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Apr 7, 2008

B.D.F. and Hankook Verdes draw 1-1

Story PictureGood evening I’m James Adderley and you’re locked into this portion we call Sports Monday.

We take you out immediately to the M.C.C. Grounds where game one of the B.P.F.L. Championship series between the number one seed Hankook Verdes and the Belize Defence of Belize City force kicked off amid an opening ceremony that had its share of pomp and circumstance while giving us a glimpse into the future of Belizean football. In the role of host, because Verdes relinquished its home field rights, the Belize Defence Force looked to take immediate advantage with this power play that has to have hands on attention from Jamie Bruggs in goal for the west. Nevertheless, it’s the city fans who find themselves in a state of shock when Orlando Jimenez picks out his brother Daniel Jimenez and just like that Verdes is up 1-zip eleven minutes into the ballgame. The military faithful suffer another jolt when this extremely reckless kick by Nigel Franklin on Floyd Jones results in only a yellow card from the referee. But this one would be tough the whole way people. Also folks, maybe David McCauley and Deon Flowers should develop some kind of signal on the military team as they almost crush each other on this spot kick sent by Marcos Soto.

Meanwhile, we’re sixteen minutes into second half play when David McCauley picks out his brother Deon McCauley whose crushing header provides the military with the equalizer in now a 1-1 ballgame. Pumped up by the change of fortune, the military’s Azzizi Swaso tries to find tries to find Deon McCauley only to see the vehement intervention of Nigel Franklin. But Verdes comes right back with potency and Daniel Jimenez knows he should have done better with this scoring opportunity. The B.D.F. then makes a bid for the W off this set piece and Jamie Usher in the Verdes goal has to come up with serious aerial acrobatics to still the situation. It’s more military when Deon McCauley gets this chance at goal but he simply can’t provide any power to the punch. Hankook Verdes comes to Belize City and holds the Belize Defence Force to a 1-1 tie in playoff game one.

The scene now shifts to the Norman Broaster Stadium this Sunday when game two of this RFG Championship series will unfold. It’s the first time that Verdes and the military will meet in a ballgame that cannot end in a draw and indeed with the home field advantage, Hankook Verdes of San Ignacio has the better hand going in. Of course the winner come Sunday takes the title.

In news from the Super League, the regular season concluded over the weekend with Forever Strong Kraal Road holding Benque DC United in a 2 all stalemate while Estrellas F.C. got its first playoff win with a 4-2 bashing of league leaders Texmar who featured their bench in this one, no excuse nevertheless. The Super League Executive convenes a meeting five-thirty p.m. tomorrow at the Civic Center Conference room here in Belize City to finalise kick off date in the three game championship series which will feature Texmar Boys as the number one seed and Benque DC United as the challenger.

In Cycling’s news, from the annual Sagitun Cycle Classic which was staged down south yesterday, Hernan Ochaeta of Crystal Cycling Team took the Junior ride in two hours, nineteen minutes, fifteen seconds beating out Jairo Campos and his teammate Ameed Figueroa in that order. At the Masters level, Warren Coyi of Acros Gunnies took top honours forcing Roque Matus of M&M Engineering into second while teammate Jim Scott finished third. Anthea Sutherland of Telemedia Swoosh stepped up to take the female ride after edging out teammate Jamie Lee Usher and Shalini Zabaneh of Sagitun who finished second and third respectively. Gregory Lovell of Santino’s won the Elite race in three hours, twenty-two minutes, forty seconds, beating out Christian McNish of Benny’s Megabytes and Donizeti Vasquez of Sugar City Boys O.W. We also want to congratulate Darren Williams of Crystal Cycling Team who won the Youth classifications beating out teammates Daniel Choto and Austin Armstrong.

Turning to the basketball scene, it’s interoffice basketball time again here in the Belize City and as a result all aspiring teams are invited to a massive meeting Wednesday, ninth April 2008 p.m. at the Belize City conference room. So you wanna be there to be informed. That is it. Of course you’re gonna participate.

That’s it for now though. We invite you back same time, same place, next week. Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

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