Consistency, leadership and total team effort, key to Jaguars’ success, says Crandon

first_img– Beat T&T Red Force by an innings and 81 runs in final roundGUYANA Jaguars’ head coach Esaun Crandon says consistency, leadership and an all-round team effort were responsible for his side’s dominant showing in the recently-concluded 2017-18 Digicel Regional First-Class four-day Championship.The Jaguars romped to their fourth consecutive title, and was by far the most dominant team.“We played consistent cricket, but having said that, it was a total team effort … the younger players in the squad also played a big part,” Crandon said.Crandon, the former national fast bowler added, “Yes, we played consistent cricket; yes, it was a total team effort; yes the younger players played their part, but the leadership skills of skipper Leon Johnson also played a major part in our success.“It is very evident from his body language and his constant interaction with the players. It is his confidence in the players’ ability which has helped them perform to their full potential and this is what gives them the belief.”Further, Crandon believes that preparation and the support received from his support staff, the general public and more importantly, the local governing body also played a pivotal role in the team’s success.Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams hands over the Man-of-the-Match award to Raymond Reifer.Meanwhile, Crandon pointed out that while winning is important, producing quality players is his ultimate goal. He noted that the revamped structure at the first-class level has allowed the game to be played in a more competitive environment.Further, the Guyana Jaguars feat has not gone unnoticed.Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Anand Sanasie congratulated the players for their hard work which has been reflected in their recent win and outstanding individual sperformances.Sanasie declared that the result was due to the close-knitted relationship between the players and their coaches.Meanwhile, the Jaguars completed an innings and 81 runs win over Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force yesterday in the final round at the National Stadium, Providence.Resuming on 282-8, Jason Mohammed completed his eight first-class hundred before left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and Keemo Paul took the final two wickets.Permaul bowled Bryan Charles (15) while Paul bowled Anderson Phillip (11). Mohammed was left unbeaten on 103. Raymond Reifer was named Man-of-the-Match.Meanwhile, the defeat was the fourth on the trot for Red Force while Jaguars racked up their seventh win in 10 matches, to end the season unbeaten.last_img read more

Santita Ebangwese has made the slide hit her ‘special move’

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm Contact Adam: | @_adamhillmancenter_img In the third set against Georgia Tech on Sept. 21, Syracuse led by two points, 21-19. Santita Ebangwese stood a few feet away from the net, staring through the tiny gaps between the polyester string that hold it together. Georgia Tech returned from its timeout conversation, and Ebangwese moved into her natural position, about five feet to the left of fellow senior Jalissa Trotter.The ball flew over the net and junior Kendra Lukacs put two hands under it, thrusting the ball into the air toward Trotter. As Trotter readied herself for a set, Ebangwese stepped back once and then exploded into a sprint. She ran in a straight line, left to right, across the middle of the court and leaped into the air. She lifted her arm over her head and smacked the ball into the feet of a Georgia Tech player for a kill.“No matter how fast, slow, high, low, Santita is going up to hit,” redshirt senior Amber Witherspoon said.Ebangwese is now in the final stretch of her collegiate career for Syracuse (9-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) and has almost perfected her form of that hit, the “slide.” She is second on the Orange this season with 127 kills and averages 1.96 kills per set in her career.Ebangwese has worked on the slide hit since her junior year of high school. It’s used to confuse opposing blockers. It begins with a long-strided run-up that starts slow and quickens as the hitter approaches the ball. According to, “the hitter should drift forward and horizontally to the ball. This makes it very difficult for the block to know where the point of attack will be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s definitely her special move,” said associate head coach Erin Little of Ebangwese.Ebangwese has known “for as long as she can remember” how to “hit on the slide,” but in her second to last year of high school, she said she learned “the actual mechanics” of it.At first, she worked on the elevation and speed of her jump. The Rochester native spent hours in the gym to increase her lower-body strength, mostly through conditioning drills. Soon, she was jumping higher and floating through the air longer, she said.“Once I got that down, I started to speed up my approach,” Ebangwese said. “I would do faster sets and see how fast I can go.”By the time she stepped on campus for her freshman year, Ebangwese was already advanced at slide hitting, Little said.During her first year, Ebangwese utilized the slide hit in games, learning where blockers like to position themselves. Continuously, she started on the left side, used two long strides and rose up in front of her setter. While practice is valuable, she needed countless repetition in games to push it to where it is today, Ebangwese said.“I’ve gotten faster. I’ve also gotten smarter in the way hit,” she said. “Before I go up, I know where the blocker is, so I kind of have a feeling of where they’re going to be.”last_img read more

Ronaldo has more beauty products than me! – Irish football star

first_imgThe Ireland women’s star has taken a pop at the Real Madrid player, stating he is much more conceited than she is.Puskas Award nominee Stephanie Roche says she is not as vain as Cristiano Ronaldo, insisting the Real Madrid star carries more beauty products than her.The Portuguese forward has long been seen as one of the more conceited players in the world’s game.On Monday, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer mocked the two-time Ballon d’Or winner’s tendency to pose in his underwear in adverts.The attacker has also been ridiculed by Cathy Fischer, the wife of Mats Hummels, for his lack of body hair.And Roche, who plays for Ireland women’s team and has been nominated for Fifa’s 2014 Puskas Award, has taken a pop at the star, insisting he has more grooming products than she does. “I don’t think I am vain as Ronaldo,” she told ESPN Brasil. “He has more beauty products than me in his toilet bag!”The 25-year-old went on to talk about her nomination for the best goal award, having been included on the shortlist alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, James Rodriguez and Diego Costa.”I’ve scored a lot of goals, but honestly, I think this was probably the most beautiful I’ve ever scored. I heard rumors that I might be nominated for the Puskas Award, but never thought  would be.”last_img read more