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By Christopher Gibbon Jr.
“Nothing is sweeter than another golden trophy!” This was the statement made by Khaydeen Thompson, former player of G.C. Foster College Female Basketball Team (The G.C Lionesses) after a 62 – 49 win over the UWI Pelicans when they went head to head in the Finals of 2019 Intercollegiate Basketball Competition on Friday March 8 at the GC Foster College courts.
It was like a jog down memory lane for G.C. College when they defeated the Pelicans 31-30 at the buzzer to hold the title in the 2017-2018 Intercollegiate Basketball Championships, now they have increased the gap to a whopping 13-point deficit closing the win on glory road for G.C. at 62-49.
‘Firing at Will’, the Lionesses stormed off on an 8-0 run in the first 5 minutes of the quarter. National Representative Kimoya Draggon and the Pelicans’ wings were wet putting them at slow start trailing with the first quarter ending at 16-09 in favor of GC.
Asha-lee Gordon, Gezelle Allison, and Jamelia Bennett with their combined score, totaled 40-points which gave the lionesses an outstanding performance. Half way in the 3rd quarter the G.C. Foster Fans were silent when the Pelicans for the first time in the game took the lead at a 4-point deficit also ending the quarter at 44-40.
THE LIONESSES ROAR
With 6 minutes 32 seconds remaining on the game clock the Fostodians snatched back the lead to 46-45. Cadene Cowen and Abigail Clarke of the Pelicans tried to make an upset on the Lionesses but it wasn’t enough as Draggon picked up her 5th personal foul.
Melisia Barnes with 7 points and 7 rebounds, Nassan-Gay Ricketts with 7 rebounds and Kelia Henry were strong defensively pulling down 14 rebounds and bucketing 7 points.
Both teams displayed outstanding performances coming into the finals, however, the Lionesses proved that they were hungrier for the win having all five games during the season.
New Basketball Head Coach and past student of G.C. Foster College, Cleon Morgan, congratulated the girls, saying that, “this win is very important to me, it helped in proving myself as a coach. With the objective at hand which is to win and in order to do so, I had to prepare the team through various training sessions so that when it comes down to crunch time, they will execute the way they should.” He alluded to their progress, that the team started out stronger than ever before, with their heads held up, they kept their end of the bargain.
In an Interview with Asha-lee Gordon, during her celebration she said, “every year when we make it to the finals it is something new, we had the same goal, we worked hard, we worked together as a team, we fought together to the end with all ounces of energy left within us and that’s what gave us this victory.”
“We lost the first half and we tried to pull it together in the 2nd half. But we fought back and it wasn’t enough to defeat G.C. Foster” Draggon said. “If I could relive the last 2 minutes of the game, I would’ve focused on two things. Seeing that I’ve fouled out of the game and if I was disciplined in the plays that I made, I would have made better decision in refraining from a foul. We also could have played better defense in the last quarter but we played well, we fought and congrats to G.C Foster College.”
This is the sixth consecutive Intercollegiate victory for the G.C. Foster Lionesses.
By: Andre Gayle, Staff Writer
In an effort to decrease the energy bill at the institution, G.C. Foster College has embarked on an energy saving project to make the operations at the college more energy efficient.
The project which will start in March of this year will be done in three phases. Phase one will focus on upgrading on all lighting fixtures to LED technology. Phase two will focus on upgrading on all air conditioning units to high efficiency inverter type installation and Phase three part of the project will involve the installation of Grid-Tied Solar Systems of 100 kilowatts. It is estimated that this project will yield a reduction of 75% – 78% of power consumption.
Enersave Solutions Limited, who won the bid to undertake this project indicated that the first phase will be completed within a month. The funds to complete this project will be provided by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).
G.C. Foster College’s project manager, Mr. Sheldon Gordon, who is also the Plant and Facility Manager stated that this new development is a game changer for G.C. Foster College. He indicated that negotiations had started for some years now and is long in coming. He also shared that this project would help staff in becoming more knowledgeable about energy efficiency and would further benefit the college tremendously by increasing the amount of available resources.
The partnership between G.C. Foster College and the Knockalva Polytechnic College has been further strengthened when the orientation session for the first cohort of the Associate Degree in Coaching took place on Thursday February 21, 2019 at the Knockalva Campus in Hanover. Programme coordinator, Steve Davis who is a Principal Lecturer at the G.C. Foster College expressed that this is a great opportunity for G.C. Foster to expand its programme offerings to the western part of the island.
He stated that it will provide opportunities for almost anyone who is willing to attend a tertiary institution, as it will not only benefit students, but it will go well for the development of sport in the Western Region and in Jamaica.
This opportunity is an avenue to develop sport personnel and practitioners in the region, while allowing for the sharing of facilities and faculty personnel between the two colleges.
The other courses that will be streamlined are: The Certificate in Sports Management and The Certificate in Sport Fitness Instruction.
Members of the Jamaica Handball Federation (JHF) visited the G.C. Foster College on Tuesday February 12, 2019 to promote the sport of Handball. Oery Warren, Chairman of the federation stated that their intentions were to collaborate with the College in order to train coaches and P.E. teachers in the sport. He also indicated the need for the sport to be played in Jamaica on a wider scale, thus developing it to a level for Jamaica to compete at the Olympic games. He spoke to their missions, which is to develop the sport in high schools, primary schools and on a community level. The federation, which started in 2007, has garnered the assistance of Head Coach, Keven Decaux and assistant coach, Samir Bidah who are both from Brazil.