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Jan 9, 2012

James Adderley speeds with cyclists to victory

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

While the movers and shakers in the football world try to establish an organized administrative structure, the beat still goes on with the launching of the Belize Bank Cup 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, we caught up with week 2 in this 4 team, single round robin tournament as RG City Boys took aim at Westlake inside the Ladyville football field. In the opening minutes, Westlake launches this press as Alex Faber deals to Gilroy Thurton who is denied by Elden Linarez in goal for City Boys who claimed Thurton was in as offside position. Same 2 minutes later Westlake opens the scoreboard off this defensive miscue that gives possession to Travis Eiley and he makes them pay as Westlake takes a 1-zip lead. City Boys looks for the equalizer when Ryan Simpson picks out Delroy Andrews with this crucial pass but the striker displays a timing problem. At the other end, Gilroy Thurton looks to double the Westlake lead with this individual effort that finds him pulling down Nigel Franklin to launch this feeble right foot that wouldn’t get past goalkeeper Linarez.

In the meantime, Elden Linarez is forced to come up with a big time save off this set piece triggered by Lorenzo Diaz and he does. For Michael Hernandez his bid to double the Westlake lead is foiled by a push too far and Linarez does well again in the City Boys goal. 10 minutes into the 2nd half, Jason Young tries to surprise Stanley Reneau with this trick shot in heavy traffic only to see his former keeper come up with a finger tip save. Folks this spot kick launched into the danger zone by Nigel Franklin sees Dwayne Simpson smash this loose ball against Shannon Flowers the deflection beats Reneau and just like that we have a 1-1 ballgame. It’s late in the ballgame and Travis Eiley gets the chance to give Westlake the lead in this one on one with Elden Linarez but this push is certainly not worth the effort. Lorenzo Diaz also gets a turn to give Westlake the big W, however, the left foot slices wide and the ballgame is settled in a 1-1 stalemate.

In the other match, Rural Stars blanked FC Belize in a 1-zip game.  thus after 2 outings, Rural All Stars leads the Belize Bank Cup with 4 pts, City Boys  shows 2 and so does West Lake while FC Belize has 1 point to show. This Sunday at Ladyville, Westlake takes on Rural All Stars and FC Belize battles RG City Boys. The 2 teams with th4e best record after week 3 will meet on week 4 for the Belize Bank title.

Turning to the Cycle scene, the elder statesmen in the sport suited up for the weekend warriors’ version of the New Year race—a 48 mile ride that left the Orange Walk Town hall and finished at the M&M Engineering Office on the Northern Highway. Around Ml. 40, it’s Raymond Hyde looking to run away from the pack with this main pelathon deed set against that particular objective. It’s Andrew Poppa Brown and Ernest Meighan who break out of the pack in search of Hyde. Nevertheless, at Ml. 17, Raymond Hyde remains the sole protagonist. Of course the chase pack does remains within striking distance as it gets closer to money time. Nevertheless, Hyde would not falter and here he is claiming the victory for team Santino’s in 2 hrs 27 mins 33 secs and we say congratulations to Raymond Hyde.

Now here’s the sprint for 2nd place and it’s Barney Brown of Scotia Bank on outside grabbing that position, Warren Coye of Horizon takes 3rd while Ernest Meighan and Ronald Sutherland both of Santino’s round out the top 5. Meanwhile the B Class race which got off 5 minutes after the A Class race saw Dean Belisle of BCB/FT Williams power across the finish line to claim the win in 2 hrs 44 mins 8 secs. Perry Gibson of AAA Loans has to settle for 2nd and Leroy Vargas of Truckers takes 3rd.

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