In Your Neighbourhood
Old England lead Jamalco Division One
Old England made it four wins from as many games to be the clear leaders in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Football Association (MFA) Division One competition.
Old England's latest win, a
4-1 demolition of 360 Degrees, was achieved at their community home ground, with Andrew Brown scoring twice. With no return-leg matches, Old England have secured the first semi-final spot from Zone Two.
The Northern Caribbean Union (NCU) President's Eleven put themselves in contention for the second spot from Zone Two with a 1-0 win over Mandeville United. Jerome Mayne scored in the final minute of regulation to earn NCU their second win.
The win was a rebound from NCU's 1-2 away loss last weekend in Porus to Starz Academy.
Land Settlement lead Zone One with maximum nine points from three matches and they can seal a semi-final spot today if they draw or claim all points against Hope Village in a contest scheduled for the Comfort playing field this afternoon, at 3:30 p.m.
Two other games are on today. Star Zone will host Technical Strikers at Porus, while Plowden takes on Lyndhurst Luminaires at Cross Keys.
At home last weekend, Old England added the scalps of DC Strikers 2-0 with first-half goals from Kemar Anderson and Julian Bell. Land Settlement achieved their third win on Wednesday, when player/coach Jermaine Johnson scored in the eighth minute, defeating the youthful Technical Strikers team 1-0.
MNA completes first netball clinic
The Manchester Netball Association (MNA) successfully completed its first clinic last weekend at the Christiana High School.
The over 50 participants were treated first to a one-hour classroom (theory) session by Carlene Graham Powell, the parish's top-ranked coach, who also coaches all-island Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) champions Holmwood Technical.
An opening ceremony then followed, where, member of
parliament for north east Manchester, Audley Shaw, presented a number of balls for a two-hour outdoor session which was conducted by the parish's top male coach, Donald Bennett.
According to the MNA, more clinics are on the horizon for other regions in the parish, before the start of the 2015 season earmarked for late April.
Westmoreland to host Shooting West Fest
The newly developed Westmoreland Shooting Club will host its first major match titled West Fest on Sunday April 4 at its shooting range situated near Ferris.
Among the headliners are Orville "Reds" Henriques, the top locally based pistol shooter and the man adjudged the most talented young shooter, Raniel Mendez. Mendez hails from Westmoreland and will lead the charge of leading exponents from that region in a showdown dubbed 'the west against the rest'. Mendez recently beat Henriques at the National Street Gun Championship held at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) in Mandeville. His parish-mate Cleon Stewart finished a credible sixth at that event.
Six stages are being planned with a round count of 85. According to organisers, licensed shooters can purchase rounds at the facility on the day.
Tru Juice, G.C. Foster join
Portmore in semis
Mid-season finalist Tru Juice and GC Foster College have joined front runners Portmore United as qualifiers to the semi-finals of the Lime St Catherine Major League.
With just one round to complete, Tru Juice secured a 1-1 draw against Old Harbour Bay United at Bybrook last week to earn the one point, which took them to the safe zone of 23 points. G.C. Foster secured their semi-final spot earlier this week on Tuesday when they fired past the Spanish Town Police team at the Twickenham Park Academy 3-0, taking them to 22 points.
Only one spot remains and it can only be taken by one of Newlands, Christian Pen and Royal Lakes. All three are on 18 points.
Opening rally to resume tomorrow
The 2015 season of the Clarendon Netball Association started last Sunday at the Mineral Heights Hardcourt Complex, with the opening of the Jamalco-sponsored Netball Open.
However, late afternoon rain put an end to the final session, which would have completed action among the last eight teams that participated in the season-opening one-day rally.
Organisers have chosen to continue the rally this weekend, starting tomorrow at 2 p.m. One final preliminary round will be played, before the teams are paired for a knockout challenge involving the eight teams that won the most round-robin matches.
Last week Sunday saw a high turnout of teams and participation in the opening ceremony, dress parade and rally. A winner for the dress parade has been identified, but will not be disclosed until tomorrow, and a cash incentive awarded.
At last weekend's launch, Denbigh High fielded three teams including two Under-14 teams.
There were also four new teams, including three from neighbouring Manchester.
This season will be the 17th year Jamalco has sponsored this competition.
Mile Gully saves
Mile Gully, the former dominant Manchester Major League club and for whom current assistant national coach Miguel Coley played up to the mid 2000s, avoided embarrassment when it eked out a 1-0 win over Downs to avoid the drop from the Manchester Major League.
The win was secured with two minutes on the clock against Downs, a team which has already secured qualification to the semi-finals. The crucial goal was scored by Ashani Lawerence in the 88th minute at Kirkvine, a venue, which Mile Gully played their last and only National Premier League stint in 1998. It was Mile Gully's second straight win, the first they were securing that feat for the season. They entered the final round needing to win and
hoping another relegation candidate, Kendal, would lose. Kendal lost badly (14-1), after initially turning up with only ten players against Ricam.
Meanwhile, three of the semifinalists have been determined. Hillstars and Downs qualified from Zone Two while Porus is clear to do so from Zone One. Georges Valley who has 25 points with a game to go, appears favoured to emerge as the last qualifier but can be stopped providing Villa on 19 points, win their last two games.
Comfort in Peter Bunting Cricket League quarter-final
Defending champions Comfort remained unbeaten as they qualified for today's quarterfinals of the Peter Bunting Central Manchester 20/20 Cricket League. Gary Graham, who also captains the Manchester senior cricket team, starred with both bat and ball to lead them to a 51 run win over New Vision.
Following his half-century last week against Broadleaf, Graham struck a top score of 40 to lead his team to 165 off 20 overs. He then took 3 for 20 teaming up with his former Manchester parish teammate Stephan Patterson (4 for 25) to knock over New Vision for 114. Despite the loss, New Vision made the cut to the quarter-finals.
Comfort will host Inverness today at 10 a.m. in the first of a double-header to determine two semi-finalists. The other matchup at 2 p.m., pits Belitiro against Mandeville Police Youth Club.
The second set of quarter-finals will be hosted at the New Hall community center also starting at 10 a.m. Land Settlement will face host New Hall in the first game while at 2 p.m., Central strikers take on New Vision.
Clarendon launch late Major League
The Clarendon finally launched their 2015 Major League last weekend with a double-header at the Four Paths Community center. It is considered a late launch as its parish mates within the South Central region have reached or nearing their semi-final stage.
The competition is being sponsored by Captain's Bakery & Grill Limited. There will be two zones of six teams for the preliminary round.
In the first game of the double header, defending champions Jamalco were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by Black Stars. The second game saw host Four Paths outscoring Moores 3-1.
The competition continues today with just one game. Kemps Hill will host New Bowens at 3:30pm but on Monday there will be three games. York Town will host Four Paths, Treadlight will do the same against Original Hazard while Moores will be at home against Woodhall. No games are scheduled on Sunday to facilitate National Premier League action involving Sporting Central or Humble Lions.
bowls off today
The Power of Faith Ministries Church Cricket League begins this morning at the Bridgeport Oval with the playing of two matches. At 10 a.m. defending champion Power of Faith International (PFM), take on 65 Waltham Park New Testament and at 2 pm Miracle Open Bible play Faith Temple New Testament. Meanwhile, the PFM Gospel mobile will also be on the grounds spreading the good news. The competition in its tenth season is geared at giving Christians the ability to share with non-believers the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hellshire wins Portmore Division Two title
Marlon 'Mario' Tomlinson's second-half goal carried Hellshire United to a 1-0 win over debutants Cedar Grove in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League final at the Ferdie Neita Park in Braeton last Sunday.
Tomlinson, a past student of Ascot High School, scored what was his sixth goal of the season. At the end of the match, Leander Marshall, the long-standing
president of the Portmore Football League, handed over the championship trophy to the winners. Hellshire will now play in the St Catherine FA St Catherine Division Two Football League. Dr Welsford Sinclair of York Pharmacy said that his company came on board recently as an associate sponsor to LIME, but with LIME's departure York Pharmacy took over full sponsorship of the tournament. He said he was pleased with the overall running of the competition.
Spyt Fire maintained their slim lead atop the standings in the City of Kingston (COK), Cooperative Credit Union Portmore Domino Major League after a 300-258 win over Chedwin Strikers in last week's round of matches. With the win, Spyt Fire moved to 45 points,
a point ahead of unbeaten Caribbean Classic which down Right Stuff 300-266. In other games, Spring Village beat Memory Lane 300-291; Fort International whip Passagefort United 300-255; Colours Sports Club defeated Ken's Wildflower 300-296; Masterpiece rushed past Garveymeade 300-277; Eagle view punished Fellucci Strikers 300-246; Exceptional International beat Naggo's Head 300-290; Eradication beat Cookies International 300-268.
This week's matches will be postponed due to the funeral of Colours Sports Bar owner Lloyd Black.