Pele FC’s Roxanne Keith – Lifelong Dedication to the Game

first_imgWHEN it comes to club football, few in the game have worked as tirelessly as Roxanne Keith, who serves as Team Manager and Assistant Secretary to Pele FC, one of Guyana’s oldestRoxanne Keithfootball clubs.Supporting and being part of the club has been something of a lifelong commitment for Roxanne, as she pointed out, “I have been around Pele FC since I was about 13 years old. I went to Bedford School with famous players such as Clive Perry and ‘’Durdy’ Butts, so when they went on to join Pele FC I continued to support them at the club.“When female football started, I was one of Pele’s female players and two of my sons (Mandella and Konata Mannings) have gone on to represent the club as players.”“For the past eight years I have served as Team Manager, while for the past six years, I have been Assistant Secretary and Treasurer.”Vibert ‘Durdy’ ButtsHaving played local football for the club, Keith provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of local Guyanese football, recalling the talented females she played alongside, having captained the Pele FC female side, lining up with Deborah Douglas, Alison Daly, and Maureen Young.With the Guyana Football Federation developing youth and future star players of Guyana through the launch of the GFF-Scotiabank National Academy, it’s important to not forget players of the past and Roxanne’s lifelong dedication to the game in Guyana provides a valuable insight into the players of a previous generation.Indeed, working at a club with such a rich history as Pele FC, Roxanne has seen numerous famed players come through the ranks, as she reminisced on the likes of Keith Niles, Patrick Barton, the late Shawn Bishop and Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson.Guyana’s National Women’s team, the Lady Jags, on the other hand, tended in recent times to be dominated by overseas-born players from the Diaspora, leading many fans to question why locally based women do not reach the level required to play internationally.The recent conclusion of the Women’s Development League is one small step in producing local-based women who can make the National team.When it comes to the future of Women’s football in Guyana, Roxanne Keith believes “all the clubs have to form women’s teams, but to do that, they have to seek finances to keep them going. Female teams at every club is a part of the sport that I would most definitely love to see become a reality before I get old.”last_img read more

Erickson: Kerdiles has tough path to clearance

first_imgRaise your hand if you are on Twitter or Facebook.Yeah that’s what I thought. It’s ok folks, I’m constantly tuned in to both.But these days words like “make your profile private” and “don’t share any of your personal information online” are becoming everyday turns of phrase just like “look both ways before you cross the street” and “never accept candy from a stranger.”Unfortunately for freshman forward Nic Kerdiles, he didn’t heed the aforementioned warnings and shared a little too much information via both popular social feeds. That little slip has caused the NCAA to question the Irving, Calif., native’s eligibility and as of this week, he has been suspended for the season. The Wisconsin men’s hockey team is currently appealing the decision.Here’s the situation. Kerdiles posted a photo donning gear from Pulver Sports – an agency – and also tweeted that he went out to dinner with them. These posts have cost him a year of college hockey. But the catch is, if Kerdiles didn’t keep the gear or if he paid for his own dinner then he should be cleared – something the athletic department is currently trying to argue.Now, all anyone can do is simply wait. Chances are if Wisconsin loses the appeal, Kerdiles will leave UW and play in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets. If he did that though, it would only delay serving the current ban. If that would be the case, it’s safe to say Kerdiles will never skate as a Badger.But I’m getting way ahead of myself. Here are the facts: Kerdiles is currently suspended because of ineligibility and Wisconsin is appealing that decision.To put it bluntly: it sucks. Kerdiles was expected to make an impact immediately, slated to skate on the top line alongside juniors Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes. The Badgers know what they have without him simply because he’s a freshman, but the 2012-13 squad would be bolstered that much more by the 18-year-old forward who was drafted 36th overall in the 2012 NHL draft.But also considering recent cases of similar situations, it’s quite unfair.There is no way the NCAA can be 100 percent positive Kerdiles actually did anything wrong, maybe he did pay for those meals on his own. Maybe he isn’t paying anyone from Pulver Sports and is simply getting advice – which is allowed.Kerdiles faces a very similar situation former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton faced two years ago. Newton was accused of allegations that would have made him ineligible for the season, which ultimately would have cost him a Heisman Trophy and a national title. But while the NCAA was processing the allegations he was still allowed to play. The NCAA sort of swept the whole thing under their living room rug and pretended nothing happened. They didn’t seem to really force the issue, even with their investigation. We also see this all the time in basketball.That begs the question: why are they being so harsh on hockey? The answer is money.Hockey has such a loud, proud niche audience. It’s not televised in the same way as basketball and football because it’s not as popular on a national scale. The NCAA won’t tarnish sports in-season the way the potential loss of Newton could have. Newton was superman. He had an inspiring background and a magic ability to make things happen on the field. To suddenly render him ineligible would have upset fans as if he was the next Tiger Woods.This is certainly a hypothetical situation, but the fact remains that hockey seems like a pest to the NCAA more than anything else. Major tournaments are played in sub-par arenas – especially on the women’s side – and the national title tournament is often dominated by the same handful of teams that the NCAA seemingly could really care less which hockey powerhouse wins it year in and year out.Kerdiles has found himself in a tough situation, but unfortunately for him, he’s guilty until proven innocent.Kelly is a senior majoring in journalism and un peu de Fran?ais. Think the NCAA is being unfair or for once sticking to its guns? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald.com or on Twitter @kellymerickson.last_img read more

Female volleyball play-off and play-out matches will be played this weekend in Pekija

first_imgFemale volleyball team ”Jahorina” will perform in the first quarter finals match for the champion on Saturday, the 2nd of March against the volleyball players of the team ”HE” from Višegrad. This match will be played at 18:00 p.m. in Pekija. The second quarter final match of the play-off will be played between the teams from Bihać and Gacko.Female volleyball team ”Kula” from Gradačac is currently on the second place on the ranking list of the Premier League, and it has qualified together with the team ”Jedinstvo” directly into the semi-finals of the competition.In the first round of the play-out session team ”Radnik” will play against the team ”Kakanj” and team ”Modrića” will play against the team ”BI Volley”.last_img read more

Who is Jacob Eason? Highlights, NFL Draft scouting reports & more on Colts’ fourth-round pick

first_imgEason realized he would continue to be buried behind Fromm on the Bulldogs’ depth chart, and more competition was coming once Georgia had landed five-star quarterback recruit Justin Fields. So Eason decided to head back home and transfer to Washington. Per the NCAA’s transfer rules, he was forced to sit out the 2018 college football season.Jacob Eason stats from Georgia, WashingtonEason’s numbers from his true freshman season at Georgia are impressive, especially in the context of his performing against SEC defenses. His case as an NFL Draft prospect was padded beautifully with a monster season at Washington last year.Eason’s 3,132 passing yards in 2019 marked the fourth-highest total in Huskies single-season history, and the 349 passing yards he posted against Eastern Washington were the most ever by a quarterback in his first start for Washington.YearSchoolClassGamesComp.Att.Pct.YardsY/AAY/ATDsINTsRating2016GeorgiaFR1320437055.124306.66.5168120.22017GeorgiaSO34757.1284.04.00090.72019WashingtonJR1326040564.231327.78.0238143.9Jacob Eason NFL Draft scouting reportsSporting News”Eason has a strong arm made to deliver impressive deep balls, which makes him a great fit for a vertical passing game that plays off the power running game with play-action shots. He needs to be more consistent and efficient to hold a starting job in the NFL.”NFL.com”His elite size and arm talent are reminiscent of Carson Palmer, but issues with pocket poise and getting through progressions cleanly are more reminiscent of Brock Osweiler. Eason is fun to watch when he’s ripping throws around the field and taking deep play-action shots, but a lack of mobility inside and outside the pocket is troubling, considering his ineffectiveness when pressured. He’s relatively inexperienced and should continue to develop from the pocket, but poise is hard to fix, and handling exotic blitz packages is not a given. He’s a pro-style, play-action-based quarterback with average starter potential and an average backup floor.” Eason can make every throw asked of him, but he was included on SN’s list of potential NFL Draft busts in part because of the doubt about how the rest of his game will translate to the NFL. Plus, quarterback selections beyond the first round in the NFL Draft typically carry much more weight than others given the impactful nature of the position.Below is all you need to know about Eason, who was a high school football superstar before his nomadic college career.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardJacob Eason highlightsEason’s arm strength is obvious, and his highlights display some impressive throws on play-action passes.Below are a couple of his highlight clips from his lone season at Washington in 2019.Jacob Eason NFL Combine resultsAt 6-6, Eason tied Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Oregon State’s Jake Luton as the tallest quarterbacks at the 2020 NFL Combine. His athletic testing numbers, though, ranked near the bottom among QBs.Height6-6Weight231 poundsArms32 7/8″Hands9 1/2″40-yard dash4.89 secondsVertical jump27.5 inchesBroad jump110.0 inches3-cone drill7.5 seconds20-yard shuttle4.75 secondsJacob Eason’s high school careerEason had a ridiculously impressive high school football career at Lake Stevens High School outside of Seattle, which is why he was the top recruit in Georgia’s 2016 class.Eason, who was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2015 and the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2016, passed for more than 10,000 yards and 99 touchdowns in high school, including 3,585 yards and 43 touchdowns (while only throwing six interceptions) as a senior.Below are some highlights from Eason’s senior season at Lake Stevens.Jacob Eason’s Georgia career, competition with Jake Fromm, transfer to WashingtonEason was not the starter when Georgia opened its 2016 season against North Carolina, but the freshman quickly took the job when given his chance. He entered the game on the Bulldogs’ fourth possession and ended up throwing for 131 yards and a touchdown in a win. The next week against Nicholls, Eason became the sixth true freshman quarterback in Georgia history to start, and he started every game the rest of the season.His 2,430 passing yards that year were the fourth most by a Georgia freshman, and he was looking to build on that success in 2017 after he beat freshman Jake Fromm for the starting job. Then Eason injured his knee in the season-opener against Appalachian State. Fromm took over, and Eason never started another game at Georgia.Even after Eason recovered from his knee injury, Fromm stuck as the starter, which was a good move by Kirby Smart and a coaching staff that led the Bulldogs to that season’s national championship game. At least one of Jacob Eason’s goals in the NFL should be becoming known for something better than being they guy who lost his starting quarterback job to Jake Fromm at Georgia. Eason, who transferred to Washington before the 2018 college football season and played just one season for the Huskies, has the physical tools to do just that.Conventional wisdom suggests Eason, 22, is a good-but-not-great NFL quarterback prospect. He is similarly ranked by NFL.com (No. 64) and by Sporting News​ (No. 63) among the top players in the 2020 NFL Draft, with his strong arm being the biggest attribute in his favor.last_img read more