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Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
President of Netball Jamaica, Marva Bernard (centre, back to camera) heaps encouraging words on national trainee and Mandeville's goal attack, Denene Taylor, following her starring role in helping her team land the 2014 Petrojam Social Development Commission (SDC) National Netball Community title. Also sharing in the occasion is the SDC's programmes director, Terrence Richards (right).-photo by Richard Bryan
Peter Reid (right), president of the St Catherine Football Association, presents the winning trophy to captain of Rivoli United, Andrew Daley, after they defeated New Raiders 4-1 in the final of the St Catherine FA Central St Catherine Under-17 Football League at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Saturday.-Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer

Petrojam blankThe Gleaner 2-0

Defending champions Petrojam ended their preliminary round fixture in the KSAFA/Western Sports Business House division one football competition unbeaten, following a 2-0 victory over The Gleaner at Winchester Park on Monday.

Parading a team that included Premier League players Kirk Ramsey, Marvin Morgan, Jarron Richards and Kimarley Brissett, Petrojam took control from early and were rewarded in the 11th minute when Ramsey beat The Gleaner custodian, Kenroy Picknight, with a well-placed shot.

The Gleaner fought tirelessly to stave off the Petrojam players in the second half and at times looked organised in attack with Kieron Brock, Donald Alvaranga, Audley Boyd and Locksley Thompson venturing deep into Petrojam's half.

However, lack of finishing let them down, allowing Petrojam to score their second goal in the 83rd minute through Richards.

Petrojam, who are unbeaten in three years in the league, finished their fixture with six wins and two drawn matches to be one of the early semi-final qualifiers, along with another unbeaten team, Metrodade, who were held to a 1-1 draw by The Gleaner on the previous Monday.

Singles skittles championship

The 2014 Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Skittles Singles Championship elimination continues tomorrow at Bourbon House, 122 Windward Road, featuring the last 28 players. Match time is 1 p.m. Since the eliminations began a fortnight ago, the notable casualty was many-time champion Robert McKen from Eagles. He was beaten 3-1 by Simon Edwards from Mister C. Edwards has been drawn to meet former champion Keith Barrett tomorrow.

Other notable players still in contention are defending champion Dane Jones from Eagles, former champions Winston 'Wimpy' Lyew, Fitzroy Blair and Nehemiah 'Fatta' Henry.

Mandeville United top SDC National Netball League

For the second year running, Mandeville United won the Petrojam-sponsored Social Development Commission (SDC) National Community Netball League.

In the 2014 finals hosted at Manchester High School last weekend, Mandeville United easily defeated Liguanea United of Kingston 42-23.

The team is coached by Donald Bennett and features players from the central Manchester-based Legendary netball team, which recently won the Manchester Netball Association League.

The team, which boasted national trainee Denene Taylor as goal shooter, dominated from start to finish, leading 14-5 after the first quarter, 23-11 after the second, 31-21 at the end of the third, before stretching to a final 11-point win.

Besides the trophy, Mandeville United earned a whopping $500,000 for winning the title.

Porus Under-15 final tomorrow

A new champion will be crowned when the Western Union-sponsored Porus Under-15 football final is played at Porus Community Centre tomorrow.

In the final for the first time will be Connection, matching strides against Rising Stars, a team that has made it to the final for the last three years. In their semi-final on Wednesday, Connection came from behind to defeat Settlement 5-3.

In semi-final two on the same afternoon, Rising Stars were responsible for dethroning defending champions Tuff Gong. This game ended 1-1, but Rising Stars prevailed 4-2 on penalties.

Tomorrow's program will begin at 3 p.m. with the third place play-off between Settlement and Tuff Gong. The championship match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Presentations will follow.

Manchester FA awards on August 28

The 2014 awards ceremony for the past season of the Manchester Football Association will be hosted on Thursday, August 28, at Golf View Hotel, starting at 7 p.m.

The occasion is a historic one, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the parish's involvement with its major sponsor, Captain's Bakery and Grill. The traditional format of having a formal dinner first will be maintained.

New Green, which won two competitions and Manchester Academy, which won three youth competitions, are expected to earn the major awards.

Maestro in South Trelawny final

Stettin's Maestro have already booked their spot in the final of the JBW Estate Rum South Trelawny Football Fiesta, after their 1-0 semi-final win over New Roads last Sunday.

Their opponent in tomorrow's final will either be Hillside of Falmouth or Lime Tree, after bad light stopped play in their 1-1 stalemate. The final is scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m.

One of the most anticipated games in the competition is the Police versus Taximen series. This is the fifth and final match of the series. Police lead 2-1, while the other match ended in a draw.

Zones take shape in Jamalco League

A number of teams in the 2014 edition of the Jamalco Football League have begun to position themselves for qualification to the knockout phase.

Zone One teams New Bowens and Wembley are on course with six points from two matches. The next two teams are seemingly now out of contention, as they are yet to garner a single point after games in which they have lost heavily.

In Zone Two, Juventus have been confirmed as early qualifiers, having posted seven points from three games comprising two wins and a draw. Raymonds are next with five points, leaving Mocho (one) and Harmons (zero) out of the running.

Top Hill rule Zone Three with six points from two matches. Last weekend they went on a goalscoring spree against Hunts Pen, winning 6-0. Their top player, Andrew Issacs, tops the goalscoring chart with six, three more than Michael Dixon (New Bowens) and Sheldon Darby (Wembley

Zone Four is very complicated, with Railroad and Port on four points each and Savannah on three.

Rivoli retain U-17 title

Rivoli United retained their St Catherine FA Central St Catherine Under-17 Football League title after they dismissed Raiders United 4-1 in a lopsided final at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Saturday.

Ryan Smart (20th), Akeem Cole (34th), Yannick Elliot (55th) and Shemar Gayle (70th) scored for Rivoli, while Andrado Davis (81st) scored New Raiders' consolation goal. Rivoli captain, Andrew Daley, was voted MVP of the final.

Waterford Corner League

The Fenley Douglas Waterford Corner League football competition continues tomorrow with two matches at the Waterford playing field.

The opener will see former champions, Oneity, tackling Harmons at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m. Dirtfield take on Jammins.

In last Sunday's games, 21-Strong solidified their reign atop the standings (nine points in Group B), with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dirtfield. Nicholas Scott struck a double.

Edgewater hunt treble

Edgewater will tomorrow try to win all three age group football titles for the season in Portmore, as they will compete in two finals at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton, Portmore, St Catherine.

In the Colin Fagan-sponsored Under-15 final, Edgewater tackle Portmore United in the 1 p.m. curtain-raiser, while at 3 p.m., Edgewater face Portsmouth in the Pines Imaging Centre Under-17 final.

Edgewater already won the Under-13 league title earlier this season.

Last week, Raymond Burey and Chris-Anthony Campbell scored as Edgewater clipped Christian Pen 2-1 in semi-final action, while Portsmouth left it late in a 2-0 win over Watson Grove in the other semi-final.

Peter "Uncle" Beckford, coach of the Edgewater teams, believes the team that makes less mistakes in the defensive area "will be victorious".

"We defeated Portsmouth 2-1 in the preliminary round of the Under-17 League and we will use that as a positive," he said. "I'm very confident we can lift both cups on offer."