Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division challengers, St Anthony’s College and Presentation College both took advantage of idle leaders and defending champions Naparima College with wins in Saturday’s round of games.

Getting into the business end of the tournament, the defending champions will have to keep winning now, as St Anthony’s College are three points adrift of the leaders, while last season’s runners up, Presentation College are four points away, having played one less game.

The difference between the teams if everybody keeps winning is just one point. Presentation kept things close by virtue of a 1-0 win over Trinity College East, while St Anthony’s kept up the pressure by dominating relegation-troubled Malick Secondary 4-1.

At the other end of the table, St Mary’s College continue to find this season more than a little challenging, remaining rooted to the foot on four points after a 5-0 loss to Carapichaima East Secondary.

In other games on Saturday, Pleasantville Secondary were 3-1 winners over Speyside, East Mucurapo College beat Trinity College Moka 5-2, while Queen’s Royal College clipped St Benedict’s College 1-0.

San Juan North Secondary continued to do good work toward the top of the table, with a 3-1 win over St Augustine Secondary, leaving them lying seventh.

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

11

9

2

0

30

10

20

29

2

St Anthony's College

11

8

2

1

35

11

24

26

3

Presentation College

10

8

1

1

26

6

20

25

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

11

6

4

1

21

14

7

22

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

11

6

3

2

23

11

12

21

6

Queen's Royal College

10

6

1

3

19

20

-1

19

7

San Juan North Secondary

11

5

2

4

26

10

16

17

8

St Augustine Secondary

11

3

4

4

26

21

5

13

9

Pleasantville Secondary

11

4

1

6

15

17

-2

13

10

Trinity College East

10

3

2

5

13

17

-4

11

11

St Benedict's College

11

3

1

7

12

20

-8

10

12

Speyside Secondary

11

2

2

7

14

34

-20

8

13

Malick Secondary

11

2

1

8

16

26

-10

7

14

Trinity College Moka

11

1

1

9

13

38

-25

4

15

St Mary's College

11

1

1

9

5

39

-34

4

 

 

 

Japan will be opening a brand new National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on December 21 and former sprinter, the world’s fastest ever man, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will be headlining its launch.

While the details are still sketchy, Bolt is expected to be running again in “a new type of race that has never existed before.”

Bolt, the world record holder over 100 and 200 metres, made the Olympics his stage when he won both events in Beijing in 2008, in London in 2012, and in Rio in 2016.

Bolt will be joined by Japanese performing arts group Kodo.

Also part of the inauguration will be the Tohoku Kizuna festival.

The New National Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Olympics, as well as athletics and football tournaments at throughout. It will also host the Paralympics.

The first official sports event at the stadium will be the Japanese emperor’s cup on January 1, 2020.

The Jamaican football fraternity was plunged into mourning earlier this week when a former player from Cornwall College, a dominant team in the country’s rural area schoolboy football competition, the DaCosta Cup was murdered.

Dead is 22-year-old Leonardo Murray,now a customer service representative on the Western side of the island, Montego Bay.

According to reports, Murray was in a vehicle that was sprayed with bullets, killing him and injuring a 36-year-old woman who is set to surivive the attack.

Another former Cornwall College student, Craig Oates, remembers Murray, otherwise known as ‘Nardo’, as a talented player and wondered about somebody killing him.

“It is yet another sad chapter in the life of Montego Bay. It is hard to understand why anyone would kill a promising youngster like this,” said Oates in The Observer, a Jamaican newspaper.

According to eyewitness reports, Murray was in a Toyota Voxy when another vehicle pulled up beside it. A man exited the vehicle and fired a number of rounds before the Voxy drove off and crashed.

The shooter, apparently hopped back into his vehicle and drove away.

The police were called and found Murray and his female companion suffering from gunshot wounds.

The two were rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where Murray was pronounced dead and the woman was admitted in serious condition.

Jamaica international Leon Bailey has picked up another hamstring injury, just days after the Bayer Leverkusen winger stated on social media that he had fully recovered from a similar setback on September 18.

The 22-year-old was expected to be in Bayer squad for the German Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday. However, just before the start of the match that Bayer lost 3-0, Bailey announced the further setback on his Instagram page.

"Found out this morning, the day of the game that I tore my hamstring again and now ruled out for some weeks," the post said.

"It's really been a rough month and half for me but I do trust in God and God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. Thanks to everyone who's been truly supportive during this difficult period. I promise I will come back stronger than ever before."

Earlier this week, Bailey had posted on his Instagram page that "I am back now, and I feel very good.  But of course, after an injury, it's important not to rush anything. Maybe I come off the bench,” Bailey said in making reference to the game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

"I think I'll be in the squad, but I do not know if I'll start."

Just four weeks ago, Bailey suffered a muscle injury and was replaced at half-time in a 1-2 loss to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League.

Bailey has scored two goals in six games for Bayer this season.

Former West Indies captain and legendary batsman, Sir Vivian Richards, believes Hayden Walsh Jr, can reap more success than did the world’s foremost T20 bowler at one time,Samuel Badree.

Badree, once known as the number-one leg spinner in T20 cricket, came into the West Indies line-up in similar fashion to Walsh Jr.

Walsh claimed 22 wickets in the recently concluded Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), to lead all wickettakers and earn a debut callup to the West Indies.

Sir Viv, just like Walsh Jr is from Antigua and believes the achievement, especially coming from one of the smaller islands, is remarkable, saying he wished the Leeward Islands had picked him more often.

“I think at that particular point, that particular achievement of him getting the most wickets as a spinner and to be coming from these parts, I am wondering what would have happened earlier for him not to have been utilized by the Leewards a little bit more,” Sir Viv pondered.

Walsh Jr’s limited selection in the Leeward Islands side is something Sir Viv believes begs bigger questions about the way the team is selected and their ability to spot talent.

“And so, all these questions need to be asked but I think that certainly, he has thrown his hands in the ring for the next T20 World Cup. I personally believe that he has done well enough to be considered and to be part of that particular unit,” Sir Viv had said before Walsh Jr’s selection to te West Indies’ white ball squads.

Making the comparison to Badree, Sir Viv said:

“And especially with this last performance in terms of being on the winning team with the most wickets, this is how I think Samuel Badree came into contention for the West Indies … I think he came in and he had some success … I don’t think he was as successful as what Hayden Walsh would have [been].”

According to Sir Viv, Walsh Jr can offer more to the West Indies than did Badree because he has other attributes.

To be fair as well, too, he brings so much as well, especially as a spinner; his athleticism in the field. Everything is so brilliant about him, you need some sort of an individual like that for those sort of tournaments,” he said.

Few would have heard of the 27-year-old Antiguan-American before the start of this season but it's safe to say his whirlwind leg break bowling took the competition by storm.  His 22 wickets in 9 matches representing a tournament-high that earned him the Hero Player of the Tournament award.

Twice this season the spinner proved completely unplayable for the opposition, claiming five wickets against the Trinbago Knight Riders and four against the St Lucia Zouks to help catapult the then-struggling team into the playoffs. 

Eventually, it set the stage for one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history with a win over the previously unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final.  

Perhaps even fewer would remember the bowler’s forgettable CPL debut season for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2018 where his two overs in just two matches went for a costly 54, with no wickets to show. 

For Walsh, the gentle placing of the CPL crown on a head once plagued with uneasiness, surely once again proved the old adage, the price of success is hard work.

Naparima College, with three games to go in their Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division title defence campaign have tightened their grip at the top of the table after Wednesday’s round of games.

Beginning the day with a four-point lead over Presentation College, Naparima did themselves a big favour with the 5-0 thrashing of Carapichaima East Secondary on Wednesday.

The result pushed Naps to 29 points from 11 games, six ahead of St Anthony’s College, who were comfortable 2-0 winners over Pleasantville Secondary.

That result helped St Anthony’s jump from third to second and may have put Presentation under pressure after their game against Queen’s Royal College was not played.

Presentation just needs to win their remaining games to keep pressure on Naps and to stave off St Anthony’s, who, while a point ahead,have a game in hand and could perceivably regain their second-place position. Without a mistake from the leaders, Presentation can finish at best, one point off the leaders.

Carapichaima are still fourth despite the heavy defeat with their 19 points, giving them one point more than fifth place East Mucurapo, who were clipped 1-0 by Trinity College East.

In other games played on Wednesday, San Juan North Secondary were 4-2 winners over Malick Secondary and Trinity College Moka were slammed 4-nil by St Benedict’s College.

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

11

9

2

0

30

10

20

29

2

St Anthony's College

10

7

2

1

31

10

21

23

3

Presentation College

9

7

1

1

25

6

19

22

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

10

5

4

1

16

14

2

19

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

10

5

3

2

18

9

9

18

6

Queen's Royal College

9

5

1

3

18

20

-2

16

7

San Juan North Secondary

10

4

2

4

23

9

14

14

8

St Augustine Secondary

10

3

4

3

25

18

7

13

9

Trinity College East

9

3

2

4

13

16

-3

11

10

Pleasantville Secondary

10

3

1

6

12

16

-4

10

11

St Benedict's College

10

3

1

6

12

19

-7

10

12

Speyside Secondary

10

2

2

6

13

31

-18

8

13

Malick Secondary

10

2

1

7

15

22

-7

7

14

Trinity College Moka

10

1

1

8

11

33

-22

4

15

St Mary's College

10

1

1

8

5

34

-29

4

 

Watford skipper Troy Deeney could play for the Reggae Boyz if he wanted to, and the country’s federation, The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has asked him as much.

Guyana Amazon Warriors captain, Shoaib Malik, believes that ending up runners up in the Hero Caribbean Premier League for a fifth time is not down to bad luck.

After a slow start to the their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign, the Barbados Tridents winning their second title would have been a long shot at any betting house.

But it wasn’t for their skipper Jason Holder, who says the team stuck together and that everybody understood their roles and went out and did it.

At different points throughout this season, The Tridents had special performances from Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Harry Gurney, Holder and Hayden Walsh Jr.

According to thr skipper, he could not have asked more from the all-round effort his team produced to turn around a season that began with four losses in the first six games.

“The coaching staff has been outstanding, each and every player has really pulled their wait. I asked the guys to focus on their particular roles and to put everything together and I couldn’t ask for anything else,” said Holder.

“We all spend a lot of time together. This team is exceptional. That togetherness has gone a long way towards achieving these results,” said Holder.

Jonathan Carter is a man that believes in himself and his half century in the final of the Hero Caribbean Premier League final on Saturday suggested a player that is assured and stable.

But there had been questions about his place in the Barbados Tridents team that won their second CPL title on Saturday night, beating the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 27 runs.

Carter slammed four fours and went over the ropes a further four times to score his 51 from 27 balls, saying that assuredeness came from the support of his captain Jason Holder and his coach Phil Simmons.

“When you have a friend like Jason, a captain, who has confidence in you, it gives you the all-clear to go out there and do what you have to do,” said Carter.

“He believes in me, and also coach Simmons. He’s been very influential in the knocks I have been playing this year so I would just like to thank them for that. Thank you Jason, thank you Phil,” said Carter.

Carter was scoring his second half century of the competition, having failed to get over the milestone in every season prior.

Carter also scored 51 against the Trinbago Knight Riders in a game his team won, and also had handy scores of 30 and 49.

Carter also won the prize for the catch of the tournament, a diving one-handed effort that got rid of St Lucia Zouks captain Darren Sammy in match number 17 of the tournament.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors are playing the role of bridesmaid for a fifth time in the Hero Caribbean Premier League after the Barbados Tridents lifted the 2019 title thanks to an important half century from Jonathan Carter.

The Tridents would end up winning by 27 runs, Scoring 171-6 and restricing the Warriors to 144-9.

Carter, 51 from 27 deliveries, received support from Johnson Charles, 39, Alex Hales, 28, and 19 not out from Ashley Nurse.

In response, Brandon King, 43, Nicholas Pooran, 24, and Keemo Paul, 25, were the men to put up a resistance against 4-24 from Raymon Reifer, 2-24 from Harry Gurney, 2-17 from Nurse, and 1-23 from Hayden Walsh Jr.

Choosing to bat, the Tridents started well enough with Charles, 39 and Alex Hales, 28, getting them moving.

When Hales miscued a length slower ball from Romario Shepherd in the sixth over, it brought with it a debutant in Philip Salt. Salt was replacing the injured JP Duminy and like his name in Caribbean culture suggests, was unfortunate in being adjudged caught behind off his elbow without scoring from the bowling of Ben Laughlin.

That dismissal sparked a mini-collapse, thanks mostly to the brilliant fielding of Paul, who ran out Jason Holder (one), the skipper going for two, and Shakib Al Hasan, 15.

Before that Shai Hope (eight) went to a brilliant catch from Chandrapaul Hemraj, the opening batsman catching a firmly struck pull shot that looked for all the world four runs.

Then Ashley Nurse joined Carter at the crease and the two set about taking the Tridents from 108-6 with the last ball of the 15th over remaining, to 171 without further loss. Nurse would play the anchor role, scoring 19 from 15. Carter was more destructive, striking four fours and four sixes to score his 51 from just 27 deliveries.

The total was always going to be challenging, in fact, for the Warriors to avoid being bridesmaids again, they would have to score more runs than anybody in the history of CPL finals.

They failed.

Brandon King, the leading runscorer in the tournament threatened to make the run chase look run of the mill, but Nurse had more to say about the game, stumping him as he went for a lofted on drive.

Shoaib Malik has not scored well against the Tridents and the trend would continue for the Warriors captain, who found Reifer on the mid-wicket boundary after he had absolutely creamed a long hop from Walsh Jr for just four.

Reifer, who opened the bowling for the first time this season, first got rid of the injured Chandrapaul Hemraj, as he miscued a cover drive and was caught in somewhat unorthodox fashion by Shakib Al Hasan, and from there, things just got better for the all rounder.

Reifer was again in on the action as he was quick when bowling to the dangerous Shimron Hetmyer, choking him for room as he tried to launch a ball over long on.

That wicket was big, but it was no less important than when he dragged Romario Shepherd into playing at a wide delivery to be caught behind with the game, though leaning towards Barbados, still in the balance.

With 33 needed in the final over, there was still a glimmer of hope for a team that, up to that point, had not lost, but when Reifer bamboozled Chris Green with a slower ball first up, that was all she wrote.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have announced the team of the tournament. This has been selected by Tom Moody, Hero CPL’s Director – International Cricket, along with the commentary team – Mark Butcher, Danny Morrison, Dirk Nannes, Ian Bishop and Daren Ganga.

The team will be captained by Shoaib Malik (313 runs at 78.25) who successfully led the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a record 10 victories in the group stages to leave his team unbeaten in the tournament thus far. He is joined by fellow Amazon Warriors, Brandon King (453 runs at 56.62) and Imran Tahir (15 wickets at 11.53) who have both played an integral part in the Guyana franchise’s record breaking tournament.

The sole representative from the Jamaica Tallawahs is Glenn Phillips (374 runs at 37.40) who will also be the wicket keeper for the team. Phillips was the leading light for the Tallawahs who had a tricky season, but the Kiwi ‘keeper-batsman did brilliantly at the top of the order.

The Trinbago Knight Riders have two players in the team, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard. Simmons (429 runs at 42.90) was a late replacement in the Knight Riders squad but has done a superb job at the top or the order as his team made the playoffs once again. Pollard (349 runs at 58.16 and 6 wickets at 29.66) stepped up to the captaincy after Dwayne Bravo pulled out of the tournament through injury and has led from the front with both bat and ball.

The Barbados Tridents have three players who make the team. Jason Holder (14 wickets at 23.07) and Harry Gurney (10 wickets at 16.3) both getting the nod. Holder and Gurney have been superb with the new ball for the Tridents as their team finished second in the points table. The other member of the Tridents who is selected is Hayden Walsh Jr (21 wickets a 12.19) who has claimed five wickets in one innings and four in another as the USA spinner had a breakout season.

The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have representation from Fabian Allen (218 runs at 27.25) and Sheldon Cottrell (12 wickets at 19.25). Allen has scored his runs at a remarkable strike rate of 177.23 during the 2019 Hero CPL and has also been one of the fielders of the tournament. Cottrell has been saluting his way to success once again as he starred with the new ball and at the death for the Patriots.

The Head Coach of the year is Johan Botha who has taken Guyana Amazon Warriors into the CPL final with 11 straight wins. The 12th and 13th men are also from Amazon Warriors, with Chris Green (13 wickets at 20) and Chandrapaul Hemraj (298 runs at 27.09, 5 wickets at 17.2) making up the rest of the squad.

 

HERO CPL TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

 

  1. Lendl Simmons – Trinbago Knight Riders
  2. Brandon King – Guyana Amazon Warriors
  3. Glenn Phillips * (WK) – Jamaica Tallawahs
  4. Shoaib Malik * (C) – Guyana Amazon Warriors
  5. Fabian Allen – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
  6. Kieron Pollard – Trinbago Knight Riders
  7. Jason Holder – Barbados Tridents
  8. Hayden Walsh Jr – Barbados Tridents
  9. Imran Tahir *– Guyana Amazon Warriors
  10. Harry Gurney * – Barbados Tridents
  11. Sheldon Cottrell – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots

 

12th man: Chris Green * – Guyana Amazon Warriors

13th man: Chandrapaul Hemraj – Guyana Amazon Warriors

Head Coach: Johan Botha – Guyana Amazon Warriors

 

* Overseas player

Naparima College will go into today’s round of Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division games breathing a little easier after they dispatched main rivals St Anthony’s College on Wednesday at Lewis Street.

Naparima College, starting the day three points ahead of St Anthony’s could have been in trouble at the top of the table but an enthralling 3-2 win for the defending champions meant they go into Saturday’s games with a bit of a buffer.

The defending champions can’t rest on their laurels for too long though, as Presentation College, last year’s runners up have remained steady, earning a 3-1 win over St Augustine which keeps them in touch with Naparima.

Presentation have now taken over second place from St Anthony’s, just four points adrift of the leaders and two points ahead of the team they leapfrogged.

St Anthony’s are now fourth on 17 points while Carpichaima East Secondary are the new third-placed team, after a 4-2 away win over Speyside on Wednesday.

In other games on Wednesday, Queen’s Royal College were big 4-1 winners over Trinity College East, while Malick Secondary abated the bleeding with a 1-1 draw against St Benedict’s High School. They still have not won a game in five rounds, however.

St Mary’s College have not found a way to slow their slide though, as San Juan North Secondary handed them their hats in a 7-0 affair, while East Mucurapo Secondary are continuing to have a solid season, beating Pleasantville Secondary 3-0 to remain in fifth place on the tables.

Today Malick Secondary take on East Mucurapo Secondary at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Speyside are at home to Naparima College, Presentation College go to Pleasantville, Carpichaima East host San Juan, St Mary’s College do the same against St Anthony’s College, while St Benedict’s visits St Augustine.
In the only other game of the round, Queen’s Royal College play host to Trinity College Moka, while Trinity College East are the team on a bye.

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

9

7

2

0

24

10

14

23

2

Presentation College

8

6

1

1

24

6

18

19

3

Carapichaima East Secondary

8

5

3

0

16

9

7

18

4

St Anthony's College

8

5

2

1

22

10

12

17

5

East Mucurapo Secondary

8

4

3

1

17

8

9

15

6

Queen's Royal College

8

4

1

3

14

17

-3

13

7

San Juan North Secondary

8

3

1

4

19

7

12

10

8

Pleasantville Secondary

8

3

1

4

12

13

-1

10

9

Trinity College East

8

2

2

4

12

16

-4

8

10

Speyside Secondary

8

2

2

4

11

23

-12

8

11

St Augustine Secondary

8

1

4

3

15

16

-1

7

12

Malick Secondary

8

2

1

5

13

17

-4

7

13

St Benedict's College

8

2

1

5

8

16

-8

7

14

Trinity College Moka

8

1

1

6

8

25

-17

4

15

St Mary's College

9

1

1

7

5

27

-22

4

 

Jamaica’s senior women’s football team continued its impressive showing in Group B of the Caribbean Olympic Qualifying Stage by thrashing St Lucia 11-0 on Sunday night at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Captain Khadija Shaw and Deneisha Blackwood led the Reggae Girlz with three goals apiece.

Shaw handed the Reggae Girlz the lead in the second minute before completing her hattrick in the 16th and 34th minutes.

Blackwood found the back of the net in the 24th, 68th and 78th minutes.

Cheyna Matthews, Dominique Bond Flasza, Tiffany Cameron, Trudi Carter, and Tarania Clarke secured the other goals.

The victory represents the third straight for the Reggae Girlz in the five-team qualifying tournament being staged in Jamaica.

The three games have produced 30 goals for the Reggae Girlz ahead of their final game on Tuesday against the US Virgin Islands.

The Reggae Girlz opened their campaign with a 12-1 victory against Cuba on September 30 followed by a 7-0 triumph against Barbados on October 4.

Twenty-five-year-old artistic gymnast Danusia Francis became only the second Jamaican to qualify for gymnastics at the Olympics, with a breakthrough performance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Germany on Friday.

The 25-year-old earned one of the 20 automatic qualifying spots for the Tokyo Games at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She competed alongside teammates Toni-Ann Williams and Kiara Richmon.

The British-born Francis posted an all-around score of 50.982 to finish on a list of 20 individuals who secured qualification to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Francis now joins Williams, who did so at the 2016 Games in Rio, as the only Jamaicans to quality for gymnastics at the Olympics. The qualification means that Francis has achieved her "lifelong dream" of qualifying for an Olympic Games.

"It will honestly mean the world. I'm emotional talking about it," she said in a video posted on her IG account.

She thanked her supporters, Jamaican teammates, Team Jamaica and the Jamaican gymnastics delegation.

"It's all starting to sink in and I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for all your support, positivity and kind words," she said via her Instagram page.

Williams performed creditably at the same meet to score 47.798, while Richmon scored 44.632. However, it was not enough to make the final cut.

Francis was once a reserve athlete for Great Britain's team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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