Sun | Dec 4, 2016

In Your Neighbourhood

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Tracey Blanchard (right) of Softball Canada shows a participant a batting technique during a certification and training course for softball coaches at Mico University College last Thursday.
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer  Bryan Dennis (third left, front), of Johnson Hill, Hellshire, receives a football from Vanrick Preddie (second right), CEO Prevancer Protection & Security Services, while (from left) Fitz Jackson, Mamber of Parliament, South St Catherine, Therence Gibson, Portmore Football League and Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, look on, during the launch of the Hellshire Division Seven-A-Side Community Football League recently. 
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INSPORTS, Baseball Canada to certify local coaches

The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), as part of its drive to implement baseball in the Government Primary School Physical Education curriculum, has partnered with Baseball Canada to certify the physical education teachers under this project. This certification is recognised by the International Baseball Federation, the sport's world governing body.

The primary school baseball certification course is scheduled for March 2-6 at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, in Angels, St Catherine.

Racing face

Braeton in KO final

When Racing United faces off against Braeton United in the final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Knockout competition, a lot depends on striker Dwayne Stewart. The match will be played at the Cedar Grove playing field at 3 p.m.

Stewart scored twice as his club swamped Bridgeport 7-0 in semi-final action last Sunday. Christopher Thompson, Horace Buchanan, Karis Findlayson, Prince Williams, and an own goal accounted for the other goals. In the other semi-final, Braeton beat Daytona 3-2 in a close encounter.

Spyt Fire relishes battle with Classic

Newcomers Spyt Fire have been making the headlines since they kick-started their campaign in the City of Kingston (COK) Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino Major League.

The mid-season final will be no different for the second-place team on 33 points, as they battle kingpins Caribbean Classic (36 points), who are unbeaten this season, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the Garveymeade Sports Club. The Spyt Fire team is captained by the decorated Javlin James, who had been directing Caribbean Classic's multiple championship successes over the years.

Classic's new captain, Rupert Pryce, and co-captain Junior Kerr, will put the pressure on their counterparts come match day. Some former Classic players are part of the Spyt Fire camp, which will add spice to the pending rivalry.

Memory Lane shock Cookie's in Domino

Waterford-based Memory Lane created the biggest shock of the season as they carved out a 300-293 victory over Cookie's International in the ninth round of the COK Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino Major League last Sunday. In other games, top team Caribbean Classic won their ninth-straight game as they stopped Eagle View 300-260; sixth-place Spring Village (21 points) routed Ken's Wildflower 300-238; Exceptional International cruised past Correctional Services 300-252; Right Stuff hammered Felluchi Strikers 300-201; Naggo Head beat Garveymeade 300-238; and seventh-place Fort International defeated Masterpiece 300-282.

In rescheduled matches on Ash Wednesday, Garveymeade edged Memory Lane 300-298 in a countdown; Correctional Services also won a countdown, 300-296 over Chedwin Strikers, while Fort defeated Spring Village 300-282. The competition continues tomorrow with a full slate of games.

Church cricket registration on today

The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will be having a registration of interested churches this evening at 5:30 p.m. at the PFM multi-purpose complex, Portmore Town Centre, for the upcoming PFM Church Cricket League that should begin shortly. Power of Faith International, which recently won the 'Cricket Fest' in Clarendon, are the defending champions.

Clarendon FA season kicks off tomorrow

The 2015 season of the Clarendon Football Association is expected to kick off tomorrow at the York Town Community Centre with the opening phase of a knockout competition with 20 teams.

Included are the parish's two Red Stripe Premier League campaigners, Humble Lion and Sporting Central Academy, the 12 Major League teams, five from Division One, and a guest team, May Pen Hospital.

York Town will host two matches, in the form of a double-header. The first game at 1:30 p.m. pits Major League team Black Stars against Division One campaigners Morgan's Pass, while the final game will see the hosts against New Longville.

However, the day's programme will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a press conference to announce new sponsors.

Portmore, G.C. Foster in key Major League clash

Mid-season champions and the former Premier League campaigners, Portmore United, will travel to face home team G.C. Foster College today for the key encounter in the St Catherine Major League.

Portmore are coming off a 1-0 win over Tru-Juice in the mid-season final, after which they also came up trumps, 1-0 over Fraziers Whip, when they resumed the second half of the league on Tuesday.

Other Major League matches scheduled for today (home teams named first) are: New Raiders vs Tru-Juice at Spanish Town Prison Oval; Portsmouth vs Naggo Head; Old Harbour Bay United (OHBU) vs Albion at Marlie Mount; and De la Vega City vs Royal Lakes.

When the league resumed for the return matches last weekend, De la Vega edged Christian Pen 1-0, Royal Lakes outscored New Raiders 3-2, G.C. Foster and Portsmouth drew 1-1, so did the pair of Newland and OHBU, while Naggo Head were 2-0 winners over Spanish Town Police.

Having played one game less, Portmore lead the 14-team standings with 19 points, one more than Tru-Juice. Newland and Christian Pen follow with 14 points, with G.C. Foster fifth on 13 and the pair of Fraziers Whip and Royal Lakes rounding off the top half on 11 points each.

New sponsors for Manchester D1

The Manchester FA will kick off its Division One competition tomorrow at Kirkvine Sports Club.

The event begins with a dress parade at 1 p.m., as well as the unveiling of new sponsors. A full set of games will also be played as the venue is able to host two matches simultaneously, plus night games.

The start of the Division One competition tomorrow means the final matches in the cross zone phase of the Major League will be played today.

Six games are scheduled (home teams named first): Georges Valley vs Comfort at deCarteret College, New Green vs Downs at Brooks Park, Mile Gully vs Greenvale, Alligator Pond vs Hillstars at Alpart Sports Club, Porus vs Ricam, and Kendal vs Villa.

At this stage, Hillstars are comfortable leaders with 21 points, followed by Comfort and Georges Valley on 16, Downs and Greenvale on 15, and Ricam completing the top six on 14 points.

Double success

for Johnson Hill

Johnson Hill from Hellshire tasted double success as the Hellshire Division Seven-A-Side Community Football League kicked off in 5 West, Greater Portmore, last Sunday.

Johnson Hill took the uniform parade honours and, to top it off, they came from behind to defeat 2 East Strikers 2-1. William Kerr (49th) and Brian Dennis (59th) scored for Johnson Hill, while Jay Spencer (18th) netted for 2 East Strikers. The competition continues today and tomorrow.

St Elizabeth Major League resumes

Following a one-week mid-season break, the Wray & Nephew-sponsored St Elizabeth Major League football competition resumes today with three games and continues tomorrow with a double-header at New Holland playing field.

The games today feature Black Star vs Round Hill in Black River, Santa FC vs Super Action Youth Club at Santa, Cruz Community Centre, and Real Treasure Beach FC vs Haughton United at BRED's Complex.

Tomorrow's double-header begins at 1:30 p.m., with Newell against Appleton Estate and home side New Holland Police Youth Club taking on neighbours Tafari Lions at 3:30 p.m.

With 10 games completed in the season, Appleton lead the 10-team table with 22 points, followed by Black Star and New Holland on 20 points. However, Black Star are two better on goal difference. Tafari Lions hold fourth on 18 points, with Real Treasure Beach rounding out the top five on 15 points.

Xavier Harvey of Black Star is the current leader on the goalscoring chart with nine, followed by Jovaughn Williams of Real Treasure Beach with six. Appleton's Gerald Hibbert and Recardo Reid of Black Star have netted four goals apiece.

Manchester netball clinic postponed

The first of the planned Manchester Netball Association developmental clinics slated for Holmwood Technical this morning has been postponed, according to a release issued by its president, Kadeane Holness.

The clinic should have catered for the teams in the north-west region of Manchester and particularly those around the Christiana belt. According to the release, this postponement pushes back the dates for other clinics slated for Royal Flat, Greenvale and Cross Keys.