… remains the preferred presidential candidatePOPULAR cricket administrator Hilbert Foster yesterday refused to comment on his decision whether he will be a presidential candidate for Sunday’s Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) elections.Foster’s new approach has now put the most vital elections in the history of the BCB in suspense, and at the same time leaves Dhierandranauth Somwaru as the only confirmed candidate for the upcoming presidential polls.“I have no comment to make,” Foster said, when asked yesterday whether he has decided to contest for the BCB top post.Foster, who is the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club had told the Chronicle Sport in an interview recently that it will take a superhuman effort to lift Berbice cricket.However, while Foster is unclear of his approach, he remains the preferred presidential candidate.Chronicle Sport spoke to a number of present and former cricketers and cricket administrators, who have clearly aired their support for Foster.“Cricket in Berbice needs someone like Foster, a former West Indies opening batsman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.“Look its straightforward, they had this guy (Somwaru), who took over from Beharry (Anil), and this guy just doesn’t have a clue what is going on, I am not saying he (Somwaru) can’t be the right man for the job, but at present I am of the opinion that Foster is the man. He can move Berbice cricket forward,” a former BCB administrator, who also wishes to remain anonymous, opined.According to what is stipulated in the Cricket Administration Bill, three sub-associations, along with eleven first-division clubs, have secured voting rights during the elections process.The sub-associations are: West Berbice, Berbice River and Upper Corentyne while the first division clubs are Blairmont, Police, Mt Sinai, Fort Canje, Guymine, Rose Hall Estate, Chesney, Albion, Port Mourant, Whim and Kildonan.Each sub-association is entitled to four voting delegates while the clubs have two voting delegates each.The October 8 elections will be the first since 2014, and perhaps will be the most important one for the county.
Two wins.That’s all the Syracuse women’s ice hockey team needs to match last season’s win total. And the season, which stretches until March, is only about one-third over.After outscoring Rensselaer and RIT 10-1 in its three home games last week, Syracuse (8-5-1) is confident heading into two games against Robert Morris this weekend in Tennity Ice Pavilion.“I think that the wins are a big turning point for the team. We have more momentum going into the games, more confidence,” SU forward Melissa Piacentini said. “Going into the game on Friday, our coach mentioned that we should start doubling our scores. It was good to follow through with that.”The Orange is 3-0-1 in College Hockey America play so far this season, good for second place behind Mercyhurst. Robert Morris, which won the conference title last season, is in fourth place. After two dominant victories last weekend, the Orange is clicking in all areas of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU won both games against Rensselaer 4-0. The Orange controlled the puck most of the time and managed to outshoot the Engineers 60-31. Before last weekend, the Orange was scoring an average of two and a half goals per game. At the same time, the defense was allowing an average of two goals per game.Still, Syracuse has had an up-and-down start to the season as it has struggled to find consistency.“I think our defense is doing well. I think our goalies are doing well. We just need to produce a little more offense, and I think this could be a turning point,” defender Jacquie Greco said.Forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said she thinks the team gained a lot of confidence against RPI, which gives the Orange momentum going into the Robert Morris series.“Definitely winning conference games and having those wins under our belt is a huge bonus for us,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “I think showing from experience, a lot of the older girls know what a physical weekend this is going to be.”Last year, SU lost three games to Robert Morris and tied one while being outscored 12-7. This weekend, Carrie-Mattimoe said she thinks the outcome from this weekend could foreshadow the team’s tournament chances.Carrie-Mattimoe said she thinks this season is shaping out to be a turnaround season for the program. She said that starting this weekend, she hopes the team can start fighting for the conference title.“I think when we get on a role, they definitely see us as a competing team,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “We want to be a threat. We want to make people scared to come play in our barn.”Goaltender Kallie Billadeau broke two school records on Friday. Billadeau completed her fourth shutout of the season and sixth of her career. She said the team needs to stay focused at practice in order to stay focused in the game.“Just keep a real good mental focus. Physically, I think we are fine,” Billadeau said. “I think in the past few games we have shown our grittiness and our hard work, and I think we just need to keep that up.”Billadeau agreed with what Carrie-Mattimoe and her coaches said about the importance of this weekend. She thinks that winning this weekend won’t just help their conference chances, but also their mindset.“If we get two wins, we would have just as many wins as we had last season,” Billadeau said. “We have a lot more to prove and we have a lot of tough competitions coming up on our schedule.” Comments Published on November 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm Contact David: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+