IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Downs begin Major League with a bang
Downs highlighted the start of the new season of the Manchester Football Association (MFA) Major League by defeating Kendal 4-2 in a battle of former champions. Romano Allen came up trumps, scoring all four goals for Downs.
Hillstars also began with a win, 1-0 over Ricam, while Alligator Pond, who recently lost to Porus in the knockout final, defeated Villa United 2-1. New Green and George's Valley played to a 1-1 draw.
The 12 participating teams also featured in a dress parade. Alligator Pond secured first prize as the best-dressed team, with Hillstars second and Porus third.
Two night games were hosted at Kirkvine on Tuesday. Mile Gully defeated Comfort 2-1, while Greenvale enjoyed a similar scoreline against Porus.
Donald Buchanan Sports Tourism Centre hosts football
Fresh from hosting the Jamaica Premier League T-20 final, the Donald Buchanan Sports Tourism Centre was the venue for last weekend's St Elizabeth Football Association President's Cup final featuring Super Action and Black Star.
Super Action were victorious, courtesy of Romario Smith's goal. Smith scored in extra-time for a 1-0 win after the two teams had played to a regulation 0-0 draw. Super Action will now represent St Elizabeth in the Flow Champions Cup national knockout championship.
The Donald Buchanan Sports Tourism Centre was officially opened on Sunday, December 14. It is a revamping of the former Treasure Beach Sports Park, featuring a new cricket facility meeting International Cricket Council specifications, a two-storey clubhouse and training nets using both concrete and turf pitches. In addition to hosting cricket, the complex has two miniature football fields, tennis and basketball courts.
Henriques wins Christmas Rappa Pam Pam
Orville Henriques overcame a field of 18 shooters to win the year's final shoot, the Christmas Rappa Pam Pam, hosted at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club range in Lincoln last Sunday.
Henriques amassed 684 points from eight stages to beat Raniel Mendez, who secured 602 for 88 per cent. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques was fourth with 80 per cent, and last year's most improved shooter, Owen Campbell, snatched fourth with 77 per cent, his best placing in months. Thomas Jones rounded off the top five with 76 per cent.
Henriques won seven of the eight stages, falling down to 10th on Stage Four, which was won by Mendez. His win at Rappa Pam Pam closed out a fantastic year in which he lost twice, but won the final three tournaments, starting with the Negril International Match, followed by the Jamaica Rifle Association's Christmas Hamper.
Porus win Peter Bunting football final
In a one-sided affair, Porus won the 2014 Peter Bunting-sponsored Central Manchester Sports Development (CMSD) football competition after blowing away Settlement 4-0 in the final last Sunday at the Hanbury Sports Complex.
In the day's other activities, Old England secured third place with a penalty-kick win over Hanbury, after both had played to a 0-0 regulation-time draw. Los Perfectos Masters won the special hour-long celebrity football match 4-0 over the Bunting Invitational team.
Porus' triumph was their second in two weekends. The previous weekend, they copped the Manchester FA Brumalia House Knockout with a 4-2 win over Alligator Pond. This is also their second Peter Bunting title, having won the inaugural competition in 2012.
Spyt Fire defeat Ken's Wildflower
Newcomers Spyt Fire continue to impress as they carved out their second win in as many matches, defeating Ken's Wildflower 300-242 in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Major League Domino competition last Sunday.
In other games, Right Stuff stopped Eradication 300-284, Exceptional International got past Eagle View 300-285, Caribbean Classic outclassed Cookies International 300-262, Chedwin Strikers downed Garveymeade 300-262, Colours International beat Masterpiece 300-269, Passagefort United triumphed 300-282 over Memory Lane, and Naggo Head outlasted Correctional Services 300-290.
Exceptional-Young Gunners final
Exceptional Strikers and Young Gunners will meet in tomorrow's final of the Rumbar Rum Football Sundayz match at Coal Ground, Spanish Town, starting at 4 p.m. In last week's semi-finals, Exceptional eliminated Spanish Town 4-3 on penalties after an exciting 2-2 full- and extra-time draw, while Young Gunners, through an Oshane Smith goal, defeated House A Roots 1-0.
Cedar Grove win three straight
Cedar Grove made a big statement last Sunday as they defeated last year's runners-up, Braeton United, 2-0 and snatched their third win in a row in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League.
Cedar Grove remain atop the standings with nine points, two points clear of second-place Hellshire United (seven points), who defeated pointless Bridgeport 2-1. In other games, Westport won their first game of the season with a 3-0 lashing of Daytona, while Racing United and Greater Portmore drew 2-2.
Tomorrow's matches: At the Racing field - 1 p.m. - Racing United vs Braeton United; and at 3 p.m., Daytona will face Bridgeport. At Cedar Grove - Hellshire vs Westport at 1 p.m., then at 3 p.m., Cedar Grove vs Greater Portmore.
The mid-season final will be played next Sunday, January 4. Cedar Grove have already booked their spot.
York Pharmacy KO for January 11
The York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League will kick off with a uniform parade and two opening matches at Ferdie Neita Park on Sunday, January 11. The uniform parade of all eight teams will start at noon and will include a meet-and-greet session with the sponsors before kick-off. In the opener at 1 p.m., Daytona take on Hellshire United, while at 3 p.m., Braeton United play Racing United.
Newly crowned champions of the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino 'Mental' League, Passagefort United, received the championship trophy and a cheque for $60,000 at a brief presentation ceremony at Garveymeade Sports Club last Saturday evening. Second-place Portmore Tigers pocketed $30,000, while Waterford United collected $15,000 for third.
Passagefort United won the tournament after they upset Portmore Tigers 235-222, with 15 points left to gain. Heavy rains caused an abrupt end to proceedings and Passagefort were awarded victory.
Sponsors included Lester 'Father Ken' Crooks; Colin Fagan, member of parliament for South East St Catherine; and Rupert Pryce.
Cricket Fest set for January
The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Sports Department announced a new date for Cricket Fest, for January 31, to be held at the Jamalco Sports Complex in Clarendon. The event was originally down to be staged on Saturday, December 20. However, poor weather forced a postponement.
The teams involved are Race Course, the Social Development Commission's National Twenty20 champions; Jamalco, the business house champions; PFM International, The PFM Church champions; and community team Bottom Halse Hall.
Co-sponsor Western Sports is expected to offer discounted prices on its goods for players and patrons.