Coach of Tivoli Gardens men senior team Omar Edwards says that a change in attitude has led to the team moving on top in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title race. Tivoli are currently on top in the nation’s elite league on 42 points, the same as reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU). However, Tivoli enjoy a superior goal difference. The West Kingston-based outfit took control following a 1-0 win against MBU in a top clash at Wes Pow Park last Sunday. “Basically, on going to Tivoli last summer, I let the players know what we want to achieve as a team working together,” Edwards told The Gleaner. “Maybe the attitude wasn’t the best, so that had to change. My coaching staff sold the players a vision on how to win the league. We want to be the best organised team on the defensive and offensive end of the pitch,” he shared. “I came here to give of my best for the team. I have displayed reasonable system of play which are paying off,” the 32 year-old, who is also Jamaica Under-17 assistant coach, added. “We had some quality players at Tivoli, and also added others such as Tevin Shaw and Marvin Stewart at the start of the season. We also brought in Peter Keyes, Jermaine Parris and Denham Town High schoolboy Arthur Walters. “We have a competent team that stands a chance of winning the league. The players have been highly motivated since the win against MBU,” Edwards further said. With regards to support from management, Edwards says that despite financial constraint, they are fully behind the team. “The club is unable to attract sponsors, so the players are not getting the salary they want, but we had to find a way to keep the players motivated. We promised the players incentives from the winnings at the end of the season, and they are going for it,” he concluded.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rec Hockey League playoffs came to an end this week with a familiar name emerging as champion. The Continental Kings were victorious over MRC Midfield 8-3 and in the process claimed back to back league championships.Repeating as league champions got off to a tricky start for the team with a number of players missing games due to work commitments and bumps and bruises. Once the semi final and final took place the Kings were able to take to the ice with a full squad.“We had some injuries and some guys in camp throughout the playoff run,” Kings goalie Sheldon Gibb said. “We managed to get a couple of wins and got our team back for the semis and the finals. We all came together at the right time and got it done again.”- Advertisement -Gibb added that the team were thankful of owners Theo Klassen and Scott Pomeroy’s generous sponsorship for the season.Almost everyone from last year’s championship squad returned for another year with the exception of a couple of players.The Kings will be looking to add some more hardware to close out the season with the year end rec tournament this weekend at the North Peace Arena. The group is also the defending champions for the event. 12 teams will be taking part with the first game getting underway at 6:45 p.m.Advertisement