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Feb 3, 2014

Football, karate and basketball in Sports

Good evening I’m James Adderley and this is Sports Monday. The Belikin Cup finals blasted off inside the MCC Grounds yesterday as FC Belize hosted Belmopan Bandits to kick off Game 1 of the home and away series for the 2014 edition of the PLB title. Both team had struggled earnestly to arrive at this very spot and today money time would begin. Indeed it was a perfect start for the visitors when seven minutes in David Trapp center off the right wing to find super striker Deon McCauley inside the box and his right away right foot swing glances off the near upright to give the Bandits a 1 – zip lead. David Trapp who was a key performer for Belmopan in this one then uses the set piece to pick out Jerome James whose header certainly wasn’t far off from making it a 2 – zip Bandits lead. Folks we tried to find another highlight in first half and the only thing we could come up with is the Yabra bleacher packed with fans to make the MCC Grounds look good. However in 2nd half play the action picks up Jorge Estrada pushes this ball across the goal mouth only to see Woodrow West intervene. At the other end David Madrid hooks up with Deon McCauley who gets 2 tries to double the Bandits lead and fails. As the play continues Stephen Baizar controls on the right wing and sets up Mark Kello Leslie perfectly and his right foot swing easily beats Woodrow West and we have a tied ballgame at the 62nd minute. Pumped up Jarrel Davis looks to give FC the lead but he only forces West to work. This gets Belmopan attention so Denys Bernardez deals to Deon McCauley who denied by a not so comfortable save by Glenford Chimilio. David Trapp then finds McCauley off this corner but the half volley screams over the crossbar. In the meantime Michael Hernandez looks to the hero again fro the FC Belize but does not get the necessary touch to be effective. Belmopan replies off the set piece triggered by David Trapp and Glenford Chimilio is forced to punch it out of harm’s way. And the long whistle brings an end to the hostilities as both ball clubs settle for the 1 – 1 stalemate. The scene now shifts to the Isidoro Beaton Stadium for game 2 Saturday night. This time somebody’s got to win and somebody’s got to lose. The winner becomes the 2014 champions of the Belikin Cup. In the meantime folks here are the official list of awards for the Belikin Cup 2010. Benito Morriera of Verdes FC was voted Best Goalkeeper. Clifton West of Police United emerged as the Best Forward and also lead the league in scoring 8 goals. Orlando Jimenez of Police was deemed the Best Midfielder. Vallan Syms of the B.D.F. Best Defender and Regular Season Most Valuable Player is Franz Vernon of Paradise Freedom Fighters.

In karate news, the Martial Arts Academy presents Dragon Clash a professional tournament that entails six months of training to participate at that training begins today, February 3, 2014. Here is Leon Guild the coordinator.

 

Leon Guild

, Coordinator, Dragon Clash

“The training itself is scheduled for six months—February through July of 2014. The first two months they will be training in judo and jujitsu with Coach Juan. The second two months, April and May, they will be training with myself in the arts of karate, taekwondo and kick-boxing—myself and Sensei Anthony Lord. And then the final two months, June and July, they will be training with Coach David Dawson in the art of boxing. After that, the month of august begins our initiative to try and bring down the number twenty to find our champion. So they will be fighting on Saturday’s, one time per week for seven weeks until we wind down to just a singular champion. Of course the winner gets to walk home with ten thousand Belize dollars. And more than just that, we also have six months of knowledge and experience that they didn’t have before. So in saying that, all the competitors, the people who sign up are champions because they will all be taking home something that they didn’t have when they came here in the beginning. And then the general appeal will be to affect that change in the country.”

 

Now, here’s a look at a few of the signed up competitors for this monster event.

 

Donovan Grinage of Belize

Donovan Grinage

“This was like a dream coming through for me and I said mien this is something that I’ve always wanted to do so I got in contact with the sensei and got the information that I needed. He encouraged me to still come along even though I don’t have the money on hand. So that is why I am here. I really want to…some years ago I did some training in karate and then I got old and heavy so I am hoping that this will really get me in shape.”

 

William Syduca of Nigeria

“I’m hoping to gain more experience, gain more skills; probably participate and see where this leads me. For me this is a dream come through; this is an opportunity I have been waiting for since I had the martial arts dream. So I am hoping to make new friends and probably some foes and I’m hoping this will be fun.”

 

Folks if you think you have a shot, you can still sign up at the Martial Arts Academy or phone Leon Guild at 666-5084.

Turning to the Basketball scene the Elite Basketball League tournament kicks off this Friday at 9 P.M. at Big Birds Isle here in Belize City when No Limits plays host to San Pedro Tigersharks. Here’s a look at No Limit getting ready for prime time and we must congratulate Paul Thompson, President of the Belize Basketball Federation and Smart for its sponsorship. This is the best thing to happen in Belizean Basketball on a long time. It’s a nationwide tournament and other games scheduled for the Friday night are the Belmopan Bandits facing Orange Walk Running Rebels at the UB Gym. Corozal Heat takes on Cayo Western Ballaz at the Andres Campus Civic Center in Corozal and at the Ecumenical High School Gym Dangriga Culture Warriors play host to the Toledo Diplomats.

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