In Your Neighbourhood
- NCU teams in badminton finals
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) combined badminton teams, which is coached by national junior coach, Howard Ranger, advanced to the finals of the inter-collegiate badminton competition. The NCU teams defeated G.C. Foster College 8-2 at NCU's gymnatorium.
In their final preliminary game of the season, NCU's women enjoyed a 5-0 sweep over G.C.Foster College of Physical Education (GCF), while the NCU men prevailed over the men from Angels, Spanish Town, 3-2. The victories placed NCU women at the helm of the points standing and the men's team in a safe second spot.
The NCU combined teams were beating the G.C. Foster College team for the second time in these preliminary rounds.
Jermaine Welsh easily brushed aside Kong Hong Qian in straight sets 21-4, 21-13. The G.C. Foster team rallied to level the match when the hard-hitting Nicolas Brown of NCU went down in a fierce three-setter to Maurice McLaren 19-21, 23-21 and 17-21.
Having both men's singles out of the way, the doubles match up for NCU added momentum for the home team. NCU's captain Garland Bowers teamed with Jermaine Welsh to brush aside Conway Mason and Romaine Campbell 21-3 and 21-8. This victory gave NCU a 2-1 lead on the night. The visitors were not about to give in and with NCU's Damani Turner and Javaughn McDonald facing off against the Asian pair of Kong Hong Qian and Hao Wong, the match was billed a humdinger. This game did live up to its expectations as the GC Foster pair edged the home team 8-21, 21-18, 14-21 to set up a grand finale. NCU's coaching staff combined the hard-hitting Brown with the sly Bowers to face off with McLaren and Mason. With the home support cheering on the NCU men, the visitors suffered their third loss when they were beaten 21-14 and 21-11.
- Grace Canning, Accent BH basketball champions
Defending champions Grace Canning and Accent emerged division one and division two champions, respectively, in the 2014 Business House Basketball Association three and three competition which ended on Wednesday at the Stadium Courts.
On Monday last, Grace defeated Sagicor 'A' 33-28 to win their best-of-five finals 3-1, thanks to a game-high 16 points from Andrew Goldbourne.
Sagicor 'A' were hopeful of taking the match down to the wire after winning game three to make it 2-1. But Grace Canning rebounded from the loss to win game four by five points, lifting the trophy for the fourth time in the last five years.
Meanwhile, the division two final went down to the wire with Accent squeezing home 23-21 over Xerox in game five on Wednesday night. On Monday, Xerox drew level at 2-2 with a 26-22 victory, thanks to their MVP William Powell 's contribution of 14 points. Accent led 14-11 at half-time and kept up the pressure after the interval for a narrow win.
The presentation function will be held on December 6 at a venue to be announced.
- Bank of Jamaica, Jamclear Inter-bank champions
Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) blanked Jamaica National 3-0 to win the Jamclear Cup Inter-bank football final at Emmet Park last Sunday. This competition is contested by the teams finishing second to fourth in the Western Sports Inter-bank league, which was recently won by Scotia for the seventh consecutive year.
Despite the margin of victory, BoJ were held goalless until the last 10 minutes when they opened the floodgates with three late goals from Mark Powell, Dasceen Meeks and Patrick Campbell. Bank of Jamaica will now meet league champions Scotiabank for the Champion of Champions Trophy tomorrow at Emmett Park, starting at 2:30 p.m.
- Manchester's Street Gun Championship
The Lincoln range will be buzzing with activity tomorrow as it hosts the third and final leg of the National Street Gun Championship, which is run by the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC).
The Street Gun championship caters for all firearm holders, as it employs stages that are designed to reflect typical danger scenarios faced by Jamaican shooters. Hence, stages include verandah, domino and car settings, as well as other outdoor activity points. No additional or fancy firearm riggs (accessories) are allowed.
There will be eight stages with a round count of 120 rounds. Following the stage contests, which begin at 11 a.m., there will be a man-to-steel contest featuring prize money, which usually generates the most excitement due to its knockout format.
Tomorrow's match provides the public the another opportunity to see Jamaica's top local based shooter, Orville Henriques, in action. Henriques competed at the World Practical Shooting Olympics in Florida last month and finished as the top Jamaican performer.
- Manchester Brumalia House KO
The Brumalia House knockout, the Manchester Football Association's first competition of the 2014/15 football season, will continue tomorrow with two games.
At Porus Community Centre, it will be the hosts versus Gold Star while at Downs Sports Complex, it will be Alligator Pond vs Old England. Both games have a 3 p.m. kick-off, with provisions made for extra-time and penalties. They are the final preliminary games, which make way for some big clashes starting next week.
Last weekend, defending champions New Green knocked out Kendal 3-2 at Brooks Park in the only match-up that ended in regulation time.
Greenvale emerged 5-3 on penalties over Comfort, while Mile Gully, playing at home, advanced 5-4 on penalties over Downs. Ricam Academy won 2-1 on penalties over Georges Valley the previous week after the two had played to a 1-1 extra-time draw.
- Howie Chin Memorial round-up
The quartet of Mt St Joseph's, Knox, Belair and Emmanuel qualified for the semi-finals of the Howie Chin Memorial football league following the completion of the preliminary round.
Mt St Joseph's finished on top with 16 points, edging the previous frontrunner, Knox, by a point. Mt St Joseph won their two final matches in style, slamming Emmanuel 6-0 and Yabnel 10-0. Their only loss had come earlier against Knox.
Knox, who won their first five matches, lost their last two, going down by 0-1 margins to Belair and Emmanuel. The semi-final pairings will see Knox taking on Belair and Emmanuel facing Mt St Joseph's.
Mt St Joseph's also finished as the top school after the preliminary round in the female section and will face Belair in the semi-finals. Knox and Emmanuel will meet in the second semi-final. In the final round of matches, Mt St Joseph defeated Belair 4-1, while Knox completed a rout of Sacred Heart 5-0.
- NCU rebound in basketball
Following a 56-69 defeat to the University of the West Indies in their previous match, the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) basketball team, the NCU Lions, returned to winning ways earlier this week, roaring past Mico University College (Mico) 86-57 at the NCU courts in intercollegiate division one competition.
The home team, fielding a full strength line-up, seemed always in control of the game from the opening whistle, with comfortable leads in all quarters of the game.
Forced now to play each game as a must-win-encounter, the NCU Lions were aggressive as they took the first quarter 21-14. The second quarter was much the same as the home team outplayed and outscored the Mico team 17-14 to close the half at 38-28.
Following a stern half-time talk from player/coach Anthony Lugg, the Lions scored a massive 20 points in the third quarter to lead 58-43 entering the final quarter of the game. The final quarter was very much like the third as point guard Gibson Lacriox partnered with Shonari 'Fresh' Wynter and Lugg to amass a whopping 28 points to Mico's 14 to wrap up the game 86-57.
- NCU female footballers advance
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) female football team advanced to the semi-final round of the inter-collegiate Open League despite being held to a 1-1 away draw against Portmore Community College (PCC) at Portsmouth. The point placed NCU firmly in second place in the group on 10 points with two matches remaining in the round.
The NCU women, who had beaten the PCC team 5-1 earlier, were dropping points for the first time. By avoiding defeat, they would not be denied a final four spot.
It was the PCC which actually drew first blood, by scoring a penalty within the first five minutes of the game. However, NCU would rally in the ninth minute through the creative efforts of their vibes master, Shamara Cohen, who passed to Jodiann Wright, who lobbed the PCC custodian from 20 yards.
The NCU male footballers were not so lucky. Having beaten the visiting Sam Sharpe Teachers' College (SSTC) team 3-0 at NCU in their inter-collegiate division one match the previous week, NCU travelled to Excelsior Community College (EXED) earlier this week and were beaten 2-0. The setback has left the 2010 division two champions in third place on four points from three matches.
- Central Manchester football quarter-finals
Quarter-final matches in the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Sports Development Football competition will be played at two venues tomorrow.
The Hanbury community field off Winston Jones Highway will host a double-header, starting with the Blue Mountain vs Land Settlement matchup at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m., it will be the hosts against the Three Chains community team.
The Comfort Community Sports Complex will host one game - a 3 p.m. encounter between Georges Valley and Old England. A fourth quarter-final, between Porus and Knockpatrick, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19.
Two divisional finals were held last weekend. Knockpatrick defeated Old England 3-2 on penalties after they played to a 2-2 regulation and extra-time result and Land Settlement defeated Three Chains 3-1. Divisional finals were only played in two preliminary zones because of the massive number of teams.
- Messam light up SFP Community Football League
Andre Messam, son of former Jamaican football player, Gregory Messam, scored for SeaView Future in a 1-0 win over Monsterock in the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (SFP) Six-A-Side football tournament last weekend.
In the opening game of the scheduled triple-header, Young Strikers went down 2-1 to Youths United. Carl Knight's goal was not enough for his team as Youth United, with goalscorers Joseph Walker and Akeem Peterson, snatched victory for their team.
In another game, Moshouse and Ashoka Road Strikers ended in a draw. Title sponsors include Digicel and affiliates WATA, GraceKennedy and Tank-weld Metals.
- Portmore Tigers, Passagefort final
Favourites Portmore Tigers and Passagefort United earned the right to meet in the final of the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore 'Mental' Domino League after semi-final victories last Sunday. Passagefort United ended Ken's Wildlflower's dream of making it to the title game, as they went down 250-222, while favourites Portmore Tigers roared past Waterford 250-211. The final is set for Sunday, November 23, at Ken's Wildflower Sports Bar and Lounge.
- RumBar Football Sundayz
The RumBar Rum Football Sundayz competition continues tomorrow with a few interesting battles at Coal Ground, Spanish Town. The feature match is at 4:30 p.m. between favourites D & P Fabrication & Maintenance and the unbeaten Little Damage, who are led by the competition's leading goalscorer, Gawayne McDonald, with four goals.
In other games, Spanish play House-a-Roots at 11:30 a.m., Fire Brigade take on Out-a-Road at 12:30 p.m., Nevaland vs Sherria Lane United at 1:30 p.m., Nugent Street tackle Crystal Palace at 2:30 p.m. and Correctional Services clash with Sewell Squad at 3:30 p.m.
In last week games, Barcelona beat Police 1-0 through an Oneil McLeod strike; Young Gunners and Buck Town played to a 1-1 scoreline; Most Wanted and French United played to a 0-0 scoreline; and Swagg Thursdays and Clean Money All Stars ended 0-0.
- Christian Pen, Tru-Juice score big wins
Christian Pen and Tru-Juice were the biggest winners as the 2014-15 St Catherine Football Association Happy Sutherland Knockout competition, which kicked off recently.
Christian Pen thumped Windsor Lion 5-0, while Tru-Juice thrashed Benbow United 4-0. In other games, McCook's Pen clipped Bodles 2-1; Naggo Head edge Spanish Town Police Youth Club 2-1; Travellers blanked Time & Patience 3-0; East Portmore Portals beat Portsmouth 1-0; New Raiders eliminated Cumberland 6-5 on penalties; Black Lion boot GC Foster 5-4 on penalties; and De La Vega eliminated Watson Grove 4-3 on penalties.
- Portmore Domino League launch November 30
The Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League will be launched on Sunday, November 30, at a venue to be confirmed. At the launch, the sponsors will be named and an exhibition match will be played. All clubs desirous to compete should register between November 17-25. Entry fee is $6,000 per club and $350 per player.
- Winning start for Greater Portmore in Insports Primary netball
Defending champions Greater Portmore made a winning start as the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Schools Netball League tipped off at Kensington Primary School Court on Thursday. Greater Portmore defeated host Kensington 8-4 in the feature game of the double-header.
In the opening game, last year's beaten finalists, Naggo Head, clipped Belmont Park 6-5. Meanwhile, Ascot won the dress parade over nine other schools on display.
Fitz Jackson, the Member of Parliament for South St Catherine, congratulated INSPORTS and the schools for making the event possible and told the players that the competition is not about winning at all cost, instead encouraging them to focus on team work and fair play. Jackson is also a sponsor of the league. The league continues on Monday.
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football semis
Semi-final matches in the second annual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition, in her native Waterhouse Community, will be played this afternoon at 451 Spanish Town Road (opposite Wray & Nephew), starting at 3:00.
Darkside will oppose Choppaz in the first semi-final, followed by Miles United vs Young Strikers at 4:00 p.m. Mark Walters of Outside FC, who were eliminated in the quarter-final, is the leading scorer with three goals.
The final and third place matches are scheduled for Sunday, November 30. There will be prizes for the top four teams, Most Valuable Player, leading goalscorer and most disciplined team, these offered by the sponsors, Digicel, and associate sponsors Grace, Wata and Tank-Weld Metals.
- Xerox in BH table tennis semi-finals
Xerox booked a semi-final spot in the Business House table tennis competition on Tuesday when they defeated The Gleaner 4-1 at The Gleaner Sports Club, North Street.
The visitors made their intentions known from early by winning the first two games. Paulton Madden blanked The Gleaner's Andrew Walters 3-0 in the opening game, while Madden and Robert Gabay teamed up to beat Wayne Lyew and Warren Bailey 3-0 in doubles, as The Gleaner once again lost their doubles match, the crux of their problems all season.
The 'newsmen' rebounded in the third game when Bailey, their top player, beat Jonny Laidlaw 3-0, but Xerox quickly regrouped to win the last two games - Kerone Sinclair defeating The Gleaner's captain Gareth Segree 3-1 and Gabay getting by Lyew 3-0.
Xerox, which have twice beaten The Gleaner in recent weeks, will meet the Jamaica Defence Force in semi-final action tomorrow. The other semi-finalists are Bank of Jamaica and CariMed.
- Johnson's goal wins game for Out a Road
Out a Road stopped Fire Brigade 1-0 through a Rohan Johnson goal, while Correctional Services beat Sewell Squad 2-0 in action from the Rumbar Rum Football Sundayz competition at Coal Ground, Spanish Town last Sunday. The competition continues tomorrow.
- Cricket Fest for Christmas
The Power of Faith Ministries Sports Department in coalition with partners will be having a 'Cricket Fest' on December 20 at Jamalco Sports Complex.
The teams involved in the one-day limited overs competition are Race Course, the Social Development Commission, national champions; Jamalco, the business house champions; Power of Faith Ministries International, the church champions and a community team.
- Santos clip Constant Spring to reach Masters League final
Santos ended the three-year reign of Masters League champions Constant Spring last Sunday when they defeated the defending champions 4-2 on penalty kicks in a hard fought semi-final match at Winchester Park, St George's College.
Both teams played to a 1-1 stalemate in regulation and extra time. And in the ensuing penalty shoot-out, Santos, with players such as Kevin Lamey and Baris Johnson at their disposal, held their nerves to secure the win.
Santos will meet the Portmore-based Nautica in the final, while Constant Spring will try to retain their KO title as compensation for the loss, when they tackle Harbour View FC in that final.
- Portmore Tigers favoured
Domino lovers in the Sunshine City will converge on Ken's Wildflower Sports Bar and Lounge as Portmore Tigers and Passagefort United meet in the final of the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore 'Mental' Domino League, tomorrow at 12 p.m.
In semi-finals recently, Passagefort United defeated Ken's Wildflower 250-222, while favourites Portmore Tigers roared past Waterford 250-211. Ken's Wildflower and Waterford will battle for third place simultaneously at the same venue.
- Rivoli, Black Lion in KO battle
Red Stripe Premier League outfit, Rivoli United will take on Black Lion in the feature quarter-final match in the St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knock-out competition at Spanish Town Prison Oval tomorrow, starting at 6 p.m.
Rivoli United are the reigning champions, having defeated Old Harbour Bay United 1-0 in the final last season.
In the opening game at the venue, Tru-Juice will square-off with Old Harbour Bay United at 4 p.m. at the same venue.
- Brumalia House KO festival
Kirkvine will host tomorrow's football extravaganza in the form of the The Brumalia House Knock-out quarter-finals. The four-game programme begins at 12:30 p.m. with two games to be played simultaneously, as Kirkvine boasts two full-sized adjacent fields.
The first double-header features defending champions New Green against Alligator Pond and Hillstars vs Villa United.
The second double header at 3 p.m. schedules Mile Gully against Porus and Greenvale against Ricam Academy. Both sets of games will facilitate extra-time and penalties, if necessary.
In the final set of first round games completed last weekend, Porus ran out Gold Star 3-0 while Alligator Pond knocked out Old England by the same margin.
- Manchester to host national Under-14 netball clinic
The Manchester Netball Association (MNA) will host a national one-day rally and clinic for parish associations. The day's proceedings will take place today at Manchester High School in Mandeville, starting at 10 a.m.
The MNA's president, Kadeanne Holness, who chairs the national parish development committee for Netball Jamaica, told The Gleaner that eight teams were already confirmed for participation.
- Howie Chin Memorial round-up
Mt St Joseph have qualified for both the female and male finals of the Howie Chin Memorial Football League following the semi-finals earlier this week. Mt St Joseph's, who had finished the preliminary round on top, brushed aside Emmanuel Prep 3-0 with Coy Grant scoring two goals.
In the second semi-final, Belair continued their dominance of Knox, defeating them 2-0. It was their second straight win over Knox, having beaten the Spaldings-based school 1-0 in their final preliminary game to reach the semi-finals.
Mt St Joseph reached the female finals with a 3-0 win over Belair.
Knox, who eventually became a major disappointment in the male division - having dominated the first half of that competition - rebounded to smash Emmanuel 6-1 to reach the female finals.
- NCU in Intercol netball semis
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) netball team advanced to the semi-finals of the Inter-collegiate Junior League when they stormed past Bethlehem Moravian College (BMC) 32-12 at NCU's gymnatorium.
The home team was keen to show its first round win over the BMC team was no fluke, despite being a known slow starter. The first half saw the narrowest of leads as the home team marched out 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. The half-time break saw the NCU women with a 15-9 lead.
For the second half of the match, the NCU women increased the tempo to enter the final quarter leading 20-11. A raft of tactical adjustments sealed the deal and buoyed by their considerable vocal home support, the NCU team proceeded to outscore the visitors 12-1 to wrap the game at 32-12.
- Central Manchester football semis
The quartet of Land Settlement, Hanbury, Old England and Porus made it to the semi-finals of the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Sports Development football competition.
At the Hanbury community field, which fielded a double-header last weekend, Land Settlement outscored Blue Mountain 4-2 to book the first semi-final spot. Hanbury easily dispatched the visiting Three Chains team 3-1 to secure their place.
In the lone encounter at Comfort Community Sports Complex, Old England created a mild upset, edging the much-hyped Georges Valley 1-0.
Porus booked their spot without taking the field as the divisional champions Knock Patrick failed to show for their scheduled midweek quarter-final clash.
No game is scheduled for this weekend owing to the Manchester FA's four-match programme at Kirkvine tomorrow in the Brumalia House Knock-out quarter-finals.
- Henriques wins Street Gun series
Orville Henriques won the third and final leg of the National Street Gun Championship at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) in Lincoln for a complete sweep of the series.
Shooting a Glock 19, Henriques top the day's eight-stage programme with 616 points, 112 more than second-placed Sue Ann Henriques, who shot 81 per cent.
The next three shooters were separated by mere decimals as Evon Grant shot his best match in recent months to finish third with 78.87 percent, followed by Ellsworth Dixon (78.57) and Thomas Jones (78.27). Owen Campbell, who had equipment problems, faded to sixth with 64 per cent.
The Street Gun Championship caters for all firearm holders, as it employs stages that are designed to reflect typical danger scenarios faced by Jamaican shooters. Among the popular ones on Sunday last were the bathroom scene, gardening and the car stages.
The championship moves to Woodleigh Shooting Range on Sunday, November 30, for the annual Fast and Furious tournament.