Jamalco look to parish’s youth


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

UP survives ferocious FEU, bags crown via Finals sweep


first_imgIsa Molde played like the Most Valuable Player that she is, firing 23 points including the go-ahead point, 14-13, in the fifth set before Ayel Estranero hit a service ace to clinch the title.“We tried to lift each other and tell ourselves that we can do it,” said Molde, who also won the MVP of the Finals and the First Best Open Spiker awards.“We are very happy because this is for the coming UAAP,” said Molde in Filipino. “In the end it was not just me but the entire team.’The Lady Maroons needed a short time to impose their fluid, highly systematic brand of game crafted by Kenyan mentor Godfrey Okumu, taking the first two sets with seeming ease.Molde and Roselyn Rosier took turns inflicting damage from left flank and in the second frame alone, UP outscored FEU, 16-5, in attacks.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It was the Lady Maroons’ first volleyball title in 36 years, and one that was won on their first ever finals appearance in the league.But it was not without some scary moments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFEU, a veteran of many finals battle, made a gallant comeback from two sets to none and 0-8 in the third set to bring what appeared to be short and lopsided match to a five-set drama.The Lady Tamaraws even threatened to give the Lady Maroons a dose of their own medicine—UP clawed back from the same two-set deficit to win Game 1—by taking a 12-6 lead in the fifth frame. 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Young Filipino aces Milliam, Velez dominate Asian tennis meet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Adamson beat University of Santo Tomas, 15-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19, to tie their own series for third at 1-1. But since the finals ended, the Lady Falcons bagged the bronze via quotient.Molde was surprised when she copped MVP award earlier in the day.“There are a lot of better players out there,” said Molde, who was also named Finals MVP. “I would like to dedicate these awards to my teammates; of course I can’t achieve this without their help.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Isa Molde. —SHERWIN VARDELEONUniversity of the Philippines, riding on a slow-burn campaign all conference long, rocketed in a burst of brilliance all the way to its first ever championship Wednesday night.UP employed its brand-new system to capture the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference title via thrilling 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13 victory over Far Eastern University at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more