Jamaica Gleaner | Nodley Wright

After an unsuccessful trial at Aston Villa while still a schoolboy at Rusea’s High, former schoolboy star, Brian Brown, said Harbour View was what he needed to build himself up.

This Brown told The Gleaner on Sunday after scoring his team’s second goal in their 2-1 win over Arnett Gardens, as Harbour View recorded their second win from five starts to improve their standing to seventh.

“To come to Harbour View is the dream of most players in the Premier League. It is a very professional club. They have things in place to ensure that players do well and that is what I really needed at the time,” said Brown, who has had a hand in three of Harbour View’s four goals so far this season, scoring twice and forcing an own goal with the other.

Harbour View led through a defender’s goal at the 47th minute, while Vishunal Harris equalised for Arnett at the 74th. Brown found the winner at the 80th minute.

“At Montego Bay United, I was not getting the time on the field that I needed to improve my game and I needed games, so Harbour View was the place for me and I am loving it here,” the man from St James added.

Brown, who fired Harbour View to their first win of the season – a 1-0 win over Rivoli and repeated the feat with Sunday’s performance – said one of the best things about his new home is the coach’s belief in him.

“I am doing good so far. I just need to finish more chances so the team can win more, but it is important that the coach believes in me.

COACH BELIEVES IN ME

“I feel great that the coach believes in me. I have been finishing well in training and as long as I keep doing this I will be playing, the coach has told me,” added the player who is looking to be a part of the national set-up in the near future.

What Brown believes will take him there is more goals.

“I want to keep scoring goals, and as long I do that, I will keep opening doors for myself and the club, as well as I try to get better in this game and even earn the opportunity to play abroad and more.

“I would love to be in the national team and I am working hard to making it happen and looking for it,” said the player who has set himself a target of 15 goals for the season.

Brown also said he likes what he sees of the current national coach and believes that he will reward performance.

“The new coach, I think, will improve my chances. He seems to know talent. I am talented and if I get the chance, I know I will perform,” Brown declared.

Portmore United’s woeful form continued yesterday when they were clipped 1-0 by Harbour View in a scrappy Flow Champions Cup quarter-final match at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, St Catherine, yesterday.

The game was postponed from Wednesday as a water-logged field prevented play at Ferdie Neita Park. It was clear why the two teams are struggling in the Red Stripe Premier League as they lacked creativity and good team work.

Brian Brown scored the all-important goal in the fourth minute for Harbour View when he hit past Kemar Foster. Among the spectators was Harbour View’s midfield maestro, Jermaine Hue, who watched from the sidelines because of a nine-month suspension imposed by FIFA for a positive drug test.

POOR SHOWINGS

Portmore, who are yet to win a game in the Red Stripe Premier League, looked a shadow of themselves, and their attackers did little to penetrate Harbour View’s backline, led by Montrose Phinn and captain, Dicoy Williams.

Andrew ‘Bowa’ Hines, coach of Harbour View, was happy for the win.

“We are grateful for victory as Portmore are a creditable team. It wasn’t a comfortable win,” Hines told The Gleaner.

“We are now in the semi-finals and will prepare for the next opponents,” Hines added.

Meanwhile, Linval ‘Rudie’ Dixon, Portmore United coach, hinted that changes are coming at Portmore.

NO FIGHTING SPIRIT

“It is very disappointing as I am not seeing that true fighting spirit. We have to look deeper in the squad in order to get the team to start winning,” Dixon, a former national defender, disclosed.

In another game in the quarter-final round, Waterhouse edged Sporting Central 1-0 at the Juici Patties Park playing field in Clarendon. National striker Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson scored for the visitors in the 44th minute. Harbour View and Waterhouse join Arnett Gardens as the semi-finalists. At press time last night, the last quarter-final was being played between Montego Bay United and Tivoli Gardens at the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay.

Jermaine Hue and his team are now weighing their options as the reality of a nine-month ban from football sinks in, but one thing is certain; the 35-year-old Jamaica and Harbour View midfielder is not ready to call time on his career.

Hue was on Thursday suspended by the FIFA Disciplinary Panel until May 6, 2014, after the banned substance dexamethasone was found in his system, after Jamaica’s World Cup Qualifier against Honduras in Tegucigalpa on June 11. FIFA also announced that Jamaica’s team doctor Carlton Fraser was suspended for four years by the panel for administering the substance.

If the suspension holds up, Hue, who has played 42 matches for the Reggae Boyz since 2002, will return just ahead of his 36th birthday.
No retirement

However, the midfielder’s uncle and manager, Michael Hue, is certain that retirement is not an option for the former Kansas City Wizards and Mjallby player, even as they move to examine whether or not they are in a position to appeal the suspension.

“Knowing him (Jermaine), he has been through a lot of trying times even in terms of representing his country, we all know the ordeals but he has a strong mindset,” Michael Hue said.

“I don’t think he would find it too difficult to not play football for a year and come back because his style is not

based so much on a physical type of play, his play is centred around skill, technique and a good passing game and he won’t lose that technical ability,” he added.

Hue is said to be shocked and devastated by the news, which came to him while he trained on Thursday, in the hope that he would soon return to the football field.

“He is shocked and devastated,” Michael Hue added. “He is very disappointed in the nine-month ban. It will take time for him to come back to his normal self but there is a strong family support.”

“We are going to look at the transcript in terms of what FIFA has said and see what can be done as it relates to an appeal. We will be sitting with the lawyers and the executive of Harbour View Football Club to see what’s the process in terms of an appeal,” Michael Hue added.

AN UNJUST RULE AND BLATANT INCOMPETENCE

MUCH has gone wrong during the Reggae Boyz qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Hopefully, there will be frank and objective analysis by all concerned after the qualifiers come to an end.

In a sense, this newspaper believes the positive drug test for midfielder Mr Jermaine Hue typified a poorly thought-out and dismally executed campaign.

News broke on Thursday that Mr Hue must now serve a nine-month suspension from football, as dictated by the disciplinary committee of world football’s governing body FIFA.

As is now public knowledge, Mr Hue — an unused reserve player during the June 11 game between Jamaica and Honduras — tested positive for dexamethasone, a substance on WADA’s 2013 prohibited list.

The substance entered Mr Hue’s body — unknown to him that it was a prohibited substance — by way of treatment administered by then national team physician Dr Carlton Fraser. The latter has been suspended by FIFA for four years.

Obviously, the team doctor has much to answer for. However, it seems to us that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) must also take a good look at itself for, available evidence suggests that the team doctor was not as aware or as sensitised to the dangers as he should have been. If that’s indeed the case, the JFF must examine its employment principles and procedures. JFF President Captain Horace Burrell and his administration must also review the structures which should be in place to ensure that support staff, at all levels, are in tune with rapidly changing times and what’s required of them.

Not just the JFF, but it would seem to us all sporting bodies should heed this most unfortunate episode. It underlines the need for a modern professionalised approach to sport management and administration to replace the amateurism which has served over many years. Otherwise, this mishap could easily be repeated with unaware support staff again leading national representatives into ambush.

This newspaper must also join in protesting the punishment meted out to Mr Hue. It seems absolutely clear that he was an innocent party.

We have wondered before about the stipulation that athletes must take responsibility for whatever enters their bodies. In this case, what was Mr Hue supposed to do? Was he supposed to question the competence of the team doctor?

Chairman of the JFF Medical Committee Dr Guyan Arscott tells us that he considers the punishment “excessive”. We beg to disagree. We believe the punishment meted out to Mr Hue is totally misplaced and amounts to a gross violation of natural justice.

If it is, that by punishing Mr Hue for something entirely out of his hands, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was simply following rules, then we submit that the rules need to be changed. We believe that all relevant stakeholders in football, here and abroad, should be pressing for change.

That apart, we believe the JFF has a responsibility, at the very least, to publicly apologise to Mr Hue and to provide appropriate redress. Even more crucially, the JFF needs to have the necessary systems and structures in place to protect players from the scandalous inefficiency and/or incompetence manifested here.

The HVFC Masters team has qualified for the second round after placing second in Zone C, with 17 points only behind Portmore Masters with 20 points, after 8 games.

In the final Round One game yesterday, HVFC defeated Telecom 3-1 Goal scorers are, Paul (Ras) Seargent, Donovan McCalla and a own goal. Keep pressing forward in Round Two.

The 2013 Premier League triple Champions travels again to Boys’ Town FC on Sunday at 3:30pm for the second RSPL scheduled game.

On Wednesday, we started at home in the Round of 16 2013 FLOW Champions Cup, with a disciplined 2-1 victory over Premier League contenders Rivoli United with goals from both wingbacks, Kemar ‘Taxi’ Lawrence (45′) and Xavian Virgo (57′). Fidel Anderson replied for them in minute 73.

The draw for quarterfinals is on Thursday, September 26th to decide our opponents, venue and time.

Training daily at 3:30pm.

Our U15 Team gained maximum points as third placed Waterhouse FC failed to turn up for the game at HVFC on Wednesday, to win the League on 25 points.

Today at HVFC we won a 5-4 penalty shootout against Brown’s Town FC, after a 1-1 draw in full and extra-time in the Playoffs of the top eight clubs. We advance to the semifinals and await the other rescheduled games throughout the week to see who, where and when we play.

Congratulations to the ladies on defeating second placed team UWI by 4-1 this afternoon at the UWI Bowl to achieve second place status and automatically qualify for the semifinals in the league behind Barbican FC, against a team at a date and venue to be announced soon.

We travel to St. Thomas on Tuesday to complete our zone fixture, as the game was rescheduled due to a recent death in their club.

Congrats as well for reaching the Sherwin-Williams Football Knockout Competition 2013 and
we wish you the best in your Final next Saturday against multiple Champions, Barbican FC at 4pm.

More compliments to Coach, Tamara Williams who was successful in passing her Level 2 Coaching Course Certifications, as results were posted this week.

CLARENDON, Jamaica — Coach Harold Thomas pinpointed Harbour View’s failure to capitalise on their huge ball possession as the main reason for their opening day defeat to Red Stripe Premier League rivals Sporting Central Academy.

Despite dictating play for much of the game, the defending champions were upset 2-0 after falling behind against the run of play in minute 28. They then conceded a second goal on the counter, in the 75th minute, while chasing the equaliser.

Thomas, who was making his debut as Harbour View’s head coach, was gracious in defeat.

“It was a good game,” he said. “I think Sporting Central capitalised on their opportunities and they deserved to win.”

He added: “We had, by far, large volumes of possession but weren’t able to convert that into goals.”

On Sunday, the ‘Stars of the East’ were without influential midfield duo Jermaine Hue and Evan Taylor. While not stating it explicitly, Thomas hinted in his post-game interview that both players were missed.

“We have a lot of corrections to make,” he informed. “The leadership probably wasn’t there in midfield today and that is one area that we need to correct quickly.”

In spite of the loss, the former Rivoli United coach said he was pleased with aspects of his team’s performance.

The 2013 Premier League triple Champions completes their readiness for the RSPL scheduled to start next Sunday in Clarendon against Sporting Central Academy at 3:30pm at the new Juicibeef Sports Complex by traveling to St. Thomas yesterday for a 4pm practice match against the St. Thomas All-Star team.

We won by 4-0.

HVFC closes off on Wednesday at 4pm at HVFC against Frazier’s Whip FC, changed from Tuesday as the Reggae Boyz World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica on Tuesday evening at the National Stadium.

Training daily at 9:30 am or 3:30pm.

KSAFA Under 15:
Our U15 Team defeated Boys’ Town FC by 2-0 at HVFC yesterday to lead the zone with one game outstanding on Tuesday against Arnett Gardens FC, needing only a draw to win the League before going into the Playoffs of the top four clubs.

FEMALE TEAM IN KO FINAL:
Congratulations to the ladies for reaching the Sherwin-Williams Football Knockout Competition 2013 yesterday by defeating Warterhouse FC by 7-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at Arnett Gardens FC!

Special mention to goalscorers, Melissa Hamilton with a hatrick and Lydia Hall with a double.

We all wish you the best in your Final next Saturday against multiple Champions, Barbican FC at 4pm.

KSAFA Under 20:
Our U20 Team ended their season recently with a second placed finish in the League and lost eventually to Boys’ Town FC in the semifinal Playoffs.

The Harbour View FC Captain and Reggae Boyz midfielder, Edwards just signed on Friday, August 17th with Mikkelin Palloilijat (MP) Division 2 in Finland, and started in the game on Sunday.

Richard “Shortman” Edwards scores on debut in Finland, as his new team defeated FC Kiffen by 4-0, with Richard scoring the third goal.

The MP strikers’ shot was blocked and deflected outside the area, Richard’s first-time drive lodged inside the far post out of the reach of the stranded goalkeeper, much to the delight of the debutant!

Richard Edwards departed the island on Sunday, July 29 for a four weeks trial at Premier League Club Assyrianska, Sweden after scouts had been tracking his local Premier League season with “The Stars of the East” and the senior National Team. He was not signed, then traveled across the border to finalise his new deal.

His hard-nosed tackling, leadership and supreme work rate gained him the respect of his teammates and opponents, in the Reggae Boyz Teams in the last two years before earning 11 national senior caps, in May 2012 he went to Alpha United on Loan in Guyana, where we played the CFU Club Championship while winning the local Premier League before returning home three weeks ago.

This season he represented HVFC with up to 37 starts, 1 substitution scoring 1 goal, all in 3012 minutes of playing time, to help HVFC secure 6th position. He forged a reputable midfield quartet with other national players Jermaine Hue, Joel Senior, Romario Campbell or John-Ross Edwards.

His Coaches and Teammates voted him “Player of the Round 1” where he was awarded the Lucozade Most Outstanding Player cash prize of $10,000 and 5 cases of Lucozade Sports.