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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side today
The Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition kicks off this afternoon with the opening ceremony and dress parade starting at 3:00 p.m. at 451 Spanish Town Road (Waterhouse), in front of Wray & Nephew Limited.
The community-based competition will comprise 20 teams playing in five zones, four in each. All zones will play in a round robin format, with the top two advancing to the next knockout round. The final is scheduled for Sunday, November 30.
Prizes will be awarded to the top four teams, along with the most valuable player, leading goalscorer and most disciplined team.
Telecommunications giants Digicel, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador by virtue of being an Olympic and world sprint champion, is the title sponsor, while Grace Kennedy, Wisynco - through their product Wata - and Tank-Weld Metals, are associate sponsors.
The Gleaner beat Digicel, lose to Xerox in TT
The Gleaner experienced mixed fortunes in back-to-back home matches in the Business House table tennis league earlier this week, losing to Xerox on Tuesday and rebounding with a win against Digicel on Wednesday, at The Gleaner Sports Club, North Street.
In the first match, Xerox came from one game down to beat the home team 4-1, this after The Gleaner's captain, Garrett Segree, easily disposed of Jonny Laidlaw in three games. But Xerox quickly fought back, winning the doubles match 3-2 with skipper Paulton Madden and Robert Gabay teaming up to beat Warren Bailey and Wayne Lyew in a close encounter.
Thereafter, Kerome Sinclair got the better of The Gleaner's veteran player, Paul Robinson, 3-1, before Gabay sealed the issue with a 3-0 win over Lyew.
On Wednesday, The Gleaner returned the favour with a similar 4-1 win over Digicel.
Following Segree's loss in straight sets (11-3, 11-2, 11-5) to Sean Wallace, The Gleaner won the doubles match with Lyew and Bailey defeating Wallace and Dwayne Fearon 3-2, then Bailey outsmashed Fearon 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-6), Andrew Walters, who replaced Robinson, squeezed home 3-2 over Stephen Groves and Lyew edged Natham Kelleman 3-2 in the last game.
The Gleaner have now won two of their five matches, having beaten Digicel and BoJ, while losing to CariMed, the Jamaica Defence Force and Xerox.
They were scheduled to play CariMed in a return match at The Gleaner Sports Club on Thursday, but this match was postponed to Tuesday evening.
First JA Zen-do Kai Kan martial arts tournament
The First Jamaica Zen-Do Kai Kan Karate Organisation staged its 12th annual martial arts tournament recently at the Portmore Heart Academy. The tournament was opened by Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine, Colin Fagan.
Children were first up and delivered an impressive performance in kata (pre-arranged fight sequence), kumite (sparring) and weapons kata (pre-arranged fight sequence using a weapon). Of notable mention was Lee-Michael Henry of First Generation Rising Sun Karate Academy, who won two gold and a silver medal in the 5-6 blue/yellow belt division.
Dadreine Johnson deserves special mention for winning two gold medals in her very first tournament. She fought boys her age group and won. She is a student of First Jamaica Zen-do Kai Kan Karate Organisation and trains the Ascot Primary dojo.
Tariq Tai Loy of First Zendo Kai Kan copped a gold in sparring, to go with two silver medals.
The sponsors were Vivobarefoot and Securipro Limited.
NCU female teams progress
Playing in only their second match of the season, the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) female football team trounced Portmore Community College (PCC) team 6-1 earlier this week. The victory added more glee to the home spectators, who had watched the debutants edge seasoned campaigner's Short-wood Teachers' College (STC) 1-0 in the inter-collegiate female football competition at the Victor Dixon High playing field in Mandeville.
Olivia Newland led the way for NCU with a hat-trick of goals, including a penalty, while Jodian Wright (9th, 23rd) netted a brace. Judy-Kay Sewell scored NCU's sixth goal. Tashauna Malcolm scored what eventually became the consolation effort for the visitors, netting in the 12th minute. At that stage, Malcolm's goal was an equaliser.
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) netball team also copped its second win from as many games in the inter-collegiate netball competition, as they brushed aside Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) 20-13 in a one-sided match at the NCU's gymnatorium on Tuesday.
The first quarter saw the NCU team trailing MBCC 3-6, but with the support of their partisan crowd, the NCU women outplayed the visitors 5-2 to go into the half-time break tied 8-8. Following some offensive adjustments from the coaching staff, NCU ended the third quarter 16-10, before wrapping the game 20-13 in the final quarter.
Howie Chin Prep School football round-up
Knox scored their second straight win, hammering Yabnel 6-0 to highlight the second round of the 2014 season of the Howie Chin Memorial football tournament. It was Yabnel's second defeat. The second round matches in the male division were hosted by Mount St Joseph, with the female matches at El Instituto de Mandeville.
Defending boys' champions, Belair, who had opened with a 0-0 draw against Mt St Joseph, got their first win of the season, handing Charagape a 2-0 defeat.
In other results, Emmanuel edged Sacred Heart 1-0, while Mt St Joseph blanked El Instituto de Mandeville 3-0.
In two female games, Knox clipped Belair 2-1, while Mount St Joseph, who began with a resounding 14-0 win over Yabnel, brought back Emmanuel down to earth with a 2-0 win. Emmanuel had surprised Belair 4-0 in the opening round.
Gully League kicks off
Football lovers from the Portmore community and its environs are expected to descend on the Braeton Phase Three community to witness another staging of the Braeton Phase Three Gully Football League on Heroes Day, Monday October 20.
The competition is divided into two categories, adults and Under-15, and held in collaboration with the Braeton Phase Three Football Club and the Social Development Commission (SDC), with endorsement from the Portmore Municipal Council.
The gully is located in proximity to the Braeton Texaco gas station and the Hellshire main road.
In the six-a-side competition, teams will be vying for the coveted Mayor George Lee Trophy, donated in memory of the late Portmore Mayor, who was an avid supporter of the league.
Naggo Head, Cumberland score countdown wins
Naggo Head and Cumberland scored close countdown wins, as the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Mental Domino League continued last Sunday. Naggo Head outlasted Garveymeade 250-248 in a close countdown, while Cumberland got the nod in a nail-biting 250-249 countdown over Portsmouth.
In other games, Ken's Wildflower defeated Memory Lane 250-241 and second-placed Passagefort United beat Waterford 250-235. Leaders and title favourites, Portmore Lane Tigers (32 points), were not in action as they finished their preliminary round fixture with a 100 percent win record. The league takes a one-week break and resumes on Sunday, October 26.
Teams gearing up for club domino KO
Gerald Stephens, president of the Jamaica Domino Federation, said the teams are "raring to go" for the inaugural Club Domino KO, which takes place at the home ground of Passagefort United, located along Myrtle Way, Old Passagefort, Portmore, St Catherine, tomorrow.
The first team to amass 50 points will advance to the next round, while the loser is eliminated. Matches are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Each team consists of 12 players and each club can register two teams. The entry fee is $3000 per side. First place and the runner-up teams will get a cash incentive.
Big bucks in Central Manchester Development league
The Mandeville All Stars team secured encouraging monetary rewards, following their participation in the just concluded Peter Bunting Central Manchester Sports Development netball competition.
Mandeville All Stars, which is a component of Manchester's top netball club, Legendary, secured a whopping $110,000 as prize money for their triumph.
They won $60,000 for topping the group stage, in which they beat Waltham 7-6; and a further $50,000 for taking the overall championship, by defeating Bombay 8-4 in the final. Other teams have also cashed in on these monetary benefits.
Pear Tree community netball club won $30,000 for being the most disciplined team, while Albion and Royal Flat community teams earned $10,000 each for sharing the best dressed team award.