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Apr 10, 2006

Kick to the head leaves footballer in hot water

Story PictureGood evening, I?m James Adderley with this week?s serving of Sports Monday. The future of Belizean cycling was on display yesterday with the presentation of the Junior Cross Country Classic which left San Ignacio for the sixty-six mile ride to the Leslie?s Imports at the entrance of Belize City.

Some thirty-one hopefuls, including the reigning National Road Champion Darnell Barrow, are suited up for this monster ride. And it?s a blaze of colours that greets the eyes when they take off from in front of the police station at San Ignacio.

The first real break might have happened around Teakettle, but here at the Belmopan junction we do get a close up-front look of the lead seven namely Byron Pope, Elston Coleman, Jermaine Welcome, Darnell Barrow, Peter Choto, Edward Reyes, and Justin Williams in that order.

At La Democracia, it?s Elston Coleman and Byron Pope trying to extricate themselves from the gang of seven as Coleman takes that station prize.

Inside Hattieville, the lead duo has cemented the lead with Coleman again striking for the available premie. However, at Almond Hill, Byron Pope decides to establish himself and steps up for that station prize.

By now you?ve guessed it, it?s a two man race to the finish line. It?s Byron Pope of Benny?s Megabytes in blue on the outside with more power in his legs as he comfortably takes the 2006 Junior Cross Country Classic in two hours forty-four minutes, forty-eight seconds. Elston Coleman of Misfits has to settle for second.

In the meantime, a gallant effort by Edward Reyes of O.W. United finds him unchallenged for third place – twenty-two seconds behind the lead though.

The sprint for fourth place sees Darnell Barrow force Jermaine Welcome into fifth place. And then Justin Williams beats Peter Choto for sixth in a race that was paced at twenty-three point seven miles per hour. And we say congratulations to the big seven.

In the meantime, the mighty open Cross Country Classis is set for this Holy Saturday with American William Elliston going in as defending champion.

In other cycling news, Viper Tours and Bizzy Bee Production presents a mountain bike monster for Base Boys of Barbershop riders on May seventh, 2006 in a sixty-four mile package on the Western Highway. You won?t want to miss this one people.

In karate news, a three-man team featuring Felecito Lopez, Estevan Mossiah, and Leon Guild will represent Belize in the twentieth Central American and Caribbean Games to be staged at Cartagena, Colombia, in July 2006. The karate mission will be headed by Frank McKenzie, David Diego is team coach, and Herman Pastor is the team official. We do say good luck.

In softball news, the seventy-second Annual Belize City Softball Competition and the twenty-fourth Male Softball Competition will open simultaneously at Rogers Stadium on Sunday, May fourteenth with the usual marathon, so softball fans stay tuned.

Turing to the football scene, week six of RFG Trophy Tournament brought Alpha of Orange Walk to the M.C.C. Grounds against F.C. Belize. And it?s a rather shaky moment for the host team when Shannon Flowers tries to go back to goalkeeper Rawley, but that moment passes.

Folks we?re twelve minutes in when Tyrone Muschamp finds Leon Jones, who gets taken down inside the eighteen and the referee rules penalty.

It?s Jones who?s selected to take it for F.C. and he makes it look rather easy against Charlie Slusher as he gives the city team a 1-zip lead.

Folks T-Bone Muschamp should have been rewarded with and assist on this individual effort, but the Brazilian Marcos Souto misses an open goal.

It?s another good look for F.C. Belize when Muschamp launches this left foot, but the result is disappointing.

At the other end, Joseph Tillett loses control of his defensive movements and fouls Otoniel Sandoval inside the eighteen, ceding a penalty to the visiting.

Of course Otoniel Sandoval makes F.C. pay the maximum price … and we?ve got a 1-1 ballgame thirty-two minutes in.

Two minutes later Alpha gets this set piece on top the eighteen-and it?s a mighty fine finish by Sandoval as O.W. takes a 2-1 lead into intermission.

In second half, the quality of play by both ballclubs drops off and for F.C. Belize, frustration begins to creep in especially for Leon Jones who gets fouled right here.

Jeromy James then gets this opportunity to tie the ballgame for his ball club, but he can?t get the job done.

People it?s late in this ballgame and it?s still a 2-1 O.W. lead when the Alpha defence Freddie Grijalva fouls a frustrated Leon Jones. But frustrated or not folks, Jones?s reaction or retaliation?call it what you may?is simply a case lunacy.

(Jones kicks Grijalva in the head)

This is as ugly as it gets people and a red card is simply not enough punishment for this kind of behaviour. O.W.?s Alpha goes on to post the 2-1 big W in a football match we would all rather forget.

Meanwhile, the games for this week, week seven have been moved up to Wednesday night. Therefore April twelfth, 2006 at seven-thirty p.m. inside the Michael Ashcroft Stadium Placencia Pirates will host Benque Viejo United. All games are at seven-thirty p.m. folks.

Kremandala Penta will be hosted by Alpha inside the People?s Stadium. Belmopan United travels to the Norman Broaster Stadium for a date with Hankook Verdes. New Site Erei will be inside the Carl Ramos Stadium against Cayo Avengers, and F.C. Belize will be at the M.C.C. Grounds against Wagiya.

In basketball news, the semi-pro basketball season saw Belize Bank Bulldogs hosting B.T.L. inside the Civic Centre Friday in a rather impressive ballgame. Unfortunately, we did not receive the game stats at press time, we were sent the wrong set of stats. But the Bulldogs, nevertheless prevailed in a ninety-five to eighty-eight final score.

In the other match up over the weekend, it was U.B. Black Jaguars blowing out Northern Uprising eighty?one to fifty-eight.

Okay folks before we go though, we want to remind you that the mighty Cross Country Classic, the seventy-eight running for this particular title, comes up on Holy Saturday and we are gonna keep you posted. 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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