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Premier League Underway

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Making a Mark in International Hockey –Page 6

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Female Premier League Underway



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he female Blackbirds returned to domestic competition in Barbados after just over a yearlong hiatus filled with rest and relaxation. Despite a late start to intense training sessions the women are looking to emulate the positive results of their male counterparts in the recently concluded BFA Men’s competition. The Blackbirds are one of the seven teams contesting this year’s Women’s championship and while there is no promotion to be had or relegation to avoid, at the end of the twelve rounds of fixtures they will certainly hope to be as close to the top of the table as possible, if not at the very top.

As “newcomers” to the league, they will have their hands full with heavy weights such as last season’s champions, The National Sports Council and runners-up Mavericks FC, who both possess brilliant arrays of attacking and midfield talent. Without a doubt, they will also be more than keen to avoid the fate of Eden Stars, who finished dead last without recording a single point.

Johnson. UWI coasted through the remainder of the game and looked sure to grab maximum points until Makayla Alleyne of Genesis ensured another plot twist by bringing her team back on level terms in the 82nd minute. Genesis was then awarded a contentious penalty for Genesis in stoppage time, which was UWI’s foray back into the thick of things came against converted to leave UWI empty handed at the blast of the aforementioned runners-up Mavericks FC. It was the final whistle. fairly contested based largely on the passage of play as the teams went into the break locked at 0-0. However, Feeling harshly robbed of points a week earlier, two second half goals for Mavericks in 11 minutes put UWIFC then travelled to Friendship to take on Technique FC. Once again, the sting of a previous the match out of the Blackbirds reach. defeat spurred UWI on to a confident display, The Blackbirds were then fortunately handed 3 dismissing their opponents 2 goals to nil with valuable points in their next fixture after Empire could contributions from Colleen Johnson and Renasha Jones. The girls then blanked Eden Stars/Unity1 3-1. not field a full team.

UWI’s next test was against last season’s 3rd placed team Genesis. The Blackbirds started fiercely with Renasha Jones giving them the lead in just the 2nd minute. Genesis showed their undoubted quality though and equalized 10 minutes later to further fuel the fire of this pulsating contest. It took less than 2 minutes after the equalizer for UWI to go ahead once again, this time through the skillful finish of Colleen

After 5 rounds of games, the Blackbirds have amassed a total of 9 points from 3 victories and 2 losses. Surely it is still anyone’s championship to win but with greater resolve and an elevated level of consistency, the Blackbirds will find themselves at the right end of the table come December. By: Nicholas Maitland


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direction for tennis in Barbados and the Caribbean. An achievement regardless of my involvement…I'm more than proud of my team's accomplishment.

Photo: damien applewhaite

Q: What were your thoughts when King/Lewis lost their thrilling 5-setter doubles match?


seanon Williams (4th from left) and teammates receiving their award

fter closing out a 4-1 victory in straight sets over El Salvador in the s e m i f i n a l s , S e a n o n Wi l l i a m s along with teammate Russel Moseley sat courtside to support Barbados’ number 1 and 2 ranked players, Darian King and Haydn Lewis, when they took the court against Mexico in the Americas Group II Davis Cup finals on September 12th, 2014. The Psychology and Sociology double major celebrated jubilantly with his teammates after Lewis’ heroic 2-6, 6-3, 61, 6-3 comeback over talented Mexican teen Lucas Gomez to claim the tie. This historic victory propelled Barbados into

the Americas Group I for the first time. IBN reporters were able to have a chat with Williams after his team’s victory.

Q: How does it feel to make Tennis history for Barbados?

A: It always feels good to make History in a positive way, for me particularly in tennis. H o w e v e r, I have mixed emotions when it comes to our promotion to Group I this month. While I'm ecstatic about our victory and progression as a team, my direct involvement in the achievement was very minimal so at times I find it d i ff i c u l t t o t a k e t o o m u c h credit, but it's a step in the right

A: There was slight disappointment when Darian and Haydn lost their doubles match but as you said it was a thriller and the performances of both teams deserved a win. Unfortunately that isn't how it works… Q: Losing customary #2 player Miguel-Angel R e y e s - Va re l a was unfortunate for the Mexicans. If Haydn was unfit to play, were you prepared to handle to pressure of taking Barbados to Group I?

A: Yes, it was unfortunate for Mexico that their nominated #2 Miguel-Angel Reyes-Barely could not play and I wish him well. As a member of the team none of us are here to fill space so it was important for each of u s t o b e r e a d y. T h e r e w a s always the possibility that I may have had to play the deciding match and I was definitely ready for it. I have been doing a lot of preparation


for it on and off court. In the lead up to the tie I participated in a three (3) week tour on the p ro fess io n al C ircu it, wh ere I qualified for the main draw in the last tournament of the series, so my improvement was clear, bringing a good deal of confidence to my game. Q: Straying from the Mexico tie now, who is the greatest tennis player of all time in your opinion?

A: [laughs] for me it's hard as a Rafa fan to refute that Roger Federer is possibly the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T) as far as achievements go.

Q : A p a r t f ro m p re p a r a t i o n for Barbados’ Group I debut clash with Dominican Republic in 2015, what’s next on your agenda for tennis?

A: Training never stops for me so there is always that. After a few weeks of training, with enough sponsorship, I'm planning on returning to the professional circuit to keep my foot on the gas pedal with i m p r o v e m e n t s i n m y c a r e e r. Wi t h t h e r i g h t s u p p o r t I ' m hoping to be within the top 500 o n t h e AT P ( A s s o c i a t i o n o f Tennis Professionals) circuit by mid 2015. By: Nevin Roach


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Making a Mark in International Hockey



he FIH Hockey World League Round 1 got underway on September 30 in Kingston, Jamaica and when it did, Shane Lewis made the University proud as he assumed officiating duties in his first international tournament. Lewis, a 27-year-old Programme Assistant in the Academy of Sport, was appointed as an umpire in the tournament, which is part of the qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This international appointment provided further evidence of the meteoric rise in the umpiring ranks for Lewis, who is only into his 3rd year of competitive hockey umpiring. When asked how he improved his umpiring skills in such a short space of time, he attributed “intense studying, watching educational material and always being willing to listen to advice from others” as key factors to improving, not only in hockey umpiring but in most other skills any individual is trying to acquire.

lewis before his debut

Photo: Gina belle

The current Blackbirds Hockey team member returned to Barbados last week Monday after a successful outing, receiving a passing grade from the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Other members of the Blackbirds family who participated in the tournament include: Men – Kris Holder (Barbados player), Justin Catlin (Barbados player), Che Warner (Barbados player), Kamar Bovell (Barbados player), Jabari Walcott (Barbados player) and Colin Elcock (Barbados physiotherapist)

Women – Amaris Chase (Barbados player), Shontelle Sargeant (Barbados player), Shani Best (Barbados player), D’Jamila Edwards (Barbados player), Gina Belle (Judge) and Cara Briggs (Official).

Favourite for BABA League Title

By: Nevin Roach

After finishing second in last year’s edition of the Basketball Amateur Basketball Association (BABA) Women’s league, the Cave Hill Blackbirds have made a strong start to this year’s competition and are favourites for the title.

The Blackbirds tipped off their season by upsetting defending champs Station Hill Cavaliers 54-41 followed by a 66-30 blanking of Clapham Bulls. St. John’s Sonics were next in line falling 76-62 while the Blackbirds finished off a 5-0 record with a 60-27 and 6242 rout of Warrens Sports Club and Combined School Hoopsters respectively.

Despite falling to the Cavs for a second time this season, on this occasion in the finals of the knockout competition, the Blackbirds will maintain focused on playing undefeated in league action to capture the 2014 title.

By: Shane Lewis

Blackbirds’ Events


Elite Cricket (3-day)

Blackbirds vs Barbados Youth @ 3Ws Oval Dates: October 18th, 25th & 26th Elite Cricket (50 overs)

Blackbirds vs Spartan @ Queens Park Date: October 19 Blackbirds vs Police @ Police Date: November 2

Intermediate Cricket (3-day)

Blackbirds vs ELD Belleplaine @ Famers Cricket Ground, St. Thomas.


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Dates: October 18 & 19

Blackbirds vs Lords @ 3Ws Oval Dates: November 1st, 8th & 9th VINSA Sports Day

The Vincentian Students Association hosts its annual sports day on Campus at the Hockey Turf. Date: October 19th

JASAC Sports Day

The Jamaican Association of Students hosts its annual sports day on Campus at the Hockey Turf. Date: November 7th

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Sep/Aug Results 16/10/2014

BANKS INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY FESTIVAL Mens Prelims: All Stars def. Blackbirds 0-1 Mens Prelims: Du Badd def. Blackbirds 0-2 Mens Prelims: Blackbirds def. TTDF 2-0 Womens Prelims: Blackbirds def. All Stars 4-0 Womens Prelims: Blackbirds def. Empire 1-0 Womens Prelims: Blackbirds def. Raptors 4-0 Mixed Prelims: Blackbirds def. Vansistarts 3-1 Mixed Prelims: Blackbirds def. Empire 3-0 Mixed Prelims: T&T Police def. Blackbirds 0-2 Womens Semis: ABC def. Blackbirds 0-4 Mixed Semis: ABC def. Blackbirds 1-3


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL KNOCKOUT Quarterfinals: Blackbirds def. Clapham Bulls 66-48 Semifinals: Blackbirds def. St. John’s Sonics 78-46 Finals: Station Hill Cavs def. Blackbirds 46-58


Premier League: Maverick def. Blackbirds 0-2 Premier League: Blackbirds def. Empire by default Premier League: Genesis def. Blackbirds 2-3 Premier League: Blackbirds def. Technique 2-0 Premier League: Blackbirds def. Eden Stars/Unity 3-1 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LEAGUE

BABA League: Blackbirds def. Station Hill Cavs 54-41 BABA League: Blackbirds def. Clapham Bulls 66-30 BABA League: Blackbirds def. St. John’s Sonics 76-62 BABA League: Blackbirds def. WSC 60-27 BABA League: Blackbirds def. Combined School 62-42

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