“The Honourable MP has clearly been misinformed, as it is very evident that he did not see or read my statement in person,” Tkatchenko said.”There is nothing in my statement that labels all Western Highlanders, as stated by the MP.“I suggest that he go through my statement personally, and make his conclusions.”The National Government is the key stakeholder for hosting rights for the upcoming 2016 FIFA Under 20 Womens World Cup in November, and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, and this incident has brought our credibility to host such events into question.“Everything that we have worked hard for as a Government, to bring these games to our shores, could all be thrown out the window, due to the actions of those supporters and Official.“It doesn’t matter where this official comes from, his actions are totally unacceptable and are a total disgrace,” Tkatchenko said.Picture: File photo of Minister for Sports Justin Tkatchenko
THE CALABAR TEAM Despite all the spicy ingredients that continue to flavour the run into ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships 2017 (Champs), my prediction that Kingston College (KC) will win Boys’ Champs at a canter remains intact. Admittedly, my confidence in my prediction was jolted by the marauding display by Calabar High in the final leg of the Digicel Grand Prix. Many colleagues and friends keep warning that the margin of 70 to 100 points for the KC victory was excessive and premature, but despite the extra motivation for the defending champions, Calabar, fuelled by the still fuming Ari Rodgers controversy, as well as the several annoying pundits, myself included, who are guilty as charged of effectively underestimating the heart of the champions. KC, despite their rich Champs history, have not lifted the prestigious Mortimer Geddes trophy in eight years, which means very few of the current coaching staff, athletes, and the general student body even know what it takes or what it feels like to win Champs. Conversely, very few, if any of the Calabar athletes and general student body knows what it’s like to lose Champs. All that said, I remain resolute that all things considered, KC will score a much easier win than all the experts are saying. Outside of the predictive point-by-point, race-by-race, and event-by-event analysis and tabulation, I wish to add some invisible intangibles that I posit will help to propel the Purples to a spectacular victory. Intertwined in those obnoxious often irrational cultish characteristics exhibited by most of the KC faithful, especially at this time of the year, is an innate championship mettle, confidence and self-belief, qualities that are passed down to every KC athlete of every generation. This very same superior inflated impression of self, and innate confidence in their limitless abilities, are quite often what push even the average KC athlete to unfathomable heights of performances. Whenever there is that confidence and belief, backed up by real quality in a KC Champs campaign, they are near-impossible to beat. Calabar, for sure, has the bigger individual names, especially in Class One. The likes of the irrepressible Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens, and Dejour Russell, are all showstoppers in their own right; but Champs is a numbers game and a points game. The meticulously deployed collection of smaller named athletes could conceivably scrape together more points than the relatively few big-performing stars, and that’s the exact formula that KC will employ to ensure my brave prediction is fulfilled. As for the girls, Edwin Allen will win comfortably. Indeed, the three-time defending girls’ champions will make it look very easy, much easier that many of the experts are predicting. For sure, Hydel, St Jago and the resurgent former champions Holmwood Technical and Vere Technical will all garner big points. However, as is the case with KC, the depth and quality of the Frankfield-based institution will prove way too hot to handle for all the other pretenders. Champs 2017 promises to be spectacular and historic, and before a single race is run, I wish to posit an equally spectacular and historic prediction. For the first time in the long and storied history of Champs, the boys’ champions, who I predict will be Kingston College, and the girls’ champions, who I predict will be Edwin Allen, will win their respective titles by the same points margin, within the range of 70-100 points. That will happen come the night of April 1, 2017, and when it happens, it certainly will not be an April Fool’s trick.
WHITTIER – A big-rig and a vehicle collided Thursday morning on the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near the Peck Road exit, causing a brief lane closure, authorities said. No serious injuries were reported. The accident occurred just before 10 a.m. Schurr to host magic show MONTEBELLO – A magic show fundraiser to benefit academic programs at four elementary schools takes place at 7:30 tonight and Saturday at Schurr High School auditorium, 820 N. Wilcox Ave. The fundraiser was organized by IMPACT, a student community service club at Schurr. Magician John Gabriel will perform. Proceeds will go to Schurr’s four feeder elementary schools. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. For more information, call (323) 887-3090. Military hallway gets a face-lift WHITTIER – The Whittier Historical Society Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave., will hold a pre-Memorial Day unveiling of the museum’s newly renovated and updated military hallway at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The name of Whittier soldier Brian Hughes, who was killed in 1967 in Vietnam, was recently added to the wall. Hughes had been corresponding with students at St. Mary’s Elementary School while he was in Vietnam. The day he was killed was the day the students received Hughes’s last letter. Hughes’s father, Elmer Hughes, will attend the event. For more information, call (562) 945-3871. Relay for Life set for Saturday LA MIRADA – The fourth annual Relay for Life, 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Benton Middle School, 15709 E. Olive Branch Lane. Numerous teams have paid $15 and will walk around the Benton track from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday. At 9 p.m., luminaries will be placed around the field. Each candle-lighted bag will have a memorial message. The La Mirada Kiwanis Club will hold a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (714) 232-0103. Mexican breakfast at VFW post SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3752, 11912 Rivera Road, will serve a Mexican breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday to raise funds for local veterans. For $4, guests will get chili verde, rice, beans, eggs, hash browns, toast, coffee and juice. For more information, call (562) 698-9059. Basketball league signups slated SANTA FE SPRINGS – Registration for the city’s summer adult basketball league will be held from Monday through May 25 at Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. Games begin the week of June 18 and will be played Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Activity Center, 11155 Charlesworth Drive. Team fees are $485 for residents and $505 for non-residents. A minimum of $225 is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (562) 863-4896. Free legal advice is available SANTA FE SPRINGS – Volunteer attorneys provide free legal advise – by appointment only – every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Neighborhood Center, 9255 Pioneer Blvd. To make an appointment, or for more information, call (562) 692-0261. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!