The Windward Islands Under-15 cricket team continued with their preparation for the 2018 Regional Under-15 Cricket Tournament, with a practice match at the Franklyn Stephenson Cricket Academy on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
The teams were captained by Ackeem Auguste and Divonie Joseph, respectively, and was comprised both members of the Windward Islands squad, and local players.
Ackeem Auguste’s team batting first in a game reduced to 42 overs a side, made 308 for 6 in their allocated overs.
Neo Davis led the scoring with 70 not out, Ryan Goodman made 61, Yawani Regis 34, Stephan Pascal 22, Ackeem Auguste 21, and Coby DaBreo 20.
Bowling for Divonie Joseph’s team, Luke Wilson took 3 for 36, and Kervyn Gangadeen 2 for 58.
In response, Divonie Joseph’s team was restricted to 240 for 8 in their 42 overs. Omari Venner top-scored with 62, Sky Lafeuille contributed 48, and Kayron Phillip 36 not out.
Bowling for Auguste’s team, Ackeem Auguste with his leg-spin grabbed 3 for 48, and Coby DaBreo 2 for 52.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; THURSDAY MARCH 22, 2018 – Come this Saturday March 24, 2018, the Chili hard court will host the first leg of the 2018 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation National Futsal tournament, from 7:00 p.m.
Owia FC, Brownstown United, Sparta FC, and Desco, are the four first-division teams that will see action in the first of a number of football tournaments, scheduled for the 2018 St. Vincent and the Grenadines local football season.
On Saturday night, it will be matches in Zone A, with the opening ceremony scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m. Following will be six matches between the teams making up Zone A.
The six matches scheduled on the opening night are -:
7:30 p.m. – Sparta FC versus DESCO
8:25 p.m. – Owia versus Brownstown
9:10 p.m. – Sparta FC versus Brownstown
9:55 p.m. – DESCO versus Owia
10:40 p.m. – Sparta FC versus Owia
11:30 p.m. – Brownstown versus DESCO
Approximately twenty-four first division clubs in six zones, will be participating in the month long event, which will be played at across seven venues
Following the group stage, the top two teams from each zone and the 4 best third-placed teams, will then advance to a round of sixteen.
Following the playing of the quarter-final matches, the 2018 SVGFF National Futsal tournament will conclude with the semi-finals, third-place, and final.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; WEDNESDAY MARCH 21, 2018 – Jolanshoy McDowall, a 28-yer-old central defender with Avenues United, says that he feels a sense of satisfaction, as having contributed to the club’s successes.
McDowell has been playing with Avenues United for about 11 years in that central mid-field role. But with the passage of time, he became one of the players who could play in any position the coach requests of him.
McDowell says that Avenues United “have had a very positive impact on local football” through the many national football titles won.
Additionally he says the impact of Avenues United have been through the recruitment of young players, many of whom have gone on to make a name for themselves.
“The aim of club is to continue developing the young players, and is trying as much as possible, to showcase the youth,” McDowell pointed out.
In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Avenues United is associated with Paul’s Avenue and Paul’s Lot, which is one and the same. To many Vincentians, it is a place one should stay away from, because many are of the opinion that “nothing good comes out of that area.”
However McDowell disagrees with that assessment, pointing out that Avenues United, which was formed in 1968, is one of the positives coming out of Paul’s Avenue.
The Avenues United player admits that many persons are of the opinion that residents of Paul’s Avenue do not shine a bright light on the country.
He also agrees that like any other place there has been negatives, but so has been the many positives, such as Avenues United, which has been the dominant force in local football.
To counter such negatives, McDowell said “The talent we have is what we use to overcome all of the negatives. When Avenues go out to play we do so with an intention to show that in Paul’s Avenue there is a lot of good.
“It is the talent which has made Avenues what it is. Though it is a ‘ghetto’ team; though many of the players are from the ghetto, the raw talent that comes out when they play, is what is bringing out the positive aspect of the ghetto.”
Come April 2018, Avenues United will be travelling to the Dominican Republic to compete in the Caribbean Club Championships.
McDowell was asked “What does that mean for the people of Paul Avenue?”
In response he said: “It means a lot…to be honest. For a team from the ghetto to be going out there to represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines, means a lot to the players. The residents are behind the team, and we are going out there to show what we can achieve to make people proud. The team is training very hard, and we are aiming to do our best.”
Avenues United’s players are either at school, work, or are unemployed. McDowell said that it has been difficult for the players, especially those who are unemployed.
He pointed out the difficulties faced by the players, especially those who are unemployed to take care of themselves properly, such as getting the right nutritional diet, and to train as long as possible on each day is not easy for players.
The have to travel from work for training, and to make preparation more difficult, “we cannot train under lights, and we do not have a good field to train on. By GOD’s grace we will still put our best foot forward.”
He is cognizant that Avenues United is going into a professional set-up in Santo Domingo, and the players must behave as role models both on the field and off the field.
“We are going out there, and we must carry ourselves on and off the field with proper discipline.”
What is next for Avenues United, following the Caribbean Club Championships in Santo Domingo? Are there plans to further develop the game not just within the club, but the country as a whole?
McDowell says that a grassroots programme would be nice, with the coaches and senior players of the team involved, which would do well for the club and the people.
CONCACAF is now taking steps to make clubs either semi-professional or professional, and this he believes could make the players become better footballers.
Additionally, he says that Avenues United must ensure that “the right people are in place to help the players in the journey, for the CONCACAF football is becoming a very big thing, with scouts being invited to view the talents of the young players.
“It would be very good for us as a team, so we could see how much we could mould together to put better players out there.”
He is of the opinion that the new football tournaments being hosted by CONCACAF “Can make them or break them as players. We as a club are just trying our best to show what we have. Raising funds is just another way to make the players more comfortable, to give them an opportunity to show the world that we have very good players in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, WEDNESDAY MARCH 21, 2018 – The Referees Association of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Tuesday March 20, 2018, convened their Annual General Meeting, to discuss matters pertinent to the profession, and to elect officers for the new term.
The meeting was held at the SVGFF headquarters Conference Room 2, and was chaired by General-Secretary Devron Poyer.
The persons elected to manage the affairs of the organisation for the next term of office are -: David Lewis – President, Koyana Horne – Vice-president, Stresford John – secretary, Ronnie Dowers – treasurer, and Committee members are Mihala Thomas, Caswell Cambridge, and Calvert Cordice.
Addressing the gathering, president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation Venold Coombs, praised the referees for the work that they have been doing over the years.
He singled out the Referees Coordinator Lorson Lewis for his work in developing local referees, and for his diligence in sending monthly reports to CONCACAF.
Mr. Coombs pointed out that the number of benefits to referees have been increasing, and that the referees must continue to improve their craft. He noted that there are many opportunities for development available through refereeing.
“We use to get many complaints about referees, but that has been minimised,” the SVGFF president added.
He expressed his unhappiness with the number of referees going out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to officiate in tournaments. But despite this, he is looking forward to Moeth Gaymes officiating in a global tournament.
Mr. Coombs called on the referees to continue the good work that they have been doing, for although the power of the referee is on the field of play, there are some persons who do not know how to manage such power.
The referees were warned not to bring the game into disrepute, for refereeing today is more advance, Mr. Coombs adding “Instead of looking at refereeing as a hobby, look at it as a profession.”
Mr. Coombs concluded his remarks by saying the full programme should ensure that referees take full advantage of the developmental components contained therein.
Outgoing president of the Referees’ Association John Hinds told the gathering that “the referees’ body at the juncture should be an independent body.”
He then dropped the bombshell, saying that he would not be seeking re-election, and that “An independent person should step up to lead this body. I will give that person my full support.”
After delivering the Treasurer’s Report, Treasurer David Lewis called on the referees to do better towards improving the finances of the Referees’ Association.
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS – The St. Kitts/Nevis Amateur Athletics Association is still in debt, three years after hosting the 2015 Carifta Games, the region’s biggest junior athletics meet
As a result, the SKNAAA is highly in debt from that event, amounting to well over EC$1 million. Since the hosting the SKNAAA have been able to cut that debt down to EC$400,000.00, but according to newly elected president Val Henry, they are still struggling to clear that figure off.
Henry stated at a March 13, 2018 press conference that although the organisation is an association that is well over three decades old, it is fledgling.
He said that a number of challenges were encountered when they assumed office, some of which are still faced with to date. The biggest one currently is that the SKNAAA is dead broke.
Henry revealed that “We met US$35.00 on one account in Scotia Bank, and $2100.00 on our National Bank account, with bills to be paid of over $8000.00,” disclosed the president.
He added that a debt of over $500,000.00, which was once at $800,000.00, and that it was through the support of the Minister of Sport and the government that it was reduced to the $500,000.00.
That debt had place in jeopardy the participation of the island’s athletes at the Rio Olympic Games. But the government of the day had to inject a sizeable amount of cash which enable the team to participate.
Over the last several years, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis had contributed over EC$1million, in athlete development and preparation programmes.
Three months ago, the SKNAAA received debt forgiveness of over $345,000.00. This debt was accumulated from the events hosted by the Association, and funding of athletes’ participation in various international competitions. Very little of the debt came in the form of operations locally. The majority came from the hosting of the 2015 CARIFTA Games 2015.
It is alleged that several of the service providers may not have been paid for the event.
The newly installed SKNAAA president, pointed out that the association will have to treat all events with business sense.
Added to the SKNAAA immediate woes is the challenge in the area of replacing equipment that is old and breaking.
BUCCAMENT BAY, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Parents, family members, friends, and the curious turned up at the Buccament Bay Playing Field on Wednesday February 28, 2018, to witness amongst other events, the most anticipated Boys senior 100 and 200 metre races, respectively.
The sweetness attracting so many flies to the source was none other than Cody Simmons of Martin House, who won silver and bronze at the 2017 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Inter-Secondary School Athletics Championships.
With all of his competitors sending messages that he would be chocking on the dust in their tracks, the scene was set for someone to step up and claim bragging rights.
They lined up at the starter’s line, the gun went off and the screaming reach crescendo levels as students, teachers, and supporters screamed for their favorite athlete to push for victory.
Cody kept his head, and with every sinew in his body stretching as he could feel the breath of his closet rivals on the back of his neck, he cross the finish line to take gold, ahead of Jomarie Lynch of Francis House in silver place, while Khanija Robin was a split-second behind to take the bronze medal position.
The buzz did not quiet down for the 200 metres was to come, and with battle lines already drawn, there was a thick anticipated wait under the bright unrelenting sun, for the senior boys 200 metres to be ran and for the fastest boy at the Buccament Secondary School to be decided.
The time came later in the day for the senior boys 200 metres to be ran and the usual suspects line up under starter’s orders.
The gun sounded and going into the bend, the top three sprinters were neck and neck.
All attention was on Simons, Lynch and Robin who left the other sprinters behind to battle for two-bit scenes in a drama play which took a few mere seconds to be ran.
It looked like there would be a photo finish, but with seventy-five metres to go, Simmons began to turn on the power, and soon he edged ahead to the dismay of Lynch and Robin.
To their credit, they never lost focus, turned on the afterburners, but Simmons was a blur across the Buccament sun-baked grassy surface to take his second gold, establishing himself as the big boy in Buccament yard.
Jomarie Lynch took the silver, and Khanija Robin the bronze, as another chapter is written in this very interesting sprint drama.
Cody Simmons next stop is the 2018 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Inter-Secondary School Athletics Championships at the Arnos Vale Grounds, and having defeated some of the island’s top school sprinters last year, many are anxiously awaiting this year’s 100 and 200 metre sprints.
The question a relative asked me in discussion was “Can Cody win gold in both?”
The answer lies with none other than Cody Simmons, for not only are the residents of Buccament Bay waiting with bated breath, chewed fingernails, and restless feet, but the principal, teachers, and students of the Buccament Bay Secondary School.
As one knowledgeable track coach who have seen Cody Simmons run last year and this year, told this reporter that if he keeps it up, he may very well do the double. This many are anxiously waiting for this to become a reality come Thursday March 22, 201.
Meanwhile, Jackson House won the 2018 Buccament Bay Secondary School Inter-house Athletics championships with a total of 1293.5 points, followed by Francis House in second place with 1184.5 points, third place was won by Martin House with 1024 points and Charles House with 975 points.
The standard points shield was won by Francis House with 596 points.
Both junior male and female individual champions went to Martin House. Morifa Warren with 23 points won the female title, and Kelvin Thomas won the male title with 29 points.
Jackson House emulated Martin House by taking home both the intermediate male and female individual titles. Eshanna Phillips was awarded the female individual champion with 34 points, and Danroy Cuffy the male champion title with 23 points.
Amriel Richards of Jackson House with 40 points won the senior individual female champion title, with Cody Simmons winning the senior male champion title with 28 points.
Victrix Ludorum title was won by Amriel Richards of Jackson House, with the Victor Ludorum title went to Kelvin Thomas of Martin points.
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES; FRIDAY MARCH 16, 2018 – This coming Tuesday March 20, 2018, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation will be hosting another crucial meeting.
Following Saturday March 10, 2918 Extra-Ordinary Meeting with its affiliates, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation will be hosting all clubs in the larger of the two conference rooms from 5:00 p.m., at a crucial meeting convened to discuss the 2018 Fixtures and Calendar of Tournaments.
Also down for discussion will be the Rules for the various tournaments, and a briefing is expected to be conducted by the Referees Association on changes which has been effected to the FIFA Regulations.
With the professionalising of the game in the region gaining speed, which is spearheaded by CONCACAF, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation is ensuring that all clubs participating in all of its tournaments, are well-equipped with rules governing the tournaments, and those of the sport governing body FIFA.
CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA – Platinum FC are the champions of the 2018 Saint Lucia Football Association Division One Football Cup. The team from Vieux-Fort left nothing to chance as they destroyed bottom of the table RV Juniors last Wednesday evening.
In front of a boisterous home crowd, baying to see the home town boys take home the title, the Emmanuel Bellas coached team defeated RV Juniors 8-nil.
Delan Neptune opened the scoring for Platinum, while Gregson President, and Antonius Myers also added to the tally for the newly crowned champions.
Neptune found the back of the opponent’s net times in this encounter, leaving the team from the Roseau Valley winless in the tournament, finishing at the bottom of the table.
VSADC also recorded victory in the competition on the evening as the Central Castries champions, defeated former national champions Northern United 3-2.
In the match played at the Anse-La-Raye Playing Field, Zackeria Lariche, Jervise Valcin, and Baggio Lewis found the back of the net for VSADC, bringing VSADC level on points with Platinum FC.
However, Platinum with a goal difference of plus 15, edged out their city colleagues for the title.
Platinum will now represent Saint Lucia at the 2019 CONCACAF Club Championships at a venue to be announced soon.
Winning the First Division title, earned Platinum FC a cash award of $10,000.00 from the Saint Lucia Football Association.
Additionally Platinum fc will also receive $25,000.00 from the local football association in assistance towards their participation in the CONCACAF Club Championships next year.
WINDIES WOMEN LOSE BY 8 RUNS IN FIRST T20 INTERNATIONAL.
Windies Women failed again to notch up a win on their current tour of New Zealand, when they suffered a nail-biting, 8-run loss to New Zealand White Ferns in the first Twenty20 International at the Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui on Wednesday.
The defending World Twenty20 Champions won the toss taken by captain Stafanie Taylor, and elected to bowl first.
The White Ferns capitalized on some wayward bowling by opening seamer Shamilia Connell. However, Connell had the last laugh as she had the ODI Player of the Series Sophie Devine caught by Akira Peters in the deep for 6.
Then came the partnership that built the White Ferns innings. Captain Suzie Bates and Katey Martin carted the Windies Women bowlers around the ground, while taking cheeky singles and twos, to build a 76-run partnership.
Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher spun her magic and removed Bates 1 run shy of a half-century, but Martin continued her scoring.
Amy Satterthwaite then joined Martin and the pair went about their merry way, as they took to the Windies Women bowlers once again. They shared a 52-partnership before Deandra Dottin got Satterthwaite to sky one with keeper Merissa Aguilliera taking an easy catch.
Martin departed shortly after for 54, when Anisa Mohammed had her caught in the deep by Kycia Knight.
Dottin came back in the death overs to bowl very economically, taking the wicket of Maddy Green for 12 in the process.
The White Ferns posted 167 for 6 from their 20 overs.
Deandra Dottin had the best bowling figures of 2 for 23, while Hayley Matthews had 1 for 27.
The Windies Women had a switch in the opening order, with Merissa Aguilleira opening with Hayley Matthews, as Reniece Boyce was making her Twenty20 International Debut.
Matthews started aggressively against the New Zealand bowlers, swinging her arms freely and finding the boundaries, while Aguilleira found it difficult to get going.
With the score on 42 and Aguilleira on 5, she was bowled by Sophie Devine.
In-form captain Stafanie Taylor came to the crease to join Matthews. The pair rotated the strike and blasted the White Ferns bowlers in a quick partnership of 18.
Leigh Kasperek got Matthews to chase after a delivery and was stumped for a well-played 53.
Once again it was left to Taylor to rebuild the innings and get the team to the target. Hard-hitting Deandra Dottin came out to join her Captain and this pair looked likely to take the Windies Women to victory.
That was short-lived, as Dottin once again found the fielder inside the circle, Devine latching onto the low catch, to send Dottin back for 10.
Debutant Reniece Boyce rotated the strike with Taylor but she succumbed to Devine for 12.
With wickets constantly tumbling around her, Taylor carried on the mission of reaching the 168-run target.
Kyshonna Knight looked like she would be with her Captain until the end. Together with Taylor the Windies Women’s required run-rate started lowering, as both players were going after their shots.
Taylor smashed Hannah Rowe for 4 fours in a single over to edge the Windies Women closer to victory, but then Kyshonna fell to Kasperek for 19.
Twin sister Kycia came next and tried playing an inexplicable reverse sweep only to be left short of her crease and was stumped for 0.
Akira Peters was the new batter. Taylor tried valiantly to get to the target, smashing 3 sixes and 3 fours, but the overs were not enough.
Needing 14 runs from the last over, Peters was swinging missing.
Taylor eventually got on strike but could only manage to get 2-runs off the final ball, ending on 51 not out from 31 deliveries.
Windies Women reached 159 for 6 in 20 overs. Leigh Kasperek took 3 for 35 from her 4 overs, while Sophie Devine had 2 for 27 from 4 overs, while
Katey Martin was voted Player of the Match.
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- Windies Women suffered a massive 205-run defeat to New Zealand White Ferns at Hagley Park, losing the Series 0-3 in the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series.
Stafanie Taylor won the toss for the Windies Women and elected to bowl first. Playing with two changes, Anisa Mohammed and Akira Peters playing for the first time in this series, Windies Women were hoping to put the home team on the back foot early.
Lauren Down was promoted up the order to open with her captain Suzie Bates, but did not last long. With 16 runs on the board, Down was run-out from a throw-in by Kyshonna Knight, and Shamilia Connell completing the dismissal.
Then came the partnership that gave New Zealand their winning total. Bates partnered with Amy Satterthwaite and the pair posted 151 runs with Bates being the aggressor.
They rotated the strike frequently and smashed away the bad deliveries. Both batters reached their half centuries, before Satterthwaite was the first to go for 69; run-out by a direct hit from Akira Peters in deep.
Bates fell 7 runs later when Shamilia Connell bowled the perfect line and length delivery to light up her bails.
Katey Martin was joined by Sophie Devine and the pair added to the runs-tally, with a 58-run partnership before Martin was bowled by Deandra Dottin.
Maddy Green was the next wicket to fall, also bowled by Dottin. Devine kept her composure and soldiered on, together with Anna Peterson, taking the White Ferns to 310 for 5 in 50 overs.
Sophie Devine not out on 73 and Peterson on 27 not out.
Bowling for Windies Women, Deandra Dottin finished with figures of 2 for 58, while Shamilia Connell had 1 for 62.
Windies Women reply got off to the worst possible start, with Kycia Knight run-out for 0 with the score on 8. Hayley Matthews once again did not perform with the bat as she made 11, caught off a soft delivery from Holly Huddleston.
Once again Captain Stafanie Taylor was the one to take charge of the innings. She smashed 3 fours off Hannah Rowe on her way to a run-a-ball 26 before being caught in the deep off Huddlston, once again.
Deandra Dottin came to the crease and for moment what looked like a take-charge innings, which again failed to materialize as she fell to Leigh Kasperek for 15.
Kyshonna Knight and Britney Cooper were the only other players to reach double figures as wickets tumbled more than runs being scored. The pair tried to keep pace with the climbing run-rate, but fell for 12 and 17 respectively.
Windies Women were bowled out for 105 in 34.5 overs, losing by 205 runs.
New Zealand White Ferns completed a 3-0 series sweep, taking all 6 ICC Women’s Championship points available.
Speaking after the match, Windies Women Captain Stafanie Taylor, who was the best batter during the series with scores of 90, 86 and 26 said “It’s a tough loss… I didn’t think we batted, bowled or fielded as we would have wanted but it’s a learning experience.’’
The tour now switches to the Twenty20 Internationals, with the first match at the Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui in Tauranga on Wednesday March 14.
Sophie Devine did the double being voted Player of the Match and Player of the Series