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Nov 12, 2012

Sports Monday highlights with James “Jah over all” Adderley

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


Week 11 of the PLB Season saw Police United play host to Verdes FC inside the FFB Stadium in a pivotal ballgame for both 1st division football clubs. Some 8 minutes in, Julio Ayala sends this probing pass into the box. Police keeper, Charlie Slusher, comes off his line to punch it out, but didn’t look convincing nor comfortable. It’s Verdes in the role of protagonist when Maldonado who should have done better with the scoring chance. At the other end of the field, James Logan mounts this individual effort for the Police that concludes with a shot directly at goalkeeper, Williams Luna.

Evan Mariano then tries this right foot launch from outside the 18th and indeed he wasn’t too far off from opening the scoreboard. 38 minutes in, Leobardo Mendez finds Julio Ayala unattended on the right side and his right foot blast left Charlie Slusher with no chance at the save as Verdes takes the 1-zip lead. The Police tries to respond off this set piece triggered by Trevor Lennon—it’s a wonderful strike but William Luna comes up with a comfortable save. Off the subsequent corner kick, goalkeeper Luna initially misses the ball, but recovers to punch Devon Makin’s shot out of the danger zone.

So we go to 2nd half and it’s Trevor Lennon triggering the set piece that forces Luna off his line for the punch out which finds Andres Makin and he fails to put the ball into an empty net. Things take a turn for the worse for lawmen when a vengeful Kishane Pech pays back Jose Monroy with this display of brutish force for which he is immediately and rightfully chased off the field. Nevertheless, the Police continue to press and the L in Luna must be for luck when Danny Jimenez deals perfectly to Evan Mariano whose powerful header might have been a bit too close to the keeper. Meanwhile folks, perseverance pays off for Police when Evan Mariano picks out Devon Makin who heads to Danny Jimenez and he finishes the play with a wonderful header that ties the ballgame at 1 apiece 62 minutes in. At the 78th minute, Emmanuel Martinez picks out the unattended Julio Ayala whose diving header makes a 2-1 lead in favor of Verdes with his 2nd goal of the match. Now watch this spot kick launched by Rodney Torres to Humberto Requeña whose slight head touch embarrasses Charlie Slusher as Verdes FC zooms to the head of the standings in Zone A by crushing the Police in a 3-1 final score.

In other action around the league: Zone B leader, Belmopan Bandits continued on its winning ways by blanking Juventus 3-zip; San Ignacio and RG City Boys battled to a scoreless draw; the B.D.F. marched over San Felipe 2 to 1; FC Belize sunk San Pedro 3-1 and Placencia pounded Paradise Freedom Fighters in a 5-1 finish. Looking to week 12, on Saturday, Verdes will host RG City Boys and police United travels to Paradise Freedom Fighters. On Sunday, FC Belize battles the B.D.F. at the MCC Grounds; Belmopan Bandits sail to San Pedro. Juventus will host San Felipe and Placencia Assassins get a visit from San Ignacio.

In other football news, the F.F.B. Inter-District competition concluded the quarterfinals over the weekend with Brown Bombers beating Progresso 2 to 1; San Antonio and Madrid settled for a 2-2 stalemate; Santa Elena Synergy scorched Scorpions 1-zip and Estrellas outshone Benguche 3 to 1. Thus the semi-final round begins this Sunday with San Antonio facing brown Bombers and Benguche battles Independence Scorpions.

Turning to the basketball scene, we caught the contest between Smart and Bowen & Bowen Friday night in the BDBA Firm Competition at Bird’s isle and we pick up action in the 3rd quarter with Bowen & Bowen leading 36 to 30. Milton Flores extends the Bowen & Bowen lead with this sweet looking three. Flores finishes with 15 points. However, Smart has its own go to guy and Kurt Budd answers with a 3 of his own. Budd would lead all scorers with 36 points and pulled 6 rebounds. Of course, Bowen & Bowen also has Steve Bonnel who fires back and would lead his team with a mighty 29 points. Still Budd remains unfazed as he answers the answer and he hit 50% from 3 point range going 6 for 12. Not to be outdone, Bonnel strikes for another three and he would win the 3 point clash by going 7 for 12 for 58%. At the end of 3rd, Bowen & Bowen is up by 10. They would go on to post the 71 to 58 big win.

In other results from the BDBA Firms Competition: Belize Bank roughed up Truckers 74 to 52; Port of Belize shut down Airport 85 to 69; Atlantic bank prevailed over Central Bank 71 to 68 and BWSL beat Belize Bank in a 39-33 final score.

On the cycling scene, there’s real tension building as the Belize Cycling Association or Federation is set to have election of officers at the Aguada Hotel in Santa Elena on November 24th at 2 p.m. Apparently, only the head of each District Association will be allowed to vote. The rank and file in Belize City has not been howling their disapproval to this format and will charter a bus to this particular event. As it stands, President Emil Moreno, will seek re-election and his slate includes Kevin Bernard, Vice-President; Gilroy Requeña, Secretary; Perry Gibson, Treasurer; and Melvin Flores, P.R. Officer. Deon Leslie, Warren Coye, Gerald Garbutt and Ray Cattouse were poised to mount a challenge, but we’ll just have to wait and see. So stay tuned.

We must now remind you that come what may, on the 24th of November, the UWI day of races is set in stone for November 25th beginning at 1 p.m. It’s a great occasion for family entertainment as the races will feature primary schoolers all the way up to the Elite class. For more information, contact Dwight Gabb at the UWI Campus. We also want to mention that the Dangriga Cycling Association will be presenting an open race for amateur mountain bike riders on the 18th of November in honor of T.V. Ramos. The race runs from Drums of our Fathers Monument to Placencia and swings back to finish at B.T.L. Princess Royal Park. 1st prize is $800, 2nd $500, 3rd place $150 while 4th and 5th take home 100 apiece. It looks like a fun and profitable way to spend Garifuna Day Celebrations. Contact can be made with Moses Lopez at telephone number 625-4022.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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3 Responses for “Sports Monday highlights with James “Jah over all” Adderley”

  1. DNA says:

    keep it up verdes!!!!

  2. Annie says:

    Goooooooo Verdes…! Let’s kick some @$$ :)

  3. Abe says:

    Verdes !!!

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