Jamalco look to parish’s youth

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first_img “These (young) players played other leagues. I watched them and the quality they possess. They can manage and match up with the Premier League boys. It’s just getting them in the right shape [and] mindset and to go in the league and perform well,” said Johnson. “Sometimes, when you have too much experienced players, they break down the team, so we want a quality team that is going to work together, but we have to take it a game at a time and not focus on the long season ahead,” he added. Jamalco will debut against last season’s beaten finalists, Portmore United, at Juici-Patties playing field, and Johnson is comfortable with his team’s progress going into the season. “We are just fine-tuning to hit the Premier League. We have played a few practice games and I am comfortable. There is room for improvement, but I am comfortable. Jamalco is a good defensive team and we have a strong attack, so we will be good enough in attack and protect what we have,” he said. “The first game against Portmore, we will try to start on a high and maintain it. It will get tougher as the season goes on and teams will get tougher, but we have to gain all the points we can in the early rounds and see how much we can accumulate. But we will be taking it one step at a time,” he added. No player has left the club. Jamalco Football Club will make their first appearance in the nation’s top flight, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), this season. However, unlike most Premier League debutants, the Clarendon club is not making a desperate bid to contract players with Premiership experience. On the contrary, coach Rayon Johnson is banking on the parish’s young talent, and he’s confident that they’ll come good during the season. “We have added a couple new players, but we haven’t added any with any Premier League experience,” he told The Gleaner. “We try to get young players who are talented from the parish. We have one player (Sean Coleman) with Premier League experience. He came on loan from Humble Lion and we’ve still retained that player. We haven’t gone in search on any other player from any Premier League club,” he revealed. Johnson believes that experience is overrated, noting that experienced players usually cause distractions in the teams. GETTING PLAYERS READYlast_img read more

Struggling Bulldogs, Gilas cadets clash; Tams, Blazers stake spotless records

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first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Many of the players are still with their mother teams, the school teams,” said Gilas Cadets coach Jong Uichico, whose youthful crew will go up against the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.“We also have players taking on roles they are unfamiliar with like JJ Alejandro or even Ricci Rivero playing the point guard spot when it isn’t their natural position. They can play it in stretches or assist in running plays but not full time. It takes away from what they do well. But this is all part of the learning process. No excuses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUndefeated teams Far Eastern University (3-0) and College of St. Benilde (2-0) also collide at 12:30 p.m, followed by the 2:15 p.m. clash between winless squads Jose Rizal University (0-3) and University of Santo Tomas (0-2).The One-on-One King of the Hardcourt pitting Ateneo rookie Jason Credo and San Sebastian’s Kevin Baytan will be held 4 p.m. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It will be the turn of National University to test the mettle of the Gilas Cadets in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Bulldogs of coach Jamike Jarin sport a slightly better 1-3 record as against the 1-4 of the Nationals, who either lack practice or can’t compete its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Jr Blu Girls bounce back with 11-1 ripping of Malaysians The day’s penultimate game will have Adamson making its tournament debut versus Letran at 4:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more