In Your Neighbourhood
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will kick off the respective Portmore Primary netball and football competitions next week Tuesday and Thursday.
The netball competition tips off at Kensington Primary with last year's runners-up Naggo Head against Belmont Park at 10 a.m., while at noon, defending champions Greater Portmore take on newcomers Kensington.
An opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. The football league will get on the way next Thursday at the Portsmouth Primary playing field, as defending champion Bridgeport play Naggo Head at 10 a.m., While at noon, Portsmouth take on Waterford. Immediately after the first match, there will be an opening ceremony.
Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) clipped The Gleaner 3-2 and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) eased past hosts Digicel 4-1 in the sixth round of the Business House table tennis competition on Thursday.
At The Gleaner Sports Club, North Street, Bank of Jamaica grabbed an early lead when Dale Parham blanked veteran player Paul 'Robbie' Robinson 3-0 in the first game, after which they increased their lead when Parham and Alphanso Murray beat Warren Bailey and Wayne Lyew 3-0 in doubles.
Thereafter, BoJ asserted their authority with Murray stopping The Gleaner's captain, Gareth Segree, 3-0, before Bailey pulled back one for The Gleaner with a 3-2 win over Jide Lewis and The Gleaner gained a walkover in the fifth and final game. Match umpire was former Jamaica player and national coach, Sandra Riettie.
In individual results against Digicel, the JDF's Phillip Drummond came from behind to nip Sean Wallace 3-2 (8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9) in a clash of the player/coaches, Donald Douglas trounced Bryan Smith 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-7), Levi Hibbert blew away Nathan Kellyman 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-5) and Ricardo Robinson stopped Dwayne Fearon 3-0 (11-8, 18-16, 12-10). Digicel earned their consolation victory in doubles, where Wallace and Fearon overpowered Drummond and Ricardo Burton 3-0 (15-13, 11-7, 11-8).
As at Thursday, the JDF led the standings with maximum 10 points ahead of BoJ, newcomers Xerox and The Gleaner Company - all tied on eight points, CariMed (six) and Digicel (five). The Gleaner have played six matches while BoJ, JDF, Xerox and Digicel have played five. CariMed played four. The top four finishers at the end of the fixtures will progress to semi-finals.
Little Damage, led by leading striker Gawayne McDonald, scored a big 3-0 win over Sewell Squad in the latest round of the Rum-Bar Rum Football Sundayz at Coal Ground last Sunday.
With the win, Little Damage lead Zone B with six points. Other zone leaders picked up maximum points. Zone C leaders House a Roots (six points) made it two wins on the trot as they defeated Fire Brigade 1-0. In other games, Sheria Lane United edged D & P Fabrication & Maintenance 1-0, Out a Road clipped Nugent Street Strikers 2-1 and Neverland Strikers and Correctional Services drew 0-0. The competition continues tomorrow.
Cuban FC won the 2014 version of the Braeton Phase Three Football Club's Gully League with a penalty-kick victory over Gore Tuca on Heroes' Monday.
Gore Tuca led 1-0, but league MVP Christopher Maragh scored to force the game into extra time at 1-1. Cuban FC eventually won 4-3 on penalties. In semi-final action, Gore Tuca thumped Miami Block 4-0, while Cuban FC defeated Miami X 1-0. Cuban FC were presented with a cash prize of $10,000 and the mayor's trophy at the end of proceedings.
Negril, Westmoreland: Beaches Negril's Watersports department emerged the champion of the resort's Sports and Social Club 2014 Inter-department football competition, after defeating Projects 1-0 in a keenly contested final.
After ending the first half of the game goalless, competition favourites Watersports proved their worth when team captain Kemar Dawkins eventually scored 10 minutes into the second half of the match.
"I feel very excited about the win. Our opponents were not easy to defeat and they played an excellent match. But my team decided that we wanted to walk away with the championship and I'm happy I was able to assist with us achieving that," shared Dawkins.
Watersports earned $20,000, a trophy, and bragging rights, among other prizes, after two months of intense competition with 11 other teams.
Meanwhile, Housekeeping beat Bar 3-1 on penalties to secure third place. The team had batted to a 2-2 draw in regulation time.
Before the final showdown, there were friendly matches between the management teams of Sandals Negril and Beaches Negril, which saw Beaches Negril's managers edging out their counterparts 1-0. Also, the female football team from Couples Swept Away outplayed the Beaches Negril women 4-2 in an exciting, crowd-pleasing match.
The Beaches Negril inter-department football competition is one of several annual activities implemented by the resort's Sports and Social Club, and is aimed at fostering team-building skills as well as providing an outlet for the staff to have fun.