The Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) was on Sunday, October 21 crowned the champions of the Kingston and St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Under 13.

At the same time the Academy Sports Club extended an invitation to the Twenty-eight member Under 13 and Under 15 squad on a five (5) day tour of the Cayman Islands, from Thursday, November 1st to Monday 5th, 2012.

The aim of this tour is to further promote cultural exchange between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, while promoting the use of football as a means to develop leadership in our young people.

It is the intention that Jamaican players will attend local schools on Friday November 2nd with their host player.
Jamaican players must wear their respective school uniform on this day.

They will also provide an opportunity to visit the famed Cayman Islands Turtle Farm, where players can learn about the endangered sea turtle as well as explore the flora and fauna, birds and wildlife of the Cayman Islands and experience an interactive dolphin show. Players will also attend local churches with their host family on Sunday November 4th.

Under 13 and 15 Games will be played daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

OFFICIALS:
Clyde Jureidini – Head of Delegation
Noel ‘Bobby’ McLaren – Under 13 Coach
Andrew Hines – Under 15 Coach
Karen Lumsden – Manager
Gasford James Snr. – Manager
Tracy Lee -Manager
Monica Malcolm-McFarlane – Manager
PARENTS:
Janise Fairclough
Grace-Ann Maylor
Yvette Dacosta
Arlene Cook
Sion McFarlane
UNDER 13 SQUAD:
Davonte Bancroft
Mikhail Lumsden
Tajani Fairclough
Rashawn McKinson
Ramone Lewis
Renato Campbell
Gasford James Jnr.
Scott Williams (capt.)
Maliek Howell
Kareem Williams
Rovaldo Harris
Alex Gayle
Orlando Campbell
Jahleel Fletcher
Cody Smith
Phillion Lawrence
Tyrese Powell
UNDER 15 SQUAD:
Stephen Barnett
Joel Sterling
Corei Campbell
Lemario Gordon
Demario Cameron
Malik Thompson
Lucas Simpson
Akim Thompson
Richard Byfield
Rafiel Coleman
Oquin Robinson
Rivaldo English
Rohando Malcolm
Nickardo Hanchard
Chad Smith

Players capitalise on ‘momentum shift’ to make end-of-round final

Harbour View head coach Vin Blaine was a pleased man at the end of Monday night’s football extravaganza, and rightly so. Blaine had just presided over his team’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over Sporting Central Academy, which placed them in the end-of-first-round final with one game still to go.

“My objective at the start of the season was to get to the end-of-round final, and we had put ourselves into pole position. We were overtaken briefly, and now we are back there,” said Blaine, who took over as coach of the Harbour View Premier League team, in the off-season, after making his name locally as a coach of women’s football.

For Blaine, who must have been under the microscope of local football observers, what was really pleasing to him was the response of his team, which looked second best in the first half of the encounter played at home.

“I said to them at half-time that they need to settle down and play football.

“I am a person who believes in momentum shifts, and I told my players that when the momentum shift comes, they have to be prepared to take advantage of that. They did, and Sporting Central did not respond,” explained the man credited by many as one of the co-founders of the club.

“It was a game of two halves, really. Sporting Central had the better of the first half. In the first half, we never had any rhythm. We came up against a team that was running and we were chasing the game,” he added.

As if realising that the game was slipping away, Harbour View refocused, and two telling supplies from the majestic Jermaine Hue and equally pinpoint headers from Damion Harwood did the trick. The first resulted from a foul on the hard-running Joel Senior by Christopher Banner in a very dangerous area on the right flank near the penalty box. The Sporting Central bench knew it as they shook their heads with collective knowledge as Hue strode forward.

Hue’s curling free kick was met with a diving header by Harwood across goalkeeper Sanchez Lloyd, who had no chance.

Harbour View’s dominance continued as the fluency and composure displayed by Sporting Central in the first half deserted them. They looked like a team unsure of themselves. The predictable winner came in the 83rd minute when captain Linval Lewis unwisely gave up a corner. The familiar look descended on the Sporting Central bench as Hue took up his position.

Harwood, who has been enjoying an excellent on-field relationship with Hue, stood unchallenged and headed into the net to send the Harbour View supporters into ecstasy.

That feeling of ecstasy was felt by the travelling Sporting Central supporters in the 32nd minute when François Swaby, who had missed earlier efforts, bundled his team ahead. Unlike Harbour View’s feeling, Sporting Central’s would not last.

“I think we played a very good first half but came out flat for the second half.

“We spoke about the threat of Jermaine Hue from the dead-ball situations and we still gave up opportunities for him, which is really sad,” Sporting Central coach Nigel Stewart said ruefully.

“Now that we have no chance of getting to the end-of-round final, our plan is to win the next game that we have and get into the second round with a momentum and take it from there,” he said with a tone of resignation.

Harbour View’s 22 points means they cannot be overtaken by two teams with just one set of games remaining in the round. Behind them are second-place Boys’ Town on 21 points and Portmore United. Boys’ Town and Portmore meet on Sunday, and one will join Harbour View in November 12 final.

In his native Jamaica, Saeed Robinson grew up watching or playing soccer pickup games that were as available as football or basketball games at neighborhood parks in the U.S.

He has seen the unifying power of soccer in a way few Americans have in their hometowns.

“If there were two communities having a beef with each other, they would have a soccer game to bring them together,” said Robinson, who played on Jamaican club teams since he was 9 years old before working his way to a junior college in Texas, where GCU recruited him to be one of its top offensive weapons.

The 22-year-old senior striker has scored a team-high seven goals for the Antelopes this season, although he is possibly his biggest critic and worried “he should have more” through 11 games with 20 shots on goal. He was instrumental in GCU’s biggest wins this season and will be relied on to help nudge the ‘Lopes higher than their current No. 15 ranking as the end of the season nears.

GCU (9-2 overall) hosts Hawai’i Pacific University at 5:45 p.m. tonight and faces Dominican University on Saturday. Both are considered must-win home games for a ‘Lopes team with a 6-1 Pacific West Conference record. They won their fifth successive game Saturday in overtime against unranked Brigham Young University-Hawai’i.

Soccer may be an afterthought for many American sports fans raised on baseball, basketball and football, but Robinson said he was impressed with the enthusiastic support from his fellow students during GCU’s Sept. 7 upset of then-No. 1 Fort Lewis College. Without the fans keeping ‘Lopes players fired up, Robinson said the game could have had a different outcome. He scored one of the team’s three goals and assisted on another.

Robinson said he focuses on his teammates rather than the preseason PacWest Player of the Year award or any individual accolades, such as his desire to bring his explosive blend of speed and scoring to a pro team in Europe or the U.S. after college.

MEN’S SOCCER THIS WEEK Tonight: 5:45 p.m. vs. Hawai’i PacificSaturday: 5:45 p.m. vs. Dominican Games are at GCU Soccer Field. For more info, go to www.gculopes.com.

“I try not to think about it too much because it’s a team sport and you need to play with your team to at least go somewhere,” said Robinson, who is studying sports management in GCU’s Colangelo School of Sports Business.

A big reason for Robinson’s focus is fellow Jamaican senior midfielder Oshane Brown, who transferred with him to GCU from Western Texas College after the two played on club teams in their native country since middle school. But Robinson credited everyone from trainer Travis Armstrong, who has helped Robinson recover from a sports hernia injury, to second-leading scorer Brandon Hansen (a junior with six goals) for the team’s success.

Hansen is a traditional midfielder who coaches play slightly behind Robinson’s forward position, giving him the opportunity to redirect Robinson’s deflected shots on goal. Freshman forward Alberto Sanchez Garcia (four goals, three assists) also has been a revelation for a team that lost junior forward Kyle Ciliento to injury.

“This team, we’re always talking to each other,” Robinson said. “I can honestly say this team is one. We’re in it for each other.”

Head Coach Petar Draksin says Robinson, 22, is generating All-American talk among Pacific West Conference coaches for his electric play this season.

In spite of the positive team attitude, GCU has been frustrated by a couple of close losses. Robinson said he felt the team “overlooked” Seattle Pacific University in a 2-1 road loss in September just three days after the Fort Lewis upset. GCU also lost to Notre Dame de Namur University a week after that.

The Antelopes have won their last five games, but Robinson and Head Coach Petar Draksin said elements such as strength of schedule are critical to making the postseason.

After this week’s home stand, the ‘Lopes wrap up the season with challenging conference road trips to Utah (to play Dixie State College) and California (to play Point Loma Nazarene University and California Baptist University). They also play Dixie and Cal Baptist at home, so the five remaining games after this week are critical to advancing in the rankings.

Draksin said this season is the first since the 1990s in which GCU has been ranked weekly in the Top 25. But rankings and statistics aside, Robinson is standing out in his senior season – and he will be relied upon to make opposing teams uncomfortable.

“He’s incredibly fast and also technically sound in his dribbling skills,” Draksin said. “People key on him, they try to mark him, but he gets away and gets the job done.”

Harbour View FC and National striker Kavin ‘Titty-Man’ Bryan (third left) presents a set of gear, and equipment, including 20 footballs, to Rosalee Hamilton, president of the Rae Town Football Club during a brief presentation ceremony at the Breezy castle Sports Complex on Wednesday. Bryan, a former Rae Town player who now plies his trade in Vietnam for Vicem Hai Phong FC, donated the items as a means of giving back to the club ahead of its preparation for the upcoming KSAFA Super League season. Sharing the moment are Damion Hylton, club treasurer and PRO (holding bag of balls), Michael Campbell (third right), club vice-president and coach Karume Hui (second right). (Photo: Jermaine Barnaby)

DRAX HALL, St Ann — Former champions Harbour View blanked Highgate United, 3 – 0, at Drax Hall on Sunday in their Red Stripe Premier League game, leaving the latter still without a win this season.

Jerimie Lynch (20th), John Ross Edwards 87th and Jermaine Hue (93rd) were on target for the winners.

Playing in a steady drizzle, Harbour View went on the attack through Jermaine Hue, Jermine Lynch and Joel Senior, while Highgate countered through Carlos Barrett, Dennis Neish, Severo Murphy, and Jerome Wedderburn.

Harbour View took the lead when substitute Lamar Lynch’s cross found Jerimie Lynch,

who fired past goalkeeper Ralston Robinson.

Highgate should have pulled one back when Dennis Neish failed to head into an empty goal with Michaud Barrett beaten from a Shamir Stewart cross. They also earned three successive corners, but Anthowe Dawkins headed high from close range.

Before the half ended, referee Courtney Campbell issued three yellow cards to Highgate’s Severo Murphy and Harbour View’s Eric Vernan and Jerimie Lynch for a shoving incident.

Highgate came out in attack mode in the second period through Neish, substitute Reon Nelson and Wedderbourn, but were thwarted by an alert Michaud Barrett, who pulled off a number of saves.

Harbour View took the sting out of their opponents when Hue’s pass from the left flank found Jon-Ross Edwards, whose back-heel landed in the roof of the net, with Ralston left stranded.

Hue notched his fourth goal of the season in time added when he picked up a ball down the left flank and fired past the advancing Robinson.
Harbour View coach Vin Blaine was pleased with the victory.

“It was a good game for us as we got some openings and made good use of them. We absorbed the pressure as they came at us and we… managed the game well,” he said.

Highgate’s Calvin Lewis was frustrated with his team’s poor finishing.

“We need players; we need quality players. A team cannot be creating so many chances and not making use of them in front of goal.
“We played some quality football… and created a number of chances. We’ve done a lot of work in front of the goal but are just not getting the results. I have to put the work somewhere else,” he said.

A bad pre-season was to be blamed as Humble Lion offered little in attack before going down 0-1 to Harbour View and crashed to their third defeat in four games at the Compound on Sunday night.

Kemeel Wolfe, who was sarcastically cheered off when he was substituted in the 77th minute, was the match winner as his deflected shot wrong-footed goalkeeper Garth Heron in the 59th.

Harbour View, with their second win of the season, jumped two places to fourth on seven points, while Humble Lion slipped three spots to 11th on three.

Following losses to Sporting Central and Arnett Gardens, Humble Lion clipped Montego Bay United, 1-0, last week to kick-start their season, but on Sunday, their woes continued with a below-par performance.

Head coach Lenworth Hyde Snr told the Jamaica Observer his team’s performance so far is basically due to a late start in training.

Said Hyde: “We’re not ready yet at all, but I love how we’re playing. We had a lot of possession, but we never created enough chances. As I said before, we didn’t have a good pre-season; we started late and it’s going to take a time for us to get going.”

He added: “But the greatest thing is we have some time. We will continue working hard and try and get them up to that standard that we were at the end of last season… it will take a little time to get the chemistry flowing again.”

Meanwhile, Harbour View dominated and should have won by a wider margin despite both teams hitting the crossbar once.

Harbour View’s head coach Vinimore ‘Vin’ Blaine was happy for the three points at home in a hard-fought game which saw them climb up the table to fourth.

Said Blaine: “We knew… that Humble Lion would come very rough. I spoke to the players to get them mentally prepared for that. We said to them that today’s game was a defining game for us going forward. If we lost this game it would really throw us back, so we needed these three points.
“We got a fortunate bounce off a deflection and a goal and we will take it any day and because we also got a good chance and the bar saved it. I am really pleased with the three points,” said Blaine.

Harbour View — Michaud Barrett, Jaron Richards, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, Evan Taylor, Kemeel Wolfe (Joel Senior 77th), Jermaine Hue, Eric Vernan (Kimorlee Brissett 74th), John Ross Edwards, Roland Dean (Jermie Lynch 63rd)

Subs not used: A Taylor, N Beckett, R Morris, D Woodhouse, K Lawrence, R Lewis, D Edwards, L Hodges

Booked: John-Ross Edwards (62nd), Robert Williams (67th), Jaron Richards (85th)

Humble Lion — Garth Heron, Adrian Mitchell, Kirk Duckworth, Dwayne Dunk, Francis Ebanks, Shauntel Mundle (Michael Moreland 77th), Gregory Morgan (Michael Blygen 70th), Ricardo Campbell, Andrew Isaacs, Carlington Smith (Jermaine Christian 73rd), Omando McLoud.

Subs not used: J Messam, E Thomas, M Miller, Da Barrett

Booked: Andrew Isaacs (33rd), Kirk Duckworth (37th), Adrian Mitchell (81st).

Referee: Raymond Bogle
Assistants: Garnett Page, Stephen Brown
Fourth Official: Karl Tyrell
Match Commissary: Charlie Barrett

A Cash Prize of Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) is to be awarded to a footballer who plays in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) each month. This is known as the “Star Baller of the Month”

The Criteria for the Star Baller of the Month is as follows: 1. Positive Impact on Team’s Performance 2. Disciplinary Record 3. Number of Games Played (for the month) 4. Shut Outs (Goal Keeper) 5. Goals Scored (** optional)

The selection (per match) is to be determined by the Coach of the respective Teams based on which player he thought best carried his instructions to his players.

The Match Commissioner will record the selection from both coaches on the day (with both coaches giving their selection on the opposing team).

This will then be submitted to PFAJ with Match Commissioner’s Report after which the winner will be decided.

The third-round Red Stripe Premier League clash between old rivals Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View was packed with drama, as the teams played out a 2-2 draw yesterday at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex.

Veteran Jermaine Hue shone brightest for the Stars of the East, as he scored both of his team’s goals in the 67th and 87th minutes to cancel out strikes from Tivoli’s Nicholas Scott (21st) and Davion Garrison (90+2).

A feature of the game was goalkeeping errors, which resulted in the first goal in the 17th minute when Harbour View’s custodian Ashek Taylor dwelled on a back pass from his captain Montrose Phinn, resulting in Scott charging down his attempted clearance, which rebounded into the goal.

Tivoli best first half

Harbour View immediately went in search of the equaliser and appeared to have had a good shot for a penalty in the 25th minute, as Eric Vernan’s shot was blocked by keeper Deron Duncan from point blank range. Vernan seemed to have been fouled in the area while attempting to retrieve the rebound, but he was cautioned by referee Dwight Royal for what was interpreted to be a ‘dive’.

Tivoli had the better of play in the first half, but the tide turned eight minutes into the second half, as Scott was ejected by Royal for serious foul play following his challenge on Vernan.

Harbour View immediately started making use of the space and got a foothold in the game. It, however, took a blunder by Tivoli’s keeper, Duncan, in the 67th minute for Harbour View to find an equaliser, as he failed to hold a 25-yard effort from Hue, which flew straight to him at chest height.

“Once we went down to 10 men, you cannot compete the right way against a quality team like Harbour View,” Tivoli’s coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey reasoned. “Once we went short, you notice they started to spread the ball on us and had us chasing.

“But we showed character … and the substitution paid off,” he added.

Hue would give his team the lead in the 87th minute in uncharacteristic fashion, as he headed home his third goal in as many matches, following a good cross by Jaron Richards from the right flank.

The second minute of stoppage time saw another costly mistake by Taylor, as he spilled a free kick – which was fired across the face of goal by Fitzroy Campbell – for second-half substitute Garrison to pop up on the back post and tap in.

“I am very disappointed. The first goal, we gave them a gift, and we came back and gave them a gift with one minute of the game left to go,” Harbour View’s coach, Vin Blaine, stated.

“It is the same thing that happened last game when we gave away a goal. It is ridiculous,” he added.

All games scheduled to be played on Sunday September 22nd were postponed to a date to be announced as the meteorological office predicts the inclement weather would persist, making the already soggy fields unplayable. The games were called off late Saturday afternoon as some clubs had to make arrangements to travel overnight. The league resumes on Wednesday with games rescheduled from last Wednesday September 18th – when Harbour View  travels  to Constant Spring.

AFTER drawing almost half of their 38 league games last season, Vin Blaine, the new head coach of former Premier League champions Harbour View, was ecstatic with a season-opening victory at home on Sunday.

The ‘Stars of the East’ came from a goal down in the second half to snatch a 2-1 victory over Montego Bay United. Veteran midfielder Jermaine ‘Maestro’ Hue pulled his team level with a trademark free-kick two minutes after Omar Gordon had bombed in a right-footed volley in the 55th minute, only for substitute and debutant Eric Vernan to grab the winner in the 71st.

“I am very comfortable with the result, I couldn’t ask for any more. We came from behind and scored two goals and that’s good for us,” remarked Blaine at game’s end.

“I think we had a very good game, but unfortunately they scored against the run of play, but the good thing is that the players didn’t panic. Jermaine Hue scored, I think, at the right time and that gave the players the confidence to put the ball down and start paying again,” he added.

Losing coach Brazilian Neider Dos Santos thought his players underperformed, particularly in the first half.

“We didn’t start at our best,” he offered. “I didn’t like the first half, but second half we improved a little bit, and it was an even match, we managed to score first and after that a silly foul and they took opportunity for that.

“It is a shame that we didn’t play our game in terms of ball possession, but the next game is a mandatory three points for us,” he said.
Following a goalless first half, Gordon put his team ahead when he drilled home a powerful volley from about 30 yards which sailed over the head of the backpedalling Ashek Taylor in goal.

But the Montego Bay supporters had barely concluded their celebrations when Hue produced a bit of magic from outside the right-hand side of the penalty box. The little player curled the ball at pace at Davain Watkins’ near post, beating his flailing hands in the process to evoke delight from the home crowd.

Immediately upon his introduction, Vernan was presented with a glorious chance to put his new team ahead, but the former Portmore United player had his tame effort well saved by Watkins, who injured himself in the process.

But the speedy little player never had to wait too much longer to strike the target as another debutant substitute Roland Dean serve him on a platter with a centre pass in the 71st minute and this time he made no mistake tapping home left-footed.

Kemeel Wolfe then squandered a number of chances to increase the lead during a frantic spell, and they almost paid for the profligacy, as at the other end fortune favoured the home side when Christopher Harvey cleared off the line after Jaron Richards’ miscued clearance headed for goal.
“In the last 10 minutes they came at us again but we kept behind the ball and even so we could have scored again but I can’t really ask any more for a first game and we really executed well. That’s how we train, we do so as a running team and as a passing team and I think the players did that today.”

Teams:


Harbour View — Ashek Taylor, Jaron Richards, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, Evan Taylor, John-Ross Edwards, Jermaine Hue, Joel Senior (Eric Vernan 62nd), Keniel Wolfe (Kimorlee Brissett 88th), Jeremie Lynch (Roland Dean 69th).

Booked: None
Subs not used: M Barrett, G Whynter, L Hodges, R Morris, N Beckett, D Woodhouse, K Lawrence, R Muir, J Spence

Montego Bay United — Davain Watkins, Dwayne Ambusley, Fabian McCarty, Omar Gordon, Winston Wilkinson, Donovan Carey, Leslie St Fleur, Brian Brown (Allan Ottey 78th), Keniel Kirlew (Kemiro James 31st), Olando McBean (John Barrett 61st), Cordel Simpson

Booked: Ambusley (54th), Simpson (70th), James (79th)
Subs not used: J Fisher, M Parcell, N Stewart, S Campbell,

Referee: Kevin Morrison
Assistants: Ricardo Morgan, Malachi Brown
Fourth Official: Gwayne Scott
Match Commissary: Anthony Cook

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Lucozade renews sponsorship at Harbour View FC
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

GSK GlaxoSmithKline, through its brand, Lucozade Sports, has shown its unwavering commitment to the Harbour View Football Club by renewing its sponsorship for another year.
The sponsorship deal, which was first inked in 2007, has a monetary value of $600,000 in direct cash only, but more importantly, the value of the cases of Lucozade donated monthly is about $1.5 million, plus cash incentive for four outstanding players in each round adds another $55,000 for a grand total of $2.15 million annually.
The deal was renewed during Sunday’s opening game of the 2012-2013 Red Stripe Premier League when Harbour View hosted Montego Bay United at the Mini-Stadium.
GSK GlaxoSmithKline was represented by brand manager Christopher Cook, who presented four gift baskets to goalscorer and veteran player Jermaine Hue, as well as three debutantes — newly-transferred players Evan Taylor, Roland Dean and Eric Vernan.
There was also a tent for the sampling of the company’s products.

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Reggae Boyz Arrive
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

 

Reggae Boyz (from left) Dicoy Williams and Ryan Johnson on arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Sunday night ahead of Friday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifying game against the United States at the National Stadium. (Photo: Collin Reid)

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