U-17 Boyz progress but work still to be done

A small pocket of Jamaican fans cheer on the Under-17 Reggae Boyz in their CFU qualifying game against Guadeloupe at the
Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Wednesday. Jamaica won 3-2.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — It was mission accomplished for head coach Andrew Edwards as Jamaica's Under-17s beat Guadeloupe 3-2 at the Sylvio Cator Stadium on Wednesday. "First of all we are very happy that we have been able to achieve objective number one which is to advance to the CONCACAF Qua ... Read More

Jamaica Under-17 Assistant Coach Omar Edwards (third
right) takes the players through exercise drills at the
Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday. Under-17 Boyz tackle Spanish neighbours for group honours
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz, buoyed by securing a spot into t ... Read More

(L-R) ANDRE HUTCHINSON, TONY SCOTT, PETER LINDO AND MARK ARCHER Peyton breaks record, Seahawks stumble again
AS we approach the halfway mark in the NFL season, one thing we can say is that it has been anything ... Read More

Brian Barnett of
Denham Town
dribbles towards
goal but close on
his heels is
Excelsior High’s
Samuel Halliman
during their
Manning Cup
match at Constant
Spring yesterday.
Excelsior won 3-1
WILLIAMS) XLCR defeat Denham Town 3-1
EXCELSIOR defeated Denham Town 3-1 to move to the top of Group J in the second round of the ISSA/LIM ... Read More

Chelsea ambassador Ferreira for Digicel Kickstart Academy

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Chelsea FC club ambassador Paulo Ferreira (left) shakes hands with Athletico de Madrid club ambassador Jose Luis
Perez Caminero during the draw for the semi-finals of the football UEFA Champions League at the UEFA headquarters in
Nyon on April 11, 2014. (PHOTO: AFP)

THE 2014 Digicel Kickstart Academy is set to raise the bar even higher this year with the announcement that former Chelsea FC and Portugal footballing hero Paulo Ferreira will be a part of the programme when it kicks off in Jamaica later this month. Ferreira, who played as a defender for Chelsea FC for nine years, during which time they accumulated a number of trophies, including the Champions and English Premier league titles, will share valuable knowledge with the aspiring young footballers p ... Read More

From the horse's mouth - Oct 24

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF WRITER | Friday, October 24, 2014    


Change of equipment makes the difference There were two instances on Monday's 10-race Heroes Day programme where changes of equipment seem to have made a difference. Such was the case with Lashing Force and Tropical Train. The Patrick Lynch trained Lashing Force won convincingly with the removal of the tongue tie while Tropical Train returned with the addition of the tongue tie and got the job done. Readers watch for these changes of equipment astute changes of equipment are making a differenc ... Read More

Windies Women focused despite men's team upheaval

Friday, October 24, 2014    

been following it, but
we don't want it to
distract us

CANBERRA, Australia (CMC) — West Indies Women's team management say their side will not be distracted by the storm of controversy surrounding their male counterparts. Windies Women arrived here last week to face hosts Australia Women in a bilateral series, even as West Indies men's one-day side took the unprecedented step of abandoning their tour of India over a pay dispute with their union, WIPA. However, captain Merissa Aguilleira said while her team were aware of the issues, they were ... Read More

Tributes continue to flow for Kenneth Mattis

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF WRITER | Friday, October 24, 2014    

Barry Dawes, Bernard Vincent and Paul Francis

THE tributes for Kenneth Mattis who died on Saturday continue flow in as the Hall of Fame jockey and trainer is remembered by his colleagues. These are some of the tributes. TRAINER BARRINGTON DAWES - Kenneth Mattis was one of the best jockeys and trainers I have ever seen. He was full of encouragement and gave his support to everyone. He also loved to play dominoes, hence we gave him the name 'Domino Mattis', just a fun person to be around. TRAINER BERNARD VINCENT - Kenneth Mattis was a great ... Read More

WHAT THEY SAY! - Harry Jaghai

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Racehorse Trainer

When did your start your career as a trainer? My career as a trainer started in 1972 but I was involved in the sport from a much younger age as I was a jockey when the track was at Old Harbour and Knutsford Park. I was introduced to racing by my brother (Henry Jaghai) as he encouraged me to become a jockey and I did. He was a breeder at the Bombay Stud Farm so the relationship between me and horses developed from there. I was also around my father (Abraham Jaghai) and jockey Frankie Frazer and ... Read More

No to proposed increase

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, October 24, 2014    

WHITE… I know that the economy is slow right now but this increase is more than reasonable.

Fabian White, president of the Grooms' Association of Jamaica, is reporting that his association will not accept the offer being made by the United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA) of Jamaica for the increase of grooms' wages. "The UTRA called an emergency meeting last week which was chaired by Patrick Smellie, and he said that they are offering us 12 per cent increase in the first year and then eight per cent in year two. That is unacceptable by us grooms as we have worked too hard for l ... Read More

Clarendon College, Glenmuir win to advance semi-final cause

BY OSHANE TOBIAS Observer writer | Friday, October 24, 2014    

Clarendon College last won their daCosta Cup title in 1998.

TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Former champions Clarendon College and Glenmuir High recorded impressive victories yesterday at Juici Park in Clarendon to kick-start their push for a place in the semi-finals of the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup competition. Playing in the first game of the double-header, Clarendon College thrashed Marcus Garvey Technical 5-0, with Creggton Charlton scoring a brace, to move ahead of Frome Technical -- who defeated Garvey Maceo 2-1 on Wednesday -- on goal difference in Zone ... Read More

Now there is no doubt, Come Dance With Me the best thus far

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, October 24, 2014    

Come Dance With Me winning with Percy Williams. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

BEFORE the running of the big two-year-old race on Monday there was talk about the credentials of the main competitors, Come Dance With Me, Forest Flame, Alacrann, Chalice Pipe, Ali Baba and Dinner By Seven. Well, that speculation are over and done with at this point in time. Come Dance With Me is a special horse. At no time was the chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge - Soca Dancer (Percy Williams) challenged, and although Alacrann made some progress in the final furlong of the six furlongs of t ... Read More

Interim committee in place to run Guyana football

Friday, October 24, 2014    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Football's world governing body FIFA has installed an interim management committee to run the affairs of the local game here. This follows a fractious last few months which saw a no-confidence motion moved against Guyana Football Federation (GFF) president Christopher Matthias, and subsequent disagreements over the way forward as internal wrangling engulfed the GFF. Following two failed meetings of the GFF, FIFA and continental governing body, CONCACAF, stepped ... Read More

Everton soar to top of Group F in Europa League

Friday, October 24, 2014    

Everton's French defender Sylvain Distin (right) vies for the ball
with Lille's Belgium forward Divock Origi during the UEFA
Europa League Group H football match at Pierre Mauroy
Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, northern France, yesterday. The
game ended 0-0. (PHOTO: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Everton retained top spot in Group F yesterday as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Lille in Europa League action following a day of trouble and fighting in the city centre between fans and police ahead of the tie. The Merseysiders, who last won their only continental trophy in 1985 when they lifted the now defunct Cup Winners' Cup, enjoyed the lion's share of possession but lacked a cutting edge up front as Nigerian number one Vincent Enyeama kept the visitors at bay. ... Read More



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