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.

DONOVAN ‘DV’ Hayles, the former Harbour View head coach who was replaced by Vin Blaine, insists he was not axed but instead, left for greener pastures after being given another role at the club

“Well, no matter how you want it to sound or maybe sound or look, in a coach’s life no matter how great you do or how bad you do, a sensible coach never unpacks his suitcase,” Hayles told the Jamaica Observer

HAYLES… a sensible coach never unpacks his suitcase

“There are times when the clubs look for changes for various reasons. It would be sensational for people to say ‘yes, coach has been axed’ or ‘fired’. It sounds great,” admitted Hayles.

“But the truth is that at Harbour View football club I’ve served that club for over 20 years and I think that in every sense, I’m one of the most successful coaches,” he argued.

“I won everything at every level, but there comes a time when the club has to look and see if they can further improve. They have reviewed my performance and they believe they can get more or better and nothing is wrong with that,” he added.

Hayles was shifted to the area of youth development at Harbour View, but a tempting offer came which he could not refuse.

“It a matter of transition and to say that I was axed is not really true because I was still a part of the coaching and development, but an offer came to me that looked really attractive and I couldn’t refuse at Kingston College (KC) and the fact that I don’t have that great responsibility at Harbour View, I decided to take the one at KC. But I’m very much a part of Harbour View,” he noted.

Hayles, who played for Harbour View from the age of 12 up to the senior level, winning various titles as a player, had three stints as coach at the club and led them to their last Premier League triumph in 2010.

But having led Harbour View to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship in the 2005-06 season, becoming the first Jamaican coach to do so, he, unfortunately, will be remembered for allowing a 13-point lead to slip from his grasp in finishing as runners-up to Waterhouse in 2006.
Although the ‘Stars of the East’ recovered to reclaim the crown in 2006-2007, Hayles could only watch from the stands, having been replaced by Lenworth Hyde.

Hayles, a former KC schoolboy player who assumed the reigns at his alma mater this season, will be baptised in a new capaacity in the Annual Roper Cup extravaganza against arch-rivals and neighbours St George’s College on Saturday at Emmett Park.
KC have not won the coveted Manning Cup title in 26 years, dating back to 1986, and Hayles will be under pressure to deliver. This he expects, but nonetheless asks for patience as he builds his own programme at KC.

Discarded Reggae Boy Evan Taylor – once fast-tracked for greatness – is quietly optimistic that a summer transfer to former Premier League champions Harbour View could revive a floundering international career.

Taylor joined the Stars of the East on a three season-long loan from boyhood club Reno during the summer transfer window and showed impressive form for his new club, as he dominated the midfield in recent showings of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions Cup.

“I am looking to do well here and I would like to say thanks to the club for believing in me. They made me feel at home and feel welcome, so I’m looking forward to giving it a good shot,” said Taylor, who also had a stint at the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency and Charleston Battery of the USA’s Pro League.

Taylor has come a long way from 2008, when the midfielder, then only 19 years old, made a big impression on then national senior football team coach Rene Simoes.

The coach invited Taylor to train with the national senior team after watching him pull the strings in the centre of the park for the Under-20 team. What came next for the youngster was a bit of a surprise – even for him – a dizzy rise to prominence, thrust into a starting midfield role for the senior squad in crucial Word Cup Qualifying games.

At the time Simoes drew comparisons to another Jamaican youngster who made his debut as a teenager, Ricardo Gardner (who had an exceptional stint at English Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers), but unfortunately for Taylor, things would not turn out quite so well.

The young midfielder – along with a couple of the Brazilian coach’s more controversial selections who looked comfortable in earlier fixtures against lower-rated teams – bore the brunt of the blame for the failed start to the 2010 campaign, which saw Jamaica take one point from their first three games, which included big losses away to Mexico and Honduras.

Perhaps not surprisingly, current national coach Theodore Whitmore, who took over following Simoes’ dismissal, did not share his optimism regarding Taylor. The player and his teammate Davion Thorpe, and a few others, were unceremoniously returned to the Under-20 in favour of more experienced players. Since then, national team caps have been hard to come by.

Recalled in 2010

Taylor was recalled by Whitmore in 2010 ahead of the Digicel Caribbean Championship, but never made the final cut. However, he remains optimistic.

“I’m confident that there is still a place for me (in the national team), I can definitely force my way back into contention and work my way back in,” Taylor told The Gleaner.

“I just have to work hard, really hard. My aim is to get back into the national team, that is one of my dreams, so I’m determined to give it my best shot,” he added.

The 23-year-old insists that despite being initiatially troubled by the jarring fall back to reality, he now uses it as a source of inspiration.
“It’s definitely a motivational factor for me, I just have to build on that. I have to hold my head up, I won’t let it drop. I just know I have to build and come again.”

The Harbour View FC Captain and Reggae Boyz midfielder, Edwards just signed on Friday, 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!

Williams keen to regain starting spot after injury layoff

After a year out of competitive football due to injury, Reggae Boy Dicoy Williams played 45 minutes for Toronto FC against Liverpool recently in a preseason game and cannot wait for more.

“That was the first real test I have had since my comeback and I can’t wait for more,” the 25-year-old six-footer told The Gleaner following his “satisfying” run out.

“I played five minutes against Houston (Dynamo) recently, but this 45 minutes against Liverpool I would say is my official comeback,” added Williams, who had featured in four reserve games and has been on the bench for a number of first team matches.

Williams expressed satisfaction with his performance.

“I feel good man. I feel like I put in a good shift, I got some tackles in and passed the ball around. I was not frightened because it was Liverpool that we were up against. It was a normal game for me,” said the player who had torn both his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and the Medial Collateral Ligament in his right knee while representing Jamaica against Guatemala in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Miami last year.

“I approached it like any other game. I wanted to prove to the coach that I am back, that my confidence is back and that I can give more than say five minutes,” the former Mona High School, Arnett Gardens and Harbour View player explained.

The right knee, Williams said, is sound and ready to handle the pounding on the football field.

“The knee feels good. It was strong and I got in some real tackles man. I am not worried about it anymore and went into the tackles without even thinking about it. People asked me about it afterwards, but I wasn’t concerned so you know that it is good,” added the man who can play anywhere across the backline.

Good measurement

The test (Liverpool) he got from the Jamaica-born Raheem Sterling he said was a good measurement of his recovery.

“He is very good and has plenty of skill and I kept pace with him and handled him well. He is the fastest player I have ever played against. He is young still and has more to learn, but he will be even better,” he said of Sterling.

Coming back was a major achievement for Williams.

“One of the biggest moments was getting back on the bench. Being out injured was hard. It was the first time that I got injured, but it wasn’t the injury itself that was the worst for me, it was the process of rehabilitation, the mental part of it and getting back to playing, but I got a lot of support and encouragement. Once one is over the mental part it is good,” a relieved Williams said.

Having achieved one of his objectives of getting back into competitive football, Williams said the next step is to get back into the Toronto FC first team. This he said will not be easy.

“I have been on the bench for a little while, but my objective is to get into the starting team. We have a new coach and are getting good results, so it would be difficult to get in now because a coach does not necessarily change a winning team and it is even more difficult for a defender.

“What will have to happen for me to get in right now is that one of the current starting defenders will have to get a card or an injury, but I am not wishing bad for anybody. I’m working really hard, but I know it will be difficult because everyone is doing well,” Williams said.

Williams believes that he is in good enough shape to be considered for the national squad, but knows that will only come after he gets back into the Toronto starting team.

“I feel like I am ready, but no one watches a player on the bench. If you are not playing it is very difficult to be considered for selection. Within myself I know I can do it, but I know for me to be considered I have to be playing and if there are other players playing then they would be considered ahead of me. But if there are no other choices then I am willing.

“I am always willing, but right now I am focused on getting back into this set-up and getting a 90-minute run. I would never want to be in a situation where I am not ready and short-change the country,” added Williams.

While he has been out of the Jamaican team, Williams said he has been keeping a track of what is happening and keeping in touch with coach Theodore Whitmore.

“I have been keeping track of the team. I watch the news every night and read the newspapers online. I also keep in touch with the coach and let him know what is happening with me. My teammates I keep in touch with through email, Facebook and BlackBerry messenger,” Williams revealed.

LONDON, England — When Noel Morris came to the United Kingdom as a nine-year-old boy, racism was so rampant the teachers at the all-white school he attended hastily pulled the Caucasian children from the swimming pool when he got in with them.

Fast-forward almost 50 years later and the man who still retains his Jamaican passport and dialect will always be known as one who helped to carry the Olympic Torch on its 8,000-mile stretch around Britain, as a reward for the contribution he has made to his adopted country.

“I am quite proud to have carried the torch, especially at the time of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary, and I am proud of my heritage,” a beaming Morris told the Jamaica Observer.

“I enjoy the fact that when I arrive home the immigration officer says, ‘Welcome home, Mr Morris,” he added.

Morris is also known for being one of three persons in Britain to have attained the sixth dan rank in judo.

Six months ago when he got a letter in the mail informing him that he was nominated and approved as a torch bearer, Morris, however, could not help reminiscing on the early days when he first migrated to this country.

Growing up in the then middle-class community of Harbour View in Kingston, Morris, who is affectionately called ‘Mo’, said it was very difficult to adjust when he first arrived in London.

“When we just came here it was very difficult because it was in the middle of winter and so everywhere looked grey and every house looked like a factory with smoke coming out of the chimney,” he recalled.

Added to that, he was the first black child in his school and this did not go down well with parents.

“The first time I went swimming the teachers took the kids out because they weren’t sure what would be the reaction of the parents and that was the last time I ever went swimming,” he said.

He recalled going home to ask his mother what the words ‘nigger’ and ‘spade’ meant as that was how he was addressed.

Although life got a bit better when he went to high school where there were other black students, and although he excelled in sports, his colour once again prevented him from attaining his utmost.

An excellent judo player who later went on to win nine national championships, Morris was initially sidelined for the national team.

“None of the black guys got selected for the national team because there was this great racial divide, and more so in sports,” he said.

This only started to change when the limited number of black athletes who had broken through the glass ceiling started to excel.

Determined to make his mark on the black community, Morris left a thriving music career managing some of Jamaica’s top reggae acts to establish a football academy.

He got the idea to start this academy when he discovered that a lot of the youth who were registering for a Sunday team he had started could barely read or write their names.

As such, he opted to use football as the carrot to get these young people to a facility where they could develop their sporting prowess as well as their academics.

“I discovered that there were a lot of good athletes between ages 16 and 20 who, once they left school, access to coaching and development stopped and so they ended up on the street getting into petty crimes and selling drugs,” he said.

This was how the LA (London Athletics) Raiders, which has since produced some 200 qualified coaches, was born. While many of the alumni are employed full-time in high schools, others are said to be working in the United States, Africa, Canada, Ireland and Scotland.

His dream is to establish a partnership with Jamaica where grassroot youth can be sent to participate in the programme at the academy.

“If you have 16-year-olds coming abroad to the academy they can go back as mentors in their neighbourhoods and that is one quick way of changing the ghetto mentality,” he said.

Morris now bemoans the fact that this generation of black children in Britain has lost attachment with their roots and has failed to recognise the struggles of the older generation to make things easier for them.

But Britain, he said, has come a long way in addressing racial issues and is now one of the most tolerant countries.

He, however, believes that more Jamaican parents should influence their children to identify with their heritage.

“A lot of kids born here don’t even want to go to Jamaica. If you ask them where they want to holiday they will say Spain or some place like that,” he said.

Morris said he tries to make it back to Jamaica as often as he can to see the only relative he has living there — his cousin Norwyn Gayle in his beloved Harbour View.

FORMER national goalkeeper and coach Donovan ‘DV’ Hayles, was officially named technical director of football at Kingston College (KC) yesterday.

Hayles, a KC old boy, was chosen from a group of other coaches to spearhead a revamped football programme at the school.

His duties will include the coordination of activities surrounding the Under-14 and Under-16 squads, as well as coaching and providing technical guidance to the senior (Under-19) squad, which will participate in the Corporate Area Manning Cup competition which begins next month.

Hayles replaces former KC and national footballer, Trevor ‘Jumpy’ Harris, who resigned as coach of the Manning Cup team on the grounds of “personal reasons and family commitments” last week.

Hayles, who formerly coached Harbour View Football Club to success in the National Premier League, is a former KC Manning Cup goalkeeper, who, like Harris, played for Harbour View Football Club and was a member of the Jamaica national football squad of the 1980s before a broken leg ruled him out of frequent national representation.

A rounded sportsman, Hayles also played Sunlight Cup cricket for KC.

Consultation

“We welcome Donovan Hayles to take charge of the football programme at KC, and we thank Mr Harris for his support of KC over the years and wish him well in his future endeavours. The school’s choice was arrived at following consultation with its stakeholders,” said Everton Burrell, the institution’s acting principal.

“Mr Hayles will be full time at KC and will also participate in an ongoing mentorship programme. Our primary focus at KC is on academic work and Mr Hayles will be charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the boys who are involved in football must also perform to a high standard in their academic work,” Burrell explained.

“He will work closely with Sports Master Noel Channer, to whom he reports directly, in spearheading a drive that will lead to a resumption of the inter-form football competition at KC.”

Hayles said that he was looking forward to assisting with the football programme at his alma mater.

“I am excited and optimistic about the role that I have been asked to play,” Hayles said.

“There is a lot of raw talent at KC and I will do my best to ensure that those who want to represent the school can get the necessary technical support and at the same time ensure that they perform well in their academic work,” Hayles said.

KC, founded on April 16, 1925, won the Manning Cup football title 14 times.

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.

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.

Jevaunne Benjamin’s 85th minute 24 yards deadball screamer, goes through the wall and knocks the stuffing out of the resilent defending Champions, Arnett Gardens FC who were looking to double after mastering the recently concluded Under 21 League where they won all 3 trophies on offer.

HVFC were off to a positive start as firm tackles and hard running goalwards highlighted the opening minutes by the young “Stars of the East” as they imposed their will on the more usually aggressive opponents.

Jorginho James, Rohan Royes, Benjamin and Taval Whittaker moved alertly to finish off attacking passes coming from midfielder, Kevaughn Frater along with assistance from central defenders, captain, Jhamie Hyde and Tazio Gilpin.

Benjamin came closest on 2 occasions but his final effort hit the side-netting twice as he penetrated the defensive line with speed and skill as the half ended 0-0, Arnett also responded through Javonne Simms who was held in check by Hyde and Gilpin, with little 17 year old Romario Atkinson at leftback working overtime.

Special congratulations to Coach Ludlow Bernard, who registered his fifth title following 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 following in the tradition of Donovan “DV” Hayles initial double in 1998 and 1999. Making it our unprecedented 7th Title KSAFA U20.

The team completed the league without senior National players, leftback Kemar “Taxi” Lawrence, injured defender Kemo Wallace, strikers, Romaine Lewis and Akeil Barrett who had to return to US College and on Loan in the USA Professional Developmental League (PDL) Damion “Chullups” Lowe who played a Final on Wednesday night before returning home last night.

The joyful squad hoisted the trophy after the game as they splashed Coach Bernard with water and made merry, to deserving applause from the good crowd at the UWI Mona Bowl. reach.

Harbour View FC’s Under 17 player, Jaheel Hyde flourished as he netted a hat-trick to guide Jamaica’s Under-17 footballers to an emphatic 5-0 victory over Bermuda in the opening Group One game of their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) World Cup qualifier last night at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium.

Hyde, the son of former national player and well-respected coach, Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde, netted in the 15th, 28th and 61st minutes.
Captain Junior Flemmings (50th) and Michael Seaton (71st) were the other goalscorers for the Wendell Downswell-coached junior Reggae Boyz.

Hyde, a student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, was very delighted with his achievement.

“I feel wonderful scoring three goals for the national team,” said Hyde.

“I went out there and I did my best because I worked hard and I never stop playing until the final whistle,” added Hyde, who stated that he is an admirer of Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.

Downswell said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We are happy that we have made a positive start because it is our first game. There were some butterflies, but overall it was good that we scored five goals.

“This will put us in good stead for our second game against Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday and the youngsters are confident that they will come out victorious in the game,” Downswell added.

The Jamaicans made their intentions clear from the opening minutes when Flemmings collected a through pass from Ryan Miller inside the penalty box, but his shot went wide of the target.

The homesters were finally rewarded when Hyde fired home a spectacular 35-yard shot, which went between the hands of custodian Bell Detre.
The speedy and skilful Hyde netted his second goal when he slotted home from point-blank range past Bell.

He then completed his hat-trick 11 minutes into the second half with 20-yard free kick.

The competition continues today when Bermuda tackle Antigua and Barbuda at the same venue, starting at 6 p.m.

Of the four teams participating in this group, the top two will advance to the CONCACAF Finals in August.

Harbour View FC’s 15 year old player, Martin Davis who recently was invited for this tournament from a two year stint in Valencia , made his debut as the first substitute in minute 67, adding some spice to the proceedings as his neat footwork’s excited the large crowd on hand and just missed a goal opportunity 2 minutes after coming onto the pitch as he pulled his effort wide from inside the area.

He returned soon after to supply the lofted cross to the far post for Michael Seaton to head home in minute 71, after he won possession from a deflected corner-kick.