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Aug 9, 2004

Sagitun evens championship series

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Good evening, I?m James Adderley and we are inside your living rooms with this fresh package of Sports Monday. After last week?s 2-zip lost to Juventus at Independence, Sagitun journeyed to the People?s Stadium in Orange Walk yesterday, knowing full well only a win could extend the Regent?s Cup Championship Series to a decisive GameIII.

It?s an occasion rife with pomp and circumstances as Sugar City comes out in full force to support its football team and on hand to provide the ceremonial kick-off is the creator of the Juventus football franchise, Raul Pelayo.

At the official kick-off, we must marvel at the new age formation featured in the foamed line by the host team Juventus and we know someone has been studying World Class Football.

Sagitun in this battle of North and South, looks to strike first off this kick that is dug out of the goal by Kevin Pelayo.

Meanwhile folks, this innocent looking spot kick by Brazilian Marcus Soto, bends right at the near post as upholding his position, Geovanny Rodriguez tries to recover in the game and the South takes 1-zip lead some fourteen minutes in.

It appears Juventus will get the equalizer right here, but a poor cut from Oliver Hendricks squanders this scoring opportunity.

We didn?t get the full picture of this altercation between Francis Carcass Arzu and Alan Flowers, but both players get chased off the field by Referee Ruperto Vicente.

Still folks, Juventus continues to look for the equalizer when Oliver Hendricks finds Raul Celiz, who heads to Christopher Hendricks, but the conversion remains elusive.

Folks, we?re into the final seconds of added on play in the first half when the Brazilian centres into the danger zone, Oliver Hendricks heads it to Christopher and we?ve got a tied ballgame just like that.

Unfortunately, the owner of Sagitun steps on to the field of play to question the Referee as to why the time was extended, but he gets escorted out of the park by two policemen. We must tell the law and the B.P.F.L. that if you put out an owner like Tony Zabaneh from a crowded stadium, you must be prepared to provide protection for him; enough said at least for now,

At the half, it?s a 1-1 tie and the Orange Walk marching band performs for the fans while this gentleman known to us only as the Best-Baller, displayed his awesome ball control skills.

So we go back to the action and its eight minutes into the second half when Wilson Brooks heads this ball to Geovanny Rodriguez, who finds himself outside the eighteen. The Orange Walk fans become highly irritated when Referee Vicente applies the roots to the maximum in this case and chases the Orange Walk keeper off the pitcher pray.

Upon entry, the new Orange Walk keeper is immediately tested by Wilmer Garcia off this spot kick, but he does rise to the challenge.

Now, here is a beauty to behold, Christopher Hendricks unleashes full force to power this bump pass Daren Hinds, giving Juventus a 2-1 lead.

So, who will save the South now, Sagitun looks to Robert Muschamp and he delivers with a deft right foot push front and we?ve tied ballgame at 2 a piece. So we had to overtime .

We?re fresh into overtime play when Young Lenarez and Hilberto Muschamp team up for the give and go and the left foot by Leanrez gives Sagitun a 3-2 lead. Sagitun would hang on through thirty minutes of overtime play to record the win and extend this Regent?s Cup Series to a decisive Game III, which comes to the MCC Ground this Sunday. So look out for it people.

Robert Muschamp, Sagitun Team

?It?s just like you?re between a rock and a hard place, but we decide that we have to come here and take home the victory, the same way how they went to Mango Creek and brought back the victory. We were focus this week; we knew exactly what we had to do; we had to play calm and cool–not to get frustrated and always be determine and not too over anxious to get at the goal. It happened to us after we scored the first; everyone started to get relaxed. But we realized we had to calm down ourselves and take control of the game. This is like a dagger in the back for them; they were expected to take home that big trophy. But when I came here and saw that trophy, I told one of my players that big one is going to Mango Creek by the Grace of God and I think we could do that next week.?

Christopher Hendricks, Juventus Team

?I am very disappointed about today?s ballgame–we came out focus and then on in the end of the game, the referee just change our game. So we have to try and see how we can adept for the next game and come out to try win the championship next week. We are a championship team and a championship team can always rebound despite of what happened on this field today. I think that as long as we stay focus, we can come out on top.?

In Juventus football news–Yabra under twelve beat Caesar Ridge 3-0 to take that title in Albert Youth Centre football tournament, which was staged recently. Yabra?s under fifteen made it a sweep by crushing the Rest of the World 2-zip. This tournament concluded on Saturday.

Over in the Belize Alumni Council Juvenile 2004 tournament–B.A.C. stars edged out Blackman Eddy to take top honours on Saturday while Hattieville pulled up third.

In semi-pro basketball news–Kruzzazz of Belize City rolled past Corozal Dolphins at Corozal, sixty-six to sixty-three in regulation play over the weekend.

Turning to the Softball scene, we have received word that the National Under Nineteen Female Softball Team returned from the first Central American Juvenile Tournament staged at El Salvador, with silver. That tournament concluded yesterday; we certainly say congratulations to our young girls.

In cycling news?Rogue Matus edged out Santino Castillo, the chief for top honours, while Marlon Smith pulled up third in Saturday in Sunday?s non-elite race presented by Santino.

Hey folks, that?s our show for today, we invite you back same time, same place next week, but before we go we remind you that Monster Football comes to the MCC Grounds as GameIII between Sagitun and Juventus will take centre stage. Nevertheless, that?s it. Jah over all, I?m James Adderley.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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