GFF shortlists 20 for Nations League duty against Aruba, Jamaica

first_imgWITH the aim to foster continuous exposure and development of young Guyana-based players on the international field, newly-appointed head coach of Guyana senior Men’s National team, commonly known as the Golden Jaguars, Márcio Máximo has shortlisted a 20-man squad to play the first two matches of the CONCACAF Nations League (CNL) against Aruba and Jamaica respectively. The squad, which includes 10 Guyana-based players, comprises three goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and five forwards.“Of course, I have been here just 10 days and while that time was not enough, I have been able to see the characteristics of the players to provide a good combination of Guyana and international-based players in the squad,” said coach Máximo in an invited comment following the announcement of the squad yesterday.He said team preparations have been steady and going well and while the intent for the upcoming matches is to win, there’s no guarantee in international football:“Preparations have been going very well, the guys are very motivated. The guys have shown great interest and, of course, they understand the tactical elements.While we will set out to win the upcoming matches, there’s no guarantee in football. We, however, will go to the game with optimism that we can have a good result against both Aruba and Jamaica.”A 31-man Guyana-based provisional squad has been in training at the GFF’s National Training Centre, Providence for just under a month in preparation for the CNL.Guyana’s first match is scheduled for September 6 against Aruba in Curacao. Guyana will then play their first of three home matches against Jamaica on September 9 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora from 19:00hrs.The team is set to depart tomorrow and the international-based players will join the squad in Curacao on the said day for encampment before the first match.The allocation of teams for the current group stage of the tournament was determined following the one-off qualifying phase held in September 2018 – March 2019. Guyana have been placed in League B – Group C with Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda and Aruba, based on their performance, which earned them a place at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.In this current group stage, teams have been placed in three Leagues – A, B and C – with four groups and will play home-and-away matches, round-robin format for promotion and relegation. The winner of each group will be promoted while the loser will be relegated. Six nations – Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago – have gained automatic qualification having reached the final qualification stage for the 2018 World Cup. The 34 remaining nations have been placed in the group qualifiers.League A contains 12 teams, with the six hexagonal participants joined by the top six teams from the qualification phase. League B contains the next 16 teams from the qualifying phase who finished in seventh to 22nd place. League C contains the remaining member associations, with the teams who finished 23rd to 34th in qualifying. The semi-finals and finals are set for March 2020 with the winners of Groups 1–4 in League-A competing in two semi-finals.Guyana’s other matches in the tournament are as follows:October 11: Antigua & Barbuda vs Guyana in Antigua.October 14: Guyana vs Antigua in Guyana.November 15: Guyana vs Aruba in Guyana.November 18: Jamaica vs Guyana in Jamaica.The squad reads:Goalkeepers: Alex Murray, Akel Clarke, Quillan RobertsDefenders: Sam Cox, Sherwin Skeete, Kevin Layne, Raphael Edwards, Matthew Briggs, Liam GordonMidfielders: Neil Danns, Clive Nobrega, Daniel Wilson, Delwin Fraser, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Ryan HackettForwards: Kelsey Benjamin, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Pernell Schultz, Terell Ondaan, Sheldon HolderHead coach Marcio Maximo, assistant coach Charles Pollard, goalkeeper/coach Eon DeVeira, lead physiotherapist: Denzil Hernandez, physiotherapist Quacy Paddy, head of sports science Wilson Toledo, head of recruitment Faizal Khan, team operations manager Rawle Adams, equipment manager Trevor Burnett.last_img read more

Zonino stifles Syracuse in Hobart victory

first_img Related Stories LOVE HURTS: Hobart’s star attack stuns Syracuse 13-12 to take Kraus-Simmons Trophy Freshman Paduda dominates at faceoff X, gives Syracuse chance at victory Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2013 at 1:15 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2center_img With 24 seconds remaining, Steve Ianzito charged into the offensive zone with one last hope for Syracuse. Trailing Hobart 13-12, the Orange needed a goal to force overtime. Peter Zonino would likely need to make his 18th save to prevent it.With 18 seconds left, Ianzito fired a shot. Just as he had done all day, Zonino got in the way. The Statesmen held on.“The last shot was a lot of adrenaline,” Zonino said. “Just trying to get everything I had to stop the ball.”Zonino snatched balls out of the air, kicked his legs in front of shots and sprawled around the crease to stifle the SU offense in Hobart’s stunning upset of No. 3 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. The Hobart goaltender tallied 18 saves in the victory, including five in the fourth quarter as the Statesmen staged their comeback.Zonino started off hot, recording six saves in the opening period. With Hobart holding an early 1-0 lead, SU attack Kevin Rice found Derek Maltz all alone on the doorstep. But Zonino calmly slid over and denied the attack at the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought their goalie was sensational, too,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “We haven’t seen him play like that this year. He played similar to that in our game last year.”Zonino struggled in the Orange’s six-goal second period, but found his rhythm in the second half. It started on a shot from Luke Cometti. The midfielder tried to bounce a shot past Zonino in the opening minute of the third quarter, but Zonino kicked his leg out and knocked the ball away.A minute later, Rice freed himself up along the crease and squared up to face the net, but again Zonino got in the way to keep SU’s lead at just three. A few minutes later, it was Henry Schoonmaker’s turn, but again Zonino sprawled in front of a shot that appeared destined for the back of the net.“There are times where — as crazy as it sounds — more shots can almost be a good thing for a goalie, because you get into a rhythm,” Hobart head coach T.W. Johnson said. “When you get hot, it’s a little bit easier to stay in the zone.”Zonino carried his rhythm throughout the remainder of the game, allowing just three goals in the final quarter and a half, and all three came from in close.With Syracuse clinging to a one-goal lead with less than six minutes to play, Maltz fired a transition shot, hoping to give the Orange some breathing room. But SU wasn’t set up, and Zonino lunged toward the sideline where the ball squirted out of bounds. He was the closest to the ball. Syracuse lost possession and the Statesmen went on to win.“Second half, I got it going,” Zonino said, “started seeing the ball a little bit.” Commentslast_img read more

Alpena celebrates hunting culture with 8th annual buck pole

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — For the eighth year the annual buck pole was up in Alpena. Local hunters are bringing their deer to corner of Chisholm and 14th St. for a chance at winning prizes. Winner of the best buck was given a free head and shoulder mounting from Horizons Taxidermy, along with cash.Organizer of the contest, Dr. David Dargis, said that he is having a great time hanging with fellow hunters and seeing what they bring to the buck pole. “The only thing that would be better is if I was sitting in a blind and shooting a buck, but you know what, I’ve had my hands on about nine big bucks already and it’s only early afternoon,” he said. “We’ll probably have a couple dozen in here when it’s all said and done.”Dr. Dargis added that the buck pole is something that resonates with the people of Alpena, and surrounding communities. “This is an expression of our community. This is our tradition and this is our culture. This is our home, this is our community and this is what we do. We hunt. We’re hunters.”Troop 92 with the Boy Scouts of America was there to help out. Senior Patrol Leader, Deven Ulch, explained how they are helping raise the deer to the top of the pole. “The main process is by using a pulley and lifting them up with having the other scouts help pull the rope to lift the deer while somebody else is on top of the ladder tying the deer up.”There was $1,500 waiting to be given away, and the top 15 bucks took home the money.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County Library teaching teens how to prepare dinner in a mugNext North Stars launch their inaugural seasonlast_img read more

Ice offence goes cold against Chiefs

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Ice scored the first goal during a two-game B.C. Major Midget Hockey League series against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.Unfortunately, that was the last goal.Vancouver scored nine unanswered goals over two days to sweep the BCMMHL series by 3-1 and 6-0 scores.Matthew Bissett had four points Sunday to lead the Chiefs in the series. Jacob Boyczuk scored the only goal for Kootenay Saturday to give the Ice a 1-0 lead after one period.However, the offence dried up as Vancouver Jacob Wensley, Dominic Centis and Nick Hermany, the latter two in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie, scored to give the home side the victory.Sunday the Chief broke open a close game with five third-period goals. After Adam Rockwood gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead after one period, the Chiefs exploded for five goals in 10 minutes.The losses drop the season record for Kootenay to 6-20-6.The Ice return to the pond this weekend as the club plays host to the Vancouver Northeast Giants Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.Both games are set for the NDCC [email protected]last_img read more