The master of suspense

first_imgFoster’s Fairplay is frequently verbally attacked for what some deem to be a serious defect in telling its stories. The allegation is that this columnist, with disturbing regularity, leaves the audience high and dry. While accepting the criticism and providing there has not, to date, been any such complaint in activities elsewhere, the feeling is ‘mission accomplished’. The lead to whet the appetite of a reader, pending a full roll out at a later date, comes from early exposure to the cinema. It was a strategy used by the Hollywood film director and producer, Englishman Sir Alfred Hitchcock, and which earned him the title ‘The master of suspense’. With all that in mind, in addition to “cries for help” from Jamaica’s top performers in track and field, look out soon for the nation’s ‘best kept secret’ surrounding sporting activities. It could, and in due respect for support coming from elsewhere, turn a corner hitherto not even approached, much less negotiated. To refer to it as huge would be the understatement of the millennium. But, come the time, come the revelation. supremacy of black Jamaicans With all that roll out of excellent performances on a stage, previously limited to white Europeans and Americans of varied colour, there is a story never to be forgotten. It is a direct pointer to the supremacy of black Jamaicans, who have now interwoven themselves into the fabric of world track and field. Beijing 2015 was another extension of the five successive global event multi-medal scenario that has strutted with such elegance and Èlan across the frontiers of the sport. It had its genesis in the winning ways of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Veronica Campbell-Brown at the 2008 Olympic Games, set in the same Chinese city. Now, the phenomenon has, for Jamaicans, scattered worldwide, caused pleasure, passion and the pride of belonging to something quite special. Next year, Rio de Janeiro and the XXXI Olympics beckon. It promises to be all that the extra special moment entails. The city remains the unquestionable mecca for a constantly migrating mass of magical footballers. That temporarily set aside, its people will take timeout from their single-minded focus on the beautiful game. They anxiously anticipate August 12 to 21, when the most prominent crowd-puller, athletics, will be hosted in the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium. The fact that this most imposing site is named after an icon of world football adds to the stark truth – this is football country. Foster’s Fairplay, still mesmerised by Beijing 2015, is lustily singing the inspirational lyrics coming from the classic, Islands In The Stream. The song is written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees and sung by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 1983. “The message is clear, this could be the year for the real thing.” All you continually amazing athletes, let it happen for Brand Jamaica. JA’s prominence on the global stage The recent IAAF World Championships was another wide awakener. At the 1948 London Olympics, Jamaica had kicked off what was soon to become its prominence on the global stage. Arthur Wint led the pack with gold (400m) and silver (800m). Herb McKenley had to be content (what a euphemism?) with a silver (400m), and the 4x400m relay team with George Rhoden and Leslie Laing added to that illustrious duo, faltered with a mid-race injury to Wint, seen later limping from the track in a whole lot more than mere physical pain. That quartet had set the stage for future glory and worldwide reverence, accorded our heroes. Quoting from the famous poem, Abou Ben Adhem by English essayist and poet, James Henry Leigh Hunt, “May their tribe increase.” Come Helsinki, four years later, there was more to be heard from the faltering foursome. Gold was their prize at a still well remembered Games. This was after Rhoden, running from the then-outside lane, number six, put it over an inspired McKenley to take gold over his chief rival’s repeat silver. The ‘Herb Mac’ upbeat had come from an ‘on the wire’ and highly disputed to this day – surprise silver that catapulted the winner, USA’s Lindy Remigino, into the pages of history. The legendary McKenley, even moreso later, as a coach, had only entered the shorter race to ‘stretch his legs’ for the 400m title assault.last_img read more


first_imgThe LyIT GAA Ladies team pictured before Wednesday’s game against University of Ulster Coleraine in O’Donnell Park, where they were winners by a margin of 3-11 to 3-7.In O’Donnell Park on Wednesday the LyIT Ladies delivered on a promise to themselves of a good start to this year’s campaign.Wishing to impress new coach Eamon OBoyle, stalwarts like Aine Fagan and Sarah Faulkner were on top of their game in the face of a well-prepared University of Ulster Coleraine side. The locals got an early lead from the boot of Sarah Faulkner direct from the first 45 free kick of the day awarded by referee Joe O’Donnell, a point followed from Aine Higgins followed by another goal from the point scorer Higgins when she pounced on a defensive lapse by Coleraine.Sure footed Aoife O’Byrne in the full back position ensured that the Letterkenny girls took best advantage of the breeze at their backs in the first half and through some good defensive play and distribution LyIT had a substantial lead at the interval. The second half was a testing affair with the elements and the likes of Caela Farren, Brigetta Lynch and others, in the Coleraine team, finding a renewed vigour.A comeback, of sorts, seemed on but for the determination of Cathy DeWard, Charmaine McDermott, and the scoring of Aine Higgins, the local team maintained their shape in a demanding encounter to bring home the points with a final score of 3-11 to 3-7 in favour of LyIT. A spirited performance from LYIT GAA ladies team on Wednesday made sure of an important victory in the opening game of this season’s league, the Letterkenny girls won by 3-11 to 3-7. (photo by Paddy Gallagher).Aine Fagan in action for LyIT Ladies on Wednesday in o’Donnell park where the chalked up their first victory in the Division 4 clash with University of Ulster Coleraine, (photo by Paddy Gallagher).     LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL: LYIT GET OFF TO CRACKING START WITH WIN OVER UU COLERAINE was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYIT LADIES GAA TEAMUU COLERAinelast_img read more