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Jan 12, 2015

Sporting highlights with James Adderley

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


As the mighty La Ruta Maya approaches its 2015 edition, the pre-season is rife with the expected vigorous preparation and the silent but necessary assessment of the competition. Looking relaxed and confident, the defending champion, Belize Bank, featuring Amin Lopez, Amado Cruz and Daniel Cruz, ready themselves for the take from Burrell Boom to Manatee Lookout. NICH, who finished 2nd, came with the intent to maintain its permanency among the elite of the sport. The Cruz boys—Alex, Feliz and Efrain—are quite determined to grab the title this year. Jerry Rhaburn, after a disappointing 2014 finish, returns teaming up with Chris and Wilberto daniels and they’ll definitely be the team to watch paddling the OCB Wavemaker. “Nuff respect to Cobb’s Arm who remain undeterred from their quest for the coveted #1 position. Clayton Cobb, Eric Cano and Roy Cano del Norte are deadly serious about La Ruta Maya. The Westrac Stingers have retooled and rearmed and rearing to go. Jerry Canto, Erwin Cruz and Hener Cruz should not be taken lightly. As we pan the field, we give maximum respect to Western Home Supplies/Natius, Turdz, Hydroplaners, Print Belize, Watt A Ting, Lady Black Jaguars and perennial players, Grumpy Old Men.

And so we’re off as manmade energy powers these special crafts in a sport that has quickly become mainstream heading into its 9th year. Of course spills are expected at every start with many sacrificing control for speed, so we say enjoy the early morning swim in the Belize Old River. Hey UB Lady Black Jaguars, you’re back in the hunt and we salute your determination. At Lord’s Bank, OCB Wavemaker is the lead vessel, followed closely by Westrac Stingers, NICH controls the 3rd position, Cobb Arms hangs in at 4th. And if you’re looking for the Belize Bank craft, they/’re trying to make a mark at this point. We now join the sprint to the finish at Manatee Lodge and it’s the OCB Wavemakers with the splash to win the race in 1hour 17 minutes 48 seconds. NICH is next one second behind. Westrac Stingers paddle in 3rd, B.T.L. Cobb’s Arm finishes 4th and Belize bank Bulldogs rounds out the tops.

Turning to the football scene, the Belize Defense Force earned its respect the hard way because bombing Verdes FC with a crucial 1-zip blast Wednesday night that forced Verdes FC to join them on the sidelines of the PLB Championship series. Moving on was Police United who pounced on the Belmopan Bandits in a 1-zip clubbing but both teams make it to the championship series. Police with 12 pts and bandits with 10 pts begin the title hunt Wednesday night at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium. This action should have kicked off yesterday, but as you can see the pitch fell victim to a boisterous downpour by Raymond Waters that rendered the pitch unusable. Here’s the Bandits perspective on the soggy circumstances.

Thomas Rivas, Bandits’ trainer gave us this perspective in an interview conducted by William Ysaguirre.


Thomas Rivas

Thomas Rivas, Trainer, Bandits

“We are leaving that up to the league. Today we had a meeting, both team came together with the match commissioner and we decided to call off the game. Everybody sees the weather and the condition of the field. I mean when we went there this morning, the water was like almost up to your ankle. So it as just a good decision made by both teams. Myself as part of the medical team for the Bandits, I also gave the recommendation that it could lead up to a lot of injuries for players and we are putting our players at risk. In a time like this, you can’t afford to lose a player…you want everybody up in top shape. And also we are looking at we want the fans to come out and enjoy the game also.”


Game time Wednesday night is 7:30.

In other football news, the semifinal round of the K & N Print Spot Competition at Orange Walk saw Elite Promos and Yo Creek settle for a 1-1 draw while Real Madrid and Belize battled to a 3-all stalemate. The final game in this round is scheduled for Saturday, January 17th so stay tuned.


Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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