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Nov 9, 2015

Volley and Football Results in Sports Monday

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

 

The PLB tournament an into another road block in a football season that can only be described as tumultuous and again Verdes FC finds itself in the eye of the hurricane. It’s a Saturday night inside the F.F.B. Stadium and both teams are dressed and rearing to begin the party. But here comes trouble—the match commissioner, Marlon Tillett of the F.F.B. is flanked by management figures of the Belmopan Bandits and we pick out Joseph Budna of the Bandits and Ian Haylock of Verdes FC as the on the spot decision makers. When they walk away, the decision is made—no match today says Commissioner Tillett and the pitch is abandoned. We got an inkling of the matter from Verdes Coach, Marvin Ottley and it sounds like a standoff to us people and try as we did, we could not get the PLB viewpoint.

Meanwhile, in the other matches which were concluded, Placencia Assassins torched Belize Defense Force 3 to 2 and the Police really crushed Wagiya FC in a 7-zip blast. Looking to Week 9; this Saturday, Placencia Assassins will host the Belmopan Bandits and on Sunday, Verdes FC faces Wagiya inside the Norman Broaster and the B.D.F. will battle Police United at the F.F.B. stadium.

Now let’s check in with the Orange Walk 9-aside competition as we join the 2 semi-final matches. In the opener, it’s Guinea Grass Chelsea and Chan Pine Ridge looking for a berth to the finals. Noriely Terry looks to give Guinea Grass the lead off the set piece only to see the goalkeeper, Brittney Miguel, make the stop. At the other end, Angie Cocom displays her skills and fires this right foot at Shani Betancourt who takes care of business. Gisel Baeza then beats Cristina Cartagena who lets go this left foot at goal that is tapped out by Miguel. We’re in second half play when Noriely Tery centers to Gisel Baeza who smacks it home—the goal holds up to regulation and Guinea Grass is into the finals.

In the other matchup, Yo Creeek Gladiators took on Atlantic Bank and Karen Garcia turns on this ball in a bid to give Yo Creek the lead but misses the target. Garcia then deals to Maira Acosta whose right away punch bounces off the near post of the goal defended by the Bank’s Lourdes Torres. Miss Torres then gets tested by Tamara Baptist but she passes the test. It’s Karen Garcia again in the mix this time her shot at goal hits the hand of a defensive player, Eloisa Moreno –the referee rules penalty. Garcia steps up and Yo Creek Gladiators take a 1-nil lead with the conversion. Early in 2nd half, Karen Garcia shows no mercy as she powers this ball pass Lourdes Torres. Yo Creek Gladiators post the 2-zip victory and will not meet Guinea Grass Chelsea this Sunday, November 15th.

Finally, we checked in on the national secondary schools association national volleyball tournament which concluded over the weekend inside Punta Gorda. St. Catherine Academy captured a 16th national championship after getting past Belmopan Comprehensive in the finals: 25-17, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-18. Stann Creek Ecumenical grabbed 3rd place by beating Muffles College. On the male side, Toledo Community College, who had won 10 years in a row until San Pedro High took the last 2, needed 5 sets but got past Muffles College 20-25, 27-25, 11-25, 25-23 and 15-8 in the crucial game 5. St. John’s College was eliminated by TCC in the semi-finals but bounced back to beat Sacred Heart College for 3rd place. Kevanna Flores of St. Catherine walked away with female MVP honors while Nathaniel Castillo of Toledo Community College emerged as her male counterpart. Kudos to both.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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