In Your Neighbourhood
- Henriques wins Manchester's Pre-World Pistol shoot
Jamaica's top local-based shooter Orville Henriques won last weekend's big pre-World Shoot pistol match at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club.
The match marked the biggest turn-out of spectators and shooters since the first Street Gun match in April. It was also the biggest match staged at the MRPC in terms of the stipulated minimum round count (120) and the eight stages.
The match also served as the final local practice shooting for Henriques and Anthony Johnson, two members of the national team who will contest next Monday's start of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoot in the United States.
The two other members of the four-man team - Lenny Moulton and Andy Yapp - had skipped the two final matches for practice overseas.
However, Henriques and Johnson treated the large crowd on hand with some spectacular shooting to take the top two places. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques was third, with Westmoreland-based Rafael Mendez fourth, and last year's most improved shooter, Owen Campbell, rounding off the top five.
- Jamalco beat Broilers to capture BH cricket double
Jamalco, from Clarendon, completed the Western Sports/Jamaica Broilers-sponsored Business House cricket double for the second consecutive year when they defeated arch-rivals Jamaica Broilers by 48 runs in the 50-over league final at Red Stripe Oval recently.
On the previous Sunday, Jamalco defeated National Housing Trust (NHT) in the Twenty/20 final.
In the 50-over final, Jamalco, batting first, were dismissed for 200 off 39 overs. Young Tino Osbourne was the hero of the innings, scoring 92 with six fours and three sixes, He received good support from Brian Buchanan, with 39. Veteran St Catherine Parish cricketer, Winston 'Sala' Osbourne, father of Tino, made 15 in one of his many appearances for Jamalco as a key player over the past 25 years.
Bowling for Jamaica Broilers, David Morgan claimed 3-48, Fitzroy Bryan 3-42 and Andrew Henry 3-31.
Broilers, in reply, made 152 off 38.5 overs. They started shakily, losing national senior player John Ross Campbell for only 16 and two additional wickets with only a few runs on the board.
They were forced to struggle as a result, and despite the efforts of Henry (22), Andrew Davis (20), Fabian Lakeman (19), and Mario Davis (18 not out), fell well short of the target.
Bowling for Jamalco, Errol Thomas took 3-17, pacer Sherwain Dixon 3-36, Tino Osbourne 2-36 and Buchanan 2-18. Jamalco, who earlier this season were beaten by Jamaica Broilers in the preliminary round, gained sweet revenge, which was not lost on winning captain Kirk Gordon.
"We are a big occasion side and although Jamaica Broilers is one of the most formidable teams in the competition, I was confident we would deliver in the final," he said.
According to the Business House Cricket Association secretary Paul Edwards, the presentation function may take place towards the end of November.
- Howie Chin Prep school football roundup
The 2014 season of the Howie Chin Memorial football tournament, run by the Manchester Football Association (MFA), kicked off last week Friday with all first-round matches hosted at the home ground of defending champions Belair.
Following an opening ceremony in which the teams were addressed by MFA president, Dalton Wint, four matches were played in the boys' division and two in the female division.
The opening game between fierce rivals Belair and Mount St Joseph, arguably the two strongest teams in the competition, produced a 0-0 result.
However the other three scheduled matches produced goals with Sacred Heart defeating Yabnel 2-0, Knox edging El Instituto de Mandevilla 1-0 and Charagape outscoring Emmanuel 4-2.
In the two female games, Mount St Joseph demolished Yabnel 14-0, while Emmanuel surprised Belair 4-0.
- MFA to omit charges for youth tournaments
By unanimous decision, the annual general meeting of the MFA reaffirmed, in principle, that in addition to no registration fees, no fees related to cards issued by the referee should be charged in competitions of the Under-15 age group and below.
Former MFA president, Dale Spencer, was nominated for life membership to join Patrick Anderson and Anthony James, who are the two existing life members.
Spencer, however, declined the nomination, citing the convention within the MFA where life membership is bestowed on persons who have gone on to the presidency of the JFF and are not currently active in the MFA executive.
He pointed out that by convention, Crenston Boxhill was more deserving than he and the Congress should consider Boxhill as the next life member.
In accordance with the MFA constitution, the matter was deferred to the executive committee for attention at the next AGM.
- NCU make successful female football debut
Debutant Northern Caribbean University (NCU) female football team edged seasoned campaigners Shortwood Teachers' College (STC) 1-0 in the Inter-Collegiate female football competition, at the Victor Dixon High playing field in Mandeville.
Following a ding-dong first half, the NCU team had the confidence to take the attack to the visiting team and got the winning goal in the 60th minute against the run of play. From a counter attack, Shanique Fagan on the left flank pressed her team forward against the STC team, and in tandem with the hard running Olivia Newland, a pass was made to Renae Battison, who made no mistake from 12 yards out to give NCU a much-needed maiden win.
NCU's next game will be against Portmore Community College on Tuesday at the NCU Sports oval.
The female footballers' debut win also helped cap a good week for NCU, as their netball team chalked up their first victory in the inter-collegiate netball competition, beating Knox Community College (KCC) 25-24 in a nail-biting encounter at KCC courts in Spalding on Thursday.
- NCU to host Golf Open tomorrow
As part of its 2014 alumni celebrations, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) will host the 16th renewal of their Golf Open at the Manchester Golf and Country Club, tomorrow. Play is slated to begin at 9 a.m.
Entry fee is $4,000 and covers breakfast and lunch. The organisers say a number of fabulous prizes are on offer, including one for the longest drives or those landing closest to the pin. There will also be a female open section.
However, competition in the male category is organised in the Under-12 and over 12 categories. The format will be Stableford (7/8 of handicap).
- Club Domino KO reaches Portmore
The exciting Club Domino knockout competition has made its way into the Sunshine City, as the Jamaica Domino Federation will host a 12-team one-day domino competition at the home ground of Passagefort United, located along Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort, on Sunday, October 19.
Each club can register two teams and the entry fee is $3,000 per side. First place and the runner-up teams will get a cash incentive. The first team to amass 50 points will advance to the next round, while the loser will be eliminated. Matches are scheduled to begin at noon.
- Tigers remain unbeaten
Portmore Lane Tigers maintained their 100 per cent win record, as they chalked up their eighth victory in as many matches and ended the preliminary round with maximum 32 points. Their latest win came at the expense of Waterford United, which they beat 250-230.
There were two exciting matches that went to countdowns. Third-place Garveymeade (18 points) had a 250-249 heartbreaking loss to Portsmouth (seven points), who won just their first match of the season, while second-placed Passagefort United (25 points) outlasted sixth-placed Ken's Wildflower 250-247. Naggo Head (13 points), meanwhile, moved into fifth place with a 250-232 win over Memory Lane.
- Barcelona hunt first win
Defending champions Barcelona will seek to get off the mark as they play their second match today at 11:30 a.m., the curtain-raiser in the Rum Bar Rum Football Sundayz competition at Coal Ground, Spanish Town.
Barcelona were surprised 1-0 in their opening game and will want to set things straight this time around. Five other matches will be contested today, as Exceptional Strikers take on Bommer Strikers at 12:30 p.m., Swag Thursdayz play Police at 2:30 p.m., Buck Town await Team Spirit at 3:30 p.m., and Young Gunners oppose Dolla Bill at 4:30 p.m.
Last week's results: Neverland Striker 1, Sewell Squad 0; Police 0 Clean Money All Stars 0; Jamaica Fire Brigade 1, Crystal Palace 1; House of Roots 1, Out a Road 0; D & P Fabrication and Maintenance 3, Correctional Services 1; Spanish 0 Nugent Street 0.
- Portmore 'Ballers' called to meeting
The Institute of Sports have arranged a meeting for teams interested in participating in the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League, that will take place at Bridgeport High School on Wednesday, October 22, starting at 6 p.m. The meeting will be chaired by Andrea Hanson, sports officer for Portmore.
Interested teams can contact Miss Hanson at 843-6851. Twelve teams have confirmed their participation in the league. The organisers are targeting 24 teams, with a November start in mind. Entry fee is free. However, teams must pay the referee fees for the preliminary round.