Dominik Samuels: playing cricket with passion and success – Campion College all-rounder sets sights on West Indies team

first_imgSOME might say that cricket is a dying sport in Jamaica. But 16-year-old Dominik Samuels does not appear to be one who believes that. The Campion College Grace Shield team member has been playing cricket since he was four years old and in 12 years of playing at the prep and high school levels, his passion for the sport has never waned. While his father Raymond played Headley Cup cricket as a student of York Castle High, it was while still a young boy living in Barbados that Dominik’s love for the game really developed. “I influenced him, but I think the turning point for him was when I was on vacation and we were in St Ann and his cousin who was a couple of years older played cricket and he saw his cousin playing. We lived in the Bahamas, he started playing, but they don’t really play cricket in the Bahamas so there was no opportunity. I relocated to Barbados and at age five he really got to play cricket because they have a really strong prep school competition there,” the elder Samuels explained. While there, he also played for Wanderers Cricket Club and got the opportunity to play in camps with older and more experienced boys. “I’m certainly looking to play for the West Indies in the future, to play at the highest level of cricket. But I still want to balance my cricket and academics as well,” he said. “It’s a matter of time management really. I have to make timetables and understand that if I want to be successful I know how much work I have to put out so I can train in the evening,” he added. Having the strong support of both his parents who attend his games also helps, he said. As for the future, he wants to attend a school in the United Kingdom, where he can continue to pursue his cricketing goals. “Cricket is a game where you have to be disciplined and patient and you have to understand that things take time and you have to be diligent in what you do and cricket also taught me that when you fight out of tough situations you always come out with good results,” he said. “They have a pretty strong youth programme in Barbados and I must say it’s better than in Jamaica,” Samuels added. Dominik was captain of his prep school team in Barbados and when he moved to Jamaica at age 11, also captain Sts Peter and Paul Prep School team for one year, before moving on to Campion College. “It was a good experience because their structure is a bit different. They play hard ball and being a part of the training squad – because the boys were two or three years older – helped me. I’ve played not only local players there, but also from England and visiting teams,” Samuels said. Samuels has been outstanding in the Grace Shield, scoring 782 runs this season. The batting all rounder also scored four centuries, with a top score of 136 not out against St George’s College and three half centuries. He helped Campion reach the semi-finals of the Grace Shield and led them to the title last season. For Samuels, it isn’t only about playing sport. The Jamaica and West Indies youth representative believes in balancing academics as well. Having earned a government scholarship to Campion, he has been on the school’s honour roll every year since. Now in the fifth form, he will do nine subjects at the Caribbean Examinations Council level later this year. Strong youth programme The highest levellast_img read more

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VICTORY OVER UCD TO GIVE HARPS A TOP TWO FINISH

first_imgFinn Harps go into their penultimate home game of the season on Friday knowing that a victory will confirm a top two finish this season.With a play-off spot all but confirmed, the next goal for Finn Harps will be to secure a second place finish in the First Division which would give them the advantage of a home tie in the second leg of the play-off.Although not mathematically confirmed yet, Wexford Youths are now almost certain to claim the First Division title and recorded back-to-back victories over Harps opponents UCD in their last two games. “Wexford effectively won the league last Friday and fair play to them,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan.Wexford could have been crowned champions last weekend if Harps had failed to return from Cobh with victory.In a tight affair, Tony McNamee cracked home the winner for Harps just after the half-time break to ensure that Wexford would have to keep the champagne on ice for at least another week.“There was very little difference between the teams in Cobh but we managed to get out of there with a good result,” said Horgan. “The game could have gone either way as most games in our division tend to do.” The Harps Manager has also said that his side isn’t even thinking about a play-off at this stage and insists there is still much work to be done in the remaining three league games.“We haven’t even thought about a play-off game and won’t until the last three games are out of the way,” said Horgan. “A lot of football has to be played yet.”Tommy McMonagle, Keith Cowan and Raymond Foy are all available for selection having served one match suspensions last weekend. Damien McNulty though remains sidelined.UCD are the only side Harps have failed to record a victory against in league action this season. The opening two games both finished in 2-2 draws while the most recent meeting in July at the UCD Bowl was decided by Robbie Benson’s 67th minute winner for the home side.“UCD are the one side that we haven’t beaten this season and have never taken the lead against either!,” said Horgan as he looked ahead to Friday’s game. “They play great football and we will be starved of possession for long periods as was the case in our games up to now,” he warned.This is likely to be the first of three meetings between the two sides over the coming few weeks as UCD are likely to be Harps’ opponents in the play-offs although a Harps victory on Friday would open the door for Shelbourne to force their way back into the reckoning for third spot once again.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Damien McNulty (shoulder).FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-L-W-W-D-W (11 pts)UCD: W-W-D-L-W-L (10 pts) VICTORY OVER UCD TO GIVE HARPS A TOP TWO FINISH was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsUCDlast_img read more

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