UDFA GT Beer final

first_imgBotofago crush Net Rockers 4-1 in New Year’s Day finalBy Joe ChapmanSTUNNING double strikes by Donovan Francis and Shane Haynes helped Botofago crush Net Rockers 4-1 to lift the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) GT Beer yearend football championship.With the win, Botofago carted off $1.2M, the bragging rights and a trophy, all on the first day of the year leaving Net Rockers with $600 000.The final saw Net Rockers start well, threatening as early as the 4th minute. A headed conversion from a corner called to action the Botofago keeper Wayne Wilson.Two minutes later the Rockers again looked positive but the Botofago custodian came out bravely to quell the anxiety of the large crowd on hand.By then the concentration was in the middle by the Rockers where Botofago had much to do to keep out the offensive forays which were being created.In the 10th minute, however, it was Botofago who got first on the score sheet when forward Donovan Francis, later named the Most Valuable Player, found the back of the net.He outran his marker before darting inside the box, where he dribbled two defenders before placing the shot to the far post away from the flailing hands of the Rockers goalkeeper, Ryan Rose, for that 1-0 advantage.As the goal rocked the back of the net, the Rockers were unable to organise themselves.Within two minutes of the opener, the Botofago side were again on the score sheet, this time through a Shane Haynes goal which came off a cross from his brother Jamal.In the 15th minute the Rockers goalkeeper Rose made a good save from a shot from outside the 18-yard box after a free kick was won by Botofago.By now the Rockers right winger Clarence Huggins was trying his desperate best to harass the Botofago left wing-back constantly, but a number of his crosses were not met by his fellow strikersAt one time, as Huggins made his way down the right wing he was confronted by a triangle of defenders which made it difficult for him to get off a shot.Huggins, however, got a cross to Orande Wills in the 32nd minute, only to see Wills’ shot fly over the crossbar. He then created space for Denzil Pryce to slip through in the centre, with Pryce making good of the chance and the half ending 2-0After play resumed Net Rockers had two early chances which they could not put away.However, Botofago would increase their lead through Francis, this time a cross from the left by Jamal Haynes as the Rockers goalkeeper could not grab in the middle.Rose was caught on top the penalty area when Francis slapped past him into an open goal for a 3-0 lead in the 61st minute.Three minutes adrift, another play down the left flank would see the Rockers goalkeeper bring off a nice save.Net Rockers again pressed for their second goal by the 69th minute as they attacked from inside left, only to see a good clearance from the defence.Shane Haynes scored the team’s fourth to complete the rout while Shane Luckie scored a consolation goal for Rockers in the 78th minute.The third-place playoff game saw Eagles United win by a 2-1 margin over Silver Shattas thanks to a brace by Kendolph Lewis in the 60th and 90+1 minutes.Eagles can now soar with their $300 000 third-place win after producing that come-from-behind victory in which Shattas Dexter Garraway opened the game’s scoring in the 6th minute.Botofago’s Francis won for himself as MVP a motorbike which was donated by Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland. Other individual prizes won were the Best Goalkeeper by Botofago’s Dwayne Wilson and Best Defender Floyd Headley also of Botofago.last_img read more

Badgers bounce back, defeat Penn State on Senior Day

first_imgNielsen Tennis Stadium was initially filled with disappointment and later celebration this weekend as the Wisconsin men’s tennis team competed in its final regular season home matches of the year.The Badgers got off to a rough start Friday when they were shut out by the Ohio State Buckeyes, but after the intimidating events of Friday, Sunday’s match began with a celebration.It was Senior Day at Nielsen, and the Badgers honored their sole senior captain, Marek Michalicka. Soon after his achievements were recognized, the Badgers began their battle with the Penn State Nittany Lions.Doubles play was bittersweet for UW, as Russell Bader and Eddie Bourchier of PSU upset Michalicka and Billy Bertha, 8-3. The No. 1 pair was forced to cheer its remaining teammates from the sidelines in hopes that they could pick up the slack to pull off the doubles point win.“We came out and expected to win,” Bertha said. “But they came out with a lot of energy and hopped on us early. We couldn’t come back from that slow start.”Fortunately, the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles pairs of Fredrik Ask and Rod Carey and Ricardo Martin and Alexander Teppert held their own, clinching the doubles point for the Badgers and kicking Sunday off to a good start.The Badgers’ good fortunes continued, as they had just one loss in singles play. No. 3 Petr Satral, who did not play in a doubles match, fell to Bader, 6-2, 6-2.After that, Wisconsin couldn’t be stopped. Ask, Carey and Michalicka sealed the win for the Badgers as they grabbed the remaining points needed for a victory. Bertha and Martin were the last matches to finish up, both ending on tie break points. Martin split sets and then dominated 10-6 in a super tiebreaker to secure the fifth Badger point. Both of Bertha’s sets were close, as he won the first 6-4 and the second went to a tiebreaker, where he defeated Jason Lee 7-3. “The doubles loss added some extra motivation for both me and Marek to go out there and win in singles,” Bertha said.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh was pleased with his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss Friday and finish up its last home weekend strong.“We responded really well and the guys fought today even though we were down in a couple singles matches,” Van Emburgh said. “They fought back and made a lot of balls. I think that shows their commitment to their games and what they are trying to achieve this season.”The downward spiral began with all three doubles teams losing. First to fall was the pair of Martin and Satral. The Buckeyes’ aggressive net play and strong serve returns resulted in the first Ohio State win of the day. Martin and Satral lost 8-1, holding serve only once late in the match.No. 1 doubles partners Bertha and Michalicka followed shortly thereafter, and the duo was able to stay in the matchup until 4-5. However, they didn’t win a game after that, losing 8-4 to Peter Kobelt and Matt Allare.The freshman pair of Carey and Ask was able to endure the longest, as their match went to a tiebreak. However, Ohio State gained the doubles point when Balazs Novak and Blaz Rola took down Ask and Carey, 8-7.Singles play ended almost as quickly as it had started for some Badgers. Martin was nearly swept in the No. 4 singles position, as he was defeated, 6-0, 6-1, by Novak. Satral was unable to hold his own in the No. 3 spot against Allare and lost, 6-2, 6-4, giving Ohio State three out of the four points it needed to seal yet another conference win. Bertha tallied the Badger loss that gave the Buckeyes the final point they needed for the win. Bertha had his usual strong service game, but he struggled with his backhand ground strokes and fell, 6-4, 7-6, to Rola.Ohio State’s Chase Buchanan spoiled Michalicka’s spotless Big Ten singles record, defeating him 7-5, 6-1. In the first set, things were going well for the senior, as he jumped out to a 4-1 lead. However, Michalicka let Buchanan back in and eventually won at 5-7. “He got mad, which helped me to break his serve,” Michalicka said. “Then I held 4-1. I was up, I had it right there, I just couldn’t do it.”Michalicka was unable to shake the disappointment of that first set loss and was handily defeated 6-1 in the quick second set.“It’s always like that,” Michalicka said. “You shouldn’t let it bother you. I just wasn’t that good at fighting through it today.”last_img read more