Ready for new Red Stripe Premier League season
The time for preparation is over and all 12 teams, including defending champions Montego Bay United, are now looking forward to an exciting new season in the island's top football competition, the Red Stripe Premier League.
A number of the teams have strengthened to meet the 2016-17 season. The promoted clubs have been especially busy in the transfer window. New boys Jamalco of Clarendon have brought in a massive 18 new players including Odean Clarke and Andre Dawson from Cavalier, Roshane Sharpe from Reno and Trevol Smith who played for Humble Lion last year.
Maverley-Hughenden have brought in 12 new players. They include Jamoy Sibbles, Rodico Wellington and Robert Williams of Tivoli Gardens and Shamar Brown from Boys' Town.
3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Maverley- Hughenden - Wespow Park
3:30 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Reno - Barbican Complex
3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Jamalco - Juici Park
3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Waterhouse - UWI Bowl, Mona
3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs Boys' Town - Effortville Comm. Centre
7:00 p.m: Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens - Harbour View Stadium
Last year's team standings before play-offs
P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1. Portmore United 33 18 7 8 42 29 +13 61
2. Arnett Gardens FC 33 18 6 9 49 29 +20 60
3. Montego Bay United FC 33 16 11 6 53 26 +27 59
4. Humble Lion FC 33 13 11 9 30 27 +3 50
5. UWI FC 33 13 10 10 39 41 -2 49
6. Harbour View FC 33 10 13 10 39 34 +5 43
7. Tivoli Gardens FC 33 12 7 14 39 40 -1 43
8. Boys' Town FC 33 10 8 15 35 52 -17 38
9. Waterhouse FC 33 8 10 15 32 40 -8 34
10. Reno FC 33 7 13 13 35 54 -19 34
11. Rivoli United FC 33 8 9 16 38 47 -9 33
12. Cavalier SC 33 8 9 16 24 36 -12 33
THE TEAMS FOR 2016-17 SEASON
Coach: Lijyasu Simms
Home venue: Constant Spring Complex
Players in: Akeem Brown (Barbican FC), Shamar Brown (Boys' Town FC), Nicholas Campbell (Barbican), Liston James (Rivoli United FC), Jovell Plunkett (Rivoli), Chadrick Prawl (Duhaney Park), Nicholas Scott (Rivoli), Troy Moulton (Rivoli), Jamoy Sibbles (Tivoli Gardens FC), Rodico Wellington (Tivoli), Robert Williams (Tivoli) and Raymond Williamson (Rivoli). Note: Former club in brackets.
Player out: Cordian Palmer has moved to Waterhouse FC.
Coach's comment: Well, we are where we want to be in terms of preparation. Our aim is to remain in the premier league. The focus is not to lose, so we are in a positive mind-set.
BOYS' TOWN FC
Coach: Andrew Price
Home venue: Barbican Complex
Players in: Jerry Walters (Arnett Gardens FC), Claudious Blackburn (Harbour View FC), Andrew Allen (Harbour View)
Players out: Rafeik Thomas to Humble Lion, Shamar Brown to Maverley/Hughenden FC, Tevin Shaw to Tivoli Gardens FC.
Coach's comment: As you know, our club is slowly becoming a nursery because I don't prevent players from moving to other clubs. However, we will continue to stay the course and give youngsters a chance in the league.
TIVOLI GARDENS FC
Coach: Omar Edwards
Home venue: Edward Seaga Complex
Players in: Mitchly Waul (Boys' Town), Nickoy Christian (Dunbeholden FC), Tevin Shaw (Boys' Town), Kevin Graham (Rivoli United), Marvin Stewart (Benfica FC), Junior McGregor (Rivoli), Colorado Murray (Harbour View FC) and Nicholas Smith (Barbican).
Players out: Shawn McKoy to Arnett Gardens, Rodico Wellington to Maverley/Hughenden, Robert Williams to Maverley/Hughenden and Jamoy Sibbles to Maverley/Hughenden.
Coach's comment: We believe the new players will fit well into our system of play. I am extremely confident that the team will bring back the glory day to the club. The players have responded well to me.
Coach: Marvin Tate
Home venue: Drewsland Stadium
Players in: Akino Bailey (Barbican FC), Kayce Bromfield (Reno FC), Odane Edwards (Tru Juice FC), Oshane Greaves (Beacon Hill FC), Diego Haughton (August Town FC), Jahmika Hutchinson (Highgate FC), Rushane Jarrett (Lime Hall), Kevin Kellyman (Rae Town FC), Nathaniel Leslie (Tru Juice), Ramone McGregor (Barbican), Severo Murphy (Highgate), Cordian Palmer (Maverley/Hughenden FC), Lenworth Pine (Rivoli United), Andre Reid (Brazil) and Keno Simpson (Barbican FC).
Players out: Jermain Anderson, Sean Coleman to Jamalco FC and Hughan Gray to Humble Lion.
Coach's comment: We have some very promising youngsters for this season. The squad has an average age of 22 years and seven months. Our focus is on youths. We will continue to develop youth players.
Coach: Marcel Gayle
Home venue: The University of the West Indies Bowl, Mona
Players in: Dawyne Smith (Cavalier SC) and Jhaiovanne Howard.
Player out: Girvon Brown to Club Deportivo Dragon in El Salvador
Coach's comment: We would love to put a step forward after our fifth place finish last season. That was our first season and we narrowly missed the semi-finals. Now that the league has changed format to allow six teams to play-off for the title, I am looking forward to a top-six finish."
PORTMORE UNITED FC
General manager: Clive Marshall
Home venue: Juici Park, Clarendon
Players in: Shawayne Nelson (Sporting Central)
Players out: Ricardo Dennis (Humble Lion)
Manager's comments: The team has really continued to improve. Everything we do in our youth programme is about development. The general theme is to improve every aspect of our development, our game, our infrastructure, our management team, our coaching staff, our technical staff, it's all about improving and if we can continue to improve the sky is the limit.
HUMBLE LION FC
Manager: Sheldon Holness
Home venue: Effortville Community Centre
Players in: Ricardo Dennis (Portmore), Cornell Robinson (Sporting Central), Rafeik Thomas (Boys' Town), Dwayne Holmes (MoBay United), Hughan Gray (Waterhouse), Leon Irving (Tomorrow's People), Gary McIntosh (Arnett Gardens).
Players out: Tyrone Buddah (Jamalco), Rannaldo Christian (Jamalco).
Manager's comment: We have acquired the services of Donovan Duckie, one of the best coaches in the league and one of the best coaches in the country by far. He has brought to the table, a very high level of professionalism, a high level of tactical awareness and sharpness to the team and I believe that the cadre of players we currently have there will take us all the way.
Our chairman, Mike Henry, has put things in place to win the league this year ... and we feel that after coming so close for the past two seasons if we are not champions this season we would have under-achieved.
HARBOUR VIEW FC
Coach: Ludlow Bernard
Home venue: Harbour View Stadium
Players in: Daniel Green (Brazil), Dario Stewart (Volvo), Dean-Andre Thomas (Brazil), Ross Burton (Rivoli), Kemar Bennett (Rivoli), Le-Rohn Young (Durham FC, Canada), Le-Shaun Young (Durham FC, Canada).
Players out: Claudious Blackburn (Boys' Town), Andrew Allen (Boys' Town), Colorado Murray (Tivoli).
Coach's comment: The management of this club is very desirous of regaining the Red Stripe Premier League trophy so all work is geared to us lifting the title this year. The first thing we need to achieve is stability in the squad. Last season we were seriously hampered by the outward movement of players, for them to get better opportunities of course, but clearly it hampers our ambitions to the title, so hopefully we can get our group together and be consistent throughout the season.
There are going to be a significant changes. Changes in respect to persons coming in and changes in respect to youngsters coming up from the youth programme. On Sunday people are going to be surprised as probably Rosario Harriott and Kevin Bryan will be the only familiar faces they will see.
ARNETT GARDENS FC
Coach: Jerome Waite
Home venue: Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
Players in: Jeffrey Grant (Cavalier), Delante Pottinger (Rockfort), Davion Bell (Watson Grove), Carlloyd Walters (Cavalier), Shawn McKoy (Tivoli).
Players out: Jerry Walters (Boys' Town), Gary McIntosh (Humble Lion).
Coach's comment: The group that we have has an average age of 23, so maybe we have a handful of players over 30. It's a good mixture with youngsters and experienced players. We just have to keep our standard up and ensure that we stay competitive.
Arnett Gardens are one of the teams always tipped to start slow. The fact that so many players are overseas means we just have to do with what we have. Now these youngsters have an opportunity to represent and show what they are made of and I am expecting a fairly good season before the others join us.
Coach: Rayon Johnson
Home venue: Wembley Centre of Excellence
Players in: Dellano Anderson (Sporting Central), Peter Brown (New Bowens), Tyrone Buddah (Humble Lion), Hanel Burrell (GC Foster), Shavon Campbell (Humble Lion), Rannaldo Christian (Humble Lion), Odean Clarke (Cavalier), Sean Coleman (Waterhouse), Andre Dawson (Cavalier), Mikhail Howell (Sporting Central), Daryan James (GC Foster), Shauntel Mundle (Police National), Rohan Richards (GC Foster), Roshane Sharpe (Reno), Chadwick Simpson (Monymusk), Trevol Smith (Humble Lion), Levar Williams (Rivoli), Jason Wint (Bulls FC).
Players out: None
Coach's comment: We are just fine-tuning to hit the Premier League. We have added some new players and we have played a few practice games that I am comfortable with. There is always room for improvement but for most part I am comfortable.
"In the first game we will go up against Portmore and we will try to start on a high with a win and try to maintain it. We know it will get tougher as the season goes on and teams will get tougher and tougher.
We have tried to get young players who are talented in the parish. I watched them and based on the quality they possess they can manage and match up with the Premier League boys.
Coach: Wendell Downswell
Home venue: Frome Complex
Players in: Kadeem Stone (New Bowens), Shaquel Bryan ( New Bowens),
Romario Brown (Tafari Lion), Romario Smith (Super Action).
Players out: Kayce Bromfield (Waterhouse), Roshane Sharpe (Jamalco)
Coach's comments: With all the trouble we have had in the last few seasons, including battling the drop, I feel this season may end up being the one that propels us back to prominence. We feel good about what we are doing at the club currently, so if we get it right on the field this season, the sky's is the limit.
We desire to have a great start and once we can maintain that, who knows where we will end.
MONTEGO BAY UNITED FC
President: Orville Powell
Home venue: Wespow Park
Players in: Ramone Sibley (Reggae Youths), Cavaughn Smith (Reggae Youths), Otis Friend (Sporting Central), Derron McLeod (Sporting Central), Al Nesbeth (Cavalier), Jason Watson (Cavalier).
Players out: Dwayne Holmes (Humble Lion).
President's comment: We have made some changes but the main principles of our game remain the same on and off the field and so it's a great look in training and Mr Bozicic (new coach) has come in and is already whipping the team into shape. We are ready for the opening game against Maverley and hope for a win to break the jinx of never winning our opening fixture for quite some while now.