Reijnen excited about MX prospect in Jamaica

first_imgJohannes Reijnen, one of the top motocross (MX) riders in Jamaica, said the sport has been growing steadily over the years and competition among the riders is very intense. The Dutchman was among over 20 participants who competed in the third race meet of the season at Temple Hall in St Andrew yesterday. Reijnen, who is nicknamed ‘The Flying Dutchman’ by his peers, told The Gleaner yesterday that there are a lot of talented riders in Jamaica who have the potential to make it on the international stage. “The motocross series here in Jamaica is really exciting at the moment, as we saw today (Sunday),” Reijnen said. “The A Class race was really close with the whole pack, and the Open class was also the same thing.”He added that the racing course at Temple Hall is excellent for competition and that it was a wonderful feeling for him to be able to compete there. “For me to be able to ride here is very special because I am from the Netherlands, and look where I am racing,” he said. “This is a dream come true for me to ride in such a surrounding. There are so many new kids that have stepped up into the sport and have really shown a lot of talent, so I always tell them that the sky is the limit.“I also tell them that not because you grow up in a small Caribbean island like Jamaica, it means that you can’t make it to the top of the world in the sport,” he said.last_img read more

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Jamaican wrestlers hunt Olympic spot

first_imgAngus Arthur became the first Jamaican to win an international wrestling gold medal after he defeated Costa Rica’s Maxwell Lacey Garita 13-1 in the 92kg men’s freestyle weight class at the Pan American Games on Sunday.Jamaica Wrestling Federation (JWF) President John Isaacs is hoping that Arthur and Lesyan Cousin, Jamaica’s other wrestler who won bronze in the men’s 87-kilogram Greco-Roman wrestling at the Games, can repeat their success at the Olympic qualifiers this Friday to Sunday at the Shaw Centre, downtown Ottawa, Canada.Isaacs believes their chances of being Jamaica’s first qualifiers for this event at the Olympic Games is great.“I am very hopeful we can qualify. Confidence drives success, and our two best hopes have now proven themselves to be world standard, and they will be fighting similar guys like at Pan Am. So everybody who was there (Pan Am) will be trying to go to the Olympics, so we are very hopeful. It’s a long shot, but we have a very good chance of Jamaica making the Olympics in wrestling,” Isaacs said. JAMAICAN LINEAGE Arthur, a naturalised Jamaican who grew up in the island with American parents, was an American cadet, but offered to represent Jamaica because of his affiliation with the island.Cousin was born in Cuba and is Jamaican by virtue of his grandparents being Jamaican. He approached JWF with his Jamaican passport and has won two medals already at the Cuban international tournament, where he represented Jamaican.However, Issacs believes that now is the time they really need to put their best foot forward.“They just finished Pan Am and did so well, next week is the Olympic trial, and that is the big one. If they win that they will be on to the Olympics, so we really hope the best for them,” he said.With the exposure Jamaican wrestling has gained from this famous win, Issacs says that they are aiming to continue growing their international team, although he insists that the focus will remain on the grassroots and developing indigenous wrestlers. LIFE SAVER “We (JWF) been around since 2012. Kevin Wallen (former president) is the founder. He was a wrestler in Canada and wrestling saved his life, as he was a troubled youth, so based on what it did for him, he thought wrestling could have the same impact in Jamaica.“We are literally at the grassroots stage. This year, we are hoping, with the help of our international federation (United World Wrestling), to introduce a grassroots programme that they will help finance that will focus on primary and high schools.“But we have to develop an international team, as the international team right now has no depth. We only have two (wrestlers), and we have no cadets (juniors) and no female. So there is much more to get out there. But we are very accepting of (talent in) the diaspora, and we want to blend locals that we will develop with the internationals that have the experience, because we want to be another sport that Jamaica is recognised for,” he added.last_img read more

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MAHOGANY fires warning shot with big win

first_imgMAHOGANY WENT by 1-2 favourite ENGLAND’S ROSE three furlongs out, then dismissed SHE’S A HIT early in the stretch run yesterday to solidify his claim as the most improved three-year-old in training, chalking up a fourth straight win and firing another warning shot at winter-book 2000 Guineas favourite, WOW WOW.The classy chestnut gelding easily kept his position from the one hole in the five-and-a-half furlong sprint, sitting third, while the fillies, SHE’S A HIT and ENGLAND’S ROSE ran off the first quarter in a zippy 22.3.SHE’S A HIT found another gear which left ENGLAND’S ROSE, standing, causing her to be quickly collared by an easy-going MAHOGANY, who effortlessly picked up the chase leaving the three pole.Set down in the drive by Dane Dawkins, MAHOGANY was all over SHE’S A HIT in a flash and ran out a comfortable four-and-a-quarter length winner ahead of stablemate FATHER PATRICK, who had straightened as a team with ENGLAND’S ROSE and stayed on well to claim second.MAHOGANY, warming up for his 2000 Guineas showdown with WOW WOW on July 26, posted 1:06.0 for the trip, carrying 119lb with Dawkins, who notched three winners on the 12-race card.Dawkins landed the following event with 8-1 shot ANOTHER AFFAIR, after opening his tally with HIGH DIPLOMACY at 4-1 in the third race. POWERFUL CLASSIC STATEMENT ANOTHER AFFAIR, who is prepping for the 1000 Guineas, set for July 25, gave a command performance at six and a half furlongs, going gate to wire with Dawkins, a powerful classic statement from Gary Subratie, who also trains WOW WOW.ANOTHER AFFAIR was a lonely winner, clocking 1:19.3, leaving KING ARTHUR struggling in her nine-and-a-half length victory.Dane Nelson also rode three winners, moving his tally to 21, extending his lead atop the jockeys’ standings to eight ahead of Anthony Thomas.Nelson opened the programme with SUPREME AUTHORITY before landing the fifth in a driving finish aboard DESRIANNA, collaring a weakening FABULOSITY at the wire.He sealed his three-timer astride Anthony Nunes’ even-money favourite, PRINCE CHARLES, handing the champion trainer his second winner of the afternoon following FANTASTIC FEELINGS’ victory in the seventh with Shane Ellis.Trainers Patrick Lynch and Johnny Wilmot also saddled two winners apiece. Lynch landing HIGH DIPLOMACY and WILSON in the sixth whereas Wilmot’s winners were DEEP BLUE SEA and BALAZO in the fourth and eighth races, respectively.Racing continues at Caymanas Park with back-to-back meets this Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

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Wolves Loss Sums Things Up – Pack

first_imgCity have lost seven of their last eight matches in the Sky Bet Championship, although all but one of those defeats have been by a one-goal margin.The latest came at Molineux, where City led 2-1 at the break, before being overturned to lose 3-2 – despite being denied a last-gasp equaliser with the last kick of the game.“It sums up how things are going for us right now,” a disappointed Pack told Bristol City Player HD.“Things are not going in our favour. I thought it had crossed the line at the end to get us a draw. It looks tight on the match video.“We were 2-1 up away from home and we have to do better to see games out.“We seemed to start the second half well; it’s difficult – do you shut up shop or go out for a third goal to kill it?“It feels like the luck isn’t going our way. I know we can affect that and hopefully it will turn sooner rather than later.”He added: “We’ve done enough in a lot of games recently to earn more points than we’ve actually managed to get on the board.“Ultimately we haven’t taken enough chances and we’ve conceded soft goals.“The boys know how important the Ipswich game is now. We need to assess what we’ve done wrong and put it right.”Tickets for City’s New Year clash with Reading remain on general sale. Buy online now or call 0117 963 0600.last_img read more

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There Is A Fear Late In Games – Johnson

first_imgLast time out on home soil it was a similar story, as City led 2-0 going into the final 20 minutes but still went on to lose the game.“I think it’s a fear,” the head coach told Bristol City Player HD. “The players want that win so much and it only takes one or two things to have a domino effect in play.“A couple of poor decision are made and suddenly people start getting erratic – from putting their foot through the ball nice and solid in the first half, suddenly they’re swiping and shanking things into midfield. It gives the opposition a platform.“It was all going so well and, again, we’ve crumbled. The players have got to look at themselves, I’ve got to look at myself and we’ve got to do everything we can to flip it quickly.“I talked to Jens Hegeler after the game, who’s played Champions League football, and he couldn’t understand how suddenly we become rash and nowhere near as calm as we were for the first 70 minutes.“It’s something we need to work on by putting scenarios on in training to kill the game off, because that’s what we didn’t do.”Goalless at half-time, the Severnside derby burst into life when Joe Bryan’s stunning volley found the net via a combination of crossbar and goalkeeper Brian Murphy.Tammy Abraham’s close-range overhead kick made it 2-1 after Anthony Pilkington equalised from the penalty spot, but Kadeem Harris levelled shortly before Pilkington struck a spectacular winner five minutes from time.“The emotions are raw at the moment after losing a derby in the way that we did, given how solid and strong we were for the majority of the game,” Johnson added.“It was probably the most solid we’ve looked this season, but at 2-1 up we have to see it through.“It wasn’t down to anything in particular that they did – we switched off from a cross, which is very disappointing and shouldn’t happen. People must do their individual jobs.“We’ve scored two goals at home for the second league game running and ended up losing. I have to take that on the chin from all angles, which I will, but I’ll still turn up and I’ll still keep coming because I want success for this club more than anybody.”last_img read more

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Become A Bristol City Women Sister Club

first_img“We really enjoyed the training visit from Georgia Evans to our training ground.” – Longwell Green Sports JFC.Bristol City Women’s midfielder and Welsh International Georgia Evans who ran the coaching sessions for the Sister Clubs last year commented: “The Sister Club programme is a great way for Bristol City Women to develop even stronger links with girl’s clubs and inspire the next generation of players in Bristol and the surrounding area.“I am looking forward to working directly with our new Sister Clubs and I know the rest of the players are looking forward to welcoming them at our games throughout the season.”In 2015 FA WSL attendances rose 48 per cent on the previous season, with the average league attendance per match reaching 1,076.Deadline is the end of February!To find out more about becoming a Bristol City Women’s FC Sister Club, contact Estelle Randall via estelle.randall@bristolcitywfc.co.uk. The FA has launched a new Sister Club Programme ahead of the new FA Women’s Super League 2017/18 season.More than £100,000 has been invested by the FA into the programme, which aims to drive girl’s participation at grassroots level and attendances at FA WSL matches. The Sister Club Programme will see girls’ clubs around the country become affiliated with their local FA WSL club. For the exchange of a fee, grassroots clubs can gain access to match tickets, player appearances, coaching sessions led by Bristol City Women players, camps, mascot spaces, and so much more. “We have all loved coming down to some games and having player appearances.” – Dursley Town Girls.last_img read more

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City head to Cheltenham again

first_imgWhaddon Road was a destination in pre-season last year, when Lee Johnson’s side won 2-1 against dad Gary’s team.It led to Lee lifting the “Johnson Cup”, and the trophy is sure to be on line once more if Gary has anything to do with it.It’s the fifth pre-season friendly confirmed by the club ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, all of which are away from home.Meanwhile, Yeovil Town have confirmed entry prices for City’s pre-season visit to Huish Park on Saturday, July 15th (3pm).Adults will pay £8, with prices for senior citizens and those aged 16-21 just £4. Entry is free for under-16s.Supporters buying on the day should head to the ticket office on the Main Stand side of the ground to purchase tickets.Yeovil are also offering fans the chance to buy in advance by calling 01935 847888.City’s pre-season schedule so far:Sunday, July 9th (4pm) v Bristol Manor Farm (A) Tuesday, July 11th (7.45pm) v Bath City (A) Wednesday, July 12th (7.30pm) v Torquay United (A) Saturday, July 15th (3pm) v Yeovil Town (A)Tuesday, July 25th (7.45pm) v Cheltenham Town (A)last_img read more

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I can’t wait to test myself in England – Biesmans

first_imgThe talented midfielder only arrived at the club recently due to playing for Belgium in UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, where her side were knocked out in the group stage.Biesmans, 23, joined the club from Standard Liege and is looking to test herself in a new environment after completing her degree in her native Belgium.Speaking for the first time to the club, the Belgian international is excited to show what she can do on the pitch this season.She said: “I really appreciate the welcome that I have had, the girls are always asking if they can help me with something so I already feel really comfortable here in Bristol.“The Euros was a great experience for both me and my country, everyone learned a lot and it will certainly stand us in good stead for the future. Belgian football is in a really good place at the moment and the support we had in Holland was amazing.“When I first started playing football it was just for fun, then I slowly progressed through the ranks for my club and country. When I finished my studies and had the opportunity to play here, I couldn’t turn it down because it will make me a better player and I really like the way the team play.“I like to think I am technically gifted and also an intelligent player, I can distribute the ball well and I like creating chances for my team mates.”Biesmans added that she hopes the Vixens fans are looking forward to watching her play and that she can’t wait to meet them all.“I was told there were some big numbers during the Spring Series, I really hope they come down and support us because it gives us a massive boost. I can’t wait to meet them all, I’ve heard nothing but good things.”Season cards are on sale now, buy herelast_img read more

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WellRed meets: Korey Smith

first_imgYou spent the early part of your career at Norwich City. What do you remember of your time there?It was a big part of my life obviously and they were the first professional club that I played for. It was a whole new world for me, entering that professional environment at 15 or 16-years old and moving away from my family.But it’s a lovely place where I enjoyed living and I had some great years after breaking into the first team. We won promotions and I have nothing but good memories of my time there.I met my partner Hatti there as well and I still have friends there so it will always be a huge part of my life.How did Norwich City spot you?I come from a place called Hatfield where I was coached in primary school by a man called Laird. One day, we were about 15, my friend DJ knocked for me and we rode up to the university which had 3G pitches. So we’d climb over the fences and sneak in to try and play football up there.One time we were up there, we were seen by Laird and he told us about the development centre which was looking to recruit young footballers from the London area. They were looking for people within a two-hour radius to try and get trials for Norwich City. He said to both of us to go down that week for a training session, so we did.I must have done well in that session because he came over and said to me he was going to get me a trial at Norwich City. I was phoned later that evening and he told me I would be playing against West Ham that Saturday.I played in a five-game trial over six weeks and within six months I was moving to Norwich! To be honest, it all came out of nowhere. I was doing my GCSEs at the time and I moved as soon as I left school. It was a crazy time.I was so lucky that my friend came and called for me that day for a kick about!last_img read more

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