Harbour View kept the Red Stripe Premier League alive clipping Portmore United 1-0 at the Compound in the late kick-off. With both title-chasing Boys’ Town and Tivoli Gardens suffering earlier defeats, had Portmore United won, they would have opened up an unassailable 15 points lead with only six games remaining. But instead, Portmore’s remained on top with 63 points and their lead are a still, a massive 12 points.

Jeremie Lynch netted the winner in the 16th minute as Harbour View climbed back into the sixth spot on 43 points.

At Brancourt, title-chasing Boys’ Town crashed to a 0-1 defeated at Sporting Central Academy and all but ended their slim chances of winning the premier league. In fact, Boys’ Town have slipped to third on 51 points and with only six games remaining, are still in with a mathematical chance. Tevin Bascom netted for Sporting Central in the 71st minute as the Clarendon team stayed in ninth spot on 41 points.

At Effortville Community Centre, also in Clarendon, Humble Lion edged Tivoli Gardens 1-0 and leapfrogged them into fourth on 50 points by goal difference. Denzil Watson scored 11th minute as Humble Lion continued their quest to finish at least second in their third year in the league. Defending champion Tivoli Gardens can effectively hand over their crown as they slipped to fifth on 50 points.

Waterhouse regained second spot with 51 points after beating bottom team Village United 1-0. Gary McIntosh found the clincher in the 48th minute. Village’s woes continued and they remained at the bottom of the 12-team league with 24 points and are red hot favourites to be relegated.

At Frome, home team Reno FC are likely to join Village as the relegated teams after crashing 1-2 to Arnett Gardens to be in 11th spot on 25 points. Newton Sterling grabbed both goals for Arnett Gardens in the 36th and 61st minutes after Craig Foster had given Reno a 16th minute lead. Arnett Gardens improved their chances of playing in the top six in the fourth and final round, moving to 42 points in seventh place. It is now a straight fight between four teams for the final sixth spot with one game remaining.

Meanwhile Highgate United virtually secured top flight football for next season after beating Montego Bay United 2-0 at Lynch Park. Goals by Damion James and Donovan Davis in the 11th and 31st minutes, pushed Highgate to 32 points, seven points above of the relegation zone with six games remaining. Montego Bay slipped to two places to eighth on 41 points but still has a chance to make the top six in their first season back in the league.

The third staging of the Next Generation Valencia Football camp set for April 1-5 at UTech got a huge $3-million boost from ScotiaBank at a launch at the Spanish Court Hotel yesterday.

The kids’ camp that every year chooses players to train with Valencia FC in Spain, will provide 15-hour intense practical and theoretical training sessions with coaches from the Valencia academy.

Players between the ages of seven and 11 years old will have their sessions from 8:30 to 12:00 pm with the older boys between 12-17 training from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Admission fee is $15,000.

At the end of the camp, one player will be selected from 180 to join Valencia in the summer. Currently 15-year-old Martin Davis and Luca Levee are in Spain and they spoke of their stint at the launch via the Internet through Skype.

Davis, a former St George’s College student and Harbour View FC Under 13 Captain, who has been there since 2010, said the move has been a positive one for him.

“I have benefited a lot with the corporation of Valencia. The people around me has helped me a lot to develop as a better player,” said Davis, who sounded knowledgeable as he explained the rudiments of his day-to-day training.

Levee, who attended Campion College and was chosen from last year’s bunch, said he has adapted to the culture in Spain.

“I am learning the culture of Spain. I am improving my football and the coaches are helping me and I am settling in very quickly,” said Levee, who has apparently fallen in love with Spain and stressed that he won’t be coming home.

Jamaica College student, Junior Flemmings, who had a short stint at the Valencia academy last year, said it was something to saviour as he was exposed to other players from different countries across Europe.

“It is something to remember. The tactical stuff, the pace of the game is much faster and our decision making has to be faster,” he revealed.
Dutch footballer Hedwiges Maduro, 26, of Valencia also spoke via Skype after preparing for Saturday’s game against Getafe and shared his Valencia experience with the audience.

“Valencia is the third biggest club in Spain and also a big club in Europe. The most important thing is that football brings everybody together,” said Maduro, who is trying to force his way back in the Netherlands team for the Euro 2012 Championship.

His advice for the young Jamaicans aspiring to become professional footballer is “try to do your best and listen to the trainer (and) have respect and discipline”.

Meanwhile, Monique Todd, ScotiaBank Group’s vice president of marketing, public and corporate affairs, said when the concept of bringing the Valencia Next Generation camp to Jamaica was presented two year’s ago, Scotia jumped at the opportunity.

“The idea that the Next Generation helps to foster the next generation of human being in helping to develop their future, and that is really in a nutshell what Scotia is about,” said Todd.

“We immediately saw it as a good fit with our holistic approach to sports and three years later we continue our commitment as we have seen the legacy grow every year,” she reiterated.

Other sponsors include Spanish Court Hotel, Hi-Lyte Sport Drink, LockerRoom Sports, Ballaz International, Main Event Entertainment, IPrint Jamaica, St Mary’s and Jamaica Producers.

Andre Virtue, technical director of the Next Generation Valencia Camp, said as with everything they do, the programme will be an extension of their philosophy of holistic development through sports.

“We have executed this camp for two years in Kingston and now we want to expose kids in other regions of Jamaica to this international level of training,” he revealed.

Her Excellency, Celsa Nuno Garcia, Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, said the camp has brought Spain and Jamaica together in another way, adding to the old and enduring bonds.

“This has brought our countries together and more importantly our youngsters,” she pointed out.

The five-day camp has been once again endorsed by the ruling Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and its head of the Technical and Development Committee, Howard McIntosh, praised the organisers of the Valencia camps.

“Unreservedly the JFF expresses its support to the people who put this camp on, sponsors who continue to support it and to all who continue to develop this beautiful game,” he said.

SEAN Fraser hunts his eighth goal today when his club Alianza FC travel to Vista Hermosa in their El Salvador Primera Division Clausura 2011-2012 match at Estadio Correcaminos in San Franciso Gotera, Morazan. The 29-year-old striker, who has been playing overseas since 2006 when he left Harbour View FC for greener pastures, is the third leading scorer so far in the El Salvador top division with seven goals, along with Cesar Larios of UES, Juan Lazo Cruz of Once Municipal and Alex Erazo of Juventud Independiente.

 Only Nicolas Munoz of Aguila (nine goals), and Anel Canales of Luis Angel Firpo (eight goals) are ahead of Fraser, who has not played for the Reggae Boyz since 2008.

Despite having eight caps and no goals for the Boyz, Fraser who represented Jamaica at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2001 and FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 1999, has been on top of his game in the past two years.

Last season, Fraser netted 15 goals for Once Municipal in the Apertura 2011 of the El Salvador Primera Division. Once Municipal lost 0-1 to Isidro Metapan in the final. Now, he is on target for another double figure in goals this season which will end mid-year in El Salvador.

Fraser, who scored his seventh goal on Wednesday in Alianza 3-3 draw with second-placed Firpo, has started in all his 11 matches this season (four times substituted) to log 916 minutes this season. Alianza, however, are in ninth place in the 10-team league.

 

Harbour View Football Club will pay homage to two of its most loyal servants by naming Stands in their honour, the southern V.I.P. Area where President, Sydney Masters was always seated and the western Stands near the main entrance, after militant supporter Jean “Skatalite” Wallace, where she always sat.

The simple ceremony will take place on Monday, February 27th before the start of the Red Stripe Premier League game between Harbour View FC and Champions Tivoli Gardens FC.

At the same time, the HVFC will look to upgrade the signage of the Linval McKenzie V.I.P. Gate and the northern Roxy Williams Stand, two other stalwarts who were previously honoured in 1995 and 2009 respectively.

HVFC will celebrate its 38th Anniversary, on Sunday March 4, 2012.

PRESIDENT, SYDNEY MASTERS THE SOFT-SPOKEN PIONEER

Modest in his demeanour, resolute in his convictions, the quite giant was always present to lend his invaluable advice to any and all situations relevant to the sport of football and life in general, always emphasizing a disciplined approach.

A man who stood for no-nonsense was strident in his commitment to lead a fledgling Club to the realms of professionalism by dint of ones personal resolve to pull yourselves up by your own bootstraps.

Bold in his vision from the late sixties as we entered the early 1970’s when the newly developed community of Harbour View was just experiencing its first decade of existence. Already the community youngsters had organized themselves somewhat and showed the positive signs that these talented players could achieve by themselves entering and reaching the 1969 Summer finals of the then Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) Minor League Under 16 competition against Pembroke Hall.

He jumped in head-first to assist, guide and help to form an official group to become a formal administration as Treasurer along with Carvel Stewart, adding to Terrence Slater, Ronald “Piggy” Chung as Manager, Vin Blaine as President, Derrick Golding as Coach and Ewan “Shanny” Hayles elder brother of “DV” and a few other football loving individuals in the community like Patrick Brissett, Vincent Besley, Micheal Pennycooke, Michael Jureidini, Roxy Williams, Glen Morrison, “RamJam”, “Blackie”, Norwyn Gayle, Scarry, Buxton, and Neville Jolly, the females led by Jean “Skatalite”, “Lovey”, “Little”, Sandria Thompson plus many others.

On March 4th, 1974 the official Annual General Meeting voted in the new body as the name was changed formally to the Harbour View Football Club, when Vin Blaine migrated sometime soon after President Masters was installed.

His single-minded commitment to the only football Club he was active within, KSAFA Committees and INSPORTS where he served voluntarily, as well as his community all are testament to the cause he believed in.

His many decades with Grace Kennedy Company Limited was his real devotion to the company he revered as the epitomy of the corporate giant of Jamaican institutions in how they lead the sector, developed an international brand and exported professionally to show the world the true magnitude of how rich the Jamaican culture, tradition through proper organization can conquer new frontiers whenever given the opportunity to excel.

JEAN “SKATALLITE” WALLACE

Our long serving, greatest and loudest fan, friend and co-worker, Jean “Skatalite” Wallace was ever-present at any and all HVFC games and events, never shy to voice her full commitment to the cause while demanding excellence from players, coaches, supporters and management.

She required of HVFC players, coaches and managers, to have total focus when representing her beloved club, while boasting about the club performances and reminding all who have ears to hear, that she knows what and who is best to play at all times, no questions asked.

First to take a picture with all trophies won, first to tell the world how great we are, but last to give up or give in to any opposing team, referee or supporter her unrelenting spirit of competitiveness will always be the rallying call the team marches into battle with in their heart.

 

ROXY WILLIAMS

The bubbling personality will always greet you with a broad smile, something about Brian Lara being the greatest batsman in the world, quickly followed by a story probably about the latest soca-party or politics or he is the best Domino player.

Sooner or later it would end up at football, where sometimes he tells you how he agrees or moreso disagrees with the coach, manager or the players decision and why, how and when he would have done it, better of-course and ready to argue the point to the bitter end.

A die-hard supporter, vociferous fan and hard-working manager the fun-loving Harbour View man loved to beat and teach, record and remind by beating his chest while staking his claim, as “the greatest” like Mohammed Ali.

LINVAL MCKENZIE

He grew up not more than 200 metres from the stadium at 37 Nautilus Drive, in the mid 1970’s. When the HVFC opened up the youth development Mini League program he joined Arantes Football Club, at age 8 years old with his heart set on playing football while later studying to becoming a professional auto-mechanic.

He went from strength to strength as he graduated through the many levels to captain the winning HVFC 1984-85 Major League Team over Carl Brown’s all conquering Boys’Town FC “Red Brigade” at the National stadium in one of many epic encounters between both clubs. It never went un-noticed as Jamaica’s Coach Carl Brown immediately installed him as captain at the senior National Team, which he led with distinction.

He became ill and died very young in 1994, at age 28 years old but not before leaving a lasting impression on the football landscape as an outstanding leader, midfielder and wing-back.

The Harbour View Football Club, Staff and Community expresses our sincerest thanks to their families, friends as the entire football fraternity is much richer for the timeless contribution these four persons have made.

” One Love, Come-on-the-View!”

Harbour View captain Jermaine Hue says despite his team being 16 points off leaders Portmore United, they are still hopeful of winning the Red Stripe Premier League.

The Stars of the East, who on Monday night played to a 0-0 draw with Tivoli Gardens at the Harbour View Stadium, lie in fifth position on 38 points, with Portmore on 54 points.

A total of 11 matches are left to be played.

“We have not given up on trying to win the title, as difficult as it may seem,” said the 33-year-old Hue.

“We have been in a position before whereby we were leading a team by 11 points at one stage in the season and they came back to win.

“We are, therefore, hoping to do something likewise … with maximum points in our remaining games being the main area of focus,” he remarked.

Hue, who was recently recalled to the Reggae Boyz team for friendly internationals against Cuba after being out of the national programme for close to five years, carried over his good form into the game on Monday.

However, in the end, it was not good enough to give his team the three points which they wanted on home soil.

Hue came close to scoring on two occasions. The first was in the 22nd minute when, given room on the edge of the penalty area to shoot, he put his shot just over the crossbar, much to the anguish of his Harbour View’s fans, who turned out in their numbers for the live, televised Monday Night Football game.

The second was a free kick on the half-hour mark, which brought out the best from goalkeeper Edsel Scott, who dived low to his left to effect the save.

Scott fell awkwardly and had to be treated three times by medical personnel following the save.

One spot up

Tivoli Gardens, with the result, inched one spot up to third on 43 points, the same as Boys’ Town, who have an inferior goal difference.

Tivoli Gardens captain Kasai Hinds said his team, too, were in with a shot at winning the title, despite trailing Portmore by 11 points.

“Portmore is still catchable, as anything can happen with 11 games remaining,” said Hinds.

“We were hoping to pick up three points here, and playing them next we were looking to cut their lead to six points.

“But it did not happen here today, and all we need to do is maintain our focus and try to win as much of our remaining games as possible,” Hinds pointed out.

 

ARNETT Gardens’ dominance of this season’s JFF/PLCA Under-21 League continued at the Collie Smith Complex after they defeated Harbour View, 2-0, for back-to-back End-of-Round titles.

Lamar Nelson, who made the switch from the East Kingston club only recently, back to his community club, opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 50th minute.


National invitee Javoni Simms sealed the victory for the Lijyasu Simms-coached Arnett in the 61st.

Assistant coach Byron Earle said despite the two previous meetings ending in draws, he always knew they were good enough to beat their rivals and they intend to go all the way this season.

Arnett, with a host of talent, including Ricardo Oldham, Mikhail George, Fabian Reid, Jason Moore, Nelson and Simms, started the brighter of the teams.

Arnett continued where they left off in the first half and five minutes after the break, Kemo Wallace brought down Nelson inside the box and the crafty midfielder picked himself up and calmly slotted past Ashtek Taylor.

Eleven minutes later, Arnett added a second when Reid broke behind the Harbour View defence and fired at goal. And although Taylor parried his effort, Simms was on hand to tuck away the rebound.

One or two local-based members of the Reggae Boyz squad could get to play in Europe provided they impress in Wednesday’s international friendly against Caribbean neighbours Cuba at the National Stadium.

Former national representative, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler, who recently joined Norwegian club Nottoden SK as player developer and head reserve team coach, will be in the island on the lookout for talent. Making the trip with Butler will be former Norway international, Petter Rudi, who serves in a similar capacity at the top Norwegian team, Molde FK.

“This is an important trip for me as we will be looking at potential players. Coming with me is Petter Rudi, former Norway international, who played against Jamaica in 1995 in a game in which Kevin Wilson and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made their debuts for Jamaica and Norway, respectively. Rudi works as player developer with Molde SK, which is now coached by Solskjaer and the team that won the Norwegian Premier League,” Butler said.

Butler, who joined Nottoden, the former club of Jamaican internationals Fabian Taylor, O’Neil Thompson, and Kavin Bryan, in late January, became the first Jamaican to coach in Norway when he joined Sogndal in April 2010. In only his first season, Sogndal gained promotion to the Norwegian Premier League and he continued his ties with them until the end of their 2011 season.
Another chance

“This is a similar job to the one I held at Sogndal. Nottoden are in the First Division but working with them will give me another chance to take another club up a division, which will be good. This broadens my experience, gives me a better chance to coach in wider Europe and a better chance to coach the national team alongside my former teammate, Theodore Whitmore,” said Butler, who is due to sit his examinations for his UEFA B licence in May this year.

Forty-two-year-old Butler, who is not related to Craig Butler, retired from professional football in 1998 after amassing 69 caps for the national team. In his playing days, he recorded a number of firsts. He was the first Jamaican schoolboy to sign a semi-professional or professional contract right out of high school. The then Dunoon Technical High School student and Harbour View player impressed in the Caribbean Club Championships and was snapped up by L’etoile in Guadeloupe in 1987.

The following year, he moved from the department of France to the mainland and signed for Stade Brest in the French First Division, where he remained until 1990 before quitting the professional game to attend the University of New Hampshire. Graduating with a degree in sociology four years later, the Port Royal native signed for the New Jersey Dragons in the United States Soccer League, where he stayed a year.

Butler was on the move the following year, heading to Portugal, where he played with First Division team Torreense for the 1995-1996 season. From Torreense, the cultured midfielder was selected by the then San José Clash, now Earthquakes, for the inaugural US Major League Soccer season (1996). He was the number two pick in the second round of the draft.

He was traded to the Columbus Crew in November 1996, but left the team after playing one game and scoring one goal to focus on the Reggae Boyz’s historic qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France.

After retiring as a player, Butler coached with the New Jersey Dynamos Soccer Club from 2000-2005. The following year, he coached the MAPS Boys’ team for the New Jersey Crew Soccer and led them to the US Club State Cup.

They started out by winning the League Championship in their first season with Song Lam Nghe Am last year, the on loan jamaica national strikers, Kavin “Titaldo” Bryan and Andre “Bullet” Fagan started their second year campaign at Vicem Hai Phong FC, after being transferred.

A slow start at the new club has seen both players playing regularly, drawing two games and losing once to be on 2 points and modestly placed in third from the base of the league.

Kavin scored once in the last game but Andre has not yet notched his first goal, as both players are credited with one assist each as the league goes on a two week break now for the Lunar New Year.

Andre is recovering from an injured shoulder as Kavin returned from a broken leg last season.

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Arnett Gardens continued their impressive run in this season’s JFF/PLCA Under-21 League, scoring a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Boys’ Town in the Trench Town derby at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.

Fabian Reid, who scored the senior team’s final goal in a 3-1 win over Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League on Wednesday, netted the game’s only goal a minute before the break.

After dominating the first-half, the ‘Junglists’ should have taken the lead midway the period but Javoni Simms blasted his effort over the bar from 12 yards.

But 44 minutes into the contest, the Charlie Smith forward danced by his marker on the left and delivered a low ball for Reid to squeeze the ball under Ryan Johnson from six yards.

The home team had the better of the second-half but did not really trouble the Arnett Gardens defence.

Seven minutes from the end, Arnett Gardens nearly added a second but an alert Boys’ Town defence cleared off the line after Andrew Allen rounded Johnson and slotted towards goal.

The win kept the Lijyasu Simms-coached team atop the standing with 34 points.

However, Portmore United stay in close pursuit with 32 points after goals from John-Ross Doyley and Ricardo Morris carried them to a 2-0 win over Reno at Ferdie Neita Park.

Meanwhile, Humble Lion denied parish rivals Sporting Central Academy from overtaking Boys’ Town in the standing after Jason Wallace’s 33rd-minute goal gave them a 1-0 win at Brancourt.

Village United remained sixth on 15 points, six adrift of Sporting Central, after a 3-1 win over bottom-placed Highgate at Elliston Wakeland Centre.
Ferdenol Watson fired the visitors ahead 28 minutes into the match, but an own goal four minutes later put Village back on even terms.

Shaunovan McKenzie then fired Village into the lead a minute before the break and Aldain Grant sealed the win with another strike 20 minutes from time.

At Drewsland, Leighton McLarty became Waterhouse topscorer after his fifth goal of season gave the host a 1-0 win over third-placed Tivoli Gardens.

Harbour View tagged Montego Bay 4-0 in the late game at the Compound with a hatrick by returning from injury striker, Romaine Lewis to climb up the League’s goalscoring chart on 8 goals behind teammate Jauvane Benjamin (9) and Arnett Gardens Omar Gordon(10).

The other goal was scored by Ricknell Ramsay to move HVFC into third place on 27 points.