Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett believes the country has failed to fully capitalise on its sporting legacy, and is convinced that it’s time for a concerted push for a strong and recognisable marriage between sports and tourism, as a driver for economic and social growth.

Bartlett, who was one of several speakers at Friday’s final day of the Carole Beckford and Associates and Samuda and Johnson-organised two-day ‘Business of Sport’ conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, underlined the country’s failure to make the most of its international sporting reputation and its hosting of major sporting events.

“Jamaica has not responded in the way that it should to accommodate the power of the business of sport,” Bartlett confessed. “We have not done as much as we should, even when we sought to host mega events like the Cricket World Cup in 2007. The legacy has not inured to the development of the country in the way that it should have, and that is a major point of consideration.”

“This is an area that has so much potential to transform the economy of Jamaica and to transform many lives in Jamaica, and also to influence our position on the global stage,” Bartlett added.

Diversify sporting product

The minister, who pointed to a need for Jamaica to diversify its tourism offering on the back of increased competition across the region and the wider world, pointed out the need to play a greater part in the diversification of the country’s sporting product.

“Sports and tourism is a winning combination,” Bartlett shared. “An important issue to us in tourism is the whole matter of redefining ourselves. We are essentially regarded as an island with sand, sea and sun, and we will market that until eternity. It has worked, and we are one of the finest warm-weather destinations in the globe.

“However, the world is not standing still, there is transformation going on, and some countries hitherto, that never thought of tourism as a part of their lot, are now main markets in the world. Among the key reasons why people are travelling are health and fitness, cultural, ecological, education and sports,” Bartlett added, before sharing that he will be asking a group of consultants to measure the potential of sports tourism in Jamaica.
“We haven’t done a study for Jamaica, and that will be a part of the new initiatives that we are moving towards now. A number of consultants will be coming in to assess the economic impact of tourism on the economy, and I will see if we can morph that to examine the potential for sports tourism in Jamaica,” said Bartlett.

“We have taken all of this for granted so much that we have not focused on how we can use this to our own enrichment and to the own improvement of the standard of living as a people, and how we can use these skills,” Bartlett noted. “We take it for granted while other people realise more and more how they can use our skills to enrich themselves, and they are doing it to great effect.”

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — A decisive header from Jamaican international Christopher Harvey in the 60th minute and a close range strike from Stefan Smith in the 77th minute was enough to secure a 2-0 victory and the three points for Antigua Barracuda FC against River Plate Puerto Rico on Friday, consolidating their position as leaders of the USL PRO International Division and giving the side its fifth consecutive victory.

“I am happy with my performance tonight,” Harvey said. “I still believe I can do better so you can look forward to much more from me.”
The game started under cloudless skies and for large periods of the first half, the home team pressed and hurried the visitors preventing their usual smooth silky passes and any time to negotiate and exploit any weaknesses in the ‘Cudas defense.

As the game continued though the influence of Peter Villegas, captain and engineer of almost every attack initiated by River Plate PR, became more influential. On the other hand, the power and pace of Peter Byers and Smith, along with the individual skill of Tamarley Thomas and Orlando Mitchum, provided their share of concerns for the visitor’s defence.

The first real opportunity for the visitors fell to Villegas who should have done better when he beat the offside trap only for goalkeeper Keita DeCastro to make an important save.

Minutes later, Byers was put through and much to the dismay of the home crowd kicked wide to maintain his scoreless record at home.
The second half saw the visitors adapt a more direct approach that presented some problems for the Barracuda defence but the discipline of the team prevailed.

“We worked really hard out there tonight,” Antigua coach Tom Curtis said. “They are a good team but we wore them down tonight and we had two good goals from Chris (Harvey) and Tommy (Smith).”

Smith recorded his fourth goal for the ‘Cudas and his second in as many matches was happy to put the game away and secure his team’s position at the top of the table.

“After our long road trip it’s really nice to secure this victory in front of our fans,” Smith said. “They deserve it and we hope to make it six straight on Sunday night.”

With another game scheduled for Sunday night and the bench of the visitors extremely short they must be carrying a few concerns going into the next few days. Meanwhile a rampant and buoyant Barracuda FC can look forward to further enhance their stock as front leaders as they carry the fight for club and country.

TWO LATE GOALS DEFEAT SYRIAC WITH DWAYNE MILLER

KALMAR – Daniel Mendes and Ricardo Santos scored late goals to give Kalmar the win over Syriac FC in round 6th
The Kalmar striker Mendes scored in the 83rd minute, with the newly substitute Santos Adding his team’s second on the stroke of full-time to leave the Suryoye stunned.

Kalmar first chance came into the ninth minute, when Henry Rydström volleyed went straight at Dwayne Miller In The Syriac FC goal.
In the 35 minute Daniel Mendes was served free and was all alone with Miller but the custodians craft won him the ball as a penalty appeal was turned down.

Syriac FC suffered a set-back with seven minutes remaining when in the 83rd and 90th minutes two deflected shots defeated Miller and Syrianska FC.

KAVIN BRYAN SCORES TO HELP SLNA WIN 2-1 IN HONG KONG!

Ten man SLNA FC defeated TSW Pegasus of Hong Kong 3-2.

SLNA went behind after the TSW striker was brought down in the penalty box, he then converted from the spot. Andre Fagan was play through by a splitting pass from his defender Fagan was brought down by the keeper in the box.

Nhu Thuat Phan then converted from the spot, which brought the score leveled at half time.

Kavin Bryan replaced Fagan in the 65 minute, only to see his team go behind 2-1.

Bryan in the 83rd min collected a ball on the right side outside the box, turned his marker inside out 3 times, then curled beautifully, a left footed shot to the far post which beat a fully outstretched goalkeeper and drew the game leveled.

In time added on SLNA got the winner from an overhead pass which ended up with a TSW player, Bryan won possession on the top of the 18 yard box, played a one-two with Trong Hoang, who was brought down on the edge of the box..

Hoang Thinh Ngo scored the freekick which sealed the victory for SLNA.

*TONIGHT IN TORONTO FC, Dicoy Williams faces off against Lovel Palmer as TFC plays Houston Dynamo.

DEVON HODGES SCORES WINNER FOR SNLA TO LEAD VIETNAMESE LEAGUE!

National striker, Devon Hodges scored a header from the right sided cross to pip Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1-0. His third league goal this season. He substituted for Kavin Bryan in the 55th minute, Andre Fagan played all 90 minutes. SNLA are now a point in the lead at the top of the league table, as the season reaches it midway two weeks break.

 ANTIGUA BARRACUDAS FC HITS THE TOP OF THE INTERNATIONALS LEAGUE STANDING IN OPENING USL PRO SEASON:

 Bolstered by the addition of two jamaicans Christopher Harvey (HVFC) and Newton Sterling (AGFC) in their lineup, the new USL Pro Franchise has made a good start to the maiden campaign after a shaky start at home losing to LA Blues 1-2, with HVFC’s Akeem Priestley in the team, at The Sticky-Wicket Stadium, a few weeks ago.

Harvey and Sterling then joined in at the second game defeating Seville FC of Puerto Rico 4 -1 at home before going on the road.

In their third away games they have notched up 3 wins on a roll as Coaches, Charlie Naimo’s Los Angeles Blues took on Tom Curtis’s Antigua Barracuda FC when they met yesterday at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton, in Fullerton, California.

A 24th minute goal by Antigua Barracudas FC forward Steffan Smith made all the difference.

Standings so far in USL PRO… In one of 3 Groups of 5 Clubs each, the International Division, Antigua Barracuda are 5-4-1 (twelve points), the LA Blues are (10 points), Puerto Rico United are (five points), Sevilla FC Puerto Rico are (five points) and River Plate Puerto Rico are (two points).

DICOY WILLIAMS PLAYS IN 1-1 TFC DRAW WITH COLUNMBUS CREW AT BMO, IN MLS!

Harbour View FC and National defender, Dicoy Williams starting at the heart of the MLS Franchise, Toronto FC for the first time last weekend with a 1-1 draw at home against Columbus Crew where he had an outstanding game.

He could not stop an away defeat as Seattle was too much for Toronto FC on Saturday night.

In the aftermath of the weekend’s 3-0 loss in Seattle, Toronto remains rooted in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, with seven points from eight games. TFC sits seven points behind East leader New York Red Bulls and five back of the final automatic playoff berth, held down by Toronto’s next MLS opponent, Houston Dynamo.

Staying with Houston, the Texas side opened the final weekend of MLS action in April with a 4-1 thrashing of D.C. United, in which first year forward Will Bruin scored a hat-trick. The 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick is up to four goals now in the season and his career.

Lovel Palmer (HVFC) played throughout as Jevaughn Watson (SCA) made his home debut as a substitute, Jerome Taylor (StGSC) is still out with an injury.

The Toronto Reds’ next opponent, FC Edmonton, lost their North American Soccer League match at home.

Edmonton will now make a trip to BMO Field, Toronto for the first time ever, carrying a 3-0 opening leg deficit against Toronto in the semifinals of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship. Should Toronto be able to close out the visitors Wednesday night (8 p.m. kickoff), the Reds will then play another two legs in the NCC Final against either Vancouver Whitecaps FC or Montreal.

Dwayne Miller exceptional as Ljungskile SK 1-1 Syrianska FC in Sweden Premier League!

Ljungskile – Skenderovic scored a last-gasp equaliser to cancel out Smedberg’s first-half opener as Dwayne Milller (HVFC) kept Syrianska FC in the game in Sunday evening’s thrilling clash at Starke Arvid’s arena.

Syrianska FC struggled throughout the first half as Ljungskile effectively stopped every attempt from the “Suryoye” to create openings.

The home team Ljungskile dominance would be rewarded. In the 36th minute, as Barsom loses the ball in the middle to Erik Nilsson, who passes the ball to Michel Thomas who in turn finds the Ljungskile captain Smedberg to make no mistake for his third goal of the season.

Ljungskile had a couple of chances in the first half which could increase the lead for the home team but the Syrianska FC keeper Miller became a living wall. Syrianska FC had to wait until the second half for their first shot on goal.

In half time Coach Melkemichel, switching to 4-4-2 instead of a 4-5-1 lineup. Syrianska FC came out and attacked but Ljungskile made it hard for Syrianska FC and was a couple of times really close to making it two- nil up. Miller made a couple of terrific saves. A stunning long-range drive by Smedberg forced a good save from Miller. Even Kitic tested Miller from 20 meters and Ljungskile came close to a second but Dwayne Miller blocked the shoot.

Syrianska FC’s efforts paid off in the 92nd minute when Skenderovic crashed in a header from a Barsom cross to bring a hard earned 1-1 point back to Södertälje.

Vålerenga and Luton Shelton advances to Round 2 Norwegian Knockout!

Luton Shelton (HVFC) scores twice as Norwegian Premiership Club Valarenga trashes Olden Borg by 12-1 at Frogner Stadium to register their highest scoring record.

Vålerenga went easily as expected pass the first championship round on Sunday night.

Fourth Division team Olden Borg was beaten 12-1 in front of 1750 spectators.

An offensive set Vålerenga went straight into attack at Frogner Stadium and sent the VIF in the lead. Fegor Ogude doubled the lead with a very hard shot. Luton Shelton 24TH and 28th minute strikes, along with Mohammed Fellah was behind the next three scoring opportunities as Isaac Boakye provided for 6-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Coach replaced Bojan Zajic and Luton Shelton.

A goal and a red card may be a dubious double, but that’s exactly what Tony Tchani experienced on Saturday at BMO Field as Toronto FC drew visiting Columbus Crew 1-1.

Tchani had put Toronto up 1-0 after Julian de Guzman floated a perfectly weighted ball over a Columbus defender and on to the path of his midfield partner. Tchani hit the ball with his left foot on a single bounce, slotting it past Will Hesmer and breaking 415 minutes of clean sheet football for the Crew. Tchani then leapt over the advertisement boards to celebrate – similar to what Alan Gordon had done here – earning his second caution and an ejection during a whirlwind 42nd minute. It’s worth noting that Gordon didn’t receive a card for his celebration back on April 9.

Tchani had received his first yellow card five minutes earlier for participating in an altercation that ensued when Columbus’ Kevin Burns chopped down Danleigh Borman, resulting only in a caution for the Crew midfielder.

Pitch Battles

10-man Toronto couldn’t cope early in the second half when Columbus equalized from Emilio Renteria four minutes after restart. The draw kept their all-time undefeated record against the Reds in tact through 12 games. In September the return leg in Columbus will settle the 2011 Trillium Cup.

That goal erased what was otherwise a very strong start for Toronto. The Reds found a cure for their early game woes and controlled the run of play from the first whistle with 54% first half possession leading up to the Tchani ejection. Alan Gordon returned for the Reds and was an influential target man. Another regular, Ty Harden was serving his suspension so Toronto started a new centre back pairing with Dicoy Williams playing alongside Adrian Cann. Aside from a first half blunder in which Robbie Rogers nearly nicked in a goal for Columbus, Williams fared well with a team high eight clearances.

Man of the Match

Reds midfielder de Guzman has long been touted as a catalyst in head coach Aron Winter’s 4-3-3 system and on Saturday he showed why. The former La Liga standout had 65 touches – the most for any Toronto midfielder – completed 79% of his passes and assisted on the Reds’ lone goal.

Up until his ejection, Tchani was in the running for MOTM. Without him in the second half Toronto was hanging on shorthanded but weren’t shy to attack, particularly with the addition of speedsters Mikael Yourassowsky and Joao Plata. The latter player in particular had a pair of electric runs from deep in his own half, unafraid to take on groups of Columbus defenders. Former Toronto centre back Julius James was frustrated by the trickery of Plata and fouled the Ecuadorian at the 80th minute to pick up a yellow card.

Starting XI

Toronto FC (4-3-3) – Stefan Frei; Danleigh Borman, Dicoy Williams, Adrian Cann, Dan Gargan; Tony Tchani, Maicon Santos (Joao Plata 77′), Julian de Guzman; Javier Martina (Richard Eckersley 63′), Alan Gordon (Mikael Yourassowsky 46′), Jacob Peterson … Subs Not Used: Oscar Cordon, Nick Soolsma, Nathan Sturgis, Milos Kocic … Goals: Tchani 42′ … Caution: Tchani 37′ 42′ … Ejection: Tchani 42′

Columbus Crew (4-4-2) – William Hesmer; Rich Balchan, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Sebastian Miranda; Robbie Rogers, Emmanuel Ekpo (Tommy Heinemann 46′), Kevin Burns (Dejan Rusmir 63′), Dilly Duka; Emilio Renteria (Andres Mendoza 74′), Eddie Gaven … Subs Not Used: Jeff Cunningham, Andy Iro, Korey Veeder, Andy Gruenebaum … Goals: Renteria 49′ … Caution: Burns 37′ Ekpo 39′ James 80′ Rusmir 90′

A goal each side of the halftime brace by on Loan Harbour View FC Striker, Andre “Bullet” Fagan led the Vietnamese League leaders Song Lam Nghe An (SNLA) to stay on top with 26 points after 11 games.

Fagan was scoring his second double and carries his seasonal goals tally up to 5 in the V-League, alongside team mate Kavin Bryan who did not play due to a minor injury. Strike partner Devon Hodges was also involved in the 90 minutes, he has 2 goals so far this season.

Harbour View……………….4 Spence (42nd), Campbell (45th), Taylor (77th), Edwards (90th) Village United………………0

TOP striker Fabian Taylor celebrated his 31st birthday on Wednesday with another stunning goal to propel Harbour View to a crushing 4-0 win over Village United in their Digicel Premier League (DPL) game at the Compound.

Taylor, who scored a scorcher against Boys’ Town two weeks ago, collected a ball just outside the box with his back to goal, turned, and when everybody thought he was going to pass, curled a beautiful left-footer into the top corner of the net.

By that time, in the 77th minute, Harbour View were cruising on a three-goal lead. Earlier, the powerful Jahmali Spence prodded home from close range in the 42nd before teeing-up Romario Campbell for the second in the 45th.

Harbour View’s captain Richard Edwards, who rarely scores, could be heard telling his teammates he wanted a goal. He abandoned his central midfield role and camped on the halfway line determined to get a run at goal, and he did. His fast counter-attacking move saw John Ross Edwards releasing him down the flank.

He sprinted forward, and with one defender to beat, dummied to the left before moving right and firing a low grounder past the hapless Deuandre Alvaranga in the 90th. Richard celebrates his 28th birthday, two days later on Friday, April 15th.

It was very good result for a Harbor View which secured third spot in the DPL with 57 points, eight behind Boys’ Town and 11 adrift of leaders Tivoli Gardens, 68.

The ‘Stars of the East’ are seven points ahead of fifth-placed Waterhouse, on 50, with two games remaining. It was a game of academic interest only and the fans never really turned out for the late kick-off , but that didn’t prevent Harbour View from playing some positive football.

However, the same could not be said of the Trelawny-based Village, who turned up with only four reserves and were clearly only going through the motions.

It was Village’s third consecutive loss since the start of the fourth round and they remain sixth on 43 points after barely scraping into the top six and avoiding the drop zone.

Village are clearly the ‘beating sticks’ of the Elite group and coach Gregory Palmer should find the strength to motivate this team for even one win among the top teams to salvage some pride.

Harbour View — Devon Haughton, Christopher Harvey, Montrose Phinn, Robert Williams, Kemar Lawrence, Richard Edwards, Romario Campbell (Andre Steele 67th), Jermaine Hue, Kemeel Wolfe (Marcelino Blackburn 56th), Jahmali Spence (John-Ross Edwards 76th), Fabian Taylor. Subs not used: Roybert Clarke, Ranique Muir, Kimorllie Brissett, Nicholas Beckett. Booked: Robert Williams 87th

Village United — Keith Hamilton (Jerome Lawson 45th), Orlando McBayne, Cordel Simpson, Andre Moore (Deaundre Alvaranga 80th), Shavar Campbell, Leon Irving, Andreas Nickel, Greame Green, Aldain Grant, Romando Anderson (Shaunanon McKenzie 75th), Ranique Francis.

Subs not used: Nicholas Falconer Booked: Graeme Green 50th, Ronique Francis 50th)

Referee: Wilverglen Lamey Assistant Referees: Stephen Brown, Keeble Williams Fourth Official: Clint Reid Match Commissary: Horace Lewis

Harbour View Football Club representative Mrs Andrea Munroe-Williams and our two young Under 14 players, her son Giovanni Williams (12) and his team mate Jaheel Hyde (13) who have been invited as guest players to the internationally renown Dallas Cup as a part of the Chicago Magic Football Club U14 squad.

 

The Chicago Magic FC will be fully responsible for all their expenses during the stay.

 

The HVFC trio has been invited to the Youth Tournament, travelled today on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 to Dallas where they will be playing in the football tournament between April 17th to April 23, 2011.

 

They will return to Jamaica on Sunday April 24, 2011.

Giovanni-Williams jaheel-hyde

Defending champions Harbour View strengthened their grip on third spot in the Digicel Premier League on Sunday, with a 1-0 win over fifth-place Waterhouse.

The three points, earned courtesy of a clinical strike by Fabian Taylor in the 57th minute – his second in successive weeks – increased Harbour View’s lead over Waterhouse to four points with rounds of games remaining in the season.

Waterhouse stayed in fourth position on 50 points, as Portmore United gained a point on them following their 0-0 draw with Leaders Tivoli Gardens.
While Harbour View were thankful for Taylor’s strike and the excellent cross from midfielder Jermaine Hue that set up the goal, they must have also been happy with Waterhouse’s Rohan Amos’ role in the goal.

The defender, after collecting a ball kept in play by Harbour View’s forward Jahmali Spence, with time on his hands to make a pass or clear the ball up field, tried to dribble past two men and ended up playing it into the path of Jermaine Hue.

He could not have chosen a worst person. Hue accepted it thankfully, dressed it and sent in an inch-perfect cross from the left for Taylor to climb and nod into the left-hand corner of Richard McCallum’s goal. The Waterhouse custodian could do nothing but retrieve the ball from the back of his net.

Devon Haughton, who started in goal for Harbour View, faced no such trouble at his end as the Waterhouse attackers, Andre Clennon and Vincent Earle in particular, conspired to assist him with keeping a clean sheet. The duo, especially Earle, made a number of poor decisions in the Harbour View defensive third, screwing some efforts wide and shooting when passing would have been a better option.
Earle ejected

Earle further let his team down when he was ejected for kicking Marcelino Blackburn for what he deemed a foul. This while his team were still in with a chance of sharing the points and just a minute after an excellent combination down the left flank between himself and Clennon, where a better final delivery might have got them the equaliser.

The final result pleased Harbour View’s head coach Donovan Hayles whose team had lost the previous week to Boys’ Town.
“It was great to see them rise again,” Hayles said, with a smile of satisfaction.

“It is not just about winning silverware but how you perform, and we want to keep it that way for the end of the season and carry that over into next season,” he added.

Waterhouse’s Anthony Patrick felt that his team had opportunities to score but failed to do so, and shot themselves in the foot with a costly defensive error.

“We started out well and created a lot of chances in the first half. We created a number of chances in the second half, but were indecisive in Harbour View’s final third and then a silly mistake put us on the back foot,” a disappointed Patrick said.
Patrick also promised that his team would bounce back.

“We still have a few games left, so we will have to keep our heads up and try to finish on a high,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s game away to Tivoli Gardens.

TORONTO – Toronto FC announced Thursday that they have signed Jamaican international defender Dicoy Williams.

“Dicoy is a strong defender that is solid in one-on-one situations and has a lot of good qualities,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “He performed well in training camp but we couldn’t sign him until we made sure we had the international spot.”

Williams, 24, most recently played for Harbour View FC of the Digicel Premier League in Jamaica. Williams has earned six caps for the Jamaican national team. His most recent appearance was on October 10, 2010 against Trinidad & Tobago.

He spent time with the club during the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month.

Dicoy Williams #31

  • Position: Defender
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 187
  • Birthdate: October 7, 1986
  • Birth Place/Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica Nationality:
  • Jamaica Last Club: Harbour View FC
  • How Acquired: Signed on March 31, 2011
  • Pronunciation: “Dee-koy Will-iams”

Andre Fagan and Devon Hodges each scored a brace, to lead Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) to an away 4-1 win over Binh Duong on Saturday, to increase to 16 points and remain in second position, in the Vietnamese Premier League.

Andre now has three (3) goals in the League, as Hodges has opened his account with these two (2) goals, while hunting for more.

The third Jamaican Kavin Bryan, with four (4) League and Two (2) Knockout goals, is currently involved with the Reggae Boyz in Jamaica’s two game friendlies against Venezuela and El Salvador.

 


 

LAMAR NELSON AND NICHOLY FINDLAYSON DEPARTS FOR NORWAY TRIALS!

Harbour View FC 19 year old Midfielder, Lamar “Wanka” Nelson and Reno FC midfielder, Nicholy “Nick” Findlayson departed on Thursday and Friday respectively for Norway Division 2 Club, Strommen IF in Oslo for a two weeks trial, where they will vie for Roster spots to join newly signed Portmore United goalkeeper, Dwayne Kerr.

Their FIFA Agent Romel Wallen of Pro-goal Sports Limited confirms that they will participate in their first squad game on Sunday and is scheduled to return home by April 15th, 2011.