THE Harbour View Mini-Stadium was abuzz with excitement last Thursday as some of the country’s best Under-21 football talents from Corporate Area clubs Harbour View, Waterhouse, Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens demonstrated their skills in an effort to impress Notodden FK Youth Academy coach Altimont Butler.

Butler and club chairman Per Arne Hanson are here to sign Waterhouse full-back Andrae Campbell and to scout new talent. The 30-minutes games were therefore organised in a round-robin format to have a look at the available talent.

According to Hanson, they have a history of signing Jamaican players and Jamaica is one of their favourite hunting grounds for new talent.

“We’re looking for new players from Jamaica because we’ve had good experiences with Jamaican players… the only thing now is to see if we can find any new players again,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Hanson says they are on the lookout for a left-back or a striker and were somewhat impressed with Harbour View’s frontman Romaine Lewis, who netted a hat-trick against Waterhouse in the opening game.

However, he said even if they identify someone they like, it would take some time before anything happens.

“We (Norwegian transfer window) don’t open until the first of August in Norway, so we have time… but we have contacts here that are following players, so we’re updated all the time,” he said.

“However, we will not be doing anything at the moment, because we are seeing a lot of players, so we will be doing our selection closer to when the (transfer) window opens,” he added

Meanwhile, former Reggae Boy Butler says regardless of the position, once they spot a player with exceptional ability he will get a chance to go to Notodden.

“We’re basically looking for somebody who can blow us out of the water… we’re not really looking at anyone special, just that player that will blow us away, be it a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder or striker,” he said.

We have just confirmed with former Harbour View Football Club (HVFC) Player and now Notodden FK Academy Coach, Altimont “Freddie” Butler who arrives on the island at mid afternoon Thursday along with General Manager, Per Arne Hanson and another official to host a trial for only registered Under 21 players next Thursday, May 17 starting at 5:30pm. Teams are asked to be at HVFC by 5pm.

HVFC Players, Fabian Taylor and Kavin Bryan, as well as Oniel “Bigga” Thompson of Boys’ Town FC have all played in Norway with Notodden FK.

They requested 4 KSAFA Clubs in Champions Arnett Gardens FC, Tivoli Gardens FC, Waterhouse FC and HVFC each playing in a round-robin format with 3 games of 30 minutes each.

All 4 clubs have confirmed participation.

It is never too late for a shower of rain, as the Premier League squad players and 2 Under 20 Goalkeepers, lead by Coach Andrew “Bowa” Hines and Manager, Dwayne “Bruky” Blake won the inaugural Victoria Mutual Futsal Tournament staged by UTech in their Auditorium tonight after playing 4 games and winning all including defeating August Town FC, 9-6 in the Final.

Kemeel Wolfe was awarded “The Most Valuable Player” Trophy, as Captain Lamar Hodges lifted the Championship Trophy and the Replica.

The squad also had Romario Campbell, Ranique Muir, Rondell Morris, Edroy Williams and 3 Under 20 youngsters including the 2 GK’s.

As the large contingent of HVFC Under 21 Players, flocked to the well attended forum after their 1-0 victory against Portmore United away from home, to continue a dominant seasonal run against the St. Catherine based outfit. HVFC remains 4th on 60 points, with 2 games to go.

Captain, Richard Edwards Guyanese Club, Alpha United secured a 3-1 victory over Curacao Club, Hubentut Fortuna as the local football clubs suffered mixed fortunes on the second day of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships yesterday at the Providence National Stadium. On his first day the team lost 0 -1, but Richard was awarded “Man of the Match” taking 6 shots at goal.

Former champion Harbour View repelled the challenges of three teams and secured the six spot at the end of the Red Stripe Premier League third round and will play the much-sought after “Elite football” for the fourth round.

Harbour View which started the day in six spot, defeated Sporting Central Academy 2-1 at Brancourt with a last minute strike from Jeremy Lynch in the 90+ minutes. Fabian Taylor had given Harbour View a 10th minute lead before Francois Swaby pulled Sporting Central levelled in the 53rd minute.

Harbour View ended the round on 46 points while Sporting Central are ninth with 41 points and will play among the relegation battlers.
At the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, the visiting Montego Bay United clipped home team Arnett Gardens 2-1 and leapfrogged them into seventh spot on 44 points while the “Junglist” slipped to eighth on 42 points.

Former Arnett striker Omar Gordon found the winner for Montego Bay in the 85th minute after Jonathan Williams had cancelled out Graeme Green’s 29th minute opener.

Meanwhile leader Portmore United saw their lead reduced to 10 points after playing to a 2-2 draw with cellar team Village United battled at the Elliston Wakeland Centre.

Portmore United inched to 64 points and closer to the title with only five games remaining while Village United inched to 25 points and closer to relegation.

Ronaldo Rodney gave Village United a 31st before a double strike by Portmore’s Alanzo Adlam in the 36th and 38th minutes gave the visitors the advantage. But Cordel Simpson earned a share of the points for Village United from the penalty spot in the 44th minute.

At Frome, Reno earned a precious point in their relegation fight after holding champion Tivoli Gardens to a 0-0 draw. Reno moved to 26 points but still remained in the relegation zone in 11th place and with a six point gap to safety, the former champions have some work to do.
For Tivoli Gardens, this result effectively ended their title hopes as they stayed in fifth spot on 51 points but are trailing the leader by 13 points with a possible 15 points to gain from five matches.

Both Waterhouse and Humble Lion’s chances were dashed also after nullifying each other in a 1-1 draw at Effortville Community Centre.
The competition’s leading goal scorer, Jermaine “Tuffy” Anderson gave Waterhouse a 31st minute lead with his 13 goal of the season. Wolry Wolfe equalised for Humble Lion in the 57th minute.

Waterhouse dropped a spot to third on 52 points and are 14 points adrift of the leader while Humble Lion are fourth on 51 points still fighting for that top-two position.

Boys’ Town regained second spot on 54 points after an own goal by Kevin Williams 45th minute gave them a 1-0 win over Highgate United at Lynch Park.

St Mary outfit Highgate, in their first season in the premier league, remained n 10t spot on 32 points and are six points above the relegation zone with five games to survive, they look safe.

Captain, Richard “Shortman” Edwards is slated to depart by Tuesday to Guyana, to join Premier League Team, Alpha United as the country improves its standing in the Caribbean recently.

Vice-Captain, Jermaine “Jerry” Hue, departed the island early on Thursday morning en-route to Vietnam, with top Premier League Club, Hanoi T&T, who grabbed the opportunity after he was changed late on Tuesday, from the club of teammates, Kavin Bryan and Andre Fagan. His scheduled 4 month stay makes him return in late August as well, but if not selected at trials, he comes back in late April.

18 year old player, Damion “Chullups” Lowe, (Onandi Lowe’s son) was snapped up by a USA College in September 2011, after he returned from trials HVFC sent him to at Toronto FC Academy along with Jermie Lynch. Unfortunately Damion’s season was cut short as he broke his leg on the field turf at school and re-injured it in recovery. Regardless, he is selected for a Summer PDL Club, Reading FC until August 2012.

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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.