In Your Neighbourhood
Portsmouth Primary cop first netball title
The long wait is over for Portsmouth Primary, as they copped their first Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Primary Schools Netball League title with a nerve-wracking 13-12 victory in over-time against rivals Greater Portmore at the Kensington Primary Courts last Thursday.
Regulation time ended 10-10, which forced the bonus period. Portsmouth were led by their goal attack, Shanea Hibbert, with nine goals, which enabled her to cop the MVP award of the final. Goal shooter Shantoya Hibbert scored the other four goals. Greater Portmore's goal attack, Chevelle-Lee Thompson, also netted nine goals, and her shooting mate, Arlene Mitchell, scored three times.
Portsmouth came into the final with a psychological edge as they had beaten Greater Portmore 12-11 in a preliminary-round match. Belmont Park took third spot as they clipped Naggo Head 12-10 in double overtime.
In semi-final action, Portsmouth whipped Belmont Park Primary 20-6, while Greater Portmore stopped Naggo Head 8-5.
Bridgeport, Greater Portmore advance
Bridgeport and Greater Portmore advanced to the semi-finals of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition through similar means last Sunday.
Bridgeport needed penalties to shrug off a nagging Westport team, emerging victors by a 3-1 margin. The game was locked at 3-3 after regulation and extra time. Greater Portmore also advanced 3-1 on penalties. The teams were locked at 1-1 after regular and extra time. The semi-finals will be played at a date to be announced.
Caribbean Classic stay perfect
Caribbean Classic made it five wins in as many matches as they opened up a three-point lead while moving to 20 points, following their easy 300-230 victory over Memory Lane during the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino Major League last Sunday.
Second-place teams Spyt Fire (17) and Eagle View (17) had wins over Garveymeade (300-211) and Naggo Head (300-270), respectively. In other games, fourth-place Passagefort United (16) suffered a shock 300-273 loss to Ken's Wildflower; Feluchi Strikers beat Correctional Services 300-276; Spring Village downed Eradication 300-280; Cookies International defeated Chedwin Strikers 300-275; and Masterpiece surprised Exceptional International 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow with a full slate of games.
Hellshire, Daytona clash again
Co-leaders Hellshire United (10 points) will get a chance to avenge their KO loss to Daytona, when the two meet in a fifth-round game in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League. Their clash is the feature match of a double-header tomorrow at Ferdie Neita Park, starting at 3 p.m. In the opener at 1 p.m., Braeton United tackle Greater Portmore.
At Cedar Grove playing field, co-leaders Cedar Grove (10) take on Racing United in the 3 p.m. feature match, while in the curtain-raiser at 1 p.m, Westport play Bridgeport.
Church cricketers meet today
The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will host a meeting today with regards to the PFM Church Cricket League, at the PFM multipurpose complex at 5 p.m. All churches that wish to be part of the competition this year are asked to attend. The date for this competition is not yet set. Power of Faith International are the reigning champions.
Cricket Fest a family affair
Mark Williamson, chairman of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department, is branding the Cricket Fest for January 31 at Jamalco Sports Complex in Clarendon as a "family affair".
"This is wholesome fun for the entire family," Williamson said. "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."
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 20. However, heavy rains forced a postponement. The teams involved are Race Course, the Social Development Commission, national champions, Jamalco, the business house champions and PFM International, the PFM church champions, as well as community team bottom Halse Hall. Co-sponsor Western Sports is expected to facilitate discounted prices for players and patrons.
High Mountain 10K
The 32nd renewal of the High Mountain 10K, the longest running of its kind in Jamaica, will take place tomorrow at its traditional home - the old Williamsfield roundabout in Manchester.
The event is the brainchild of the Minott family, owners of Jamaica Standard Products, which is based in Williamsfield. Chairman Jackie Minott continues to be the chief organiser.
This year's event consists of two phases. The first part involves three 5K races, which all begin at 2 p.m. There will be a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 5K wheelchair race. The second part comprises the main event - the Open 10K, which attracts the best local male and female competitors. As usual, the local field will be bolstered by international athletes. Multiple winner Edmund Burke will be part of the international cast.
According to Minott, proceeds from the race will go to the Renal Unit at the Mandeville Public Hospital. An account has been opened at Scotia Bank specifically for this purpose. The account is 544311.
Rookie Ricam leads Manchester Major League
Ricam Academy produced a stunning 2-1 upset over defending champions New Green to fly to the top of the standings in the Manchester Football Association Major League.
With six matches completed Ricam are on 13 points, compiled from four wins, a loss and a draw. The league's only unbeaten team at this stage, Hillstars, is next on 12 points from three wins and three draws.
Third place belongs to Georges Valley (11 points), who featured in one of the most exciting games of the new season. Georges Valley who travelled to Mile Gully on Wednesday for a cross-zone fixture, found themselves a goal behind after Rashuan Davis had scored in the 61st minute. However, Jody McLashan rose from the substitute's bench to first claim the equaliser in the 65th minute, before settling the contest with his second goal in the 70th minute.
Ricam are third overall, on nine points.
Manchester to launch netball clinics
The Manchester Netball Association (MNA) will host the first of a series of technical clinics geared at helping teams prepare for the 2015 season of competitions within the parish. According to MNA president, Kadeanne Holness, the association intends to conduct four clinics in each of the respective political constituencies within the parish.
The first clinic will be held in the north east constituency in Christiana on Saturday, February 7, at the Holmwood Technical High School playing field. Other clinics are tentatively slated for Royal Flat, Greenvale and Cross Keys.
In addition to the services of a specialist physical trainer, the clinic will include technical information, to be provided by the leading coaches in the parish.