first_imgTHE Jamaica Tallawahs are hopeful that Andre Russell will be able to return to the team in time for tonight’s clash with the unbeaten Guyana Amazon Warriors at Sabina Park.In the 14th over their match against the St Lucia Zouks last week Wednesday, Russell failed to pull a short ball from Hardus Viljoen and was hit.The ball struck Russell’s helmet near the right ear and he collapsed in a heap before he was stretchered off and taken to the hospital where scans showed there was no significant damage other than a haematoma.He missed subsequent matches against Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents but Ronnie Sarwan, Tallawahs’ assistant coach, said the signs are there that Russell could return to action today.“We hope so. The good thing about it is that he has been going through his testing and everything seems to be okay at this point. We just have to wait and see what happens today and tomorrow,” Sarwan said while addressing media at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday morning.Sarwan believes having Russell back would help the Tallawahs put their best team on the field against an in-form Warriors side who have won their four games so far.He said the arrival of Jade Dernbach and Afghanistan leg-spinner Zahir Khan and with Russell back, Tallawahs will be able to build on the momentum of their first win of the season on Sunday.“Jade and Khan have put us in a position that makes us much more balanced from when we started the tournament, so once we have young Springer ready and Russell ready to go we have our best eleven,” Sarwan said. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

first_imgOCHO RIOS, St Ann: Gran BahIa Principe were the big winners at the presentation ceremony for the Sandals St Ann/S. Mary Business House (BH) Football competition, held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on Thursday. Team manager Stacy Benjamin and coach Marcus Johnson received the Sandals Resorts International Trophy from Brian Roper, general manager of Beaches Ocho Rios, to thunderous applause from the large audience of members of the local football fraternity present at the event. “We were tired of silver … being runners up the past few years and last season it was winning the trophy or bust for us,” said an ecstatic Johnson. “This team has been a joy to coach and we look forward to further success come next season.” Roper, in delivering the sponsors address, stressed his company’s commitment to providing opportunities for the youth and unemployed in the community. “This competition has allowed many young unemployed footballers to gain employment at the hotels and other business enterprises who are a part of the event and that speaks volumes to how serious we take our role as good corporate citizens,” he noted. “We have been sponsors for 24 years and will continue to show the community that we care, not just in football by our charity actions through the Sandals Foundation,” the general manager noted. Guest speaker, Michael Belnavis, the mayor of St Ann’s Bay, also lauded Sandals for their continued sponsorship of the event and praised their role as civic leaders providing opportunities for young people. The mayor disclosed that the St Ann Parish Council was currently in talks with Sandals as a group to assist with the upgrading of the Buckfield Community Centre. Mayor Belnavis also pointed out that his organisation was looking at creating more partnerships with business organisations to assist in the development of sports as well as the local community.last_img read more