Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick said that he is proud of the Lady Crocs performance despite losses in all three of their matches in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Tournament.The Jamaicans went down 54-0 to Japan late on Wednesday night (Jamaica time), before a 68-0 loss to China. They would then return to give a more creditable performance early Thursday morning (Jamaica time) but still lost 22-7 to The Netherlands, with their only try coming from Dae-Marie Whyte.However, Benzwick said he found positives in the performances as the team is new to, and unfamiliar with the competition and said that there are things to build on ahead of Rugby World Cup Qualifiers in November.GIRLS FLUSTERED”In the game against Japan, we were basically static,” he said. “We didn’t get the ball moving around and we didn’t have any patience, so the girls were flustered. China were an even better team than Japan and they gave us a pretty decent lesson in how sevens can be played at any level.”But we have learnt a lot from this and put up a pretty decent showing against The Netherlands, a better game, a few breakdowns here and there and we came away with a decent try.Benzwick describes the Lady Crocs’ experience in Hong Kong as a challenge because of what he describes as “a high level playing game”.”We have now come to understand how much work we need to do to get ourselves to that level. They now understand what needs to be done – that there’s more that the body needs to be put through, and our technique, our style of play needs to be defined.”The JRFU will now turn its attention to the men’s campaign as the Crocs are in action this morning (Jamaica time), first facing Germany, then Tonga, then Uganda at 9:44 this evening.
Kochi, Nov 16 (PTI) Optimism will mingle with curiosity when the revamped Indian Super Leagues fourth season kicks off here tomorrow with more teams and home-grown players seeking to cash in on the euphoria generated by the countrys maiden FIFA event.The ISL will now be a four-month drill — double the length of the previous three editions.Defending champions ATK and Kerala Blasters, who lost to the rechristened unit from the eastern Indian in last years summit showdown, will start the proceedings at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for the 2016 final.Now considered the countrys top-tier league, the winner of which will get a direct spot in the AFC Cup (Asias equivalent of Europes Europa League), it remains to be seen if it is able to sustain the interest and momentum generated by the U-17 World Cup last month.Two more teams have been added this season — the brand new Jamshedpur FC, backed by the Tata group, and the highly professional Bengaluru FC, making the switch from the I- League.With the league, which was conceptualised with an aim to make the global sport more popular in the cricket-mad nation, getting recognition from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), it was logical on the part of Bengaluru FC to make the switch.Often cited as an example of professionalism in Indian football, Bengaluru FC have been the most successful I-League club in recent years, winning it twice and finishing runner-up once.More Indian players, more teams, more matches and more months – this is already being touted an ISL with a difference.advertisementAnother change in the league is that it has done away with the requirement of mandatory signing of a marquee player, the rule due to which India has been graced by the likes of World Cup winning stars such as Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Materazzi and Roberto Carlos.Though the ISL has slashed the number of highly-paid foreign recruits, teams like ATK still have on board former Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane, an ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward.As the focus has now shifted to nurturing home-grown players, teams are now required to have at least six Indians on the field.While more Indian players will get more playing-time now, off it the number of foreign coaches will still dominate.Prominent among them are Teddy Sherringham, who has won three Premier League titles and scored the equaliser in Manchester Uniteds famous 2-1 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 1999, and former Real Madrid midfielder Miguel Angel Portugal.The 51-year-old Sherringham joined reigning champions ATK in July, while Portugal is helming Delhi Dynamos.The move to field more Indian players in the playing XI is a wise one, reckoned Sherringham and Chennaiyin coach John Gregory.”I think its a good decision to have six Indians on the pitch at all times and it means Indians getting more chances to play and show their skills,” the former Manchester United legend had said.Gregory added, “We dont have a marquee signing this year but you will see that we have invested our money in young Indians who will not just come on for 10 minutes, but will form an integral part of my squad this season.”NorthEast Uniteds coach Joï¿½o Carlos Pires de Deus was surprised by the quality of Indian footballers.”You ask me if the Brazilians in my team will produce magic… but what is magic? Its not limited to Brazilians. Even the Indian players in our team are very skillful and can produce a lot of magic,” Deus said.As far as the opening game is concerned, ATKs rivalry with Kerala Blasters has grown over the past few seasons.Sherringham described the Blasters as the biggest threat to ATKs ambitions.ATK will be without their star signing Keane, who is nursing an Achilles injury and will not be part of the opening game.Chennaiyin FC, Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City, NorthEast United FC and FC Goa complete the line-up.The final is slated for March 17 in Kolkata. PTI AH BS BS
Story Highlights The Jamaica Information Service was staffed with quality journalists who are properly trained The RJR Group has taken the decision to broadcast these programmes on its cable station JIS hailed for the level of professionalism portrayed in providing world-class information Media practitioners within the private sector have hailed the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) for the level of professionalism portrayed in providing world-class information to its target audience.President of the Press Association of Jamaica and Managing Editor at the Gleaner Company Limited, Ms. Jenni Campbell, described the JIS as a “very present help in times of trouble.”“This is especially in terms of being able to cover some assignments, particularly the government (ones), that we just do not have the resources to cover,” Miss Campbell said.She was speaking at a luncheon hosted by the JIS for members of a delegation from Botswana, who are here to benchmark with the JIS. The luncheon was held at the Alhambra Inn, in Kingston, on September 20.Miss Campbell also noted that the Jamaica Information Service was staffed with quality journalists who are properly trained and are functioning as “journalists and not as propagandists or agents of the government.”“(They) are journalists who go through the processes of verification in the same way we would in the newsroom. So, when we get a story from the JIS, we can almost run without starting from scratch or rewriting it,” the Managing Editor said.For his part, Managing Director, RJR Group, Mr. Gary Allen, noted that while cable stations are not required to air government produced programmes, the RJR Group has taken the decision to broadcast these programmes on its cable station, due to the diverse content that the JIS programming provides.“In terms of what we do on free to air and on our radio services, we also find that there is a good loyal following to the programming that is provided by the JIS and that speaks to the quality of the work that is done,” Mr. Allen said.In the meantime, JIS Advisory Board Chairman, Miss Fae Ellington, said she is very pleased to hear her “colleagues speak about the professionalism that comes from the JIS.”“It has been that way for many years. There are many persons who are now in mainstream media who started their careers, or at least have them fostered at the Jamaica Information Service,” Miss Ellington said.The members of the Botswana delegation include: Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State President, Botswana, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo; Director, Information Services Department, Russ Molosiwa; Managing Editor, Botswana Daily News, Charmaine Revaka; Chief Information Officer, Daphne Motsakae; and Manager, Radio, Keitirile Mathapi.Others present at the luncheon were: Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Mrs. Donna-Marie Rowe; Chairman, Broadcasting Commission, Professor Hopeton Dunn and Human Resource Director at the JIS, Mrs. Bernita Locke.