the best way to reach these clubs, all of which, attract players, mainly from inner-city communities. So for us to get the best out of them it cannot be an ‘I said so, so it must be done’ approach,” Daley said in a clear reference to Powell’s perceived style of leadership.It is the second time in nearly four months that the Montego Bay United owner was losing a football-related election.FAILED BIDPowell failed in his bid to garner enough affiliate support in his move to challenge Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, in November 2015.The tempestuous St James FA election of officers brought out a well-known secret that Powell was a man not afraid of speaking his mind, and he wasted little opportunity in letting the nearly 100 affiliate members hear his voice, calling into question the constitutionality of how things panned out.Bruce Gaynor, the outgoing general secretary came in for special attention from a heated Powell, who slammed his approach to how the night’s activity was to go down, but by time the votes were cast, a dejected Powell quietly left the Montego Bay Cricket Club, which hosted the night’s affair.Powell’s impressive slate of candidates included former national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, Sandra Christie, Germaine Spencer, Edmund Sherriff and Kenneth Watson.