IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
- Knox in Howie Chin semis
Even with two preliminary matches to be completed, Knox became the first team to qualify for the semi-final stage of the Howie Chin Memorial football league run by the Manchester Football Association.
The Spaldings-based school completed five straight wins for a perfect 15 points. Their latest win was a 3-0 shutout of Sacred Heart, who are out of contention for the knockout phase.
The next two places are taken by Mount St Joseph and Emmanuel, who are both on 10 points. These two, interestingly, secured identical 4-1 wins in their last outings.
Mount St Joseph, who have a superior goal difference of three, won their game against Charagape, while Emmanuel had their win against Yabnel, a team which is yet to gain a single point. Belair are fourth on nine points, followed by Charagape on six.
In the female division, Mount St Joseph lead with maximum nine points from three games. In the last set of games, Knox tagged Emmanuel 3-0 to jump to second, while Belair achieved the same margin against Yabnel.
- UWI defeat NCU in basketball
The champions of the Division Two basketball competitions in 2013, Northern Caribbean Union (NCU) Lions, now face an uphill battle to reclaim lost pride as they have the daunting challenge of making it to the semi-finals of the Division One league, after losing 69-56 to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans at the NCU courts in Mandeville.
The home team trailed all four quarters as they struggled to keep pace with a determined UWI Pelicans. At the end of the first quarter, the NCU Lions trailed 13-15 and at half-time they were behind 23-31. With a more pressing third quarter, NCU Lions roared back, but were not able to contain the Pelicans from closing the third quarter leading 45-37. The NCU seemed affected by not having their influential team leader and coach, Anthony Lugg. The defeat was NCU's third of the season.
The NCU netball team also went down this week, losing 26-24 to Montego Bay Community College (MBCC). However, unlike their basketball counterparts, this loss did not affect their position in the inter-collegiate league, as they remain at pole position with six wins from seven games.
The match, which was played at the MBCC courts, saw the visiting NCU team trailing for the entire game, with the fourth quarter being their best all season. After a slow start, the NCU women found themselves trailing 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and 15-9 at the half. The third quarter saw NCU trailing 22-14 and, despite bouncing back tremendously to win the final quarter 10-2, the earlier deficits proved detrimental.
- NCU footballers top leaders Shortwood
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) male football team earned bragging rights as well as much-needed points after tagging the visiting Sam Sharpe Teachers' College (SSTC) 3-0 at NCU in an inter-collegiate division one match earlier this week.
The match, which was dubbed the game-changer for both teams in the league, lived up to its expectation as the visiting team came hunting for all three points. With the support from the NCU faithful, the home team was first to settle. Religion and Theology major, Jermaine Parker, was the architect of the early dominance, which paid dividends in the 10th minute when Parker pulled two central defenders with him to the left of the playing field, before making a pinpoint cross that put the last defender and the goalkeeper in two minds. The defender, in trying to clear, managed only to get the ball to the feet of Oshane West, who made the SSTC team pay with his second goal of the season.
Parker got his name on the scoresheet as he easily rounded the SSTC's custodian to put NCU up 2-0 in the 50th minute, and two minutes later, victory was assured when Kenroy Lee scored a penalty kick.
- Old England, Knockpatrick in divisional final
Old England and Knockpatrick will contest the first divisional final of the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Sports Development Football Competition at the Sunset playing field, tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The two topped their respective four-team preliminary zone. The winner of this game gets the Councillor's Trophy. However, both automatically advanced to the knockout quarter-finals.
Also scheduled is the play-off game in the Royal Flat Division between Settlement and Three Chains at 1:30 p.m. This game will be played at Heartease.
- Manchester Brumalia House knockout round-up
The Brumalia House knockout, the Manchester FA's first competition of the 2014/15 football season, will continue tomorrow with three tough games.
At Brooks Park, defending champions New Green will take on strong rivals Kendal. This game is a rescheduled one, as persistent afternoon showers shelved the first fixture. At the Mile Gully Community Centre, the hosts and Downs, multiple champions at the parish level, will square off, while the final encounter of the afternoon will be hosted at the Greenvale Sports Complex, featuring the hosts and Comfort. All three games begin at 3 p.m., with provisions made for extra time and penalties to settle any deadlock.
Ricam Academy won 2-1 on penalties over George's Valley after the two had played to a 1-1 extra-time draw earlier this week.
- Manchester's Street Gun Championship
The professional shooting fraternity as well as fans of the sport will get the first major opportunity to see Jamaica's top local-based shooter, Orville Henriques, in action at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club's National Street Gun Championship slated for November 16.
Henriques competed at the World Practical Shooting Olympics in Florida last month and finished as the top local-based performer.
The Street Gun Championship is open to all licensed firearm holders and only the regular carry-on firearm is used. No additional rigs are accepted.
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, where international stars like Todd Jarrett and Shannon Smith will participate.
- Portmore Tigers stay on course
Favourites Portmore Tigers, based on Portmore Avenue, made light work of Memory Lane in one of four quarter-final matches in the Jamaica Domino Federation's Portmore 'Mental' Domino League last Sunday, brushing them aside 250-228.
In other games, Passagefort United shot past Cumberland 250-211, Waterford United defeated Garveymeade 250-222. Ken's Wildflower also advanced, as they won their match 250-243.
The semi-final pairings pit Portmore Tigers against Waterford United at the Old Passagefort venue on Myrtle Way, while Passagefort United will oppose Ken's Wildflower at Garveymeade. Both games will begin at 1 p.m. The final will be played on Sunday, November 23.
- Dwayne McDonald gives Little Damage victory
The league's top striker, Dwayne McDonald, scored his fourth goal of the season as Little Damage recorded a 1-0 win over Nevaland in the latest round of the Rum-Bar Rum Football Sundayz held at Coal ground in Spanish Town.
The win propelled Little Damage to maximum nine points from three games, and the top of Zone D. In other games D & P, with a strike by Dwayne Hunt and an own-goal, came from behind to clip Sewell Squad 2-1. Garfield Bryan scored for D&P.
Kino Paul, currently on three goals, netted alongside Andre Morant and Maurice Mais to hand House a Roots a handsome 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, to give the winners nine points and the Zone C lead. Correctional Services edged Sherria Lane 1-0 through a Caval Sterling goal, Horace Sharpe scored as Spanish beat Out a Road 1-0, while Regent Street shared the points in a 0-0 draw with Fire Brigade.
- INSPORTS Primary Football
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will kick off netball and football competitions for Portmore's primary schools next Thursday and Friday, respectively. Greater Portmore Primary are the defending champions in the netball competition, while Bridgeport are the reigning football champions.
The netball competition tips off at Kensington Primary with last year's runners-up Naggo Head going up against Belmont Park at 10 a.m., and at 12 p.m., defending champions Greater Portmore take on newcomers Kensington. An opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m.
The football league gets on the way next Friday at the Portsmouth Primary playing field, as defending champion Bridgeport play Naggo Head at 10 a.m., while at 12 p.m., Portsmouth take on Waterford. An opening ceremony will immediately follow the game.
CAPTION - Mandeville All-Stars' Althea Ferguson (right) is all smiles as she collects her team's winning trophy and cash award from Trishanna Archer, development officer in the Central Manchester constituency office of Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, during a special awards ceremony for netball. Mandeville All-Stars won both the divisional and constituency netball competitions. Looking on at left is the league's director, Brian Green. - Photo by Richard Bryan