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MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Another wretched batting collapse left a deflated West Indies hanging by a string against Australia and staring another humiliating defeat in the face after only two days of the pivotal second Test. Under severe pressure after Australia piled up a daunting 551 for three declared in their first innings, the Windies displayed little character in reply, and their innings lay in ruins at 91 for six, on a chastening day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There were initial hopes the tourists would banish the nightmares of the Hobart first Test, when opener Rajindra Chandrika, who made 25, and partner Kraigg Brathwaite, who got 17, added 35 for the first wicket. But West Indies lost wickets in clusters. Three tumbled for 15 runs to leave them tottering on 50 for three, and after Jermaine Blackwood, who struck 28, and Darren Bravo (13 not out) put on 32 for the fourth wicket, the Caribbean side lost another three wickets for a single run in the space of 15 deliveries, to crumble again. The damage was done by left-arm spinner Nathan Lyon (2-18), along with fast bowlers Peter Siddle (2-19) and James Pattinson (2-36), all of whom picked up two wickets apiece to wreck the Windies innings. Left-hander Bravo, who has faced 75 balls in a defiant knock, will carry his side’s fight on the third day along with debutant all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, who was unbeaten on three. Captain Steve Smith had earlier punched his sixth century of the year and 13th of his career with an unbeaten 134, while Adam Voges, at age 36, notched his fourth century of his debut year, as Australia built on their overnight 345 for three. The right-handed Smith, unbeaten on 32 at the start, struck eight fours in an innings lasting 177 balls, while Voges counted 12 fours off 166 deliveries, to follow up his brilliant unbeaten 269 in Hobart. Together, they posted 223 in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership as the Aussies added a further 206 before declaring an hour before tea, with West Indies all but deflated. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who bowled just four overs on Sunday, finished with two for 97.
The prestigious and exciting Gibson McCook Relays, slated for Saturday, February 27, will see the 4×200 metres Girls’ Open and the 4×200 metres for Class One and Two boys upgraded to championship events.These events will be part of a stellar cast of 13 mouthwatering championship showpieces inside what is expected to be a jam-packed National Stadium.The three events have been added by the organisers due to their prominence at the IAAF World Relays in recent years.Local appliance and furniture retail franchise Singer expressed delight with being drawn as sponsor of the 4x100m Institution Men’s Championship race, an event that could see Racers Track Club kingpins Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and other members of their institution square off against other top-level challengers.Besides Singer, 12 other championship marquee event sponsors were named last Thursday at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, ahead of the Gibson McCook Relays’ 40th staging.Advanced Scales and Equipment snapped up the 4x100m high school boys’ Class One Championship, while the 4x100m High School Girls’ Under-19 Championship will be sponsored by Consumer Brand (Oral B).Beverage brand Lucozade will sponsor the 4x100m High School Boys Class Two Championship, while for the girls, Wisynco will sponsor the 4x100m High School Under-17.EVENT SPONSORSThe 4x400m High School Boys’ Open went to SOS Foods Limited and the girls’ equivalent went to CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, while Grace Foods will be the sponsor of the 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship.The 4x400m Institution Men’s Championship will be sponsored by Grace Foods, 4x400m High Schoolgirl’s Open by CIBC First Caribbean, and the 4x400m High School Boys’ Open sponsored by SOS Foods.Jamaica Biscuit Company and Consumer Brands (Head and Shoulders) selected the Boys and Girls’ High School 4x800m Open, respectively.There were 42 sponsored events for the Gibson McCook Relays, which is one of the most prestigious relay meets in the world.It began in 1976 in honour of Kingston College founder Bishop Percival Gibson and was later renamed after Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook.
The PNP and JLP candidates for Eastern St Andrew, Fayval Williams and Andre Hylton have moved to bring the confrontation between their supporters at the Mountain View Primary School under control. “We understand that about 25 persons clad in orange showed up to vote but questions were raised about where they lived, but we went down and sorted out the situation and calmed tempers so that they could be allowed to vote in peace,” Williams told The Gleaner. For his part, Andre Hylton said that he has heard of the incident and that his team is on the ground managing the situation. “We heard of an incident at the Mountain View Primary but my team has gone down there to address the situation and to maintain calm,” he said. ST ANDREW EASTERN CANDIDATES JLP: Fayval Williams PNP: Andre Hylton
The Olympics will be held in Brazil this year. Despite the fears of side effects from the dreaded Zika virus, Jamaicans will be not only going to Brazil, they will be glued to television and radio stations during the Games, following in great detail the fortunes of our stars, who are expected to dominate the track and field section of the Games by winning the most gold medals.We didn’t get to be the ‘Sprint Capital’ of the world by chance. A significant reason for our dominance is rooted in the annual competition known as ‘Champs’. This annual ritual ensures that every schoolchild with talent is discovered and nurtured by coaches hoping to ensure that their charge goes on to not only secure points and bragging rights, but hopefully to become a future star who will regale a fawning public with stories about ‘who discovered me’.At my high school in the 60s, Wolmer’s Boys’, every one of the 600 enrolled boys had to enter at least one event in the eliminations for Sports Day. Thus raw and unexpected talent (mainly speed) was discovered and encouraged by House captains with an eye on winning on the day.Sports Day was also used as a trial for ‘Champs’. That same mindset now dominates the methods used to select the participants at ‘Champs’.Unfortunately, as Jamaica becomes more and more successful at sprinting (and now throwing) the quest to be the best seems to become the be all and end all of school. Sports and the financial benefits associated with excellence now trumps excellence at reading, writing and arithmetic.The recent innovation known as the Digicel Grand Prix provides financial benefits to schools and children who compete in weekend events in the months before Champs. This has resulted in our children competing almost on a weekly basis for points, which will add up to produce winners who are well rewarded.Unfortunately, this innovative method of incentives has forgotten that the participants are children, whose immature bodies are now stressed to unforeseen levels, resulting in what seems to me to be unprecedented levels of injuries that may derail the future potential of some of our more talented children.This incentivised desire to win at all costs is having a detrimental effect on our youngsters. Last Saturday’s well supported Gibson/McCook Relays is a case in point. I was shocked to see children running at maximum exertion in relays one or two hours apart, while open-mouthed reporters regaled the successful ones with unabashed praise, as if children performing multiple events in a 12-hour span is normal and should be encouraged.Years ago, the organisers of ‘Champs’ revised the number of events a child could enter after the great Lindy Delapenha, of Wolmer’s and Munro College, entered and did well in either eight or nine events.That limit has been further reduced by the governing body of ‘Champs’, ISSA, who apparently realised that these Games are for children!What I want to highlight in this article is the importance of refuelling after maximum exertion, a medical fact that can reduce the possibility of season-ending injury in children who are performing more than once in a 12-hour period.The three lines of defence after maximum exertion are fluid replacement, carbohydrate replacement and protein replacement.Drinking 16 to 24 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost in training or competition is strongly recommended. This fluid replacement will help to get the body of the child back in balance, remembering that sweat contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) therefore sports drinks are mandatory.During training and competition, the young athlete is relying mainly on stored carbohydrate fuel in the muscle, liver and blood to energise working muscles. Thus refuelling right after competitions (or exercise) can also decrease the chance of getting an injury. The muscle becomes a sponge ready to soak up and store needed ingredients for the next event.To complete the re-energising of muscles after training or competition, protein should be ingested in addition to the carbohydrate and fluids.A good rule is to eat or drink a healthy snack within 15 to 30 minutes of the event or hard training session and again two hours later. It is now well established that by adding protein to carbohydrate and fluids after competition, the body stores even more energy and recovers better than consuming carbohydrate alone.Athletes will find it hard to eat solid food after a hard workout or competition, so here are some suggestions for recovery fuel with at least 50 grammes of carbohydrate and 10 grammes of protein, necessary for maintaining good competitive health:(1) Eight ounces of orange juice and one small low fat yoghurt; (2) Eight ounces of Gatorade and one Power Bar; (3) eight ounces of apple juice and one peanut butter sandwich; (4) Twelve ounces soy milk and one ripe banana.These combinations are inexpensive and if consumed in the 15 to 30 minute window after competition can minimise the chance of injury while at ‘Champs’ or one of the other multi-event meets.
“I was asked in January to be part of one of the squads, but because I don’t want to limit my ability I took the contract for six months. But where fast5 is concerned I think we stand a good chance, it’s how you apply yourself on the day,” she explained. “Although we have had success in the longer version, I believe we have better success in Fast5 because we came second and third was our worst, so I found this is my calling in Jamaica and I am going to give it my best shot,” she said. “I never thought that I would be back in the national program, but I am back and I am elated. Coaching is my passion, where I go and coach I try to do it to the best of my ability. Now I am more experienced, when you talk about understanding the role of management and people who hire you to do a job. I can accept changes, I can make adjustments to who is in charge,” she said. Netball Jamaica president, Paula Daley-Morris, said her return to the fold should have a positive impact. “We want to have a separate coach for the Fast5 because it is such a different game, we needed someone with experience and a good track record and she (Francis) came to mind and we approached her and she accepted,” said Daley-Morris. “She has a lot of plans for the squad and the passion she brings is infectious. We are happy to have her back. She has had success like any of our other coaches, she is the one who got the silver in FASTnet, so she has the level and we are hoping she repeats it.” Continuing, she said: “We are making sure the best minds are around the game and we are providing them with opportunities not just for their natural talent, but for the good of the country.” National netball icon, Connie Francis, who was reappointed to the national netball program recently, said the experience she gained while outside of the Jamaica set-up will serve her well in a new role as head coach of the country’s Fast5 team. Francis, who coached the Sunshine Girls from 2006 to 2011, did a stint in St Lucia from 2012 to 2015, helping the eastern Caribbean to country to qualify for the Commonwealth Games for the first time in their history. She added that her involvement and assistance with the grassroots program there helped her realise she had a knack for developing talent. “It (job) will be a challenge because some players I would like (to have) in the squad may not be possible. So it’s about going around the island seeking talent. When I worked overseas I had to develop new talent and I realised that I have some ability to work on new talent and let them enjoy the game, so it’s about growth and having experience. “I want to see what these new girls bring, but I want to let them know that playing for the Sunshine Girls is a big task and whoever is chosen will have to give their best, so I am looking forward to really coaching them,” she told The Gleaner. Netball Jamaica gave Francis the option to choose the version of the game she wanted to assist with and based on her past experience she believes they have a greater chance of success in Fast5. GOOD CHANCE