Sports Monday with Legendary Guru, James Adderley
Good Evening, I’m James Adderley and here’s the sporting news.
The National Football Team of Belize will make a home stand at the F.F.B. Stadium this Friday, October 7th at 3:30 p.m. against Grenada whom they defeated 3-1 in the away game last month. Going in, Belize finds itself in 2nd place with 3 points after losing 2-1 to Guatemala. In this group, Guatemala leads with 6 points from 2 wins, Belize has 3, so does St. Vincent as both have won 1 and lost 1 while Grenada remains in the cellar with 0 points from 2 outings. The group winner advances to the next round of FIFA’s World Cup Qualifiers so Belize must win this Friday to stay within striking distance.
In the meantime, a new premier ball league which will produce the players to represent Belize in FIFA play and will be affiliated to the F.F.B. is being formed after last week’s meeting between the Ministry of Sports, 2 FIFA Representatives, the F.F.B. and other interested football organizations. Election of officers for this top league will be held on the 28th of October so stay tuned.
Now let’s head to Sandhill where the Belize District Female Football Competition staged week 6 by presenting 3 matches despite the terrible conditions that existed. To the monsoon rains affected the event, but at least the pitch should have been moved. Nevertheless, the opening match finds Ladyville Tornados in action against Caye Caulker and we’re in the very 1st minute of play when Claudia Martinez leads this attack for Ladyville only to be taken down by Maribel Dominguez for which the referee rules penalty.
Up steps Marcelina Mai and Maribel Dominguez in goal for Caye Caulker doesn’t stand a chance as the Ladyville team goes up 1-zip. A couple minutes later, this outside shot from Bailey should have scored but Dominguez rescued by the sorry conditions inside the goal. It’s another face off between Bailey and Dominguez on this press and this time the goalkeeper helps herself. At the other end, Lilian Joseph fires this right foot shot that hits the near upright and then is dug out by Sherrie Gillette and at the half, it’s still a 1-zip Ladyville lead. We’re in the 2nd half when Lilian Joseph fires this shot in search of the equalizer only to see it inch outside the sticks. Ladyville Tornados double their lead when the defensive error gives Natasha Young this chance which she converts to get on to the scoreboard.
Now keep your eyes on this corner kick; Natasha Young keeps it alive to Julie McCord who makes it a 3-zip ballgame. McCord then gets this one on one look for a 2nd goal but she seems to have been caught between 2 decisions. Still Ladyville Jaguars go on to post the 3-zip Big W.
Meanwhile, Game 2 finds Hattieville Heats in action against Ladyville Orchids and we’re only 10 minutes in when Jersha Estrada forces one through the legs of Esperanza Pakeman to give Hattieville the 1-zip lead. 15 minutes later Felecia Gillette mounts this individual effort to punch the pill past Pakeman as the Heats double their lead. Make it 3-zip when Lauren Stevens fires this spotkick that Pakeman should have handled – instead it tangles inside the net. In early 2nd half play, Sylvanna Barrow concedes a penalty by taking down Karina Viamil inside the 18. Lloyda Contreras steps up to get Ladyville Orchids on to the scoreboard only to be denied by the Ladyville keeper. Kelsey Pou then commits this hardball inside the bottom and again it’s penalty kick for the Orchids. Again it’s Lloyda Contreras up for the mconversion and again she scores to make it a 3-1 ballgame. However, this defensive error by Shakira Clarke gives Ashiya Gordon a look at goal and she gives Hattieville a 4-1 lead. Felicia Gillette then comes up with her 2nd goal of the match off this corner kick as Hattieville Heats burn Ladyville Orchids 5 to 1. In the final match on the schedule, Millennium routed Sandhill Untouchables in a 10-zip blast. The competition now moves to Hattieville for this Sunday with Millennium facing Island Stars, Ladyville Orchids take on Untouchables and Hattieville Heats will host Ladyville Tornados.
Checking the over 40 football scenes at the MCC Grounds yesterday’s action saw Plaza edge Creative Tiles 4-3 while Kulture Yabra blanked Survival 6-nil.
In cycling news, here’s the sprint to the tape in the 38 mile weekend Warrior Race that finished inside Camalote and it’s all Cayo Rental in the spotlight. Frank Burns takes the event in 1 hour 52 minutes 30 seconds, Jose Moguel in 2nd, Geoffrey Waight 3rd, Philip Burns 4th and here comes George Abraham of FT Williams to round out the top 5. Dean Boyce finished 6th overall and 1st in C-Class.
Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.