Sports Monday with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.
We jump immediately into this action in the Presidents Cup currently in session as we caught up with the monster clash at Ladyville where the Belize District took on Roaring Creek. It’s a rapid start for the Belize District this set piece launched forward is headed out to goal; the keeper punches it out to Brian Martinez whose leader opens the scoreboard at the 3rd minute for the 1 – zip lead. Roaring Creek comes roaring back when Kenny Williams outruns the Belize District defense to tie the game at 1 apiece. The District team retakes the leas when Delroy Thin Man Andrews unleashes this spot kick from outside the box with a wonderful grass head burner at the 14th minute. Sixteen minutes later Jason Young gets stylish on defense only to turn this ball over to Orin Reneau who makes him pay and we’ve got a 2 – 2 tie. Meanwhile we’re 3 minutes into the 2nd half action when Delroy Andrews lends this set piece over the wall and finds Albert Thurton who heads it in for the 3 – 2 lead. The Belize District looks for more when Brian Martinez powers this left foot at goal only to see it scream past the horizontal bar. It’s Martinez on the move again this time off a defensive miscue but it’s foiled by the goal keeper.
We must say Martinez is the go to man for goals but on this chance he does apply for a pilot license. Nevertheless we’re in the final minute of regulation play when Delroy Martinez mounts this individual effort to finish with a foot into the far corner for the 4 – 2 Belize District win. In other action around the league, Sagitun sunk Progresso 3 – 1 in the only other match completed on the 4 match schedule. Estrella defaulted to Benque who record a 3 – zip W while San Antonio travelled to Pomona to also pick a 3 – zip W. The league determined that the match could not be staged on the field because it hadn’t been cut. Looking ahead to the weekend on Saturday Benque Viejo will host Pomona while on Sunday Progresso takes on Estrellas at the Peoples Stadium. San Antonio will host Roaring Creek at the Ricalde Stadium while Sagitun will show up at Ladyville to take on the Belize District.
In other football news, the National U-20 Team returned home from the UNCAF tournament at El Salvador which they played in 6 outings in which they took 26 goals and scored none. It’s now the National U-15 Female Team’s turn to head to Cayman for the CONCACAF U-15 Championships. They open against Jamaica on the 7th August, face Guatemala on the 9th, and complete group play on the 11th against Antigua. We also must tell you that Senior Male National Team begins work-out this week at the F.F.B. field and anybody who thinks they can make the team is welcome. The UNCAF qualifiers sees Belize open against Honduras at the RFK Stadium in Washington on September 3rd, we take on Guatemala on the 7th at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, on the 10th it’s El Salvador at the BBVA Compass Stadium and the playoffs will be staged at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
In Softball news play in the Belize Rural Tournament yesterday saw Willows Bank wallop Bermudan Landing 17 – zip in Male lay while in the female match Orchid Girls skipped past Arrows Reloaded 16 to 14.two male matchup are slated for Sunday August 10th. Bermudian Landing battles Burrell Boom and Willows Bank take aim at Sandhill.
Turning to the basketball scene, here come the final moments of the clash between Courts and Heritage Bank Saturday night at Birds Isle in Firms Division Basketball. Down by 4 the bank goes to Ramclam Dijonne who misses the 3 point attempt. In the next possession Dijonne finds Steven Bonnel who can’t deliver the long distance bucket. Courts go on to post the 54- 50 big W.
In closing folks, Mexican Belizean boxer Sergio Yeyo Thompson weighing 130 lbs fought Adones “Yamagata” Arguello of the Philippines at Chetumal Mexico Saturday night in an exciting matchup. We pick up the action in the 6th round with Arguello scoring repeatedly with the jab and right and left combinations until “Yeyo” hurts him with the hard right punch, then follows up with jabs to the body to set up this straight right to the jaw that floors the Filipino. Arguello does get up off the canvas. In fact Arguello looks for the K.O. in the final round but Thompson displays his toughness and holds on for the unanimous big W. We have given this fighter an invitation to visit Belize.
Jah over all I’m James Adderley.