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Australia surprises many, brushes aside New Zealand to win Cricket World Cup 2015
March 29, 2015
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In the Melbourne Cricket grounds of Australia, it was Australia who easily won cricket’s World Cup one day international (ODI) 2015 over New Zealand (“the kiwis”).  Scores in the match were New Zealand (NZ) 183 from 45 overs, Australia 186-3 (33.1 overs).

I say it was surprising because NZ had been the only unbeaten team in the tournament and had brushed aside most of the competition so far.  In fact, the Kiwis have played outstanding cricket the past 18 – 24 months but, apparently, home court advantage came into play for Australia.

You may recall that New Zealand, via Guptill, had destroyed the hapless, inconsistent West Indies by 143 runs in the quarter finals, then barely edging South Africa (SA) in a rain-shortened Semi-final match.  Australia beat Pakistan then India to make it to the finals.

Congratulations to Australia.  Congrats also to New Zealand for making it to the finals, undefeated.

Calabar 4-peats, Edwin Allen repeats, Records broken

Calabar outlasted Kingston College (KC) in the final night of the ISSA Boys and Girls Athletic Championships (Champs 2015) to gain their fourth consecutive lien on the title. On the girls side, Edwin-Allen blew away the competition on route to their 3rd title in 4 years, and 2 consecutive… 4 years after the Holmwood dominance.

Going into Champs 2015, Calabar and Edwin Allen were favored by the majority of analysts and me, but the perception was that an upset of Calabar by Kingston College was possible. It wasn’t to be as outstanding Class II athlete Jhevaughn Matterson (KC) pulled up in the 200M semis and pulled out (not scoring a single point for KC). Captain Michael O’Hara & Christopher Taylor made sure that Calabar repeated as champions with multiple goal medal runs… However, nobody expected it to be close with Edwin Allen who had runners in most finals, hence scoring points even when they didn’t win.

Congratulations to both Edwin Allen and Calabar for a great performance and winning. Big ups to Kingston College, Jamaica College, St Jago boys and girls, Hydel girls, Holmwood girls, Vere girls. STETHS boys, Wolmers boys and girls. the entire list of athletes, and organizers who made Champs 2015 a success.

Final Points – Girls

  1. Edwin Allen – 321
  2. Hydel – 221
  3. St Jago – 219.33  (corrected)
  4. Holmwood – 206
  5. Vere – 136

The Ranks – Boys

  1. Calabar – 280.50 (updated)
  2. KC – 265 (updated)
  3. JC – 200
  4. St Jago – 183
  5. STETHS – 132

Broken Records

There were a few more records broken this year, many of which came in the relays (the last hour of the night). Some of them are listed below:

Boys

  • Calabar – class I 4x100m – 39.08 secs
  • Calabar – [open] 4x400m – 03:06.76 mins
  • Akeem Bloomfield (KC) – Class I 400m – 44.93 secs
  • Jaheel Hyde (Wolmers) – Class I 400m hurdles – 49.01 secs
  • Demar Gayle (Edwin Allen) – Class I shot put – 19.52m

Girls

  • Peta-Gay Williams(St Jago) – class I 100m hurdles – 13.56 secs
  • Joanne Reid (St. Jago) – Class IV 200m – 24.21 secs
  • Edwin Allen – Class II 4x100m – 44.88 secs
  • Class IV 4x100m – 46.65 secs
Update: Champs heats up as it winds down; It’s Edwin Allen and Calabar again
March 28, 2015
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Not as many records were broken as last year because of strong winds inside Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston but what an event this has been even now as it winds down to it’s final few events. We saw quite a few records in the relays towards the end.

As @immaculategirl has pointed out, Edwin Allen will win Jamaica’s Girls Champs 2015 while Calabar are on their way to winning yet again. We will await final wrap ups tomorrow morning from @csharpe.

Update: Edwin Allen and Calabar have repeated. What a great performance by Edwin Allen and Calabar and all the Jamaican athletes as a whole.

Girls: Edwin Allen 321, St Jago 221.33, Hydel 221, Holmwood 206, Vere 137
Boys: Calabar 276.5, KC 259, JC 190, St Jago 176, STETHS 132.

Edwin Allen has won Jamaica’s Girls Champs 2015

With only 5 events to go (score), we can safely say Edwin-Allen has repeated as girls champions in Jamaica’s Inter-Secondary Schools Athletic (ISSA) Boys and Girls Championships 2015.

On the Boys side, KC’s hopes hang on a thread (mathematically they stand a chance) with 5 events to go.  Calabar has over 30 point lead (257.5 to 224) at this time.