In Your Neighbourhood
Jamalco Manchester Division One
The Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Football Association Division One football competition resumes today with three matches.
A double-header will be hosted at Comfort playing field,
starting at 1:30 p.m. with Hope Village against Plowden, and then at 3:30 p.m. with Land Settlement vs Star Zone.
Earlier this week, three matches were played. Old England became the first team to win two matches straight when they completed a 2-1 victory over Clandon Strikers. Old England had kicked off the competition with a 2-0 win over Stars Academy.
Also earning a win was 360 degrees - their first - defeating DC Strikers 3-0. The win was, however, a rebound from their opening 0-2 loss to the Northern Caribbean Union President's Eleven. The third game ended 0-0 and featured Stars Academy against Mandeville United.
host parish's first netball clinic
Christiana High School will be the host venue for the first of four developmental clinics put on by the Manchester Netball Association (MNA) on Saturday, March 14.
There was an effort to conduct the clinic last month at Holmwood Technical, but it did not materialise. However, according to MNA president, Kadeanne Holness, all arrangements are in place for a 9 a.m. start next weekend.
The clinic will cater to the teams and individuals in the north-west region of Manchester, and particularly those around the Christiana belt. The MNA conducts its main league on a constituency-wide basis, with teams zoned similarly in the preliminary phase. It is also a strategic way to get each member of parliament within the parish to fund aspects of the programme.
The MNA says the clinics are designed to help players and coaches prepare for the 2015 season, which will begin in March. The MNA conducts just one league, which has been dominated by one team, Legendary United. 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.
Championship in Mandeville
The National Street Gun Championship, the most popular event on the calendar for the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club, will be staged tomorrow at its Lincoln range.
The Street Gun Championship is intended to encourage shooters to react to different danger scenarios that could be encountered in Jamaica. Hence, the stages developed will include wash area, around the domino table, inside a car, at the workplace, or inside the home.
This championship comprises all categories and is open to all licensed firearm holders.
Shooters 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 dealer.
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.
storm into final
Cedar Grove FC made light work of Greater Portmore, as a resounding 5-0 semi-final win saw them storm into the final of the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League at Cedar Grove playing field last Sunday.
Cedar Grove, who are first-timers in the Senior League, got a double strike, courtesy of Stephan Squire, and one goal each from Sanjay Roach and Jevan Harriott and an own-goal.
The Nallawe Blake-coached side will play Hellshire United in the March 15 final at Ferdie Neita Park. Hellshire clipped Braeton United 1-0 in the other semi-final.
After an absorbing battle, giants Caribbean Classic had to settle for a 299-all tie and a share of the title with first-timers Spyt Fire in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored mid-season final at Garveymeade Sports Club last Sunday.
Both teams will receive a trophy each and cash prize of $40,000. The league continues tomorrow with a full slate of games. The games are (home teams named first): Memory Lane vs Correctional Services, Spring Village vs Chedwin Strikers, Naggo Head vs Colours Sports Club, Fort International vs Eradication, Right Stuff vs Passagefort United, Ken's Wildflower vs Exceptional International, Garveymeade vs Eagle View and Spyt Fire vs Masterpiece.
Five confirmed for PFM church cricket
Five teams have confirmed their participation for the 10th season of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Twenty20 Church Cricket League, which begins on Saturday, March 21. All games will be played at the Bridgeport sport grounds.
Six-time champions Power of Faith International, which won last season's title, are once again favourites for the crown.
The teams are Miracle Open Bible, 65 Waltham Park Road New Testament, Faith Temple New Testament, Power of Faith International and Power of Faith's Development team.
"We are seeking sponsorship for the league, but none is forthcoming. We would love to see the teams playing more games and using coloured jerseys and white ball, but we are not in a position to do so," explained Mark Williamson, head of the PFM's sports department, which organises the league.
Hillstars in Manchester Major League semis
Even with two rounds to complete the preliminary phase, Hillstars became the first team to secure a semi-final spot in the Manchester Football Association JB Rum/Captain's Bakery Major League.
Last weekend, Hillstars strode to a 3-0 win over Mile Gully, their 10th win in 14 matches. They have drawn three times and have suffered just one loss, which has placed them atop the overall standings with 33 points. Teveland Bailey and Jermaine Green gave them a 2-0 platform at half-time, before Denzil McPherson scored in the final minute of regulation play. The result was devastating for Mile Gully, who face relegation for the first time since the early 1990s.
There is a keen battle for either of Downs and Comfort to join Hillstars from Zone Two. Downs completed a 1-0 win over Ricam to move to 27 points, four more than Comfort, who trounced Kendal 5-0.
Zone One is led by Georges Valley, which have 22 points. However, Porus are just one point behind alongside Greenvale and Villa, who both have 16.
Two rescheduled matches will be played today at the Kirkvine Sports Club. Georges Valley will be up against New Green, while Porus take on Greenvale.
Clarendon season kicks off tomorrow
The 2015 season of the Clarendon Football Association is scheduled to kick off tomorrow at York Town Community Centre with the opening phase of the knockout competition.
This league will involve 20 teams, including Premier League campaigners Humble Lion and Sporting Central Academy, plus 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 Longsville.
However, the day's programme will begin at 12:30 with a press conference to announce new sponsors.
Morgan, Watt on
target for Two West Strikers
Newton Morgan and Natanille Watt scored goals as Two West Strikers defeated Johnson Hill from Hellshire 2-0 in the latest round of the Prevancer Protection & Security Services-sponsored Hellshire Division Seven-A-Side Community Football League over the
In other games, Three West United tagged Two East Warriors 2-0; Uppa City edged Hellshire Beach 1-0 and Two East Strikers thrashed Zion United 4-0.
The competition continues today and tomorrow. In today's matchups (home teams named first): Hellshire Park vs Two East Strikers and Zion Hill vs Johnson Hill (at Five West). Tomorrow's games pit Two East Warriors vs Hellshire Beach and Hellshire Heights vs Three West at Three West. All games begin at 3:30 p.m.
Portmore roll on in St Catherine Major League
Former national Premier League campaigners, Portmore United, continued their unbeaten run in the LIME St Catherine Major League with a 2-1 win over Dela Vega City. This was their ninth win in 10 games.
Tru-Juice, the team they defeated in the mid-season finals, whipped fourth-place Christian Pen (17 points) 4-1. However, they are seven points back on 21.
Newlands are third with 18 points, while G.C. Foster, who clipped Albion 1-0 on Tuesday, have 16 points.
In other results from last weekend, Newlands ran out 2-0 winners over Royal Lakes, Portsmouth beat St Catherine Police 2-0, and Old Harbour Bay United edged Naggo Head 1-0.
The Central Manchester Sports Development Committee, formed from the constituency office of Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, will bowl off the third renewal of its cricket competition today at New Hall Community Centre.
It will take the form of a Twenty20 competition, with round-robin play in three zones involving community-based teams. Competition rules limit the participation of national or established parish-level players. There is also a component that requires the use of schoolboys in all teams.
The top two from each zone will automatically advance to the second phase. The best two of the third-place teams will join the six in a knockout phase.
Defending champions Comfort will play in Zone A alongside Land Settlement, Broadleaf and New Vision. Zone B comprises Inverness, Ryde, Belitiro and hosts New Hall.
The third and final zone fields Mandeville Police, Mandeville Police Youth Club, Porus and Central Strikers.
Today's feature match at New Hall starts at 10 a.m., with the defending champions against Broadleaf. Tomorrow, the New Hall venue will host a double-header starting at 10 a.m. with Inverness against Ryde and Belitiro taking on the hosts at 2 p.m.
The Porus Community Centre will also host a double-header. At 10 a.m., Mandeville Police will be up against Porus while, at 2 p.m., Settlement take on New Vision. League director is Brian Sterling.