Oral Tracey: The Girls tried, Jill McIntosh failed

first_imgThe disappointment felt by most Jamaicans at the fourth-place finish of the Sunshine Girls at the Netball World Cup is understandable. In all fairness to the girls, though, they played with a lot of heart, passion, commitment and self-belief throughout the entire tournament. Australian technical director, Jill McIntosh, on the other hand, is the one that failed them and should take the bulk of the blame for the below-par results at the championship. Unfortunately for McIntosh and the rest of the coaching staff, Jamaica and the world were able to see the games, so no ‘hogwash excuses’ or unfair blaming of the players will be tolerated by us, the fans. Most of us stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to watch the games and saw exactly what went wrong. Intensity, intent and desire were not lacking on the part of the players. Ultimately, what led to the demise of the team was player fatigue. The writing was on the wall from the first-round losses to New Zealand and England, where in both games the Sunshine Girls were competitive and indeed brilliant in the first and second quarters, but ended up losing their grip on the games in the third and fourth quarters when the intensity and performance levels dropped when coaching staff went to the bench. This trend continued into that close one-point win of Malawi in the semi-final round, and again into the semi-final against eventual winners Australia, and by the time the crucial third-place play-off against England came around, the seven Jamaican starters who had played close to maximum minutes all tournament were clearly overworked, banged up and tired. This is absolutely inexcusable for such an experienced coach as Jill McIntosh. The lack of depth in the squad is a function of team selection and coaching, especially for a tournament of this nature where difficult back-to-back games were always on the cards. The onus was on the technical staff, headed by McIntosh, to select a strong-enough squad where, with prudent player rotation, optimum performances would be forthcoming when needed. One can remember clearly some months before the start of the tournament the Australian who won two world titles as coach of her native land saying very few if any new players would be added to the Sunshine Girls squad, suggesting she had the players needed to get the job done. Obviously, she was wrong. McIntosh and company also dropped the ball technically and tactically. The Jamaicans were one-dimensional and thus predictable in their execution, and were effectively pressured and nullified by all the stronger teams. That is also an index of coaching. Jamaica went for an experienced foreign coach to tweak what we were doing and thus improve the efficiency and, ultimately, the results. This was sadly not achieved. Indeed, it could be argued that McIntosh, with here comparatively expensive salary package, not only did not improve the fortunes of the team, she made them worse. I hope this is the last we have seen of McIntosh in her present capacity. Coaching is a results business and her results with the Sunshine Girls have been poor. Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard must also shoulder her share of the blame for her blind faith in the Australian. As for the Girls, I feel nothing but love and sympathy for them, especially the overworked starting seven. One got the sense that they genuinely wanted to do better and make Jamaica proud. We could see it in their efforts. Unfortunately, the Girls were let down big time by the lack of competent leadership from the boardroom, but even more so from the bench. Bon voyage, Jill.last_img read more

Powell, Simpson reach settlement with company that sold them tainted drugs

first_imgAfter being blacklisted by various sponsors and athletics meeting organi-sers for the better part of two years, Paul Doyle, the agent of World Championships medallists Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, is hoping the pair can revive their reputations after having reached an out-of-court settlement with a company that sold them tainted supplements. “I just think the out-of-court settlement … gives them some justification and clearance for their names,” Doyle, speaking to The Gleaner from Ireland, said yesterday. A release from representatives of the former 100m world record holder, Powell, and Olympic and World Championships silver medallist Simpson, yesterday said the pair had reached a deal with Dynamic Life Nutrition (DLN) LLC, the company that sold the supplement Epiphany D1. The duo took the Epiphany D1 as part of their training regimen, but later found out it contained the stimulant oxilofrine. The pair tested positive for the banned substance at the 2013 Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association National Senior Championships and were suspended. They were unable to compete at the World Champion-ships in Moscow as a result. Powell and Simpson sued DLN earlier this year and Doyle said that it was a step towards clearing the athletes’ reputations. “Unfortunately, the damage to their reputations can never be undone, but at least this will prove to some people that it was … negligence on the part of the supplement company. “There are still meets that aren’t inviting them and still some sponsors that aren’t sponsoring them, but hopefully with this news, that will all change,” he added. Powell himself alluded to the damage in yesterday’s statement. “There is no way to really explain the kind of damage a ban has on an athlete’s reputation. For us, it was especially painful, because we really let down our countrymen. There’s no doubt that we’re going to continue fight to repair it and regain the trust of my fans and fans of the sport,” Powell said. Simpson was also quoted as being happy for the result. “The legal process is tedious, but we don’t think about it when we are on the track. We have a very capable team and both of us are now extra careful about our diets and supplement regimen,” she was quoted as saying. Doyle said the settlement had been made prior to last month’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. “It’s been a while … before the World Championships, but we didn’t want to distract the athletes with this,” he added. Both Powell and Simpson were racing at an athletics meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday, following which they will head to Brussels, Belgium, to compete in the IAAF Diamond League final on Friday. Doyle said the positive tests and the subsequent suspensions and damage to their reputation have “been the hardest thing they’ve ever had to deal with in their lifetime”. He added that the pair would now look to finish up the season with good performances and look forward to next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The release added that Powell and his management team had Epiphany D1 tested by three independent labs, including the World Anti-Doping Administration and the US Federal Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The supplement was subsequently listed on the USADA’s high-risk supplement list, while DLN has also stopped selling the product. negligencelast_img read more

JC, Clarendon ready to flow in Super Cup

first_img When asked about the million dollars the triple champions collected last year, he said: “We put it in the pool of funds we use for sports. So I would say it helped to replenish our resources.” The ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition will see the top-eight teams from both the ISSA/FLOW Manning and daCosta Cup competitions engaged in a fierce four-week knock-out, to take home a whopping one million dollars for the winner. All 16 participating schools will receive a starting $25,000 for qualifying, with the total monies gained increasing as the competition advances. A draw to determine the starting match-ups will be held on Thursday, October 22, with the lucrative competition scheduled for kick-off two days later. surprise KINGSTON: Representatives from telecommunications firm FLOW visited the homes of defending daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College and reigning Manning Cup, Super Cup and Olivier Shield champions Jamaica College (JC) to share plans for the 2015 ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition and to unveil the impressive new trophy to the student body. Since the launch in Montego Bay last week Tuesday, administrators of both schools have weighed in on the possibility of the new 2015/16 ISSA FLOW Super Cup title being copped by their respective teams. During the first stop of the Super Cup ‘Tour’, last week Wednesday, the new gold-embellished trophy, manufactured in Italy, was unveiled to a full room of students by Clarendon College’s principal, David Wilson, and Stephen Miller, sponsorship manager at FLOW. Head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, who is on his second tour of duty at Clarendon College, along with members of the team, revelled in the excitement as they kicked off their campaign for Super Cup glory. Not daunted by the victory of a Manning Cup team in the inaugural staging last year, Davis says his team is ready to take home the brand-new trophy. “Last year, I think it (ISSA/Flow Super Cup) caught the daCosta Cup teams by surprise,” Davis said. “These guys (Clarendon College) will take it as their FA Cup this year. It is personal this year. I think the daCosta Cup teams are more prepared this year.” The former player who starred for Jamaica says his boys are hyped and ready to right the wrong. “The guys are upbeat. They are looking forward to it. We have six players from last year. They were caught napping last year, and the mistakes they made they do not want to repeat,” said Davis. Meanwhile, JC’s principal, Senator Ruel Reid, believes the new trophy and accompanying cash prize of one million dollars is a fantastic innovation. “The Flow Super Cup is a very good innovation in schoolboy football, and we won the inaugural trophy last year,” Reid highlighted when the ‘Tour’ hit his school’s Old Hope Road campus last week Friday. “We intend to fight hard like champions to retain our trophy. We don’t like to lose; we like to win all the time, so it is very exciting to have this additional competition.” Reid thinks that Jamaica College will be right there when the trophies are handed out this year. “We don’t like to tell persons that we are going to win everything; we play to win everything,” said the confident school master. “As the competition goes on, we improve. We say watch out for JC because we have the reputation as the number-one school for champions.” resources replenishedlast_img read more

Madrid not making move for Mourinho

first_imgMADRID (AP):Real Madrid have no intention of replacing coach Rafa Benitez with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, club president Florentino Perez said yesterday.In an interview with a Spanish radio station, Perez didn’t dismiss signing Mourinho again, but reiterated that “Benitez is not the problem, he is the solution”.Mourinho left Chelsea for a second time on Thursday as the English team continues to struggle in the Premier League. He was Real Madrid’s coach from 2010-13, winning the Copa del Rey in 2011 and the Spanish league in 2012.”No one can know the future, but right now he will not come to Madrid,” Perez told Cadena SER. “I have good memories of Mourinho, he helped us elevate our level. It wasn’t a bad moment for us. With him in command we returned to where we belonged.”Real Madrid have been in crisis since a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona and an embarrassing elimination in the Copa del Rey for using an ineligible player in a match against third-tier club Cadiz.Pressure on Benitez increased after the team’s 1-0 loss at Villarreal in the Spanish league last weekend, a result that kept Madrid from gaining ground on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Another setback tomorrow against struggling Rayo Vallecano could mean the end of the line for the coach – even if he has Perez’s support.”It’s not true that the players don’t get along with Benitez,” Perez said. “I talk to them. There are no players who want him sacked.”Until Mourinho became available on Thursday, former Madrid great Zinedine Zidane was being loudly touted as the immediate replacement to Benitez if he was fired.”I like Zidane, he will be a great coach for Madrid,” Perez said. “But not now.”last_img read more

Baca Star seal Trelawny FA KO title on penalties

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Baca Star United prevailed in a 3-2 penalty shoot-out to win the Trelawny FA Knockout title over Harmony FC on Saturday at the Elliston Wakeland Centre.The teams had to settle for the dreaded spot kicks to determine the outcome of a spirited final, which had plenty of twists along the way, but it was particularly a sweet win for Baca Star, which signalled their recent appetite for the big occasions with yet another victory.Harmony grabbed the lead in the 35th minute through Kevin Woollery, the midfielder firing home to complete a sweeping move.Baca Star responded in typical fashion in the second half. Hosawani Mendez’s free kick was too good for the Harmony FC goalkeeper in the 51st minute of play.With neither team able to break the 1-1 stalemate after regulation and extra time, they had to settle for the penalty route.Captain Ziddane France, Nichoy Campbell and Shane Brown scored for Baca Star, while Shaquelle Reid and Fitzroy Shirley converted for Harmony, giving the Cassman Williams-coached Baca Star the title.last_img read more

Bromfield to start hurdles season at Carifta Trials

first_imgCommonwealth Youth Games champion, Junelle Bromfield, will run her first 400-metre hurdles race of the 2016 season at this weekend’s Carifta trials.Bromfield has performed well in the 400 and 800 metres, but hasn’t yet contested a hurdles race. The St Elizabeth Technical High School standout is nevertheless optimistic.With ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships just around the corner, the trials present a final opportunity for the World Youth Championship finalist to get some race preparation in time.”I’m planning to redeem myself from the disappointment in World Youth, so that’s the aim,” said Bromfield last week in reference to her seventh place finish at that meet in Cali, Colombia.”I’ve been working on my technique very much,” the Reynaldo Walcott-coached athlete offered. “I haven’t done any hurdles races this season, but you’ll see me in one very soon.”Asked whether this would be the trials, she answered, “Yes.”She has the fastest times by a Jamaican schoolgirl in the 400 52.43 seconds and the 800 metres two minutes 07.37 seconds. However, after stopping at the first hurdle in the heats at last year’s Boys and Girls’ Champs, she went on to great things.Bromfield set a personal best of 58.07 seconds at the National Junior Championships, with success at the Commonwealth Youth Games to follow.The fastest Jamaican junior in the event this year is Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High. The diminutive Kalawan won the Central Championships title in 57.20 seconds.Bromfield, Kalawan and the rest of the nation’s best Under-20 athletes will compete for places on this year’s Carifta team at the National Stadium on March 5 and 6.last_img read more

Powell encourages clubs to invest in live-stream system

first_imgOver a year ago, Montego Bay United became the first local football club to stream its games live via YouTube, and club president Orville Powell says that it is time for other clubs to do the same if they are serious about development and exposing their players. Before the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship last year, Powell thought it would be wise to record and document the team’s games, and after almost a year, he is pleased with how things have unfolded. “We decided that we needed exposure. We have games in the west, and most local TV games are in town and we saw that void and figured it is not just for people to watch the games. It is a marketing strategy to expose the players and the team,” he said. He added: “For the most part, we have to be calling people for tapes (of games), so we saw it prudent to invest in a live stream system. It has been more than a season, but just for our home games,” he continued. “We set up, stream and have it as record and reference for agents, scouts or teams to look at. It has been going well and has been getting more viewers and we feel good that we can build that platform. But we only stream live games that are not being televised or broadcast (locally),” he added. Powell said that the system, which is owned and operated by club staff, is very simple to use and inexpensive. He added that he also has plans for an upgrade in the future. SWITCHER SYSTEM “All this is done by Montego Bay United and their staff. We bought the system and we operate the system from our platform straight to YouTube. It can also be viewed on our website. We don’t pay anything because we have members who operate the camera. It’s just a two-camera (system) for now, with a switcher system, but we can go up to seven cameras,” he noted. Powell said although it’s not a world-class system, it is simple and anyone can do if they are interested. “We don’t use a platform that cost us, and it’s basically for amateurs, but the quality is really good,” he added. Per week, the team gets an average of 500 to 1000 viewers and he wants to add even more cameras in the near future. “We have not done away games because we would need a high Internet service to bring it in HD, but the people are watching and can tell what is happening to our players. We plan to add two more cameras in the future because we want two behind the goal and maybe another one later. I don’t think we need more than five cameras to attract more viewership,’ he stated.last_img read more

Gymnasium still needs funding – JAGA

first_img BOOST FOR SPORT Three months after the arrival of a 60x120ft steel structure at the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) property at Slipe Road in Kingston, the equipment is unused because of lack of funding. “It has been there since late November, but we can’t do anything until the building is erected. We still need approximately $10 million to get the building in place,” president of JAGA, Nicole Grant-Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “We have not gotten a dollar towards the building, and the steel structure is lying outside wasting. However, we are still pressing on and are very determined,” she added. “The companies that JAGA approached for assistance are already committed to other sports. We are allocated $107,000 per month from the SDF (Sports Development Foundation), but this goes towards our overhead expense,” Grant-Brown said. Meanwhile, a JAGA development team participated in the Carib Fest Gymnastics tournament last Saturday in Ashburn, Virginia in the United States and performed creditably. “We won the level one and level two team awards, and also several third places and individual awards. This is a boost for the sport. It is our development group that we are preparing for top level competition. We have to maintain a level of performance,” the president disclosed. “Our plan is to sell advertisement spaces at the facility. It is really for the children, especially the ones from the inner city as they are very talented. We are appealing for help,” she said. JAGA will now prepare for the Caribbean Gymnastics Championship to be held in Barbados from April 28-29. “They will go back to their respective clubs to prepare. We don’t have a national facility as yet so we have to work with the clubs,” Grant-Brown said.last_img read more

NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs

first_imgLeonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard’s in Game 1 of Golden State’s victory in the Western Conference finals. After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant, or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure.“It’s 100 percent for the safety of the players,” NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe NBA had made the freedom to land a point of emphasis for officials a few years ago, because of the risk of injuries. But the play got renewed attention during the playoffs because of Leonard’s injury, and also one in which Washington forward Markieff Morris landed on Al Horford’s foot in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, knocking him out of a game the Celtics rallied to win.Officials can still rule the play a common foul if they did not see a dangerous or unnatural attempt by the defender upon review. Borgia said Pachulia’s foul would have been deemed a flagrant. Referees review a play prior to ejecting Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks from the game for a flagrant foul in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season’s playoffs.Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden’s attempts after he swings his arms into contact.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View commentscenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La Salle It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson With the fouls on the perimeter shots — often coming when the offensive player has come off a screen and quickly attempts to launch a shot as his defender tries to catch up — officials will focus on the sequencing of the play. The player with the ball must already be in his shooting motion when contact is made, rather than gathering the ball to shoot such as on a drive to the basket.“We saw it as a major trend in the NBA so we had to almost back up and say, ‘Well, wait a minute, this is going to be a trend, so let’s catch up to it,’” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts

first_imgJustin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESJustin Brownlee has fond memories of Game 6 of last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, but he knows that it’s already a thing of the past.“I definitely remember it,” Brownlee said, looking back on the shot that downed Meralco and ended Ginebra’s eight-year title drought. “But I’m just trying to move on from it.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees And with the Gin Kings and the Bolts clashing anew in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Brownlee is focused on leading his team to back-to-back titles.“A lot of people still talk about it, but this is a new year and a new conference. Whatever we did last year, it doesn’t matter in this time. I’m just trying to move forward from that. It was a great memory and nothing can take that away, but I’m just moving on,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBrownlee unfurled monster numbers on Sunday, scattering 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five shots in the series-clinching win over TNT.That was just the kind of performance coach Tim Cone would like to see from his import going into the tough series against Meralco, but Brownlee is wary of the Bolts’ threat, specifically Allen Durham. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “Like coach said, the guy is a beast. I got to give it to him, he’s just been a beast and he’s been unstoppable. That’s why he’s in the finals and his team. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully we can slow him down,” he said.But it’s not just Durham alone, as the rest of the Bolts are raring to get their redemption against the Gin Kings.“If I was with that team, I would want to face Ginebra in the Finals, too,” he said, understanding the sentiments of a lot of Meralco players, particularly Jared Dillinger, who’s been vocal of his desire to have the rematch. “That just shows his fight and you know, maybe get some revenge. I would be the same way if I was him so I respect that.”Game 1 of the best-of-7 Finals series kicks off on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more