tough game “We lost some points that we didn’t bargain for ourselves, and they are coming off two straight losses, but we will not be fooled by that. “They will be coming to up the tempo against us, and even with those losses, we would be prepared for a tough game from them,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion said of today’s big clash. He added: “On paper, it is a Clarendon derby, as we are based in Clarendon and a large percentage of the Portmore United players are based in the parish. With that situation, neither team needs anything more to motivate the players.” Leading up to this game, Reynolds said his players trained well with a lot of emphasis on the mental aspects of the game. “We did a lot on the mental side, which will be key to the outcome of this game. “Wolry Wolfe has been leading the charge for us and others like Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Devon Hodges, and FranÁois Swaby are also capable of delivering for us. Once we can get them to join the likes of Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, in terms of performance and leadership, we will be fine,” the positive Reynolds said. As far as Portmore United’s Clive Marshall is concerned, the main focus for his team is to improve on their last two performances and return to their productive ways. Nothing else matters. “This game is more like a derby, given tradition and history, but we are not looking at it like that. We are looking at improving on our last two results and returning to winning ways,” manager Marshall said. According to Marshall, there is no time for making excuses about why they lost and the manner in which they lost. It was time taking responsibility and putting measures in place to correct the mistakes and not repeating them. While Jovan East has been the most consistent in front of goal this season and Ewan Grandison in one of the most experienced, Marshall said getting back to winning ways was not up to one or two players but the entire team. “We have a young team, but if the more experienced players provide the leadership and the other players respond in a similar way then we will be OK, but it has to be a team effort,” declared Marshall. At Barbican Stadium Boys’ Town will be looking to follow up their big win over Portmore United with a victory over the stabilising UWIFC while Cavalier can keep themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Waterhouse. Today’s games: 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadium 5 p.m: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game: 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD O Pts MoBay United 17 9 6 2 29 11 18 33 Portmore 17 9 4 4 18 14 4 31 Arnett 17 9 2 6 24 13 11 29 Humble Lion FC 17 7 7 3 14 11 3 28 H.View 17 6 6 5 18 18 0 24 Reno 17 5 7 5 17 19 -2 22 Boys’ Town 17 6 4 7 19 22 -3 22 UWI FC 17 6 4 7 16 23 -7 22 Tivoli 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2 19 Cavalier 17 4 5 8 7 14 -7 17 Rivoli 17 4 4 9 19 25 -6 16 Waterhouse 17 3 5 9 13 22 -9 14 Prepared for Former leaders Portmore United could find themselves overtaken by Humble Lion when the two meet today in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre. Portmore United currently sit second in the table on 31 points, two behind leaders Montego Bay United and three ahead of Humble Lion. Normally, the visitors would be favoured to win, but they are on a two-game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 10th-placed Cavalier SC and 3-0 to seventh-placed Boys’ Town at the Juici Park field. This form should convince the Humble Lion players and fans that they have a good chance, especially at home.
St George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.
The headquarters of the country’s two main political parties tell the tale of two cities. Workmen are now putting in place the final touches to a stage, which has been setup in the streets in front the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Old Hope Road headquarters. “This is a facility for the party leader to acknowledge the outcome of the elections,” Alston Stewart, one of the PNP’s campaign team leaders, told The Gleaner. The PNP stage has been set on a massive movable flat truck and is adorned with a banner of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller as the backdrop. The stage at Belmont Road, however, has already been set. Unlike the one at the PNP’s base, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) setup is small and simple. And there is no fancy banner in the background. Belmont Road is the base of the JLP. The JLP’s stage has been placed in the yard of its headquarters, unlike the PNP, which has taken over a section of the street. Jamaicans have been voting in the country’s 17th general election since 7:00 a.m. today. Polls will close at 5:00 pm, after which the counting of ballots will take place.