Oft-injured sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole is the latest athlete to break ties with the Racers Track Club head coach Glen Mills, citing neglect.

She came to finish in the top-three but Rushell Clayton ended up winning the 400m hurdles final on Friday night upsetting favourite Janieve Russell, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, who finished out of the medals in fourth.

Newcomers West Kingston Hyenas are the seventh club to join the JRLA National Championship, the 15th season of which kicked off this week.

Red Stripe Premier League Champions Portmore United qualified for the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night when they drew 1-1 with Waterhouse FC in the final of the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship played at Stadium East in Kingston.

Champions Portmore United, runners up Waterhouse Football Club and some of their players were slapped with fines and suspensions arising from the disruption of the Red Stripe Premier League finals held at the National Stadium on April 29, 2019.

Waterhouse Football has issued an apology for their role in the unfortunate turn of events that marred the ending the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League season at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

 

Jamaica’s sporting bodies will have to show greater accountability if they are to gain access to the funding they need. This as the country’s sports minister Olivia Grange announced the new criteria during a meeting with the island’s sports federations on Wednesday.

"Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected,” Minister Grange explained.

“Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sports-governing bodies is well managed.  At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.”

Under the new conditions, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will no longer consider requests for funding from sports federations or associations without a full accounting for money requested.  Federations/associations are also now required to submit outstanding financial reports to be eligible for further financial support.

The minister made clear that the new requirement will also apply in the case of requests to use national sports facilities.  The new approach also has implications not only for sports governing bodies but for other entities that organise and promote competitions and which seek sponsorship from the SDF and from the ministry. 

“I believe this new requirement will help us to bring about greater accountability — which is something that we all desire,” said Minister Grange.

“Greater accountability will also make local federations more attractive to private sector sponsors.  There is no downside to having greater accountability.”

Minister Grange pointed out that some national federations/associations do not routinely submit financial reports, and urged them to move swiftly to become compliant with the reporting requirements.

“If you receive over five million (JMD) dollars from the Sports Development Foundation as subvention, you must provide audited financial statements annually. If you receive below five million dollars, you need to submit a financial statement.

“The organisations that receive monthly subventions must submit quarterly reports. “And, so I’m putting everybody on notice.  If [your quarterly reports are] not submitted, your monthly subvention will be held.

“In other words, I’m saying to you, we have to get our house in order, we have to respond to you when you call on us, so you need to get your house in order so that we, as a team, can proudly say to the people of Jamaica ‘your money is being wisely spent’”.

 

 

 

Jamaica stands to benefit economically from its historic hosting of two CONCACAF Gold Cup matches on Monday, June 17.

After five completed finals, Kingston College have opened up a nine-point lead over seven-time defending champions Calabar at the 2019 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Armed with videos, emails and a bill outlining his medical expenses, Sanjaye Shaw, the Head of the Physics Department at Calabar High School alleged on Friday that high school’s track star Christopher Taylor grabbed him by the throat during an incident that occurred on the school grounds on December 15, 2018.

Dr Paula Daley-Morris, President of Netball Jamaica said the organisation is extremely grateful for the injection of cash from Jamaica’s sports ministry towards getting the Sunshine Girls to the Netball World Cup in Liverpool this summer.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is hoping to have the South African Women’s team play against the Reggae Girlz in April as the Caribbean team continues its preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

Despite carving out a relatively comfortable win over St. Ann Orchids on Saturday, leaders Manchester Spurs expect a tougher challenge when the teams meet in back-to-back Berger Elite League fixtures at Leila Robinson Courts on Monday, January 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (7:30pm ECT).

The match is the first of two with a clash between defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds and St. Catherine Racers to follow at 7:45 p.m. (8:45 pm ECT)

“I expect them to come tougher than they came today (Saturday) because they wouldn’t want to get beaten twice … so we’ve to be ready for that and we’ve to be ready to pull through and come with a harder game as well. It won’t be easy,” noted Manchester Spurs shooter Ann-Kay Griffiths.

On Saturday, the goal attack scored 42 goals from 49 attempts and was pleased with her effort.

“I feel pretty good about my shooting, I didn’t miss a lot. The goals that I scored helped my team to pull through with a win,” said Griffiths. “I was playing a relaxed game so I was more focused and I know I had to shoot that ball.”

The Spurs led 15-13, 33-24 and 45-37 through the first three quarters and got the other goals from Gezelle Allison, who shot 12 of 19 and Nicole Dixon, seven of 15.

For the Orchids, Simone Gordon scored 37 goals from 46 attempts, while Thristina Harwood netted five of 10 tries and Adean Thomas two from two.

Sunshine Girls vice-captain Vangelee Williams, who is captain of St. Ann Orchids, said they are hungry and must play with consistency to get a better result against the Spurs.

“Taking on Spurs again on Monday, we just hope we approach the game differently and bring more confidence and consistency with the good stuff and we should be fine,” said Wiliams.

“We’re pretty hungry because seeing Racers lose tonight (Saturday), it was like a sigh of relief because it was a three-way (tussle) for that third and fourth spot. We just want to build on the momentum that we have because we know that Gaters are coming and they’re hungry for a spot and we’re playing them on Wednesday as well,” observed Williams, pointing to their final contest at midweek.

Matches at this stage of Netball Jamaica’s semi-professional competition are very crucial for most teams, with four of the six teams having a mathematical chance of making the semi-finals.

The St. Ann Orchids have 10 points from eight matches and they are followed by the Clarendon Gaters, with nine points, St. Catherine Racers seven points and the team that beat them on Saturday to reignite faint hopes, St. James Sharpes, on six points from nine matches.

Sharpes beat Racers 42-38 in that game.

Manchester Spurs have 24 points from nine matches with Saturday’s 61-44 win over the St. Ann Orchids, while Kingston Hummingbirds stayed second with 21 from eight with a 52-45 win over Clarendon Gaters. Manchester Spurs and Kingston Hummingbirds already qualified for the semi-finals.

Kingston College forward Ari Rodgers is expected to resume training sometime in January for the upcoming track season after sustaining an ankle injury in the ISSA Manning Cup football final on Friday.

Defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds and Manchester Spurs are set for a battle of the unbeaten when the Berger Elite League resumes on Saturday at the Leila Robinson Courts in Kingston.

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