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Old Harbour, Ewarton in St Catherine Sherwin Williams T20 showdown
The 2014 St Catherine Sherwin Williams T20 competition has reached its climax, with powerhouse teams Old Harbour and Ewarton set to contest the final tomorrow at Spanish Town Prison Oval, starting at 11 a.m.
The final is expected to produce a thrilling finish as both teams have been rivals on the pitch over the past 12 years. Old Harbour will look to key batsman Roman Powell, who is the leading scorer in the competition with 266 runs, including one century and three half centuries. He is expected to get major support from captain Ronville Brown, Adrian Bartley, Dempsey Salmon and Bryan Mighton.
Their bowling will be led by the leading wicket-taker in the competition, Deron Royal, who has taken 14, including one five-wicket haul, while Michael Brown, Lascelles Davis, Ricardo Thomas, Robert Cato and Christopher Halstead should provide main support.
Ewarton will be banking on power hitters Rasheed Outar, Garth Garvey, Roy Williams, Peter Pottinger and Jemarrie Harris, while their bowling line-up will be spearheaded by Darren McTaggart, with support expected from Ricardo Lewis, Williams, Outar, Aaron Daley and captain Gerald Morgan.
This is the second time both teams will face off in a final this year, as both contested the league title, which saw Old Harbour prevailing.
Scotiabank 'A' are BH senior netball champions
Scotiabank 'A' won the Business House Netball Association Senior A final at the National Arena last Saturday, defeating Transport Authority 67-36, thanks to 52 points from ace goal shooter Marsha Murphy-Dawkins.
After coming from a two-point deficit in the opening minutes, Scotia quickly asserted their authority to be clear leaders at the halfway stage, eventually winning by 31 points.
Murphy-Dawkins, with 52 from 55 attempts, received good support from another national player, Naudia Brown (captain), wing defence Seteva Taylor-Barnes, and goal defence Kanieka Sherwood, who was named MVP of the tournament.
For Transport Authority, Sanice Howe (goal attack) scored 17 goals from 21 attempts.
Scotiabank failed in their bid to complete the double when their 'B' team went under by a single point to National Housing Trust 'A' (46-45) in the Senior 'B' final at the same venue. The NHT's goal shooter, Crystal Grant, with 35 goals from 46 attempts, was named MVP, assisted by national player Jodie-Ann French-Kentish, with 11 from 13 attempts. Goal shooter Roshene Vassell almost pulled it off for Scotia with 43 goals from 50 attempts.
Bank of Jamaica defeated the JN Group 43-38 in the Intermediate 'A' final, thanks to MVP Angelique Latouche. And Xerox clipped JMMB 31-29 to win the Intermediate 'B' league, with Tania Kelly from Xerox voted MVP. The Junior League final saw Norman Manley International Airport beating National Water Commission 39-25, with Nickesha Porter scoring 24 from 27 attempts to be named MVP.
In the presentation that followed, Scotiabank 'B' copped the Most Disciplined Team award, while Phyllis Thompson was named Umpire of the Year.
Scotia are Inter-bank football champions again
Scotiabank clipped Jamaica National Building Society 1-0 in the Norman Goodison Western Sports-sponsored Inter-bank league final at Emmett Park last Sunday, to be crowned champions for the seventh straight year.
In a hard-fought contest, Scotia missed a penalty from Tivoli Gardens Red Stripe Premier League player, Jamoy Sibbles, in the 11th minute and had to wait until the latter part of the second half to score the winner.
The all-important goal came in the 74th minute through captain and midfielder Stephan Bartley. He latched on to a cross from Sibbles inside the 18-yard box and made no mistake.
Bank of Jamaica finished third, despite losing 1-3 to bottom of the tables JMMB at the NWC playing field.
The second, third and fourth-place teams will contest the Jam Clear Trophy, beginning on Sunday, with BoJ up against Sagicor at Emmett Park starting at 3:00 p.m. and the winner scheduled to meet JNBS in the final next week. The winner will meet Scotia for the Jam Clear Trophy.
Faulkner wins Kendan pool tournament
Goran 'G-Unit' Faulkner from May Pen won the valuable Kendan Pool and Games Best of the Best Part Five pool tournament in MoBay last weekend, defeating Jordan Holman 3-1 to capture the $100,000 first prize and trophy.
Holman picked up $40,000 for his efforts, while the visiting Americans Aaron Goodwin and Danny Ghocul each secured $15,000 for having finished joint third. A total of 40 players vied for top honours, including four who are overseas-based.
Knox dominates Howie Chin league
Knox have turned out to be the surprise team of this season's Howie Chin Memorial football league run by the Manchester Football Association. The Spaldings-based school won four straight matches for a perfect 12 points, as they completed the round to lead the tournament by four points. Knox's latest wins came against Charagape and Belair, both times by a 2-1 margin. Their goal average is also excellent, having scored 11 and conceded two.
Defending champions Belair are second on eight points, followed by the pair of Emmanuel and Mt St Joseph.
The female division is led by Mount St Joseph, with maximum nine points from three games. They are followed by Emmanuel on six and Knox, three.
Mixed results for NCU female/male football teams
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) female football team climbed atop of the leader board in Zone B of the Inter-collegiate football competition's first round, following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Shortwood Teachers' College at Shortwood earlier this week. This win pushed the women from Mandeville to nine points from three wins ahead of group favourite G.C Foster College. Their winning goal against Shortwood, recorded as an own goal by the officials, was the turning point for the first-time entrants NCU.
The NCU male football team are, however, struggling, as they earned their first point of the season also this week when they played away to Vocational Training and Development Institute (VTDI) at the National Water Commission playing field at Mona in Kingston. NCU had to fight gallantly to muster a 2-2 draw, which place them in a precarious third place in their group which is being led by Sam Sharpe Teachers' College.
Against VTDI, NCU found themselves trailing 2-0 going into the half. However, they found inspiration in substitutes Christopher Dunn and Romario Pusey, who combined to put NCU on the scoresheet in the 66th minute. Nine minutes later, Dunn was at it again as he partnered with Jermaine Parker in slicing through the defence of the home team with crisp, precise passes and then weaving his way by three defenders to equalise.
NCU netballers continue to shine
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) netball team wrapped up its first round of matches earlier this week with a 100 per cent win record, following their hard fought 19-15 victory against parishmates Church Teachers' College. This was NCU's fifth straight win in the inter-collegiate junior league, where they are the defending champions.
The NCU women faced a spirited CTC and trailed the visitors for the first two quarters. The first half of the entertaining encounter ended 4-10 in favour of the visitors. However, following half-time talks, the home team rallied to cut the deficit to 11-13. This period of ascendancy gave them sufficient momentum to storm the final quarter, which ultimately sealed the contest.
The NCU team included Sackina Codner, Jessica Myers, Jowel Green, Sheena Mullings, Kaysia Francis, Thelonia Stewart, Kimberly Wilson, Andrea Briscoe, Khadeen Denton and Derrica Watson.
Central Manchester development football
Georges Valley, Porus, Settlement and the pair of Old England and New Vision are the respective leaders of the four constituency divisions of the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Sports Development Football Competition.
From the Mandeville division, Georges Valley have six points compiled from a 3-0 win over Cedar Grove, as well as the same scoreline against the Mandeville police. Hanbury and Cedar Grove are both on three points.
Porus, which won this league in its inaugural year, 2012, lead the Bellefield division with six points. So far, they have beaten Hope Village 2-1 and Top Bellefield 3-0. Settlement are on top in the Royal Flat division, posting a 2-0 win over Royal Flat and a 4-0 rout of New Hall.
Brumalia KO to kick off Manchester season
The Manchester Football Association will hope for better weather conditions tomorrow to kick off their 2014-15 football season via the Brumalia Hardware Knock-out.
The new season should have started on Thursday at Brooks Park with a game between New Green and Kendal, but persistent afternoon showers shelved those plans. Two games are, however, scheduled for tomorrow. At Comfort playing ground, Hillstars will take on Plowden, while at the Greenvale Sports Complex, Ricam will meet Georges Valley. Both games should kick off at 3 p.m. to allow for extra time and penalties if necessary.
The fourth and final divisional zone has joint leaders in Old England and New Vision, who have both scored two wins in as many matches. Old England have beaten Broken Hurst and Albion, while New Vision's victories have come in identical 1-0 efforts against Inverness and Pear Tree.
Street Gun Championship
The Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club has announced that their next major event will be the third and final leg of the National Street Gun Championship, slated for November 16.
This event will serve as the precursor to the annual Fast and Furious Tournament, slated for Woodleigh range, on November 30, and the international invitational tournament for the Negril range, from December 5-6.
Portmore Mental domino quarter-finals
The quarter-finals of the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Mental Domino League will be played tomorrow at four venues in the Sunshine City.
Top-ranked Portmore Tigers will face eighth-seed Memory Lane at the Garveymeade Sports Club, second- ranked Passagefort United take on Cumberland at Gem's Bar, Waterford Parkway, Naggo Head play Ken's Wildflower at Portmore Tigers' home venue, Portmore Avenue (Portmore Lane), while Garveymeade will tackle Waterford United at the Cumberland Community Centre in a game that could go either way. The semi-finals are scheduled for Sunday, November 9.
Young Gunners clip Team Spirit
Young Gunners, through an Orville Newell goal, were one of two teams to score a victory in the Rum-Bar Rum Football Sundayz competition at Coal Ground last Sunday. Young Gunners defeated Team Spirit 1-0.
The other winner was Clean Money All Stars, which edged defending champions Barcelona 1-0 through a Gavin Durrant goal. In other games, French United drew 0-0, Exceptional and Dolla bill drew 0-0, and Most Wanted and Police ended 0-0. The competition continues tomorrow with a full slate of games.
Last call for Portmore ballers
The Institute of Sports (Insports) will be facilitating a meeting this Wednesday for teams in Portmore that are desirous of playing in the Portmore leg of the Insports Portmore Community League. The meeting will be held at Bridgeport High School, which is located on Gibson Road. So far, 14 teams are on board. No venue has yet been confirmed.
The winner of the Portmore leg will join the 14 other parish winners, plus the best second-place team in the play-off round, in order to choose an overall winner.