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Feb 4, 2013

James Adderley groundbreaking highlights on Sports Monday

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

 

The Orange Walk 1st division football competition completed its semi-final round yesterday at the Louisiana Football Field as the two teams to advance to the championship series emerged. In the nightcap, Progresso FC and Guinea Grass United clashed for the last time this season. Some 9 minutes into the action, Guinea Grass looks for the opener off the set piece and we must say the trigger man, Isidoro Chan isn’t too far off the target. At the 24th minute, Hugo Canul outruns the defense on the left side to raise this ball over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper, Alfredo Westby who comes off his line and Guinea Grass takes a 1-zip lead. Guinea Grass then gets this chance to double the lead when Ronald Rodney fires at an empty goal only to come up with a high riser as we go to intermission. Progresso FC’s best chance at the equalizer comes when their striker Tirso Duran gets this good look at goal from close range but misses the target. Guinea Grass goes on to post the 1-zip Big Win and are off to the championship round as Progresso makes an exit after falling 2-1 in the 2 game series.

In other semi-final series, San lazaro Revolution and San Estevan battled to a 4-4 draw buut San Estevan moves on on an aggregate of 8 to 6 goals from 2 outings. Thus Guinea Grass Uniteed begins a 2 game series for the title against San Estevan this Sunday, February 10th, inside the People’s Stadium. The opener will feature the U-17 battle between White Eagles FC and San Lazaro Young Stars FC.

Meanwhile folks, the national team continues to prepare for the Gold Cup in the U.S. and Coach Leroy Sherrier returns to Belize and the team on 16th February. The Gold Cup is scheduled to kick off on 7th July. Also scheduled to travel is the national U-20 male selection which will compete in the UNCAF U-20 Tournament to be staged at Costa Rica.  In the meantime, the Premier League of Belize kicks off the 2013 Season featuring 9 football clubs. The action kicks off this weekend on the 9th and 10th February, but to date no schedule has been released.

In cycling news, CASA’s Saturday Race continues to feature the elite riders and Saturday’s race from Leslie’s Important to Burrell Boom cut off was no different. 21 cyclists are suited for the start when the 42 mile journey begins. Approaching the mile 10 station, it’s a 3 man lead and it’s Marlon Castillo who steps up to take that Radisson Hotel Premie. Marlon is accompanied by Byron Pope and Giovanni Lovell. This trio apparently works well together and continue to control the pace as they head towards Boom cut off. And at the turn around point, the big three continue to lead the race. Some 30 seconds later, this chase group makes its appearance. So we head back to Mile 10 and on the return, it’s Byron Pope grabbing the station prize this time with Marlon Castillo and young Giovanni Lovell still in the lead three. In fact, this trio would make their lead stick all the way to the finish line. However, at the curve where the sprint begins, Marlon Castillo in the lead falls off his bicycle and takes Giovanni Lovell down. Byron Pope of benny’s Megabytes then rides in uncontested fashion to grab the W in 1 hr. 44 mins. 15 secs. Giovanni Lovell of Telemedia recovers ahead of Castillo to take 2nd place. Marlon Castillo of Santino’s has to settle for 3rd.

In news from the weekend warriors race from Cotton Tree to Leslie’s Imports, Preston Martinez of M&M Engineering took top honors in the A Class with Mark Gentle 2nd and Warren Coye 3rd. Jim Scott of Santino’s took the B Class win while Valentine Sosa of Truckers won in the C Class.

Meanwhile folks, the standoff in the Belize Cycling Association continues, but according to President, Emil Moreno, the UCL reps will be in Belize on the 10th of February and will stay for a week to fix this situation. Only then will plans for the Cross Country Class go ahead. Still a 9 person team of cyclist is headed to the Central American Games at Costa Rica which kicks off on March 7th. The BCA needs to raise $96,250 to make this trip possible and contributions can be made to the Association at Heritage Bank.

Turning to the canoeing scene, the preparation events continue as we countdown to the massive La Ruta Maya race set for March. We join a field of 17 canoes lined up below the Haulover Bridge en route to Burrell Boom. And they’re off… at the Manatee Lookout, this upstream race finds NICH in the lead, Westrac is next while the mighty Belize Bank finds itself in 3rd place. These vessels would lead the entire route and here’s the sprint to the finish line—Belize Bank has the lead, Westrac on the outside is in 2nd place and NICH is bringing up the rear. Belize Bank hangs on to take 1st place in 2 hrs 6 mins 43 seconds. NICH pulls up 2nd place in a time of 2 hrs 6 mins 56 seconds  as they edge out Westrac. Sprouts win the Junior Class in 2 hrs 12 mins 18 secs. Natius Boys take the Intramural Class in 2:12:33. Coast Guard Guardians prevailed in the mixed class with a time of 2:15:07. Sea Sports Watt a Ting took the masters class in 2:22:20 and Police Crime Fighters win the pleasure craft class in 2:25:52.

 

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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