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Sep 5, 2011

James Adderley’s Earth-Shattering Sports Roundup

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

Tomorrow, Tuesday 6th September, the National A Team of Belize will host its Guatemalan counterparts inside the FFB Field at Capital City, Belmopan in its second appearance of this round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Our Team goes in hype from Friday evening’s 3-zip win over Grenada on the road. While Guatemala comes in fresh off a 4-zip win at St. Vincent. In this group, Guatemala is ranked 113th by FIFA, Grenada is 118, Belize 148 and St. Vincent 158. It’s plain to see that the road to the next round for Belize leads through Guatemala. Tomorrow in a ballgame to be televised live on Channel 5. Belize must come up with a positive result to keep alive its hope of advancing because 2nd place will not be good enough. Of course win loose or draw, I’m a Belizean and I know you are too.

In other football news, the play in Belize District, the female football competition over the weekend saw Millennium cool down Hattieville Heats in a 4-1 blast. Tornadoes blew away Orchids 5-1 while Island Stars got the freebie from Untouchables who did not show up. Meanwhile, Kulture Yabra beat Lake 3-1 and then blanked Plaza 2-zip to win the 1st ever 40 and over tournament at the MCC Grounds yesterday. Plaza defeated Lake 6-nil to finish in 2nd place.

Now let’s get to the Barracks where the Lionman Triathlon took center stage yesterday. And in the 1.5 kilometer opening swim we find 3 athletes fighting to get the win as Dr. Ramon Figueroa puts on the after burners to grab that distinction. Next out is another veteran, Jim Scott, while young Eric Donis becomes the 3rd swimmer to exit the Caribbean Sea. All three swimmers are competing in the team relay today.

Jose Choto is 4th out of the water as he beats his archrival in the individual class. Kenroy Smoke Gladden who has improved his performance in the water. Of course, on the female side in both the individual class and the relay event is Belize’s premier female athlete Shalini Zabaneh is the first female to complete the first leg in order to transition to the bike. Meanwhile Giovanni Froggy Leslie is the first to complete 25 miles of biking but his team would not make it into the winner circle. Nevertheless, the 1st athlete in the individual class to finish the ride is former champ, Jose Choto and we see him putting on his sneakers for the final leg which features a 10 km run. Not far behind is Kenroy Gladden who knows that Jose Choto is the man to beat today.

And of course on the ladies side Shalini Zabaneh has quickly established herself as the undisputed front runner. Kevin Seroki si the first to compelte the course but he competes in the Team Relay. The man who would wear the 2011 Lionman title is Kenroy Gladden who gained all of 9 minutes over Jose Choto to win on on overall time of 2 hours 31 minutes flat.

Jose Choto settles for 2nd place this year with a total time of 2 hours 38 minutes. In the meantime, Magdalena Chubb fell victim to exhaustion going to the tape and we’re grateful that the organizers were prepared for this eventuality. Nevertheless on the female side, Shalini Zabaneh was superb grabbing the female title rather easily and in fact her total time of 2 hours 44 minutes 5 seconds was good enough for 3rd place.

Meanwhile, Kevin Seroki who along with Shalini Zabaneh and Brandon Cattouse comprise Team Sagitun crosses the line to give his team a total time of 2 hours 19 minutes 23 seconds which made the team the champion in the team relay. Team Spectrum Design consisting of Denise Diaz, Wilbert Jones and Louis Haulze took 2nd place with a time of 2 hoursm 25 minuites 16 seconds while C-Ray Bed Intentions with Kaya Cattouse, Eric Davis and Kent Gabourel settled for 3rd place with a time of 2 hours 29 minutes 32 seconds.

In cycling news, the Belize Cirty Council and Leslie’s Imports Criterium takes center stage this Sunday, September 11th 2011 through the streets of downtown Belize City. 5 Categories are offered and registration must be done with the Belize Cycling Association before Thursday September 8th.

Finally folks, game 3 of the Interoffice Basketball League unfolded Friday night inside the Civic Center. Belize Bank Bulldogs got a fame high 14 points from Macaro Augustine and 12 from Rupert Brown to knock off CYDP in 53-47 finish. For CYDP, Andrew Staine put up 13 points and Marcel Orosco added 10 in the loss. Thus with 2 wins and a loss the Belize Bank can close out the 5 game Championship series this Friday night at the Civic Centre.

Jah overall, I’m James Adderley.

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