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JC’s Dawkins embraces RSPL experience at Tivoli

first_imgFOOTBALL: Red Stripe Premier League Former champions Tivoli Gardens continued their stabilising work in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) under the guidance of Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, when they defeated fierce rivals and relegation-battling Waterhouse 1-0. The win marked Tivoli’s third in their last five games and saw them move from 10th to ninth position and seven points above the relegation zone, with eight games to play. Donovan Dawkins, a Jamaica College (JC) schoolboy who is fondly referred to as “Babylon”, was happy to aid in arresting his team’s slide down the points table. Waterhouse sank deeper in trouble as they lost their second successive match and remained firmly at the foot of the table on 21 points, six behind Cavalier, who were due to meet Harbour View last night. “This is my second Premier League goal and it feels great because this goal is important to my team because it gives us a lead of eight points above Waterhouse, so even if we lose or draw we still have a good gap above them,” the 17-year-old fourth former explained. The youngster, who scored the winning goal to give JC the Manning Cup ahead of St George’s College, said performances like Sunday night’s will help to fulfil his dream of playing at the collegiate level and/or professionally. “I am looking to either be a professional footballer or to go to college on a scholarship and then play professionally and playing in this league helps me to improve. I was a part of the national Under-17s and I am looking forward to being a part of the national Under-20s. I have been to camp once so far and am looking to more invitations and these can only help,” the humble, but confident teenager said. While schoolboy football is different from playing among grown men, Dawkins said that he is quite at home in the RSPL. “I feel comfortable playing at this level because it helps me to improve and I think I am holding my own. I play against some older guys and I don’t find it difficult. There have been lots of young players playing before me and others who are playing now so it is nothing special or nothing that I cannot deal with,” he said, playing down the significance of his involvement. What made his transition from schoolboy representative to Premier League player even more smooth is the presence of former national representative and current national invitee, Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson and Junior Flemmings, respectively. “Their presence make me feel good because I have been playing with Flemmings since Under-13 level and also schoolboy football at Jamaica College because I am a student at Jamaica College, where he went too. “Playing with Teddy is also special because he is someone who has played professionally and has come back to help out his old club so this is something good. I look up to him and could also learn from him and I want to emulate him by being a professional one day,” the powerfully-built young man said. Standings (ahead of last night’s match between Cavalier and Harbour View) Teams                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts MoBay United             26       14          9          3      43       15         28     51 Arnett                          25       15         4        6         42        20        22     49  Portmore                     25       14          4       7         30        23        7       46     Humble Lion FC         25         9         9       7         22        21        1        36 UWI FC                      25         9          7         9        25       34      -9       34      H View                        24         8          9        7         29         24       5       33     Boys’ Town                 25        8          6        11       28         38       -10      30            Reno                            26        7          9        10         25        38       -13      30  Tivoli                                 25          8           5          12          29            33         -4       29 Cavalier SC                  24       7           6       11        18         23       -5       27 Rivoli                           25         5          7       12        25          34     -9      22 Waterhouse                 25         4          9       12         20         30    -10      21last_img read more

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Digicel pumps $366 million into JFF

first_img Butler further pointed out that since Digicel became a part of, the Jamaican landscape in 2001 contributed over a billion dollars in support of the JFF. “This new partnership of $366 million will be for the next four years, and we hope this will give the programme a boost and put the team in position as they look to Russia and beyond. Digicel hopes to be a part of the euphoria when Jamaica qualifies for Russia 2018,” he said. “This will support other initiatives such as women’s football, youth football and the senior team to ensure that the Boyz stay on peak in their preparation.” JFF president Captain Horace Burrell noted that the federation has been going through very difficult times financially and that the sponsorship came at the perfect time. “Our partnership with Digicel could not have come at a better time. The JFF has been struggling. Even some overseas-based players question why is it so hard for a brand like the Reggae Boyz to get a sponsor. But Digicel is the real deal because while some sponsors support programmes with kind, Digicel supports it with money,” said Burrell. “We need more support from corporate Jamaica and the Government because sports put us (country) on the world map and without sports the recognition we have received internationally would not be possible,” he stated. Meanwhile, Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, says Digicel has made itself a part of the Jamaican family and she commended it for its input to the continued development of sports. “This new administration is very happy to continue the development of sports as a critical vehicle for economic growth,” Grange said. “Football has and continues to be a unifying force in this country. Digicel is a striving enterprise and the company’s contribution is invaluable. “But it goes without saying that there can be no successful programme or team without sustainable capital injection, and this is just one of the many contributions that has made Digicel such a highly respectable company,” she stated. THE Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) received a well-needed boost yesterday when Digicel CEO David Butler announced that the telecoms giant would be extending its sponsorship of the country’s football for the next four years to the tune of US$3 million (J$366 million) at Digicel’s head office in downtown Kingston. According to Butler, the contribution is not only for the national senior team, currently involved in World Cup-qualifying football and will face Costa Rica on Friday and Monday, but it is geared towards the entire programme including women and youth development. The communications firm has included other initiatives, including financial bonus for every game won or drawn, and a donation to a charity of the scorer’s choice for every goal converted by the Boyz. BOOSTlast_img read more

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Arnett head to Haiti for CFU Club Championship semi-finals

first_imgArnett Gardens FC will depart the island this morning at 11’o clock for a semi-final showdown against W Connection of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship in Haiti. In the other semi-final clash, Don Bosco will square off against Central FC. The top three teams in the CFU tournament will qualify for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. The semi-final winners will meet in the final, while the losers will be engaged in a third place-off to decide the other qualifier for the CONCACAF stage. Renae Lloyd, who was injured early in the team’s second leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final, will not make the trip. They lost the two-way tie 4-3 to Montego Bay United FC and were dethroned of the local title. “This is the final round in the CFU. We have two chances to advance to the CONCACAF stage, but we will be trying our best to win the Caribbean title for the first time,” Jerome Waite, head coach of Arnett, told The Gleaner yesterday of his team that ended runners-up last time. “This is my third stint in the CFU, and we will be looking to put the disappointment of losing the local Premier League behind,” he added. Their top players are captain Oneil Thompson, Damion Hyatt, Kemal Malcolm, Michaelous Martin, Dicoy Williams, Kenneil Hyde, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Jason Moore.last_img read more

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