Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at 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.

The Windies go into the semi-finals of the Women's World T20 against an Australia team who should start favourites, however, can the Windies pull off two upsets to successfully defend their world title?

The Windies and and a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI played out a draw in a two-day tour match that ended on Monday, but more importantly was the form of two of the visitor’s top-order batsmen. 

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz found Suriname at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, a tougher assignment than anticipated after they squeezed out a 2-1 victory.

A header from Corey Burke in the seventh minute of play and a penalty from Darren Mattocks in the 16th minute threatened to start a rout. However, Donnegy Fer’s 37th minute tap in marked Suriname’s entrance into the game.

While Jamaica would get a number of chances, to go further ahead, in truth, Suriname were dangerously close to equalizing on a number of occasions and could not be argued with if they believed they dropped at least two points from the game.

Mattocks, while happy with the win, believes the Jamaicans, with himself the most at fault, need to be more clinical if they are to enjoy further success, especially with El Salvador waiting in their next fixture.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” said Mattocks.

“A player of my caliber should put away most of those chances but at the end of the day an ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” he said.

“We’re just going to take the three points and move on and come ready for the next game.”

Mattocks believes the game against El Salvador is going to be much tougher.

“El Salvador is a very hostile environment so we have to go there really prepared,” he said.

“We can’t have a performance like this against El Salvador,” he said.

“We have to go back to the drawing board and these opportunities that we are creating we have to put them away,” he ended.

Jamaica now have three wins from their three games with 12 goals for and one against.

Their record is bettered by Haiti, who have the same number of wins but with 17 goals and one against, while Cuba have scored 14 goals without a response from their opponents.

Jamaica will be at the Rugby League World Cup for the first time in their history after they beat the United States 16-10 earlier on Saturday.

The Reggae Warriors will make their inaugural bow in the World Cup thanks to Jy-Mel Coleman’s two first-half penalty goals as well as tries from Joel Farrell and Keenen Tomlinson.

The efforts gave the Reggae Warriors a 16-0 lead but the USA Hawks would come roaring back before the break.

Tries from halfback Conor Donehue and Ryan Burroughs meant the half would end 16-10.

The Reggae Warriors then showed their defensive prowess in the second half, to keep the period scoreless and become the 11th country to qualify for the 2021 showpiece.

“This team was built on defence. For us to hold them out after they threw everything at us including the kitchen sink and we held on, I’m really proud of the boys,” said Reggae Warriors assistant coach Roy Calvert.

The victory also meant the Warriors claimed the 2018 Americas Championship.

“This is a long time coming. There’ve been a lot of sacrifices, a lot of hard work. I’m so happy,” said Calvert.

“I’m so proud of this group of boys. We’ve kept this team playing together for the last two years. There’ve been a lot of financial sacrifices,” he said.

“This is history, it can’t be taken away from us.”

Jamaican swimming sensation Alia Atkinson today claimed her eighth gold medal of the 2018 Short Course World Championships when she claimed the 50-metre breaststroke in 28.95 seconds, leaving the field in her wake. 

Jamaica College (JC) and Cornwall College will clash in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rebranded Champions Cup all-island knockout football competition. 

The Windies top order came to the party to post their highest Twenty20 International total of 187/5, and backed it up with a dominant performance on the field to wrap up an 83-run win over Sri Lanka in Match 16 of the ICC Women's World T20 and seal their spot in the semi-final. 

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) have already claimed revenge against Kingston College, who booted them from a previous ISSA Champions Cup. Now, they face Jamaica College, who snatched all-island glory from them in a previous Olivier Shield. Is more vengeance on the cards? 

Cornwall College and St George's College do not have much of a history against each other. They will be writing the first few chapters of that history when they meet in the semi-final of the ISSA Champions Cup later today.

In the first stand-alone T20 World Cup for women, there were questions about what the crowd would be like. 

Windies women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor pointed to the benefit of playing against South Africa in drawn One Day International and T20i series in the Caribbean when the defending Women’s World T20 champions were able to conjure up a 31-run win in a game the Windies were quite poor with the bat. 

Hydel High won their first major football title on Wednesday by defeating Excelsior High 2-0 in the final of the restructured Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Walker Cup knockout competition at the Stadium East field. 

Excelsior High and Hydel High will contest the first final of the 2018 schoolboy football season following semi-final victories in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) urban area Walker Cup knockout, on Friday, at Prison Oval in Spanish Town.

Seven-time champions Excelsior High defeated St Catherine High 6-5 in sudden-death penalties after they battled to a 0-0 draw at the end of regulation time in the second semi-final.

Earlier, Hydel High secured their spot in the final with an easy 3-0 victory over Cumberland High.

Kemar Reid (26th minute), Jordane Cameron (50th minute) and Ewan Hamilton (90+4 minute) scored for Hydel High.

In the second semi-final, Rohan Beadle, Kareem Williams, Damorney Hutchinson, substitute Chad McLean, Rojaughn Joseph and Joseph Greenwood scored for Excelsior during the penalty shootout.

St Catherine responded through John Christoff Pringle, Ian Cupee, Rajneil Brown and co-captain Javaughn Cole and Isaac Dunkley.

The teams were meeting for the third time this season as they both played in the same Manning Cup preliminary round group with St Catherine High winning at St John's Road and Excelsior returning the favour at Mountain View.

The Walker Cup has been downgraded to a controversial second-tier competition this season.

Traditionally the Walker Cup has been schoolboy football’s premier knockout competition, but has now gone through a major change in that the competition now comprises the eight losers of the Manning Cup Round of 16 home-and-away knockout.

In former years the seven preliminary round group winners and the best second place team earned the right to contest that competition. 

The Grand Finale will take place on Wednesday, November 14.

Meanwhile, the semi-finals of the  ISSA rural area Ben Francis knockout competition will take place on Thursday, November 12 at the Juici Field.

Port Antonio High and Petersfield High will contest the first semi-final at 1:00 pm, while Lennon High and Charlemont High will face off in the second semi-final at 3:00 pm.

The Grand Finale will take place on November 23.

The Ben Francis Cup has also gone through a controversial change.

For the Ben Francis Cup, teams which finished third and fourth in the four respective daCosta Cup quarter finals groups are contesting this competition, a major change compared to last season when only the top four daCosta Cup teams contest for the title.

CONCACAF Under-20 Championship’s qualification stage is set to kick off tomorrow at the at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida with Panama and El Salvador in the first game of a Group H encounter, while Honduras and Costa Rica face off later in the day in the Group G opener. 

St George’s College (STGC) were the most dominant team in the quarterfinal of the ISSA Champions Cup on Saturday, the light blues of North Street running out 5-0 winners over a usually dogged St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) at Stadium East. 

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