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Sep 7, 2015

Sporting Highlights with James Adderley

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday.

 

Toronto Canada was the scene where the national male football selection at 5:30 p.m. Friday Belize time, took on the Canadian national team in the 3rd round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. It’s the farthest Belize has ever been in World Cup play and Belizeans all over the world felt the surge of national pride. Here at home, the fans had high expectations for at least a good showing in the away game in this 2-game series. In front of the home fans, the Canadian team, under pressure after recent losses, came out with a sense of purpose and quickly established its dominance. 10 minutes Woodrow West in goal was severely tested by this vicious punch from outside the 18 and he passed with flying colors. Folk’s by the 17th minute, it had become abundantly clear that all the possession and offense in the match would belong to Canada since team Belize had come in with a decidedly defensive game plan. At the 25th minute, this center off the left wing found the head of Cyle Farin, goalkeeper West makes the stop, the ball is loose. Tosaint Ricketts pounces and the host team leads 1-zip. Slow motion footage reveals that it’s West’s frantic effort to come up with the save that pushes the ball across the goal line. But Ricketts gets the credit. In this play, West is forced to sacrifice his body to keep the score at 1-zip in 1st half action and if you didn’t see any Belize highlights so far there hasn’t been any except for the splendid goalkeeping of Woodrow West. 19 minutes after the intermission, the Canadian strike again; this center finds Tosaint Ricketts and he smacks it home from pointblank range for the 2-nil score and his 2nd goal of the match. How great was Woodrow West in goal…well watch this quick time reaction to force this vicious punch from Edgar on top of the 18 out of harm’s way. Folks the camera almost missed the 3rd goal which comes off the ensuring corner kick and this is what we get from the replay.

The ball reaches #7 who sends it into the danger area; the Belize defense reacts poorly and #13 Hutchinson makes it a 3-zip victory for the Canadians. Folk’s 2 things we must say; the Belize offense did not sputter it was non-existent. And secondly, the overall play was defective. Of course it’s not over till it’s over. Game II comes up tomorrow at the F.F.B. stadium with a 8 p.m. kickoff time and home-cooking can make a work of a difference. We can beat this team, but we can’t win without attacking the goal. Go for it Jaguars; we’re facing a 3-zip deficit.

In other football news, play resume in the PLB season this weekend. on Saturday, Wagiya FC battles Verdes FC at the Michael Ashcroft while Belmopan Bandits will be inside the F.F.B. Stadium hosting the Placencia Assassins – both 7:30 p.m. start. On Sunday, Verdes will host the Police inside the Norman Broaster. Now here’s a reminder, Verdes FC travels to Queretero Mexico for game II of its CONCACAF Championships series on the 17th of September and will return on the 22nd.

Turning to the Belize Rural Cricket scene, it proved to be quite a monster showdown between Wicked II and Easy Does It on Saturday at Bermudian Landing. Wicked II batted first and posted 122 runs on impressive 55 runs from Winston Flowers and Teed Flowers struck for 12. Easy Does It came to bat determined to chase. Herbert Banner stepped up for his team with power, swatting this offering from the bowler for 6 that goes behind a house near the venue. You don’t believe he’s a monster, well here’s another 6 and the girls do know how to appreciate power in motion. We’re tied at 122 with 1 out to go and this swing is good for 4. Herbert Banner would bat in 57 runs; Easy Does It in a 126 to 122 win and we say Mister Man, you big.

In cycling news, the 7th annual Weekend Warriors’ Albert/Regent St Criterium was staged yesterday. Derrick Brown of B.T.L. celebrates his win in the 8 to 10 years 2 laps ride beating out Anthony Rudon and Kayden Sutherland in that order. The 15 laps C-Class ride was decided by this 3-man sprint that sees Estephany Cruise of Sagitun on the outside forcing a game Charles Bruce into 2nd while Edward of Stationery House/Medina’s had to settle for 3rd. meanwhile, Mark Reid of Santino’s leaves no doubt who is in command of the Category B 20 laps ride as he crosses the finish line unaccompanied. In the battle for 2nd place, Kaya Cattouse of C-Ray steps up the pressure to force Juan Gonzalez of Santino’s into 3rd. Santi Castillo then outsprints Ray Cattouse for 4th place as we round out the top 5.

In the 25 laps Category A ride, Kareem Flowers of Santino’s takes the Win; ken Gabourel of Kulture Tours/Megabytes hangs on to 2nd, Ray Cattouse of C-Ray rolls in for 3rd place. Vallan Symms then pulls out the after burners to take Robert Mariano for 4th place. Now here’s the start for the Elite 15 laps and it’s a field deep with talent. In money time, it’s Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytesemerging the boss with an exclamation. His 2 teammates, Tariq Flowers and Phillip Leslie, settle for 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Quinton Hamilton and Darnell Barrow roll in for 4th and 5th in that order.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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