IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
- Spanish Grain Store, Petrojam for KO final
Defending champions Petrojam and the highly touted Spanish Grain Store, both unbeaten this season, will meet in the Scotiabank-sponsored Business House KO football final at the Red Stripe Oval tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m.
With both teams parading a number of Premier League players, the competition should be intense. Triple champions Petrojam are unbeaten in all competitions for the past three years and should start favourites against their division two opponents. But Spanish Grain Store are not only unbeaten in division two, but can match any division one team given the calibre of players at their disposal, and could win their first major trophy at the Business House level.
Petrojam, who will be captained by Jotham Watson as usual, will look to Premier League players Marvin Morgan, Kirk Ramsey, Jarron Richards and Kimarley Brissett, along with Ramone McGreggor and Damion Campbell, to pave the way for victory.
Spanish Grain Store, on the other hand, will match them man-to-man with Premier League players Vincent Earle, Weston Forest, Damarley Samuels, Roberto Fletcher, Ranique Muir and Hugh Howell.
Meanwhile, the semi-finalists in division one of the league have been decided. They are Petrojam (27 points), unbeaten Carib Cement (23 points), Metrodade Security (22 points), and National Water Commission (21 points).
Last weekend, Carib Cement blanked former champions Scotiabank 3-0, thanks to a brace from Alonzo Adlam and one from Elton Freckleton.
- Maestros top South Trelawny Football Fiesta
Rohan Garth struck in the first half as Maestros of Stettin won the JB Estate Rum South Trelawny Football Fiesta at the Stettin playing field last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Troy Tine, the event co-ordinator, thanked sponsors JB Estate Rum, Digicel, D&P Fabrication & Maintenance for their support throughout the season. The event was fully endorsed by the Social Development Commission and Red Bull.
The first-place prize was $50,000 and the Kenneth Grant Trophy; named in honour of prominent businessman and community figure in South Trelawny.
Hillside pocketed the second-place prize of $20,000.
- Waltham Park celebrate
Two-sport winners 65 Waltham Park New Testament Church of God were the toasts of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) church sport awards at the PFM Multi-Purpose Complex last Saturday.
The 65 Waltham Park New Testament won both the netball and football competitions in consecutive weeks.
PFM, through their team PFM International, won the cricket competition.
The leading run-scorer in the cricket competition was Rushane Bird of Faith Temple, who amassed 238 runs at an average of 47.6.
The Under-17 trophy for best youth player went to George Walker of the PFM Development team, best wicketkeeper went to Glenn Wellington, best all-rounder went to Peat Salmon, and the leading bowler went to Marlon Hoilette with 11 wickets at an average of 8.8 runs. The players awarded are from PFM International.
The leading shooter in the netball competition was Melonie Bailey from PFM, with 63 goals, with a shooting percentage of 74.1, and the leading goalscorer was Errol Stewart from Celebration Church with three goals.
- Edgewater Under-17 champions
Daunte Green scored a second-half goal to give Edgewater a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Portsmouth in the Pines Imaging Centre championship trophy for winning the Portmore Under-17 football league at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton, St Catherine, last Sunday.
Edgewater suffered a setback in the first 10 minutes as Durelle Green was sent off, leaving the team to fight for the remainder of the game. Portsmouth only have themselves to blame for the loss, as their attacker missed a few easy chances from point-blank range.
- Cascade, Cool Runnin poised for semis
Group B front-runners Cascade and Cool Runnin are well poised to make the semi-finals of the Fenley Douglas-sponsored Waterford Community Corner League football competition. In this weekend's games, Cascade (four points) face Duncans in a 4 p.m. match at Waterford today; and tomorrow at the same time and venue, Cool Runnin (three points) take on Harmonds. In Group A, defending champions 21-Strong won the group with maximum nine points, while Wigton follows with three points.
- Treble on Edgewater's mind
Edgewater FC have a big chance to complete a treble of age-group junior titles as they face Portmore United in the final of the Colin Fagan-sponsored Portmore Under-15 Football League at Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton at 3 p.m. Edgewater have already won the Under-13 and Under-15 titles.
- Champs booted from Jamalco Football League
A new champion will be crowned this year in the Jamalco Football League, as defending champions Napoli failed to advance from the preliminary round. The 2012 champions and perennial finalists New Bowens were also knocked out in the quarter-finals.
The teams advancing to the semi-finals are Juventus, Top Hill, Wembley and Port.
From the quarter-finals exchange hosted last weekend, Juventus defeated Bottom Halse Hall 5-4 on penalties after both teams had played to an exciting three-all draw. Top Hill defeated Raymonds 2-0 and Port got the better of New Bowens 5-0 on penalties. Both teams had played to a nil-all draw.
The initial Wembley vs Railroad fixture was rained out, but was replayed earlier this week on Tuesday. Wembley subsequently defeated Railroad 2-0 to book the last remaining place in the semi-finals.
In today's semi-final, to be hosted at the Wembley Excellence Centre at 3:30 p.m., Juventus take on Top Hill. Tomorrow's game features Wembley against Port, also at 3:30 p.m.
A total of 76 goals have been scored to date, with the leading goalscorer being Andrew Isaacs of Top Hill with seven. The grand final is set for Saturday, September 6, at the Wembley Excellence Centre.
- Manchester FA awards August 28
Youth football stole the accolades at the 2014 awards ceremony for the past season of the Manchester Football Association, which was hosted on Thursday at Golf View Hotel.
The parish for the first time boasted sponsorship of its youth portfolio, which features parish leagues in the Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17. Two new sponsors came on board in the form of Can Care Pharmacy and Moorland Development.
According to president Dalton Wint, it was not a coincidence that with these new acquisitions the parish performed at its best during the Juici-Patties South Central Confed youth leagues where they won the Under-15 and were runners-up in the Under-13 segment. Delverone Simpson, who captained the Under-15 parish team, was also drafted to the National Under-17 squad.
The occasion was also used to highlight the 10th anniversary of the parish's involvement with its major sponsor, Captain's Bakery and Grill.
New Green, which won two competitions and Manchester Academy, which won three youth competitions, took the lion's share of the monetary awards.
- No monthly match in Mandeville during bird season
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club announced there will be no staging of a monthly match at its Lincoln range for the duration of the current bird season, which runs until September 21. The range remains open during this period both for practice and the Firearm Licensing Authority competence training.
Competition will be limited to adjusted Sunday and Wednesday practice matches for members and experienced shooters.
The next official competitive match is slated for October 5, a massive eight-stager billed as a pre-world Cup practice shoot.
Major sponsor representatives Sabrina McDonald-Radcliffe (second left), marketing manager, Burger King, Carlo Redwood (second right), VP marketing, LIME, and Jermaine Brown (right), brand manager, Wisynco, go through the fixtures
President of the Manchester Football Association, Dalton Wint (left), presents a special award to Manchester High student, Delverone Simpson, for his outstanding play in the Can Care Pharmacy Under-15 as well as the Juici-Patties South Central Confed Under-15 league, which Manchester won. - Photo by Richard Bryan