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Mar 13, 2012

Monday Sports mash up with James Adderley

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

The 2012 La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge took front and center in our nation over the weekend drawing thousands of fans from all across the country. WE pick up the action on Day II and it’s Oceana Wave Makers challenging the mighty Belize Bank for the lead at Double Head Cabbage. They would take the win by a second over Belize Bank, with NICH pulling up 3rd and if you’re looking for the defending champion Zip Rider they’re some 18 minutes off the pace today.

In Day III, Zip Rider—the defending champions—makes its presence felt at the Burrell Boom finish line and are followed 5 seconds later by a new and improved NICH. Belize Bank, the overall lead after Day III, pulls up in 3rd place 9 seconds behind the stage winner, Oceana takes 4th with BTL Cobb Arm rounding up the top 5.

So here we are for the start of the final leg. We’re inside Burrell Boom and the starting line brings with it a mess of colors as the athlete ready themselves for the final push. The river explodes with energy to the starting signal and despite the win at Boom, Zip Riders will know that the 18 minutes lost to the Belize Bank would be irreversible. Now here’s the finish at the Belcan Bridge here in Belize City. it’s a head on clash between Zip Rider and Belize Bank—Zip Rider turns up the pressure and crosses the finish line a nose ahead of Belize Bank but it’s a victory as it’s Belize Bank with the overall win with a time of 16 hours 36 minutes 3 seconds over 4 stages. Oceana Wave Makers pulls up 20 seconds off the pace but their overall time of 16 hours 37 minutes 52 seconds gives them second place. NICH pulls up 4th, but finishes overall in 3rd place with its total time of 16:42:44. BTL Cobb Amin takes 4th place overall in 16:44:50. Coast Guard Redemption looses the sprint nevertheless round out the top in the male division with a time of 16:54:45.

For Zip Riders, the win streak is broken after loosing 18 minutes in the first two stages were never again a serious threat to Belize Bank. In the mixed class, Beat di Burn won it in 17:20:25. Creative Marketing sales took the Intramural Category in 17:50:53. Crime Fighters won in the Pleasure Class in 18:29:52 and the female class was again taken by Peace Makers—this time in 18:36:18.

Turning to the football scene in the Premier League of Belize, Week 5 brought a monster show to the MCC Grounds yesterday as FC Belize locked horns with the mighty Juventus in a pitched battle for supremacy in Zone A. However, the opening 17 minutes was bereft of highlights until this incident caught our eye. FC’s Jeremy Bernardez launches a fierce tackle while the response from Juventus Captain Oliver Hendricks is just as vicious and in the interest of the game, both players should have been shown yellow cards. At the 27th minute, Jeremy James keeps this throw in alive to Cristobal Gilharry whose header crashes against the crossbar—the bounce reaches Jeremy James and FC Belize goes up 1-zip. The pace of the ballgame intensifies and even before this set piece is launched the referee has to impose order. Freddy Tun tries to curve this ball into the goal—Gilharry comes up with the initial defensive header as FC Belize eventually gets off the field.

We’re in the 2nd half play as Juventus continues the search for the equalizer when Clifton West decides if he can’t connect with the head, he’ll connect with the hands for which he is properly and promptly sanctioned with a yellow card. It’s more Juventus pressing this time it’s off the corner kick and indeed Russell Cassanova should have at least made contact with the ball inside the box. Meanwhile we’ve got to give some props to Howard West who reads this pass from Francisco Briceño who was trying to free up Jeremy James.  FC’s Alfred Garnett then gets this chance to double this team’s lead but the shot is right at West and maybe the FC player should fix the numbers on their backs.  On this FC press, Dalton Cayetano makes the right move only to be denied an opportunity at goal by a bad 2nd touch. Less than a minute later, Dalton Cayetano makes amends when Francisco Briceño pulls this ball into the danger zone it bounces to Cayetano and his header doubles the FC lead. That’s the way it would end.

In other Zone A results; San Felipe Barcelona sink San Pedro in a 2-1 finish up north and the B.D.F. easily conquered World FC in a 7-zip rout. Over in Zone B, Placencia Assassins burn San Ignacio FC 2-1 inside the Norman Broaster Stadium. Police United pounded Hankook Verdes 3-zip while Paradise Freedom Fighters were held to a 1-1 stalemate by the Belmopan Bandits inside the Toledo Union. This weekend schedule: FC Belize at World FC and Hankook Verdes goes to Belmopan Bandits—that’s Saturday. On Sunday, the B.D.F. will be at the MCC against San Pedro, Juventus will host San Felipe Barcelona, Placencia will be at home against Police United and San Ignacio travels to paradise Freedom Fighters.

Finally folks, the 31st Annual Belmopan Cycling Classic comes up this Sunday, March 18th.

Jah overall, I’m James Adderley.

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2 Responses for “Monday Sports mash up with James Adderley”

  1. Shermain says:

    Hi just to correct Mr. James………our name is Creative Marketing Missiles and we came 2nd in the mix division not in intramural!

  2. bzmar says:

    Great race…great event.

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