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Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Richard Bryan Photo Jordan Banton (left) of St Elizabeth Technical, and the youngest finisher in the male High Mountain 5k, poses with coach Renaldo Walcott following the High Mountain 5k Road Race held in Williamsfield, Manchester, last weekend.
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Ricam maintains Manchester Major League

Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by 10th-place Villa United, Ricam Academy maintained the overall lead after two rounds in the cross-zone phase of the Manchester Major league.

Having played seven matches, Ricam, who are in their second season of Major League, are on 14 points which have been compiled from four wins, a loss and two draws.

They have the second-best goal difference and now hold a two-point lead on former champions Hillstars and Georges Valley, who are both locked on 12 points.

Teams which made significant progress from the last round were Downs and Comfort. Downs moved from the cellar position to eighth after defeating the previous fourth-place Greenvale 2-1. Comfort climbed to fourth after knocking over defending champion New Green 3-1.

Bellefield, STETHS impress in High Mountain road races

Bellefield High School and St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) were the local schools to put in the most outstanding performances in the popular High Mountain 5k Road Race held in Williamsfield, Manchester, last weekend.

Bellefield were good in the female category while STETHS were outstanding in the male. Leading the way for Bellefield was one of the hailed stars of the meet - 12-year-old Aniesha Lawerence, who was the best placed female in the 5K road race event - passing the tape in a time of 20 minutes, nine seconds. Her teammate Ashanti Levy was second.

In the male category, Shemar Salmon led home teammates Jauavney James and Romario Gutherie for a St Elizabeth Technical sweep of the first three places. However, it was their teammate, ninth-place Jordan Banton, who secured the award as the best-placed youngest male winning the Under-15 category. For his efforts, Banton received the L.O. Minott Scholarship Fund award.

Americans Andrew Brodeur and Danielle Tauro dominated the winning positions in the stellar Senior 10K road race

category. Brodeur was first past the tape in 33 minutes and 32 seconds, ahead of the pair of local club Seek runners Kirk Brown and Dwayne Graham. The win was Brodeur's third in a row at these annual championships. However, his previous two times recorded in 2013 and 2014 were two minutes faster.

Tauro, who last made the trip here in 2012 when she won, was again at the top of the podium in the senior female 10K race, with a time of 40 minutes and 54

seconds. Such a time would have been good for 26th place in the male event.

Second was Juliette Dinnal of Church Teachers' College while third went to Mayeshie Mead of Bellefield.

Manchester Netball Association's

upcoming clinics

The Manchester Netball Association (MNA) is set to host the first of a series of technical clinics geared at helping teams prepare for the 2015 season of competitions within the parish.

Preparations are in high gear to host the first clinic for teams in the Christiana area later next month. A meeting is being planned with all the presidents of netball teams in that region. While a date is yet to be set, the venue for that region's clinic has been confirmed as the Holmwood Technical High School playfield.

According to MNA President Kadeanne Holness, the association intends to conduct four clinics in each of the respective political constituencies within the parish.

Other clinics are tentatively slated for Royal Flat, Greenvale and Cross Keys.

In addition to the services of a specialist physical trainer,

clinics will cater to technical information from the leading coaches in the parish.

Portsmouth Primary lift INSPORT Portmore football title

Portsmouth Primary copped the 2014-2015 INSPORTS Portmore Primary Football League following a convincing 3-0 victory over Naggo Head in the final played at the Portsmouth Primary playing field last Tuesday.

The competition's MVP and golden boot winner Dwayne Atkinson scored in the 16th and 19th minutes after teammate Kevon Williams opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Atkinson ended his primary career with a record 16 goals this season. At the closing ceremony, which commenced immediately after the final, administrative director of the Institute of Sports, Ian Andrews lauded the efforts of his staff while acknowledging Fitz Jackson, member of parliament for South St Catherine, for helping to finance the competition.

With the win, Portsmouth, having lifted the netball crown last week, became the first school in the competition to win both football and netball titles in the same season.

'Happy' Sutherland KO final tomorrow

Hot favourites Rivoli United, a Premier League club, will take on Old Harbour Bay United in the final of the St Catherine FA Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland Knockout final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval tomorrow. Kick-off is 6 p.m.

Rivoli won last year's competition with a 1-0 win over Old Harbour Bay through their former striker Devon Hodges. Rivoli's coach, Gerald Fitzgerald, had earlier boasted that Old Harbour didn't stand a chance against them, as Portmore United, which they defeated 5-4 on penalties in the semi-final, were their only real challengers in the KO. Can Old Harbour Bay prove them wrong? or will Rivoli run out easy winners? These questions will be answered in tomorrow's big football clash. Javiaughn Smith, who scored twice for Old Harbour Bay in their semi-final win over Frasziers Whip, will be called upon once again to produce the goods for his team.

Hellshire Division

7-a-side Community Football for next month

A press launch is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, for the inaugural Hellshire 7-a-side Community Football League the Portmore Municipal Council at 6 p.m.

Ten teams will be participating, six from Greater Portmore and four from Hellshire.

The opening ceremony and uniform parade and opening game will be in 5 West Greater Portmore, Sunday, February 15, at 3 p.m. Prize money awarded is $100,000, along with medals and trophies. Competition is scheduled to finish on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at a venue to be confirmed. For further information, please contact Councillor Vanrick Preddie 456-2786/395-4990. INSPORTS officers for Portmore, Andrea Hanson and Judith Thomas and Rohan Reinford, the CDC officer from SDC, have been influential in the organisation of this competition.

Cricket Fest on

this morning

The much-anticipated Cricket Fest will be played today at the Jamalco Sports Complex, in Clarendon, with four clubs vying for top honours.

Action gets under way at 9:30 a.m.

The competing teams are Race Course, SDC national champion, Jamalco, the business house champion, Power of Faith International, the PFM Church champion, and a community team, bottom Halse Hall. CVM-Sports will be taking footage of the event. Co-sponsors Western Sports will be offering discounted prices on selected cricket equipment at the venue.

Cedar Grove,

Hellshire on top

Mid-season champs Hellshire United and Cedar Grove remained on top of the standings after identical one-nil wins over their rivals in last Sunday's fifth round of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two League.

Stephan Squire scored as Cedar Grove clipped Racing United 1-0 and Hellshire United had a similar 1-0 win over Daytona, to revenge a shock 1-0 defeat to the latter in a KO game recently. In other games, Braeton United (10 points) moved into third spot with a 3-1 win over Greater Portmore, while Westport and Bridgeport ended 0-0.