All season, track and field fans have had a dilemma. With the JAAA schedule packed on every Saturday from the start of the year, hard choices have been made. If you saw the slip-surge 10.44-second run by Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor at the Camperdown Classic, it meant you missed the determined 52.4 4x400m anchor leg by Junelle Bromfield for STETHS at the Western Relays. Choosing either one meant almost certainly missing the 51.91-metre record discus heave by Excelsior throws princess Shanice Love at the King of the Rings at the Antrim-Mountain View Avenue-based institution. That dilemma disappears on Saturday with the Gibson/McCook Relays. As is customary, there are no other meets on the JAAA schedule on the day when the Gibson/McCook Relays presents a feast for sprint fans. First staged as the Gibson Relays in 1973, the meet is a festival of speed. The 4×100-metre relay is at the foundation of the meet, with preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary student-athletes all attempting to move their batons around the National Stadium track at high speed. Bordered by the meet-opening and meet-closing 4x400m relays, Gibson/McCook also has competitions in the 4x200m, 4x800m, the sprint medley and selected individual events. Jamaica has always loved the sprints, so while other meets have come and gone, the Relays has retained its appeal. Many view it as a prelude to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and use it as an indicator for the results of that high-energy high-school meet. Hence, the core of the support of the Gibson/McCook has long come from past students of the champion teams in the land. With no scheduling dilemma to split the attentions of the fan base, this Saturday should be no different. In recent years, interest has been boosted by the presence of superstars who have foregone the traditional move to the United States of America to study and train. This has given fans an early-season glance at Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and the like. Very few have the opportunity to see them at the Olympics or the World Championships, so it’s a day aficionados cherish. Bolt has been a brilliant source of speed and excitement. His Racers team holds the men’s 4x100m record at a phenomenal 38.08 seconds. That was at the 2010 renewal, when the tall man also zipped through a 4x400m anchor leg in 44.2 seconds in vain. Last year, he made the news worldwide for a race his Racers team lost by inches, the men’s 4x100m to the University of Technology. Relays are the team event of athletics. It takes co-operation to pilot the baton, from start to finish, safely and quickly enough to win. The speed, the fine margins for error, and the excitement, has kept fans on the edge of their seats and on their feet during each of the previous 39 stagings of the event. Don’t be surprised if it happens again on Saturday. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
Naomh Muire 1-11 v Aodh Rua 0-6Naomh Muire are in the Intermediate Championship Final following today’s semi-final win over Aodh Rua. Aodh Rua started the livelier and the lads were finding it hard to get any rhythm allowing Aodh Rua to get into a 0-4 to -0-1 lead and was it not for poor finishing by the Erne-siders…..they could have created damage early on. Naomh Muire scored their way back into level and just before HT Paul the Yank Boyle converted a penalty putting the lads into a lead their possession may not have deserved. Aodh Rua overall would have been disappointed to be down by a goal at HT . The second half was a different performance by Naomh Muire and apart from the opening 5 mins – the lads went on to dominate the second half adding a further 6 points with Aodh Rua managing only a single score late on. It’s great to get to another Intermediate Championship final and that will be against the impressive St Nauls who beat Naomh Columba well last night. The prize is not only a county title at this level but Senior Championship football in 2014. St Naul’s are a physically strong team led by Stephen Griffen. Naomh Muire will have to play the full hour in the final and a slow start like today will be punished without doubt. If the lads however can repeat the purple patch of today’s match which was the last 20 mins of the second half….and ensure that it is carried over the full game…..they can topple St Naul’s. In a way its good to come out of a Semi with plenty of work to do and things to improve and with time now to do that. No doubt Danny and the backroom team will get the lads down to serious preparation over the coming weeks….to be an hour away from Senior Championship football in 2014 requires little motivation. Well done to Team and Management and again to a good support. The victory in a Semi-final is what matters and the team especially this years Minors involved dedicated the win to young Conor Boyle, their mate, who is critical in Hospital in the UK. Team – Bryan Grant, Robbie O’Donnell, Brian Gillespie, Thomas Duffy, Sean Point Gallagher (0-1), Adi O Gara, Jack O’Brien, Owenie McGarvey, Paul Yank Boyle (1-1), Dara White, Padraig Mc Cafferty (0-1), Patrick Gillespie (0-1),Shaun Yank Boyle (0-3) Ciaran McGinley (0-1) Hugh Yank Boyle (0-1).Subs used – Harry Harden (0-2), John Pidgeon, Shaun Boyle, Owen Grant.NAOMH MUIRE INTO FINAL AND DEDICATE WIN TO CONOR BOYLE was last modified: September 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Conor BoylefinalNAOMH MUIRE read more