ARNETT Gardens and Harbour View will contest the final of the KSAFA U-20 Football League after victories over Cavalier and Seaview in their semi-finals on Sunday.

Favourites Arnett turned back their high-flying opponents, 4-1, at the Tony Spaulding Sport Complex to book their spot, while Harbour View topped Seaview, 2-0, at Seaview for their right to contest the decider.

In the feature game at Tony Spaulding, Vishinur Harris and Tamar Edwards scored braces for the home team. Edwards opened the scoring for Arnett three minutes into the second half and added his second five minutes later.

Harris got his first and Arnett’s third goal in the 57th, while Jason Wright pulled a goal back in the 76th for Cavalier.
Harris scored his second in time added to give his side a convincing win.

At Seaview, the hosts held the visitors scoreless until four minutes before the break when Rohan Roye gave Harbour View the lead.
Romario Osbourne sealed the win for the Ludlow Bernard-coached team when he scored in the 89th to put the game out of Seaview’s reach.

Last season the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) announced a new initiative to register all players on a world renowned global website database named SoccerAssociation, regarded as the popular reference site for FIFA agents, clubs, coaches and managers in all the leading football leagues worldwide.

Having successfully completed season one of this long-term initiative, the database now guarantees every single NPL player global visibility. In previous years, players who were not heavily involved with the national programme, the Reggae Boyz, had absolutely no international online database identity, and thus limited realistic chances of earning overseas opportunities.

Today, young players such as Romeo Parkes, Tremaine Stewart, Dino Williams, Mauricio Gordon, Cordel Simpson and Jeremy Lynch, just to name a few, benefitted from having outstanding profiles on the database. Some of them have been contacted and have gone on trials throughout the season initiated by international agents, primarily due to the exposure on SoccerAssociation.

Jamaican clubs now have an improved global profile, where international clubs can now correlate the success of individual Jamaican players abroad, with that of their local clubs.

“The global profile of the Premier League has no doubt been raised; as a Euro-based company we (Pro-Goals Sports, PGS) can attest to that, based on our interactions with club officials and agents. There is a distinct association factor; as it is generally believed that if the Premier League is covered by SoccerAssociation, then it will have more credibility,” said Romel Wallen, managing director.

This is why a handful of small national football associations have paid good money just to get their respective league data onto SoccerAssociation, in the hope of some kind of global credibility. Malta, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are examples of countries who have adopted this approach.

Naturally, it is impossible to quantify how much this new exposure will ultimately lead to profits, transfers, etc. However, it is certain local Premier League clubs and players can now creatively use this new exposure to source more international professional opportunities.

“For this it is helpful to see profile for the Jamaican players on the data-base, because this makes life much easier for speaking with clubs for these players. It is great that you now have this feature,” remarked Czech Republic/Poland/Germany-based agent Tomas Bahnik, who is now interested in the Jamaica football market.

“The site has been a tremendous assistance in the PLCA office as we are able to get a more accurate look at individual and collective data, therefore giving us more comfort in the preparation of our reports. It provides just the right support we need in office to correspond internationally,” noted the PLCA.

NATIONAL player and Bristol City defender Damion ‘Stew Peas’ Stewart yesterday presented a Western Sports gift certificate valued at $200,000 to Reverend Claude Ellis, acting principal of Ardenne High School.

The donation was to help facilitate the Ardenne’s Manning Cup team in its preparation for the schoolboy football competition later this year.

The 31-year-old Stewart, a past student and Manning Cup player at Ardenne, told the Jamaica Observer after making the presentation and just hours ahead of his departure for England where he is scheduled to begin his pre-season training at Championship outfit Bristol City that as a professional footballer, he thought it was his duty to give back to his alma marter.

“I’m a past student of Ardenne High School and I have to remember where I’m coming from, so I’m doing this in the hope that it may inspire some of these footballers here to strive to make football a professional career, like I have.

“I know it will not be easy, and everyone will not make it, so at the same time I would urge them to continue to pay keen attention to their academics, just in case they don’t make the transition to the professional leagues,” he said.

Stewart attended Ardenne between 1991 and 1997 and played on the Manning Cup team from 1995 to 1997.

He also turned out for local outfit Harbour View FC upon leaving school, helping the Stars of the East to the National Premier League title in 2000 and the Caribbea Football Union (CFU) Club Championship four years later.

Stewart joined Bradford in England in 2005, but his quality quickly saw Queen’s Park Rangers making a successful six-figure transfer bid.
AFter a successful stint, he joined Bristol on a three-year contract in July 2010, but went on loan until the end of the season in January.

Stewart, who turns 32 next month, played for the Jamaica U-20 and Ur-23 youth teams. He made his senior debut in 1999 against Ghana and played in the 2003, 2005 and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and numerous World Cup qualification matches since.

Rev Ellis was thankful for the donation.

“We’re humbled by the gesture and appreciate that past students are willing to contribute to their alma mater. This contribution will go a far way in assisting us in our Manning Cup programme.”

A week away from hosting the Caribbean Qualifiers for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, Jamaican head coach Wendell Downswell is satisfied with the progress being made by his young charges.

“Things are going in the right perspective and I think the preparation has not been bad; it is satisfactory at this stage for this leg,” said Downswell.
Jamaica, who qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2011, will host a three-team group involving Bermuda and Antigua and Barbuda in Kingston from July 11-15.

The Caribbean leg was scheduled to start yesterday with Cuba and Haiti hosting four-team groups. Trinidad and Tobago will also host a series from July 24-28.

The five group winners and the best second-placed team will advance to the final six-team Caribbean qualifiers, with the top three gaining spots to the CONCACAF Championship set for April 6-19, 2013.

Downswell, who has the distinction of being the most recent Jamaican coach to lead a team to a FIFA World Cup Finals, has been impressed with the current crop of players.

“We had an all-island trial and selected some players and brought them into camp for training. Then we entered into the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) U-20 competition with the Corporate Area team playing on Wednesday and the squad itself plays on weekends,” he noted.

“That was good in terms of the response from the players and we were able to expose a large volume and the technical staff had a good opportunity to look at them under match condition,” added Downswell.

The young Reggae Boyz, playing among players two to three years older, have won seven of their 10 games so far. They drew twice, with their only defeat coming against Harbour View.

“In terms of the competition, it served as a catalyst for our competition going forward. Overall, the exercise was good for… the youngsters, although there were challenges…,” he said.

Jamaica are favoured to brush aside Bermuda and Antigua and advance to the next stage of the qualifiers from August 19-30.

SAO PAULO, Brazil — After two-and-half days, the coaching course here at the Traffic Academy has already been a huge success for Jamaican participants as well as those from other Caribbean territories.

There is great involvement and interaction by all who eagerly interact with the various reservoirs of knowledge on offer.

There was a morning session on Monday conducted by Marcio Amoroso which addressed finishing and scoring. The well-travelled professional and former national player shared his views on how to become or train a great striker, both in theory and practice.

This should please PLCA chairman Edward Seaga very much. The skills and training techniques shared were well received.

In the afternoon there was an exhaustive, intense and sometimes controversial lecture by world rennown physical trainer/physiotherapist professor Nivaldo Baldo.

He introduced several paradigm shifts in the preparation and treatment of athletes that triggered intense debate, especially among those who have enjoyed “success” using older paradigms.

In the end, it is perhaps safe to say it was agreed that there is no need for agreement or disagreement with one paradigm or another, but rather, to let set scientific proof determine what the best practice is.

 

AFTER almost 20 hours of travel, 14 of the 15 registered coaches arrived at the Traffic Academy in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo, Brazil at approximately 10:30 am local time (8:30 am Jamaica time) on Sunday.

Lester Smith of Grenada was expected to arrive some time the following day. Present on the course are Andrew Edwards, National U-20 men’s coach; Andrew Price, technical director Boys’ Town FC; Junior Francis, Reno FC; Laurence Garriques, UTech; Jeffrey Hewitt and Calvin Lewis of Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore; Harold Thomas of Harbour View; David Pryce of Volvo; Marcel Gayle of Waterhouse; Alvin Shaw of Tivoli FC; Vassel Reynolds and Nigel Stewart of Sporting Central; and Jamaal Shabazz and Wayne Dover of Guyana’s National Football team.

After lunch the course got off to a sprightly start. Professor Walter Gama, technical director of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), welcomed the participants to the course, Traffic Academy and Brazil.

Gam postulated that “Knowledge and Discipline” shall be the slogan for the course, which represents the critical areas of focus he wishes to develop among participants.

Daniel Gama, one of the co-ordinators, led the opening lecture, introducing participants to the course content, expectations and materials.
He outlined the structure which covers topics ranging from theoretical and practical frameworks of new perspectives in coaching, training and intervention based on science and didactic observations of training sessions and matches.

The instructors will include experienced football professionals and sport science researchers. Among those slated to give lectures/presentations are Professor Walter Gama, Daniel Gama, Rodolfo Canavesi, Marcio Amoroso, Nivaldo Baldo, Ana Maria Pellegrini, Lucas G`oes, Anderson Gongora, Marcella Cesar, Victorino Freire, Rene Simoes, Fabio Matias, Renato Molina, Emerson Viera Marinho, Clovis Alberto Franciscon, and Anahy Couto.

Although suffering from obvious jet-lag, lethargy and sheer exhaustion, the cadre of coaches in attendance exhibited plenty of grit, determination and zeal to optimise this opportunity for personal development and by extension the development of Jamaica’s football. In the words of Andrew Price, “the experience thus far has been very good, the camaraderie amongst the coaches excellent”.

Price also said “the course content is very interesting” and that he found the first presentation done by Rodolfo Canavesi to be “very thought-provoking and a testament to how far behind we (Jamaica) are in terms of football development”.

David Pryce of Volvo FC claimed: “Thus far this has been a great eye-opener in terms of presentation and professional football. I am glad for the exposure to the Traffic Academy environment and experience, and to see first-hand a world-class football facility.”

He also said he is anxiously looking forward to the remainder of the course.

In describing the first day interactions, Daniel Gama opined that “the group is a very committed one, showing plenty of interest, attentiveness and desire to learn”. He sees this as “a great opportunity for both the participants and the co-ordinators to learn from each other as we all seek to improve our respective (football) communities”.

The course promises to be an excellent experience for all the participants. Already discussions are heating up about commercialisation of and in the sport and professional football. A quote from Rodolfo Canavesi: “Traffic Sports exist not for the love of football, but because someone realised that it is good business, articulates fully where I believe those of us involved with the game locally needs to focus our energies.”

Joel Senior departed the island on Tuesday, July 10 for a two weeks trial at Premier League (Tippeligaen) Sogndal IF, Norway after former HVFC and Reggae Boyz Altimont “Freddie” Butler and scouts had been tracking in his first local Premier League season with “The Stars of the East” and the senior National Team.

The USA Howard and James Madison Universities graduate distinguished himself with “Player of the Year” Honours in 2005, 2006 and 2007. His relentless mobility and supreme work rate gained him the respect of his teammates and opponents, in the Reggae Boyz Under 21 Teams in the Final Stage of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2007 before earning 5 national senior caps in 2012 where he gave a creditable account of himself against Cuba, Guyana, Costa Rica and Panama.

At “The Compound” the little Indian livewire wrapped up 36 starts, 1 substitution scoring 1 goal and assisting 8, all in 2948 minutes of playing time, to help HVFC secure 6th position. He forged a reputable midfield quartet with other national players Richard Edwards, Jermaine Hue and Romario Campbell or John-Ross Edwards.

His Coaches and Teammates voted him “Player of the Round 2” where he was awarded the Lucozade Most Outstanding Player cash prize of $10,000 and 5 cases of Lucozade Sports.

Joel will be handled by new Jamaican FIFA Agent Whylie Jervis.

Jermie Lynch, on Friday night, joined a growing list of Jamaican footballers to have scored on debut, after netting the game’s lone goal to lead the Reggae Boyz to a 1-0 victory over Guyana in their friendly international at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

“It is a joy. From I was a little boy, this has always been my dream and even today (Friday) when I was praying I wanted to score my first goal on debut,” the 21-year-old striker revealed immediately after the game.

“I have accomplished one step of my dream; now it is time for me to play overseas,” added Lynch, who has followed the footsteps of his brother, Lloyd Barker, into the national senior team.

Barker, a striker, also represented Harbour View Football Club and Montreal Impact in Canada.

He just returned from injury in January after being hurt playing in the Premier League and Under-21 competitions in early November last year.
During the summer in 2011, Harbour View FC had sent him to the Toronto FC Academy for two weeks, along with the son of another former Reggae Boy, Onandi Lowe, Damion “Chullups”, who is now at college in the United States.

Lynch’s family is actually deeply rooted in Harbour View FC and Jamaica’s senior football, as his relatives Robert ‘Little Bibi’ Scarlett and Christopher ‘Jamel’ Harvey were recent Reggae Boyz.

Lynch, who came up through the ranks playing on Harbour View Under-17 and Under-20 teams, had played on Harbour View’s senior team last season but got a regular starting place towards the tail end of the just-concluded Red Stripe Premier League season, where he netted four goals in five games, so his inclusion in the Reggae Boyz set-up might be seen as a bit of a surprise.

It was even more surprising that he started, as Dino Williams had been named to partner team captain Luton Shelton in the starting 11, in a release sent out by the Jamaica Football Federation prior to the match.

“It wasn’t a surprise (to me), because they say hard work is going to pay off one day and I have been putting in the work, so this is my pay-off,” Lynch reasoned.

The former Bridgeport High student concedes that it will be difficult to make coach Theodore Whitmore’s final squad for the next round of World Cup Qualifying competition, which commences on June 8 when the Boyz tackle Guatemala at the National Stadium.

“I want to be a part of it (the World Cup squad), but it is not my choice,” Lynch expressed.

“I have to just do the work and hope that I make the team because as you can see, Jamaica has a lot of international forwards in the squad and I’m locally based, so I have to work twice as hard as them to try and make it into the team,” he added.

During his two seasons of playing Manning Cup in 2007 and 2008, Lynch actually played at centre half, as the team did not have anyone else to slot into the position.

“I was always a centre forward, but the team didn’t have any centre back and I’m a utility player,” he pointed out.

In the summer of 2011, Lynch had a trial stint with Toronto FC Academy and is said to be on the radar of former Reggae Boy and current US Major League club, Real Salt Lake, scout Andy Williams.

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Jamaica’s build-up to next month’ CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign started with a lacklustre 1-0 win over Guyana in a friendly international at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Friday night.

Harbour View’s Jeremie Lynch, a last-minute decision by the coaching staff and one of three players making their debuts, made a dream bow when he scored the winner in the 61st minute in front of a fair-sized crowd.

Dino Williams had been named to partner team captain Luton Shelton in a release sent out by the Jamaica Football Federation earlier in the day, but it was the 21-year-old Harbour View player who got the nod later in the day.

Defenders Nyron Nosworthy and Adrian Mariappa, teammates at Watford in the English Championships, were the other debutants.
This was the fourth straight win for Jamaica over Guyana after 2-1, 6-0 and 4-0 results and extended Jamaica’s unbeaten run this year to five.
On a slippery field, Jamaica missed a number of chances after a slow start, but head coach Theodore Whitmore told the Jamaica Observer he thought the team gave a creditable performance and he would have given them seven out of 10.

“It was a decent performance… taking into consideration three players were making their debut…,” Whitmore said.

Guyana, who knocked out Trinidad and Tobago out of contention, also had several chances, hitting the bar late in the second half, but Whitmore said he was not surprised by what they had to offer.

“We have played against them in the Digicel Cup and we know what they can do,” he said.

“They are preparing for a tough opening encounter against Mexico, so we know playing against a Caribbean team would be tough… it gives us a good preparation as they play a similar game to the Antiguans,” Whitmore said.

Jamaica will face Guatemala, United States and Antigua and Barbuda in Group A of the third round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Reggae Boyz dominated and created a number of chances, but saw Lynch, Shelton and Keammar Daley miss repeatedly.

After a slow start, they had the first chance in the 22nd when a cross from Lynch hit the Guyanese goalkeeper Richards Reynolds in his chest and rebounded inches past his left post and out for a corner.

Nine minutes later, Shelton got past the goalkeeper but instead of shooting at goal from just outside the six yards box, opted to pass back to the top of the 18 yards box where the ball was picked off by a defender.

Guyana’s only chance in the first half came in the 36th minute when a mix up in the defence gave Carl Cort and shot at goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett’s goal.

Stevens who had come on for Joel Senior five minutes earlier in the 54th minute, picked off a weal back pass from Brandon Beresford and after beating the sliding Reynolds, passed the ball to Lynch who spun and fired it low into the far left hand corner of the goal.

The Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) wishes to say a big “Thank You” to everyone who participated with such discipline and deportment at our stadium last evening giving a professional performance reflecting positively the standard of our Under 21 League through the four selected KSAFA representatives.

To the staff of KLAS FM 89 Radio, CNS Cable Sports Network for video and interviews, the Jamaica Observer Sports Department, for the quick response with LIME and Lucozade giveaway products for the four Clubs, Arnett Gardens FC, Tivoli Gardens FC, Waterhouse FC and HVFC, 4 Referees, Special Guests Mr and Mrs. Anthony James, Jamaica’s only FIFA Agent Baron “Mosiah” Marshall and Berto from Adidas to our international Under 21 trials last evening at our stadium with the three visiting Norwegian Club Notodden FK.

Last but surely not lease to the fans who stayed all night.

It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the visitors in particular who had arrived late from travelling through London, where they experienced a two hour flight delay before staying with us for the four hours tournament enjoying our Under 21 players good exhibition.

They will make me know of their decisions when completed and I will convey to all immediately.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support on very short notice and looking forward to having others with more time, clubs, agents and players available.

Regards