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Jan 13, 2014

Sports Monday: the weekend sporting activities by James Adderley

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

 

The Belikin Cup concluded regular season play with 3 matches on Saturday that produced the 4 teams to make the post season. We caught up with the monster clash between Verdes FC and Belmopan Bandits on a rain soaked pitch inside the Marshalleck Stadium. We must say the condition of the pitch lent itself to what can only be described as a nasty encounter. We’re early into the ballgame when Orlando Jimenez tries this long distance bouncer at Woodrow West who handles the threat. At the other end, David Madrid’s center off the right wing is just a bit short of Brandon Peyrefitte’s reach forcing the Bandits to come away empty. Folks we don’t know what Kareem Haylock might have been thinking but this pegs up tackle on Dalton Eiley earns him a straight red card thereby reducing Verdes to a 10 man team.

A few minutes later, Tyrone Pandy also loses his focus when he takes Orlando Jimenez down for which he gets a yellow card. Meanwhile, we are in 2nd half play. The bandits finally get a good look at goal only to see David Madrid squander the opportunity from pointblank range. Verdes then goes to the set piece in search of the goal and he does find Jamil Cano who simply can’t do anything with it. Folks, when Everal Trapp tries to clear this ball, Tyrone Pandy gives him the works—you can see Trapp’s retaliation when he hits the ground. Nevertheless the yellow card is shown—Pandy’s 2nd of the match and he is gone and now both teams are down to ten men each. Everal Trapp would eventually be able to continue and while he is in pain on the sidelines, Pandy comes over to offer an apology which he accepted.

Next to leave the pitch is Shane Armstrong after cynically taking down Gilroy Thurton and the Bandits is down to 9 players on the pitch. For certain, Deon McCauley was missing in action in this clash and who can blame him—poor lighting, poor pitch condition and a rising tide of negative emotion. Why take chances when you have a bigger fish to fry. The good news is both teams move on to the playoffs with no one severely injured. Verdes who also drew 1-1 with the Police in Wednesday’s back match finish atop the standings with 20 points.

The other results: the B.D.F. and the Bandits settled for a scoreless tie in their back match Wednesday night and then drew with Paradise Freedom Fighters at the Carl Ramos Saturday night to finish with 17 points. Belmopan also finished with 17 points and all these stalemates benefitted FC Belize who completed the playoff picture with 16 points. Police United missed the post-season by a mere point after the draw with Verdes and after shelling San Ignacio 3 to 1. The Paradise Freedom Fighters also finished with 15 points after drawing 1-1 with the B.D.F. while San Ignacio United finished in the cellar with 8 points. Thus the playoffs begin this weekend. Verdes travels to the MCC Grounds to take on FC Belize at 4 p.m. while on Saturday 7:30 p.m. inside the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, the Bandits battle the B.D.F.

In canoeing news, preparations are underway for the 2014 La Ruta Maya. 15 vessels participated in the Boom to Manatee Lookout Race staged on Saturday. NICH took top honors winning the race in 1 hour 14 minutes beating B.T.L. by 23. Belize Bank finished 3rd, D & A Construction 4th and Westrac rounds out the top 5. The next canoe is set for January 25th.

Incycling news, the Weekend Warriors 5th New Year’s Day Race was staged attracting some 40 riders for the 58 mile race from Carmelita Village in Orange Walk to Leslie’s Imports via the Boom Road. When the race passes Maskal Cutoff, the pelathon appears somewhat compact with most of the big guys still sitting down. However, on the Boom Road, this 3 man crew featuring Anwar Barrow, Stephen Bissett and Daniel Cano extricate themselves from the main pack in the 1st serious move in the race. Coming out of Hattieville, the lead trio remains intact, but a rough chase group is only 21 seconds off the pace. We rejoin the lead trio around mile 8 and they are obviously working together to maintain the advantage.

The 3 arrive at the tape together, but it results in a 2 man sprint—on the outside, Stephen Bissett of B.N.E. makes the move, but Anwar Barrow of Digicell 4G turns up the pressure to grab the win in 2 hours 59 mins 35 seconds. His teammate, Daniel Cano pulls up 3rd in uncontested fashion. Derrick Smith of BWS finishes 4th while Warren Coyi of Santino’s rounds out the top 5. In the meantime, 58 year old Santino takes the B class pulling the trigger as he edges out his teammate, Nehru Gilharry, while Orlando De La Fuente rounds out the top 3. All 3 were timed at 3 hours 14 mins 50 seconds. Valentine Sosa of Truckers won the C Class 51 mile race in 2 hours 51 minutes 20 seconds with nelson Zyden and Sazinus Flores finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Checking the Belize District High School Football Competition…weekend action saw St. Catherine blank Belize High School 3-zip while Gwen Lizarraga and Excelsior High rallied to a scoreless draw. Our on the male side, Gwen Liz edged Excelsior 3-2, SJC overwhelmed Belize High School 17 to 1, ACC burned Gwen Liz in a 1-zip affair while Wesley College and Excelsior High settled for a 2-2 stalemate.

Finally folks, play in the Emma Flowers Softball Competition saw Guinea Grass jolt San Narciso in a 16-15 affair; Caledonia clobbered San Estevan 11-3 and Carmelita crushed Louisville 14-2.

 

Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

 

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