In Your Neighbourhood
Hillstars lead Manchester Major League
Hillstars have displaced Alligator Pond as the early leaders in the new season of the Manchester Football Association Major League after picking up four points in two games this past week against highly ranked opponents.
Hillstars knocked over Mile Gully 3-1 last Sunday, before earning a 0-0 draw with Downs on Thursday, to move to eight points.
In stark contrast, Alligator Pond, which began with two straight wins, suffered two straight losses to slip to sixth overall. Firstly, Jody McGlashan's 67th goal condemned them to a 1-0 by Georges Valley and, to add salt to their wounds, they were blown away 3-0 by New Green.
Georges Valley were the biggest movers of the week, earning six points in two games. In addition to their win over Alligator Pond, they outscored Porus 3-2, with McGlashan also on the scoresheet.
The week was also significant for Villa United, who, having lost to Porus on Sunday, rebounded to beat Greenvale by the same margin, to earn their first points of the season after four games.
Kirkvine track meet in high gear
With one week to go before the staging of Manchester's big athletics meet, the 2015 PUMA/JAAA Kirkvine track meet, the organisers say plans are in full gear to maintain its strong tradition.
The meet has undergone considerable development since it was first held at Manchester High in 1983. Initially, it was confined to a few schools in Manchester, but has expanded to cater to all schools across the island. Last year, there were 86 entries with more than 2000 athletes. This year, there is no change to the registration requirements and fees.
The key events hosted will be 100 metres in all categories, 200m, 400m and 800m. The meet will open with a 5000 metres for men and 3000m for females. The one-day event is open to all schools, clubs and private competitors.
Patron of the meet is former Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president, Pat Anderson, while technical director is national head coach Maurice Wilson.
Institutions and interested athletes can register through Wayne Laing, who can be reached at 805-6999.
'Spray as You May' shoot festival in Mandeville
The first event on the 2015 professional practical shooting calendar will be staged tomorrow in Mandeville when the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club stages 'Spray as You May', part one, at its Lincoln range.
'Spray as You May' part one is intended to encourage shooters to react quickly while firing shots as fast as they can. While accuracy is generally difficult to maintain at such pace, the stimulation will be the prevalence of wide-open targets in all of the eight stages, and no penalty targets. There will be no steel targets - which is generally the Achilles heel for most shooters.
They have the chance to take advantage of discounts on ammunition, while shooting stock will be available for purchase from Central Dealers, central Jamaica's only approved firearm dealers.
The competition starts at 11 a.m., but the range will be open from 9 a.m. to accommodate practice for all licensed firearm holders.
St Elizabeth Major League
Five games will be played this weekend in the Appleton-sponsored St Elizabeth Major League football competition. The two being hosted today are Super Action against Tafari Lions at Burton and Newell vs Round Hill at Hounslow.
Tomorrow's three-game programme starts with defending champions Black Star hosting Haughton United in Black River, and Holland Police Youth Club (HPYC) hosting Appleton Estate, and closes in Santa Cruz with a matchup between Santa FC and Real Treasure Beach.
In a double-header hosted at Appleton Estate Sports Ground last Sunday, HPYC smashed Round Hill 3-0, while the home side outscored Super Action 3-2.
On Wednesday, Real Treasure Beach drew 1-1 with Black Star, while Chanan Chen's 33rd-minute goal gave Haughton United a 1-0 win over Newell FC. Romario Brown scored in the 10th minute, as Tafari Lion recorded a 1-0 win over Santa FC.
Spyt Fire, Passagefort Utd, Classic take early lead
Newcomers Spyt Fire, Passagefort United and veterans Caribbean Classic are the leaders after three rounds in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino Major League.
It is no surprise that Classic, a multiple champion which spanked Colours Sports Club 300-197 last Sunday - are in this position. Passagefort, who are not among the real big clubs and debutant Sypt Fire have done well. All three are on nine points apiece.
In other results last week, Spyt Fire thrashed Memory Lane 300-207, Passagefort United beat Garveymeade 300-287, Master Piece defeated Chedwin Strikers 300-276, Ken's Wildflower got past Correctional Services 300-276, Fort International outlasted Exceptional International 300-298 (countdown), Spring Village stopped Feluchi Strikers 300-261, while Eagleview downed Cookie's International 300-262. The competition continues tomorrow.
Portsmouth Primary seek the double
Portsmouth Primary School's football and netball teams are currently on a high following last month's performances and they are gearing up to make a serious challenge for both titles in the Institute of Sports Portmore Primary Leagues.
Portsmouth footballers lead Zone One with maximum 12 points from four games, with the league's top goalscorer, Dwayne Atkinson, netting nine goals thus far. Portsmouth should face stiffer competition from the Zone Two teams as leaders Bridgeport (eight points), second place Naggo Head (seven points) and third place Ascot Primary (six points) have been playing good football.
Portsmouth's girls, who amassed nine points from three games in Zone Two, made their intentions clear as they got by defending champions Greater Portmore 12-11 in an earlier fixture. In Zone One, Naggo Head is the form team, having won their three games. Both competitions will resume this month.
All set for Cricket Fest
According to Mark Williamson, chairman of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department, "all is set" for Cricket Fest, to be held on January 31 at the Jamalco Sports Complex in Clarendon.
"It's all systems go and we are expecting a good performance from the players and we want the people in the community to come out and show their support," said Williamson.
The event was originally set to be staged on Saturday, December 20. However, bad weather forced a postponement. The teams involved are Race Course, champions of the Social Development Commission national Twenty20 competition and Business House champions Jamalco, PFM International, the PFM church champions and a community team, bottom Halse Hall. Co-sponsor Western Sports were expected to offer discounted prices for players and patrons.
Hellshire United win mid-season final
Hellshire United left it late, as they emerged champions of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division One mid-season final, with a 1-0 win over Cedar Grove at Cedar Grove playing field last Sunday. The win will surely boost Hellshire's confidence after they were eliminated from the St Catherine Division One recently. Hellshire and Cedar Grove lead the league with 10 points apiece.
York Pharmacy KO on tomorrow
Hellshire United football team will be seeking more success as they welcome the challenge of Daytona in the opening match of a double-header as the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition, which kicks off with a uniform parade and two matches at Ferdie Neita Park tomorrow.
The uniform parade of all eight games will be at noon and includes a meet-and-greet session with the sponsors before kick-off. In the second match at 3 p.m., Braeton United play Racing United. Hellshire recently won the mid-season final over Cedar Grove.
Church cricketers summoned to meeting
The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department has summoned churches that are interested in this year's PFM Church Cricket League to an important meeting on Saturday, January 24, at the PFM multi-purpose complex, starting at 5 p.m. the date for this competition is not yet set. PFM are the reigning champions.