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Aug 8, 2016

Sports Monday: Sporting Facilities Damaged by Hurricane Earl

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

 

Hurricane Earl has come and gone, leaving in its wake, a major setback to the sports—at least in the southern part of the Jewel. The Isidoro Beaton Stadium inside Capital City Belmopan was the only venue in the area hit that withstood the ferocious winds and the watery deluge. Out at San Ignacio, the Norman Broaster Stadium was battered into the need of urgent repairs. The Michael Ashcroft Stadium at Independence was a bit more fortunate; the damage was minor. The Carl Ramos Stadium in Dangriga also escaped almost unscathed and the Toledo Union Field at Punta Gorda, while not damaged by the storm, finds itself in need of urgent repairs due to lack of maintenance. Here in Belize City, which took the brunt of the storm, Bird’s Isle, the home of Belize City Basketball, was absolutely devastated by the unwelcomed visitor, destroying not only the basketball court, but also the restaurant complex. According to the Basketball Association, the search for a new venue to accommodate the current interoffice season is already underway. Meanwhile, all football tournaments in Belize City have also been put on hold as the southern section of the MCC Grounds was taken down by a falling tree, the bleacher roof has been uprooted while the pitch remains almost untouched by Mister Earl.

At Roger’s Stadium, the fence has been damaged, the lighting has been affected by the strong winds and finds itself nonfunctional at this time and the roof of the stadium has been blown down.  Hurricane Earl has done severe damage to our national sporting venues so we visited the National Sports Director to look for solutions.

 

Ritchel Dominguez, Direction, National Sports Council

“At this time, we are doing an assessment in understanding where we are going because one the football competition is getting ready to start. So at this time, today, we are looking at it and see which ones we can get back up and running and to see what we will do with those that need more attention.”

 

James Adderley

“Looking at the MCC Grounds, what kinda estimate do you have for its recovery?”

 

Ritchel Dominguez

Ritchel Dominguez

“Well what happen is that we did an estimate and we sent it up and we are looking to see where we can source funds. We’ll need to sit and decide how we go about getting it done. I know we are looking at maybe getting it covered temporarily until we can see where we go with it. We have informed the teams that are playing out of the MCC that we are basically down at this time and they have opted to play their games away for the first three games as the competition start. And then they move back into the city to give us a little time so that we can come up with some idea of how to get it temporarily fixed.”

 

James Adderley

“This obviously affects all primary school activities in Belize City?”

 

Ritchel Dominguez

“It does, but what has happened is that we are not only looking at MCC. We did an assessment of Marion Jones where we are thinking, if we can’t really get MCC to what is needed, we will move some of the games to Marion Jones because we have the Mexican government who are putting in some infrastructure and lighting on that facility so we are also looking at that as a second option if we can’t deal with MCC.”

 

James Adderley

“But is it ready to play, the Marion Jones?”

 

Ritchel Dominguez

“Well we are working on the pitch as we speak because we have to speed up because of the timeframe that we have before the competition. But like I said, the teams playing out of Belize City have decided that they will play their away games first so that we can have time to assess in where we are to get things to the best of what we can. We do with the best that we have.”

 

In the meantime, we did find out that the show must go on and unearthed the evidence yesterday at Louisiana Field in Orange Walk where 3 of the Mundialito matches scheduled were actually completed. Here’s the kick off for the match between Belize and Colombia and we’re underway. Two minutes in, this defensive slip gives Axel Alamilla possession—his first attempt to score rebounds off the near upright but his 2nd try gives Belize a 1-zip lead. Colombia comes roaring back with this long distance left foot launch from Henry Cordero beats goalkeeper Zari Perrera to tie the ballgame at 1 apiece. Belize regains the lead when this player wearing #2 benefits from a poor defensive play to give his team the lead. The strokers number was not correctly recorded by the team officials. In 2nd half action, Nazir Carrillo steps up to launch this set piece that crashes off the horizontal bar; goalkeeper Katie Sealy who replaced Zari Perrera, makes the initial stop only to see Henry Cordero get his 2nd goal of the match to force the 2-2 stalemate. Colombia leads the OW Mundialityo with 16 pits. Belize is at 2nd with 14. Holland did not see action yesterday; they’re in 3rd place with 13 pts also Mexico of San Estevan beat Argentina 3-zip to move into 4th place with 11 pts. Meanwhile Croatia got its 8 pts with a bang yesterday against Germany to move into 5th place. Osmar Toledano opens the scoreboard in early moments of the ballgame off this one-on-one situation with Germany’s keeper, Jaime Villanueva. Give Villanueva some credit for this save against #15, whose shirt number was not properly recorded. Make it a 2-zip when #8, whose number did not show up on the roster, swings with the right foot and finds the back of the net. It’s a 3-nil lead when midfielder Duriel finds #7 Dylon Ek who finishes with the tap in. we do not have a number 17 on our roster, but he scores a good looking goal for Croatia. Folks, for accuracy’s sake, let’s just conclude by saying Croatia takes the win in a 7-zip blast.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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