Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite said the aim is to keep his players fresh in a rotation system in order to repeat their feat of winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title.The RSPL champions are atop in this season’s national championship on 46 points, one ahead of Montego Bay United (45).Waite intends to stay on top to first win the trophy and incentive for the team that ends the preliminary stage with the most points.Waite, who guided Arnett to three of the club’s national titles, is also looking at the bigger picture: to win the CFU championship and move to the CONCACAF stage. The CFU championship is set to kick off next month.”We want to win the national title again. It is the first time for this season that we are leading on points. We are in the lead, so I’m pretty much pleased at this point,” Waite told The Gleaner.With Arnett having scored 36 goals in 24 RSPL games this season, Waite said that the team should have scored more. However, he is pleased with the defensive system as the team has conceded 20 goals.MORE GOALS WANTED”We should have scored more goals but, defensively, we are doing well as a team,” said the coach, who guided Arnett to back-to-back titles from 2000 to 2002.”Looking back at last year, despite winning the title, I was concerned about the fact that we let in too many goals, so it is a massive improvement in that area,” he added.”We will continue to take the games step by step. My aim is to keep the team healthy and injury-free. The rotation of players is necessary. It is all about man-management. It is my duty, and I’m always thinking about the long term,” Waite reasoned.”We are also preparing for the CFU tournament in the Dominican Republic early next month. We will leave for that tournament by month end,” he said.Arnett Gardens and last season’s runners-up, Montego Bay United, will participate in the CFU championship. Arnett will play in Group Four alongside AtlÈtico Pantoja of The Dominican Republic, America des Cayes of Haiti, and Notch of Suriname in Santo Domingo.
The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) will host its fourth annual charity golf tournament at Cinnamon Hill, Sunday, April 17.The event, led by the Montego Bay chapter of the JHTA, attracts hundreds of amateur and pro golfers.”The tournament raises funds for a number of charities across Montego Bay, including Save the Child, Montego Bay Freeport Project, and House Number 10 at the SOS Children’s Village,” said Omar Robinson, vice-president, JHTA.”Through proceeds raised from the tournament, we have been able to do remarkable work in these institutions, along with the Tower Hill Basic School, where more than $2 million was spent to renovate the Tower Hill Basic School. That work aligns perfectly with the JHTA’s corporate social-responsibility values and our tradition of supporting the nation’s more vulnerable, and those who support them,” he added.CORPORATE MINGLEThe event will continue into the evening with a corporate mingle featuring special performances by Cindy Lewis, formerly of Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires, and the Bung Guh Lhung Steel Band.Last year there were 56 participants at the tournament.The JHTA Charity Golf Tournament is one of the premier tournaments on the island, with numerous prizes, including all-inclusive weekends, passes to various attractions, dinners, day passes, trophies, among other prizes on offer. This year a new trophy will be issued to the winning hotel team.The tournament is being billed as a family event with something for everyone, including a kiddies corner. It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with organisations being encouraged to submit their entries by contacting the JHTA’s Montego Bay Chapter.
Maverley-Hughenden and Rockfort will meet in the feature match of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-JB Charley’s Rum Super League semi-finals tonight at 8:30 at the Constant Spring Complex.In the opening match of the semi-final double-header, Barbican will oppose Brown’s Town at 6:30 p.m.The top four teams are hunting both the league title and a chance to represent the KSAFA Confederation in the play-off for a spot in next seasons’s Red Stripe Premier League.Maverley-Hughenden were very impressive in the preliminary stage by winning 12 of 16 games. They defeated Rockfort 4-2 in the first game of the season.The Maverley-Hughenden camp will be without head coach Lijaysu Simms, who is abroad. Assistant coach Hugh Blair will be in charge for the crucial encounter.Captain of Maverley-Hughenden Andrew Peddlar says that his team is well prepared and ready for battle.”Right now, we are well focused. We have no fear,” Peddlar boldly declared ahead of the last four clash.”We are 100 per cent ready for Rockfort as the plan is to win the Super League and qualify for the national league play-off. The coach is away, but ‘Bingy’ (Blair) is here and we will carry out the plan,” he added.Maverley-Hughenden will rely on Peddlar in the central defence position, veteran Kasai Hinds, the competition’s leading goalscorer Phillip Peddie, Andrew White, Odayne Burgher, Morias Somers, Omari Edwards and Wayne Williams.On the other hand, Rockfort are also oozing confidence.”We are very confident. We played them in the first game and lost, but that was a long time ago, and our team has improved. We beat them in the Major League semi-finals two years ago, so we know that we can repeat that,” president of Rockfort Dwayne Dillon told The Gleaner yesterday.Rockfort will rely on captain Calvin Campbell, Chevon Williams, Sheldon Green, Jermaine Freckleton and Twain Winter.In the opening semi-final game, Barbican and Brown’s Town should have a highly competitive affair.In the teams’ first meeting this season, Barbican won 2-0 and hold the psychological advantage heading into the semi-final.Barbican, under the guidance of head coach Mark Sutherland, are seeking to win the Super League for the second time in three seasons.Their key players include Akino Bailey, Keino Simpson, Jadian Redwood, Jermaine Parris, Nicholas Smith and Greg Taylor.Meanwhile, Brown’s Town, now under the guidance of coach Keon Broderick, will rely on Robert Coley, Kamali Coburn, Joshua McNaughton, Mikhail George, and Derron Beckford for victory.
EVERTON VS BOURNEMOUTH, GOODISON PARKEverton have won only four home league games – only relegated Villa have won fewer (2) – and they last won in front of their home fans in the Premier League in early February against Newcastle. Since then, Everton have taken one point from a possible 12 at home. Bournemouth have lost four of their last five.NEWCASTLE VSCRYSTAL PALACENewcastle are unbeaten in their last three league games, winning just one, but remain in a perilous position, in 19th spot and a point from safety. Importantly, the two teams immediately above them, Norwich City and Sunderland, have a game in hand. Palace reached the FA Cup final thanks to Sunday’s 2-1 semi-final win over Watford, and while they have 39 points, they need another win to be sure of their top-flight status.STOKE CITY VSSUNDERLANDSunderland have lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League game though five have been drawn, including last Sunday’s 0-0 stalemate with Arsenal. Sunderland travel to Stoke having conceded 39 away goals this season. Only Newcastle (41) have let in more away from home. But they have kept three clean sheets in their last four – after conceding in each of their previous 16.WATFORD VSASTON VILLAWatford return to Vicarage Road, where they have both scored and conceded 15 goals. Only Villa, with 14, have scored fewer home goals, but the 15 conceded is two fewer than league leaders Leicester City. Relegated Villa have lost their last 10 league games. The club record for straight defeats is 11, set between March 23 and May 5, 1963.WEST BROM VSWEST HAMOn Monday night, WBA drew 1-1 at Tottenham, a point which takes them 10 points clear of the relegation zone. West Ham, meanwhile, are sixth on 56 points. If they stay there, it will be the Hammers’ highest place since they came fifth in 1998-99. The 57 goals they have now scored is their best return ever in the Premier League, beating their previous record of 56 goals scored during the 1997-98 season.SWANSEA CITY VSLIVERPOOLLiverpool are flying high with three wins and two draws from their last five games in the Barclays Premier League. Swansea are 15th in the Premier League on 40 points, nine points clear of the relegation zone with three games to go. They have scored only 34 goals, 10 fewer than their previous fewest in the Premier League, in 2011-12.