In Your Neighbourhood sports from across the island
Pairs knockout at Portmore Lane on Monday
Portmore Avenue (42), formerly Portmore Drive - the home of championship team Caribbean Classic - will on Easter Monday (April 6) host the latest instalment of a domino pairs competition.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. and match time is 12 p.m. Entry fee is $1,500 per pair. Prize money will be: first $30,000; second $15,000 and third $10,000. The competition is endorsed by the Jamaica Domino Federation.
Church cricket Twenty20 on today
The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) Twenty20 Church Cricket League continues today at Bridgeport Cricket ground in Portmore.
At 10 a.m. Faith Temple New Testament take on PFM International and at 2 p.m. 65 Waltham Park New Testament play PFM Development team.
In a game last Saturday, Faith Temple New Testament beat 65 Waltham Park New Testament by 42 runs. Batting first, Faith Temple made 128-6 as Corvette Thompson, 34, and Shane Cole, 32, made most runs against the bowling of Odane Hartley 2-12 and Duvanne Mighty 2-28. In reply, 65 Waltham Park New Testament were bowled out for 86, with a top score from Darian Clarke, 34 not out. Faith Temple's Shane Cole took 3-18 and won the Man of the Match award, while Ryan Brooks supported with 2-16.
past Fort in
Multiple Portmore champions, Caribbean Classic, powered past arch-rivals Fort International 300-214 in a lopsided game, as the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino Major League continued last Sunday.
The win propelled Classic to 48 points from 12 games, as they remained the only undefeated team in the league. They are one point behind leaders Spyt Fire, which defeated Passage Fort United 300-240.
In other games, Spring Village beat Garveymeade 300-246; Cookies International dismissed Ken's Wildflower 300-246; Right Stuff downed Chedwin Stikers 300-244; Memory Lane upset Exceptional International 300-289; Naggo Head whipped Feluchi Strikers 300-201, while Eradication outlasted Eagle View 300-287.
The league continues tomorrow. Matches are (home teams named first): Spring Village vs Eagle View; Cookies International vs Correctional Services; Passage Fort United vs Masterpiece; Caribbean Classic vs Garveymeade; Right Stuff vs Naggo Head; Feluchi Strikers vs Memory Lane; Eradication vs Spyt Fire; Ken's Wildflower vs Chedwin Strikers. A game has also been rescheduled for Monday, between Correctional Services and Spring Village.
Portmore United poised for Major League final
Former Premier League campaigners, Portmore United, will take a 2-0 lead into this afternoon's final leg of their semi-final clash with Newland in the LIME-sponsored St Catherine Major League Football Competition at Spanish Town Prison Oval. Match time is 7 p.m.
This encounter will be preceded by the Division One second leg semi-final clash between Federal and Windsor Lion.
Portmore are yet to lose in the league this season and in addition to winning the mid-season final, they qualified for the semi-final stage after topping the preliminary tables by 10 clear points.
In the first leg of the two-way semi-finals last weekend at Prison Oval, Cleon Pryce (21st minute) and Paul Wilson (86th) scored for Portmore.
The Division One semi-final is expected to be a close affair, as Federal hold a one-goal lead from the first leg. Led by Olanza Brown's hat-trick, Federal won 3-2. Garfield Francis netted both goals for Windsor Lion.
Dunbeholden are virtually through to the final, having won a lopsided first semi-final leg against Watson Grove 6-0 in which one player, Alvin Morgan, netted four times.
Hellshire Division 7-A-Side competition
Two games are on in the Hellshire Division 7-A-Side Football Tournament. Two East Strikers play Two West Strikers at Greater Portmore Primary School, while Hellshire Park square off with Zion United at Hellshire. Match time 2:30 p.m.
Tomorrow's games pit Two East Warriors against Three West United at Two East and Hellshire Beach vs Uppa City at Hellshire. Both games are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. In a game last weekend, Two East Warriors clipped Uppa City 2-1.
Jamalco, Team R in thrilling draw
Team R of Manchester created a major stir last weekend at the Mineral Heights Hardcourt Complex when they held defending champions Jamalco to a 27-27 draw in the Clarendon Netball Association Jamalco Open League.
The two were coming off pretty convincing wins the previous week, as Jamalco had eased past Holmwood 38-11, while the Manchester team had disposed of Denbigh Alumni 31-13.
However, the result between the two was far from expected as Jamalco have not lost in the preliminary rounds in years, plus they had began the competition well, winning the opening rally against Hayes Contenders, last year's beaten finalists.
Another Manchester team, Ridgemount, also did well, as they defeated the youthful Denbigh B 22-12.
In other results from last weekend's second round, Denbigh A ran past Fogo High 24-4, Cable Pro defeated Unlimited Girls 31-15, while Hayes Contenders recorded the biggest win of the day, slamming Portland Cottage 39-7.
The competition is on Easter break this weekend, but will resume on Sunday April 12.
Westmoreland's West Fest shoot today
Some of the island's top professional pistol shooters will be on display today in Westmoreland, as the newly developed Westmoreland Shooting Club hosts its inaugural West Fest.
Leading the charge will be Orville Henriques and the undisputed queen of the sport, Sue Henriques. Most of the top 10 finishers who shot at the Woodleigh tournament in Clarendon last weekend will be on display.
In that tournament, Andy Yapp (Jamaica Rifle Association) won ahead of Ellsworth Dixon (Manchester Rifle and Pistol Cub), with Patrick Eveling third, Raniel Mendez, Thomas Jones, Kevin Cheung and Owen Campbell rounding out the top seven.
Henriques was absent from that tournament, and, although he has not won the last two major shoots he has contested since the start of the year, he has looked near his best form in recent practice shoots and should be the favourite to top the local field.
The tournament is the newest addition on the calendar for practical shooting in Jamaica. The facility will be open from 9 a.m., but the tournament will start at 11 a.m.
An approved Firearm Licensing Authority dealer will be available on site. Hence, competitors can purchase ammunition at the facility.
Six stages are being planned with a round count of 85. The Westmoreland Shooting Club is situated near Ferris, just two minutes drive from the road junction that leads to Montego Bay.
Comfort top Peter Bunting Twenty20 League
Comfort retained their Peter Bunting Central Manchester Twenty20 Cricket League title after defeating Central Strikers by 86 runs in the final at Comfort Community Centre last weekend.
It was the second straight final between the teams.
In the absence of regular captain, Gary Graham, who was on parish duties in the national Super Cup Competition, against Clarendon, Christopher Powell stepped up for Comfort and his knock of 94 piloted them to an imposing 192 for six off 20 overs. It was the highest individual score of the championship and followed his 59 in the semi-finals the previous weekend against Belitiro.
Central Strikers' run chase got off to a horrible start as they lost one of their openers via the run-out route in the very first over. They were also hurt by the absence of two of their players who were drafted into the parish line-up. They also batted short. It was no surprise when they failed to mount a serious challenge and finished on 106 for eight. Onique Robinson had the top score of 27.
Meanwhile, New Hall won the third place play-off against Belitiro. In a match limited to 15 overs per side, New Hall batted first and posted 98 all out in 14.3 overs. Belitiro fell short by 11 runs after mustering 87 for seven.
NCU in Jamalco Division One semis
Northern Caribbean University (NCU) President's XI completed their second straight win to claim a semi-final spot in the Jamalco-sponsored MFA Division One football competition.
NCU disposed of Mandeville United 5-1 on their home field to rally to 12 points, enough to secure at least the second spot from Zone Two, which has one round remaining. With the help of Londe Francis' brace, NCU President's XI were 3-0 up at half-time, before Cardel Pennant (60th minute) and Hamilton Brown (85th) ensured it was a one-sided affair. At 5-0 up, Mandeville United gained a consolation through Daijun Taylor with three minutes to go.
All four semi-final spots have now been determined. Zone One, which has completed its preliminary fixtures, will see zone winners Land Settlement and Plouden advancing. The most impressive team so far with five consecutive wins - Old England - and NCU, are assured of making the cut from Zone Two. These two will meet each other after the Easter holiday break to decide who wins the zone. The cards are stacked against NCU, as they must win by five clear goals.
Studds win in Pat Anderson Under-17
Studds FC opened their account in the 2015 Moreland Development-sponsored Pat Anderson Under-17 Football Tournament with a 3-1 win over Cross Keys.
Yakime Thomas' brace, compiled in the fourth and 23rd minutes, pushed Studds to a 2-0 half-time lead. On the resumption, Kariffe Smith made it 3-0 in the 47th minute. However, Andre Anderson (79th) ensured Studds would not keep a clean sheet.
Only one other game was facilitated, with Hillstars carving out a 1-0 win over Georges Valley. A third game, between New Green and Technical Strikers, did not materialise.
As the Major League and Division One competitions are at the semi-final stages, consistent scheduling of the Pat Anderson Under-17 matches is not possible at this time, according to the Manchester FA