JC’s Dawkins embraces RSPL experience at Tivoli

first_imgFOOTBALL: Red Stripe Premier League Former champions Tivoli Gardens continued their stabilising work in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) under the guidance of Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, when they defeated fierce rivals and relegation-battling Waterhouse 1-0. The win marked Tivoli’s third in their last five games and saw them move from 10th to ninth position and seven points above the relegation zone, with eight games to play. Donovan Dawkins, a Jamaica College (JC) schoolboy who is fondly referred to as “Babylon”, was happy to aid in arresting his team’s slide down the points table. Waterhouse sank deeper in trouble as they lost their second successive match and remained firmly at the foot of the table on 21 points, six behind Cavalier, who were due to meet Harbour View last night. “This is my second Premier League goal and it feels great because this goal is important to my team because it gives us a lead of eight points above Waterhouse, so even if we lose or draw we still have a good gap above them,” the 17-year-old fourth former explained. The youngster, who scored the winning goal to give JC the Manning Cup ahead of St George’s College, said performances like Sunday night’s will help to fulfil his dream of playing at the collegiate level and/or professionally. “I am looking to either be a professional footballer or to go to college on a scholarship and then play professionally and playing in this league helps me to improve. I was a part of the national Under-17s and I am looking forward to being a part of the national Under-20s. I have been to camp once so far and am looking to more invitations and these can only help,” the humble, but confident teenager said. While schoolboy football is different from playing among grown men, Dawkins said that he is quite at home in the RSPL. “I feel comfortable playing at this level because it helps me to improve and I think I am holding my own. I play against some older guys and I don’t find it difficult. There have been lots of young players playing before me and others who are playing now so it is nothing special or nothing that I cannot deal with,” he said, playing down the significance of his involvement. What made his transition from schoolboy representative to Premier League player even more smooth is the presence of former national representative and current national invitee, Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson and Junior Flemmings, respectively. “Their presence make me feel good because I have been playing with Flemmings since Under-13 level and also schoolboy football at Jamaica College because I am a student at Jamaica College, where he went too. “Playing with Teddy is also special because he is someone who has played professionally and has come back to help out his old club so this is something good. I look up to him and could also learn from him and I want to emulate him by being a professional one day,” the powerfully-built young man said. Standings (ahead of last night’s match between Cavalier and Harbour View) Teams                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts MoBay United             26       14          9          3      43       15         28     51 Arnett                          25       15         4        6         42        20        22     49  Portmore                     25       14          4       7         30        23        7       46     Humble Lion FC         25         9         9       7         22        21        1        36 UWI FC                      25         9          7         9        25       34      -9       34      H View                        24         8          9        7         29         24       5       33     Boys’ Town                 25        8          6        11       28         38       -10      30            Reno                            26        7          9        10         25        38       -13      30  Tivoli                                 25          8           5          12          29            33         -4       29 Cavalier SC                  24       7           6       11        18         23       -5       read more

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How West Won

first_imgThat was a senior-oriented team with running back Baucham and quarterback Oslund the key players. This year, it’s their turn to win, albeit with a younger team, but with expectations higher than in the past. “We’re trying to build a program,” Oslund said. “We want to show that we were not a one-year wonder.” That quest begins with Baucham, the 2006 Daily Breeze Player of the Year. He returns as the Bay League’s most explosive offensive threat. Last season, he rushed for 1,990 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on 265 carries. As a strong safety, Baucham made 52 tackles and had four interceptions. He scored two touchdowns on defense and added two more on special teams. By John Klima STAFF WRITER When Brian Baucham and Marc Oslund began last season as juniors, they realized that West Torrance was talented and had an opportunity to achieve more than the program had been able to accomplish in recent years. It took three weeks last season for West to establish itself, rolling out point totals of 60, 45, and 50 in the first three weeks of the season, while the defense allowed just 12 total points. “We’re trying to win this year, but also trying to help the coaches build for next year,” Baucham said. “We can win while we build as long as we stay healthy.” Oslund agreed with that assessment. “I don’t see us struggling if we play to our full potential,” Oslund said. “If we play the way we can, we’ll be fine. I honestly believe that.” Oslund matured last season in his first year as the starter, throwing for more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions. At 6-foot-5, he has the height to read defenses, and said he has made progress in that aspect. He has arm strength, and his accuracy improved as the season went on last year. Coach Greg Holt was pleased with the way Oslund matured into a leader last season. He expects him to continue that development. “I love the role,” Oslund said. “Last year was a great experience for me and a lot of guys who didn’t have a lot of winning teams come before us. Now we’re defending a Bay League title. That’s an exciting position to be in.” Oslund and Baucham said they worked hard to prepare for the season and wanted to serve as role models. They want West to be prepared for its Bay League schedule that begins with an important game in Week 5 at Mira Costa. “I guarantee every team we play has a reason to want to kill us,” Oslund said. `I’ve been through three `Hell Weeks’ and we’ve come into this one in better shape as a group than we ever have before.” Baucham knows that he, too, will have to perform to match the expectations of his junior season. “That pumps me up when I hear guys say, `I’m gonna break your leg,”‘ Baucham said. “That makes me feel like I’m doing my job.” For West to do its job and repeat as Bay League champion, it needs to develop on the offensive line in the first few weeks of the season. West begins the season with El Segundo, Torrance, Hawthorne, South Torrance and North Torrance. “We have to replace some pretty good players with some younger kids,” Holt said. “Hopefully we’ll stay healthy and our young boys will become young men in a hurry.” If that happens, it would mirror the progress of Baucham and Oslund, and could prove to be a winning formula for a team that went 12-1-1 last year. “It’s huge for us to be leaders,” Baucham said. “All the young guys look to us. We have to show them what it means to win.” john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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