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MARIGOT, St. Martin - The Guadeloupe Intermediate Championship 2016 was held on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The event was held at the stadium of Santa Rosa.

The Athletics Sports Club Avenir made ​​the trip accompanied by their coach Patrick Trival, and were fortunate enough that they did not return to the island empty-handed.

Lisa Coquillas took 2nd place in the 2000 m walk in all categories in women 12'19''78 of the Intermediate Championship 2016.

Anthony Seguin took 2nd place in the 2000m class cadet 6'19''36.

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SUCKER GARDEN, St. Maarten - Week 10 of the Ladies Basketball Championship continued with 2 huge games in the senior division with two huge wins.

The first game of the day saw Bush T Remedy go up against 1st place Thunderz looking for their second win in a row. Bush T Remedy started the game strong and was up 22-8 after the first quarter, 50-18 at the half and continued to expand on their lead and won handily 94-29. Bush T Remedy was lead by their 3 post players with Tiana Lionel with 26 points, Jacqueline Hodge with 24 points and Minelva Maduro with 22 points. Thunderz was lead by Quillesha Duggins and Aisha Carty with 10 points apiece.

The second game of the afternoon saw Lightning taking on Learning Unlimited. Lightning led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter but only led 26-22 at the half. In the second half Lightning outscored Learning Unlimited 68-21 to turn the close game into a blowout and win 94-43. Lightning was led by Jamaiah Newton-Herbert with 47 points and Selah Fleming with 24 points. Learning Unlimited was led by Jakisha Brooks with 16 points and Rachael de Groot with 10 points.

The senior division standings are Lightning and Thunderz at 8-2, Bush T Remedy at 2-8 and Learning Unlimited at 1-9.

Games continue this Sunday for the U16 teams at 2pm and the senior teams at 3pm as Bush T Remedy take on Lightning and at 5pm Thunderz VS Learning Unlimited. Entrance fee is $1 and food and drinks are on sale, so see you next Sunday!!

Game Highlights, pictures, game scores and schedule can be viewed on the Facebook page 'Ladies Basketball Championship'. Highlights and full games can be seen on the Youtube page www.youtube.com/walichibasketball and short highlights can be seen on the Instagram page www.instagram.com/ladiesbasketballchampionship.

MULLET BAY, St. Maarten - Rick Miller started this first tournament of the year, winning the January Medal Play Golf Tournament organized by the St. Maarten Golf Association SMGA. Saturday morning a total of 31 golfers teed off one by one in anticipation of what the day would bring.

As for Miller, who finished the par 70 Mullet Bay Golf Course with a score of 70 strokes, it was enough to win both the Overall Low Gross for the tournament, as well as the 1st Low Gross prize in the Men’s category.

Three strokes behind over 18 holes Yeatman scored a respectable 73 Low Gross which, after deduction of his 8 handicap, won him both the Overall Low Net prize of the tournament as well as the 1st Low Net in the Men’s category with a 65 Low Net. In the same category came the winner of the fewest putts. This time it was Stanley Samuel who needed only 28 putts over 18 holes.

In the Ladies Category 7 ladies battled it out amongst each other. Anne Marie Bouille won 1st Low Gross with a score of 88 strokes, 1st Low Net was won by Gitte Poulsen with a Low Net score of 69 strokes. The top players had been very close as Poulsen’s Gross came out to a tied second place of 89 strokes.

In the category Senior’s for players between 50 and 60 years old, Howard Hobgood won the prize for 1st Low Gross with a score of 73 strokes, 1st Low Net was won by Philippe Thevenet with a Net score of 68.

In the Super Seniors Category for players over 60 years old, 1st Low Gross was won by Keith Graham with a score of 86 and 1st Low Net was won by Francois Anton of 73.

This Medal Play tournament included two of the talented St. Maarten youth golfers as well. Louis Louchet managed to score 87 strokes Gross and 70 Net, and Oliver Hobgood with a Gross of 101 and Net of 75.

For more information on tournaments or membership please contact the Golf Shop at the Mullet Bay Golf Course or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St.MaartenGolfAssociation

BASSETEERE, St. Kitts - The Windward Volcanoes confirmed their semi-final berth in the 2016 NAGICO Super 50 tournament slated for Trinidad and Tobago this week with a narrow 5 run win over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the St. Pauls Recreation Grounds in St. Kitts.

Rain reduced play to 49 overs but the Volcanoes posted a modest 243 runs. As has been the case in the last three matches, the openers failed to fire and it was left to middle order batsman Sunil Ambris to anchor things with a fitting 74 runs.

Andre Fletcher made 42 and Kyle Mayers was not out on 30. In response the Leeward Hurricanes were 237 for 9.

Orlando Peters hit a cracking 77 runs, Nkrumah Bonner 35 and Sherwin Peters 32. Volcanoes' Delorn Johnson nabbed three wickets for 37 and Mervin Matthew 2 for 56 while Daron Cruickshank of the Hurricanes had 2 for 37 in 5 overs.

Despite the loss, this was one of the more improved performances of the Hurricanes that have only won a match in the tournament. For Coach Reginald Benjamin, it showed the team's continued improvement as the tournament progressed.

"The more you watch the team plays you see some sort of improvement. The result we were looking for is not coming now but it will come and I am satisfied with this performance today,” he said.  

Going forward, Coach Benjamin is looking to build on the performance of the team throughout the tournament into the Regional Four-Day Competition which gets underway after the NAGICO Super 50. "We are going to do match awareness because as you see most of our guys got out playing shots that were not warranted,” he said.

Meanwhile for Coach Ian Allen of the Windward Volcanoes, he is pleased his team is into the semi-final round but knows there is work to be done as the tournament gets harder.

"Much improved performance all round by the team,” he said considering their devastating 91 run loss to the CCC Marooners on Friday at the Warner Park. He conceded that the batting needs to improve if the team is going to have any measure of success in Trinidad.

BASSETEERE, St. Kitts - The first century to be scored in Zone B of the NAGICO Super 50 Tournament came from Guyana Jaguar's Assad Fudadin who knocked an impressive 104 not out at the Warner Park in St. Kitts on Sunday against the Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners.

That propelled the Jaguars to a 5 wicket win over the CCC Marooners in the final match of the 6th round of the NAGICO Super 50 tournament in St. Kitts, and cemented the Jaguars place in the semi-finals to be held in Trinidad and Tobago.

Fudadin was clinical and ferocious hitting 3 sixes and 9 fours in the process, which continues his impressive form in this tournament and he will be one to watch in the semi-final round.

Marooners scored 254 for 7 in the first innings with Rouman Powell scoring 51 and Anthony Alleyne 57. In response Guyana Jaguars cracked 255 for 5. Jaguars Captain Leon Johnson aided Fudadin with 57 runs. Raymon Reifer scored 2 for 44 in 8 overs and also had 2 maiden overs for the Marooners.

More pressure could have been applied to the Jaguars, but poor fielding by the Marooners allowed the Jaguars to play their way to victory.

The Jaguars have been the more consistent team in Zone B and pundits expect them to create waves in Trinidad later this week for the semis. Jaguars coach Eusan Crandon is pleased with their performance in this round of the competition.

"I think we put it together today; just a bit disappointing the way some of our batters got out; two run outs in the process. Must give credit to the bowlers, I mean, a good batting track—250—was very satisfied with that in the first half,” he said. “All in all we are very happy. We are heading to Trinidad full of confidence.” Crandon was also full of praises for Fudadin. "He actually won the game for us there. He is a seasoned player, he played well,” he said.

There was a much improved turnout at the Warner Park Sunday as a group of cricket fans, mostly Guyanese from Nevis, journeyed to St. Kitts to watch the match.

NAGICO Chairman Imran McSood, a cricket enthusiast, personally sponsored the trip for 200 fans to and from St. Kitts especially for this game.

ST. PETERS, St. Maarten – On Thursday January 14th, the SHOOT HOOPS NOT GUNS Committee presented their community project to the invited community councils of Sint Maarten. 

The year long project was met with great enthusiasm by the councils in attendance and other people who decided to visit the to learn more about the project.

Committee member Alston Lourens, began the presentation by briefly showing over 20 news clippings of related gun violence in Sint Maarten in 2015 to the audience who were reminded of the horrific stories that graced the newspaper this past year. “We need to do what we must to change the headlines of the news in our country going forward” said Lourens.

During the presentation previous successful large scale campaigns were referred to namely the Keep SXM Clean and Drug Free Body campaigns, that also spread thousands of shirts around the island. After the presentation, the audience took turns commending the committee and asking relevant questions pertaining to the project.

The councils were surprised to learn that the project had less to do with basketball and more to do with encouraging community activity, ownership and working towards common goals. The SHNG committee will facilitate the organization, training and execution of the Oasis Games methodology within the community part of the project.

The Oasis Games methodology was developed in the favelas in Brazil as a way for a community to identify and realize its common goals.  The Oasis Games have since spread throughout Europe, South America and the Caribbean with successful community projects, including a very meaningful execution in Dutch Quarter, Sint Maarten in 2013.

Members of the audience also took some time to remind each other of how closely knit the communities in Sint Maarten used to be decades ago as all agreed the community element has become fragmented in our modern day country. The SHOOT HOOPS NOT GUNS Committee will now have individual meetings with the various community councils and finalize the facilitation of the Oasis Games training in Sint Maarten.

More information of the SHOOT HOOPS NOT GUNS campaign can be found on the projects facebook page.

St. John's, Antigua - Members of the Caribbean Football Union gathered last weekend in Antigua for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Caribbean Cup draw that took place on the 16th of January 2016.

Sint Maarten Soccer Association Executive Members, General Secretary Danaë Daal and Treasurer Dwayne Wright, were among the many representatives from the Caribbean islands representing their National Associations. The first stage of the Men’s Caribbean Cup starts March 21st and is one of the numerous competitions organized by CFU this year. 

Sint Maarten will be represented by a national selection team.

SMSA new board is dedicating themselves to continue to develop and to create opportunities for its members locally, regionally and internationally. This coming weekend the Futsal National Team will be traveling to Cuba participate in the CONCACAF Futsal competitions.

As the highest body of Football on Sint Maarten, the SMSA envisions many competitions and programmes that Sint Maarten will be participating in in the  coming 2016 season.

For more information follow the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Facebook Page.

BASSETEERE, St. Kitts - The Guyana Jaguars again got the better of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the NAGICO Super 50 tournament at the St. Pauls Recreational Grounds in St. Kitts.

The Hurricanes scored only 172 all out, which proved a simple target for the Jaguars, who cruised to 174 for off 46.3 overs. Veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul score 57 runs, while Kishaul Singh knocked 44.

The Hurricanes despite losing the match had the highest score with 88 runs from Shane Jeffers. Romario Shepard took 3 wickets for 37 runs for the Jaguars and Vermassy Permaul 2 for 28.

Jaguars coach Esuan Crandon believed his team did exactly what was planned—restrict the Hurricanes to under 200 and defend the total. “That was part of our game plan and the bowlers did well to restrict them,” Crandon said.

“That’s the ideal performance we were looking for and as a unit we keep looking to improve in every game.” Going forward in the tournament, they are hoping to be more consistent, as while the bowlers are doing well, the batting performance fluctuates. He also saw the need for improvement in the fielding as well.

Meanwhile, Coach of the Leeewards Islands Hurricanes Reginald Benjamin knows that his team may be mathematically out of contention to qualify for the semi-finals, but has taken positives from this tournament, including the improved performance against Guyana. “Leeward Islands want to get back on top and we are not going to be mediocre in any way,” Coach Benjamin said.

“We’re getting better as we go along and we’re kinda a new unit, new ideology, new philosophy but if only one of the top four batsmen would have scored, this would be a close game,” he added.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - The Combined Colleges and Campuses (CCC) Marooners delivered their best performance of the NAGICO Super 50 Tournament in stunning fashion, humiliating Zone B leaders Windward Volcanoes by a massive 91 runs.

Spectators at the Warner Park in Basseterre St. Kitts were left shell-shocked at the dismal display of the Volcanoes team that have been pretty good all tournament and were unbeaten until that match.

Setting 157 all out, the Marooners were on a rampage and took the first three wickets for just 17 runs. Andre Fletcher bit the dust early with just 3 runs after being bowled by Ryan Hinds, Johnson Charles didn’t last long and only made 10 runs and Miles Bascombe fell victim to a runout from the bowling of eventual Man of the Match Chemar Holder for 0. It became clear to cricket spectators, this game would be over way ahead of time.

The onslaught continued with Tyrone Theophile gone for just 1, Sunil Ambris who was instrumental in helping the Volcanoes in their last win against the Guyana Jaguars went for just 8, as well as Captain Liam Sebastian who was bowled by Holder for the same score.

The performance from the Volcanoes was abysmal and baffling considering they pulled off two close wins in their last two matches and needed to win this match to top the group and assure their spot in the semi-finals slated for Trinidad and Tobago. Now, as good as they have been all tournament, they may end up on the outside looking in if the Marooners earn a victory against the Jaguars on Sunday and if they lose to the Leeward Island Hurricanes.

Man of the Match Chemar Holder picked up five wickets for 22 runs. He felt the team came together with a mindset to win the match and was quite pleased with the performance. “Today everybody focused and did what they had to do…to win the game,” young Holder said after the match. He is of the view that the team can pull off a similar performance on Sunday when they play the Guyana Jaguars at the St. Pauls Recreational Grounds.

As for the Volcanoes, Coach Ian Allen said his team didn’t bat well. He knows very well that the Volcanoes can run the risk of not making the semi-final even though they are leading the pack.

“Leewards are not doing too well in the tournament but still you can’t take anything for granted,” Coach Allen said of their next opponents on Sunday slated for the Warner Park.

He is not of the view that his team took the Marooners lightly as some might think. He said his middle order batsmen did not build any partnerships and as such this placed a lot of pressure on the tail-end batsmen. “I think we always remained focused the way we went out and bowled and limiting CCC under a total but we obviously were confident that we would get it,” Allen explained.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - It’s becoming a habit now for the Windward Volcano to take games down to the wire as for the second consecutive match in the NAGICO Super 50 at the Warner Park in Basseterre, St. Kitts, they eked out another close win in the latter stages of the match.

This time the victims were the Guyana Jaguars. The Jaguars scored 209 for 8, in response, the Volcanoes 210 for 8. The Jaguars kept the Volcanoes in check with their spin bowling.

The required run rate began piling up for the Volcanoes and it seemed once again, as was the case versus the Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Monday, they were heading for defeat until Shane Shillingford stepped to the crease.

Just the same way he helped rescued the Volcanoes from defeat on Monday, he did the same Wednesday night. When he stepped in Sunnil Ambris was already on a half century and was looking to build on the score.

Ambris eventually scored 56 before he was bowled by Royston Crandon. But that did not stop Shillingford who began hitting big shots, getting the boundaries at the right time supported by Keron Cottoy.

Cottoy surprisingly placed the Jaguars bowlers under pressure and poor bowling, including several wides and uncharacteristic full tosses played into the Volcanoes’ hands. Needing 18 to win in the last two overs, Shillingford and Cottoy got to work. Raymond Reifer had a nightmare in the penultimate over for the Jaguars, which proved to be quite expensive for the Jaguars.

He bowled a wide which was also leg-by—giving away 5 runs from one delivery. In the last over, the Volcanoes needed 7 to win from 6 balls. Crandon came up to bowl and Shillingford, with the game changing play, hit a six out the Warner Park Stadium. With one to win, it was just a formality and the Volcanoes, once again scraped through with a win that seemed to be headed to defeat. This win is also crucial as it means the Volcanoes top the points table ahead of the Jaguars as they inch closer to a semi-final berth in Trinidad and Tobago.

Volcanoes coach Ian Allen while pleased with the win continue to stress the need for his to openers to take charge of the matches. “To limit Guyana under that total I think it’s a good team effort. In terms of the batting, we didn’t get the start we really wanted to but again the middle order and the lower order really has to come and finish the game for us.

I would like to see more established batsmen finish the game with a lot more wickets in hand,” he said. The Volcanoes next play the Marooners on Friday at the Warner Park at 1:30pm. Jaguars play the Leeward Islands Hurricanes also on the same day at 9:00am in St. Pauls.

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