In Your Neighbourhood
Defending champions Jamalco took the youthful Holmwood Technical B team to school, defeating them 38-11, as the 2015 season of the Clarendon Netball Association Jamalco Open got underway at the Mineral Heights Hardcourt Complex last weekend.
However, Cable Pro, one of the favoured teams, were given a scare by Denbigh High A, who lost 13-14.
There were mixed results for the matchups involving newcomers. Team R of Manchester easily disposed of Denbigh Alumni 31-13 in a battle of debutants. The experienced campaigners Optimist also made it a rough opening day for Unlimited Girls, who could only muster two hoops while conceding 25.
The league continues tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Mineral Heights Complex.
Games on: Ridgemount vs Denbigh B, Denbigh A vs Fogo Rd, Knox vs Optimist, Hayes vs Portland Cottage, Cable Pro vs Unlimited and Waltham vs Denbigh Alumni. The final game scheduled for 5:15 p.m. sees Team R against Jamalco.
West Fest shoot
The date for the inaugural tournament of the newly developed Westmoreland Shooting Club has been shifted a day forward to Saturday, April 3.
According to the organisers, the approved company supplying the ammo can only be available on that day instead of the previous date (Sunday) that was initially promoted.
The tournament is the newest addition on the calendar for practical shooting in Jamaica. It follows tomorrow's tournament, which will be hosted at the Woodleigh Range in Clarendon.
The cast and headliners for West Fest remain the same. Confirmed for the trip is the top local-based pistol shooter, Orville Henriques, as well as the top female exponent, Sue Ann Henriques.
The contest also pits the West against the Rest, featuring members of the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club.
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.
Land Settlement put themselves firmly in the race to make it to the knockout round of the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Football Asociation's Division One competition, after outscoring Hope Village 5-2 in a key Zone One encounter earlier this week.
Land Settlement have now scored three straight wins and with no return games, another three points from their remaining matches will seal their place in the round of eight.
Plouden also made strides, manufacturing a come from behind 2-1 win against Lyndhurst Luminairs. Cavaughn Edwards had given the Luminairs the lead in the ninth minute. However, Kemar Griffiths found the equaliser in the 31st minute, before Rohan Lindsay scored in time added in the second-half to win the game 2-1.
In three previous games, Plouden had lost, drawn and won. Their seven points push them to second spot behind Land Settlement.
Only one team has already secured qualification to the second round, the unbeaten and impressive Old England, with 12 points from four games in Zone Two.
No Division One games are scheduled this weekend, as the semi-finals of the Major League will be hosted tomorrow at Kirkvine, starting at 3 p.m.
St Catherine LIME
Both semi-finals of the LIME St Catherine Major League and Division One competitions will be hosted this weekend, with double-headers at Spanish Town Prison Oval.
The Division One semi-finals pitted Windsor Lion against Federal and Watson Grove against Dunbeholden.
The semi-finals of the Major League will kick-off tomorrow, with favourites Portmore against Newlands at 4 p.m. and G.C. Foster College taking on mid-season finalists Tru-Juice.
Newlands booked the last semi-final spot at the weekend, outscoring Christian Pen 4-2. Even though they finished on 21 points, the same as Royal Lakes, they qualified by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Despite winning 1-0 against Naggo Head, Royal Lakes' inferior record of scoring 15 goals and conceding 18 was not good enough. However, their win over Naggo Head pushed the latter into relegation from Major League next season.
Also relegated were Albion and the Spanish Town Police team.
Strikers in Peter
Bunting Twenty20 final
In a replay of last year's final, defending champions, Comfort, will again meet Central Strikers in the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Twenty20 Cricket League.
Both the third place play-off and the grand final will be hosted tomorrow at Comfort Community Centre. Belitiro and New Hall will contest the third place play-off at 9 a.m., while the grand final will begin at 1 p.m. The organisers have opted for an early start, as rain is forecast.
Comfort booked their spot after breezing through both their quarter-final and semi-final matches last weekend. Form players, captain Gary Graham (47) and Stephan Patterson (51) starred with the bat, as Comfort posted 191 for six off 16 overs. Inverness folded for just 70, as Hannif Martin snared one of the best competition figures, five for 13.
The semi-finals were reduced to a contest of 12 overs because of rain, but Comfort still mounted a very good batting effort against Belitiro to post 129 for four, with Christopher Powell scoring 59 and Johnnie Martin 35.
Despite Anthony Wood's gallant 43, Belitiro could only muster 83 for nine. Patterson was the destroyer, with amazing figures of four wickets for five runs.
Central Strikers easily won their quarter-final match against New Vision, but got a walkover in the semi-finals against New Hall, when rain prevented a contest. Competition rules awards the team with the most preliminary round wins the edge in the event of rain forcing a no-contest.
Downs, Christiana impress at Pat Anderson U17 kick-off
Downs and Christiana Academy opened with a goalfest as the 2015 Moorland Development-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 football tournament kicked off at Kirkvine Sports Centre last weekend.
Downs opened with an 8-1 climb over Blue Mountain, while Christiana Academy stormed across Alligator Pond 6-1.
Okeen Powell netted four times, while Tajae Rowe scored twice in Downs' big win. Rio Rochester led the way for Christiana, scoring a hat-trick, while Odine Williams contributed two goals.
The third game of the afternoon proved more competitive, with Brandon Thompson's 67th minute strike making the difference for Villa United in a 1-0 win over 360 Degrees.
A feature of the opening was the dress parade featuring 18 teams.
Christian Academy were adjudged the Best Dressed Team and claimed $5000, with Porus second and gaining $3000 and third place winners Alligator Pond pocketing $2000.
Uppa City stun
Hellshire Heights 3-1
Uppa City from Greater Portmore stunned Hellshire Heights 3-1, as action continued in the Hellshire Division Seven-A-Side football tournament over the weekend.
In other games, Hellshire Park defeated West Strikers 2- 0, Johnson Hill clipped Hellshire Park 1- 0, while Hellshire Beach drew 1-1 with 3 West United. The competition continues today and tomorrow.
Classic hunt 12th
Veteran Club Caribbean Classic will go in search of their 12th consecutive win in the City of Kingston (COK) Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Major League domino competition, as they take on Fort International in the feature match of the round at Fort ground, Passagefort Drive, tomorrow.
Classic, with a game in hand, are on 44 points, a point adrift of Spyt Fire (45 points), which should get the better of Passagefort United in a home game.
In other games (home teams named first): Garveymeade vs Spring Village, Correctional Services vs Colours Sports Club, Ken's Wildflower vs Cookie's International, Chedwin Strikers vs Right Stuff, Memory Lane vs Exceptional International, Naggo Head vs Felluchi Strikers and Eagle View vs Eradication.
Portmore United, Newland in Portmore derby
Former Premier League champions, Portmore United, the best team in this year's St Catherine FA Major League, come face to face with chief rivals in Portmore, Newland, in a semi-final game at Spanish Town Prison Oval tomorrow. Match time 4 p.m.
In the second game at the venue, at 6 p.m., Division One teams Tru-Juice and GC Foster will oppose each other in the other semi-final match.
Power of Faith International makes
Defending champions Power of Faith International carved out a close seven-run victory over 65 Waltham Park Road New Testament Church of God in the opening game of the Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Church Cricket League at the Bridgeport sport ground last Saturday.
Batting first, PFM International were restricted to 120 all out in 15.3 overs, with Oraine Williams (39) and Glenn Wellington (23) making the most runs. Paul Greenwood (3-25) and Dovanne Mighty (2-22) were the best bowlers for 65 Waltham Park. In response, 65 Waltham Park were bowled out for 113 in 17.2 overs, as Jermaine Hewitt (44) top scored for his team. Marlon Hoilette 4-16, produced the best bowling figures for PFM International, while Peat Salmon chipped in with two wickets.
Games on today: At 10 a.m., 65 Waltham Park vs Faith Temple New Testament and at 2 p.m. PFM Development vs PFM international.
Brown, Garvey score
centuries in Energy Partners cricket
The St Catherine Cricket Association/Energy Partners Cricket Competition bowled off recently with 12 participating teams. The opening day was marked by two centuries, the first from Ronville Brown, who slammed 159 for defending champions Old Harbour against Bartley's XI in a winning effort; and the second from Ewarton's Garth Garvey, whose 109 against Correctional Services propelled his team to an easy victory.
Also getting among the runs was national player Nkrumah Bonner (84), who led Basement to a 108-run win over Packer's All-Stars at Bridgeport. Bonner also claimed 3-21 and Romain Coleman 3-41. The competition continues tomorrow.
Hampstead Park tops Dollis Campbell
Hampstead Park won the inaugural Dollis Campbell Five-a-side Community Football Competition last Sunday, when they defeated Jarrett Lane -1-0 on penalties after playing to a 0-0 stalemate in regulation and extra time at the NWC playing field, Mona.
Hampstead thus captured the $20,000 winners' prize, while Jarrett Lane picked up $10,000 for second.
In the third place play-off, Land Lease clipped Liguanea Ballers 2-1 to earn $6,000, with the losers securing $3,000 for their effort.
The competition attracted seven teams from the upper East St Andrew division playing on a round robin format. The teams were Jarrett Lane, Saunders Avenue, Chambers Lane, Liguanea Ballers, Land Lease, Highlight View and Hampstead Park.
An elated sponsor, Dollis Campbell had this to say: "It is such a joy when you see how football and sports unite members of these communities. We will be back next year to continue the platform of change, to improve the lives of generations to come."
An associate sponsor of the event is the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS).