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Jul 21, 2014

Sportscaster James Adderley Returns with Sports Monday

Good evening I’m James Adderley and here’s the sporting news.


Belize opening game Thursday at the UNCAF U-20 Football Championship was very disappointing as our boys took a 6 – zip beating from El Salvador. While our team is locked in this football struggle we’ll hold our tongue until this tournament concludes and our boys are safely home. We will say this though our programme for the international scene is embarrassing as our stature in UNCAF football continues to decline. Apparently FIFA has done its part but Belizean football remains not ready for prime time. Nevertheless the show goes on. Today we go up against Nicaragua and we must have a better showing. On the 23rd we face powerhouse Panama, the 25th its face off time against Honduras, on the 27th Costa Rica and on the 29th Guatemala – all formidable opponents. Even if we can’t win, how we play the game is vital to our image abroad. Checking in on the President’s Cup here’s the results from the weekend of play. Sagitun doubled Pomona 2 to 1, Roaring Creek rumbled pass Estrellas 4 to 2 and Progresso downed Belize District Starts 2 to 1. Thus Progresso leads with 20 points, San Antonio has 18, Sagitun 17, Roaring Creek 16, Belize District Stars and Pomona show 7 points, Benque has 4 and Estrellas 2.

In the end folks it does appear that we’ll have to go to the next generation for a brighter future in international football. The Smart Mundialito provided a wonderful showcase for the new crop of player who could take us there. Saturday at the Yabra Field City Boys and Rising Stars clashed to determine who would wear the youth crown in the 3rd annual presentation of this competition. Akeem Sutherland of City Boys displays commendable skills getting away from 2 defenders to center with the left foot and fining Denroy Lopez who didn’t put enough on the punch for it to count. It’s more City Boys when Shadrick Lord raises this ball into the danger zone, Akeem Sutherland slices it pass goalkeeper Elan white, Denroy Lopez can’t put it into the net. Defender Maynor Batiz clears only as far as Akeem Sutherland who gives the keeper a break. So we go to the 2nd half and Rising Stars gets its best chance to score when Darnel Gonzalez encounters Shawn Billary in a one on one situation but it’s the goalkeeper who wins the contested ball. It’s another great scoring chance for Rising Stars when Bjarne Gabourel dances his way through heavy traffic in search of the shot at goal but it’s Cesar Garcia who fires off the errant shot. At the other end Camryn Lozano penetrates deep into the Rising Stars goal area and brings the ball back out to Akeem Sutherland who smashes it into the net but his goal is denied by a questionable call. In overtime play Sutherland beats his man to produce the game winner but the ball is right at Elan White who makes the stop. So we go to penalty kicks for the decision and its Shadrick Lord of City Boys giving his team the 1st goal with the right foot push. Kenroy Allen steps up for Rising Stars and he powers it pass Shawn Billary for the 1 – 1 tie. Denzel Carr restores the City Boys lead with an impressive goal. Frannon Broaster then comes up with the 1st miss for the Stars thanks to a fantastic save by Shawn Billary. Cyril Jones makes it 3 – 1 by finding the far corner. Cesar Garcia comes out of goal only to miss the target to keep the score as it is. Akeem Sutherland executes the perfect penalty to make it a 4 -1 and the celebrations begin as City Boys takes home the Under 13 football title and we say congratulations and I’m sure they’ll remember this moment for a long time. We must say the winner’s trophy is impressive. In the awards presentation Jaron Salazar of Collet Strikers is voted Best Goalkeeper.

Shemar Bodden of Collett got Best Defensive, Denroy Lopez of City Boys received Best Midfield, Deon Cacho of Brown Bombers came out on top with Best Forward and Camryn Lozano of Rising Stars scored the most goals in the season. Akeem Sutherland proved to be the Most Valuable Player and we must say good show. Remember if you don’t dreams they can’t come through. In the meantime Shemar Waight travel to FC Barcelona Football Camp at Miami which will last from the 29th of July to the 1st of August. The Mundialito players and their chaperones are being sponsored by Smart.

In cricket news the Warrior Parts Cricket Competition saw Brilliant of Crooked Tree host Easy Does It of Lemonal on Saturday and quickly spurted to an all out total of 131 runs after having batted 1st. Unfortunately they might have underestimated the Lemonal Team who came in with laser vision to capture a stunning victory. This man Herbert Banner led the way with 59 runs including the go ahead run that gave them 132 runs with al of three wickets to show. Congratulations are in order guys.

In cycling news B class rider Isaiah Willacey of Digicel 4G whipped all comers in the Weekend Warriors Race presented yesterday. A class Robert Mariano also of Digicel 4G was runner up, James Frampton of Santino 3rd, Wilbert Jones of Megabytes 4th while another B class rider Santino Castillo rounds out the top 5. Dennis McKoy of Truckers took the C class category.

In the softball scene yesterday’s play in Belize Rural female softball Tournament saw Sandhill bomb Burrell Boom 16 – 11, Sandhill Messengers downed Lords Bank Sunrise 10 – 6 and Orchid Girls wallowed Willows Bank 10 – 3.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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