Boys’ Town stalwart defender Xavian Virgo says he holds no ill feelings towards temperamental Waterhouse striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, who knocked him unconscious with an elbow during their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Barbican Field last Sunday.”Tuffy called me the night. Although I could not really hear what he was saying because the line was breaking up, I knew he was apologising, so I just told him that everything was all right and that there were no hard feelings,” he said.”This is something that Tuffy Anderson always does in a game. He plays like that. It’s a natural thing for him,” admitted Virgo.”It’s dangerous because it was a scary moment for me. But it was just a challenge, and I came out on the bad side of it. He could have come out on the wrong side as well. So I have nothing against Tuffy. It’s just one of those days. It’s football all over,” Virgo told The Gleaner at a Locker Room Sports KSAFA Jackie Bell KO match at their Collie Smith Drive grounds on Tuesday, which Boys’ Town won 4-2 over Maxfield Park.Virgo also implored.”All I am just saying as a player is that we need to be more careful because it might happen to somebody else and it might be worse,” he said.”Some of the players need to be careful when they are playing because serious things can happen in football and some of us have our families to take care of. We are not playing to hurt each other, even though we play to win, play aggressive and hard, but be careful when they are out there playing.”NODAMAGEThe 30-year-old said he went blank after being hit but is pleased to know that he did not receive any major damage.”Tuffy jumped in front of me, swung his elbow and hit me in the centre of my face. I fell to the ground and saw blood coming from my face and I called to the referee, who was running towards me, looked at it and said ‘Tuffy, you see what you did?’. Then after that, I can’t tell you what happened as I passed out.”But none of the bones were damaged, so that was good. I only have a little pain to the neck. But all in all, I am recovering well … . By the next game, I should be ready because I returned to training this (Tuesday) morning,” he disclosed.
At last week’s Boys and Girls’ Championships, the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) pair of Rayon Butler and Jauavney James surprised their rivals with a one-two finish in the Class One 800 metres.According to STETHS coach, Reynaldo Walcott, the choice to target gold in that event rested on careful study and preparation. Regarding Butler, he cited the decision to do just one individual event as a key factor.After Butler and James had produced the fastest Class One 800m times – 1 minute 50.24 seconds and 1:50.27 – at Champs since 1990, Walcott revealed that he had carefully watched the performances of Tyrese Reid of Spot Valley High School and of the St Jago High duo of Leon Clarke and Joel John-Pierre.He noted that Reid had run well early in the season and improved to 1 minute 51.11 seconds at the Carifta Trials. However, Walcott observed, “When I saw him at the Carifta Trials, I got the impression that they couldn’t go any faster based on how I looked at them.”He made a similar assessment of the St Jago boys at Central Championships. After seeing John-Pierre obstruct fast-finishing Christiana’s Agerian Jackson to preserve a lead held by Clarke, he deduced, “When I saw that they did, it still struck me as they seemed to be hitting a wall.”They seemed to be struggling to go faster than the 1:52,” was his verdict of a race won by Clarke, a 2015 World Under-18 800m finalist, in 1:52.46.That seemed to cement the decision to constrain Butler, a former Champs winner at 1500 metres for Holmwood Technical High School, to run only the 800m.”So when I looked at everything and based on how training was going, I told myself that if Butler does just one event he would have a shot at it because he would approach that race with fresh legs compared to others who would feel the need to double,” Walcot said on Monday.James did double in the 800 and the 400 metre hurdles, but the coach explained, “James has proven that he can do the double or at least handle the double in the past.”Walcott’s view was spot on target. as Reid, arrived at Champs with an injury niggle, Clarke and 1500m winner Akeen Colley of Rusea’s all did the 800/1500 double.James had the lead throughout most of the final with a fast-finishing Butler edging home on the line.”When the race ended, I was happy that they came 1-2.” Nevertheless, he had one reservation.”I couldn’t say I was happy that Butler won … because I coach both of them and I have a soft spot for both of them,” he confessed.